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Diversity Visa Program

DV 2017 - Online Registration

Online registration for the DV 2017 Program will begin on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will conclude on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).  

DV 2016 Entrant Status Check

For information on the DV-2016 entrant's status check, please visit the DV lottery website.

Notice: DV-2016 selectees must fill out Form DS-260. It can be found at the Consular Electronic Application Center website

DV Selectees – Interview Preparation

If you are a DV Selectee you must read the following instructions on how to prepare for the interview:

Fraud Warning

Fraudulent eMails to DV Winners: If you have received an email notifying you that your application for the DV Program has been successful and that in order to proceed with your application you are required to send money to a named individual, you are a victim of a scam.  In previous years, successful DV applicants were notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) by letter, NOT email and were provided instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process.  The KCC does not ask you to send money to them or any other U.S. Embassy by mail or by services such as Western Union.

For those of you who have applied for DV-2016 official notification of selection will be made on line through the Entry Status Check which will be available from May 5, 2015, on the e-DV website.  This is the only manner in which you will receive notification of the status of your entry.  Should you receive an e-mail notification or a mailed letter about your E-DV selection, be aware that the notification is not legitimate.  It is only after you are selected, and respond to the notification instructions made available to you via Entry Status Check, and processing begins on your case, that you may receive follow-up e-mail communication from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) informing you to review Entry Status Check for new information about your application.  The KCC will not ask you to send money to them, to this or any other U.S. Embassy by mail or by services such as Western Union.  If you receive an email that appears to be a fraudulent DV notification, we ask that you send it to our email address at

Please review the Department of State Warning on DV fraud scams and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.

Fraud Websites: Some websites may try to mislead you into thinking that they are official websites for the DV Lottery.  They may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information, which would otherwise be free on the Department of State or Embassy websites.  Some companies seek payment in order to complete the application form for the DV Lottery.  There is no charge to complete the electronic application form for DV.  Winners will be notified ONLY through the Entry Status check starting May 5, 2015, at the DV Lottery website, and it is not necessary to use facilitator to apply for the Diversity Visa.

Remember, successful DV applicants are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center (KCC).  No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify DV applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.

Educational and Employment Qualification Requirements

All entrants into the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery are advised to review educational and employment qualification guidelines prior to entry.  In order to qualify for a visa under the DV Program, the principal applicant (the applicant whose entry number was chosen) must have qualifying education or employment.

Education: Applicants must have completed a full-time high school education that is at least equivalent to a U.S. high school education (4 years, full-time, general studies). Full time general studies high school degrees do qualify for the lottery. Full time vocational high school degrees may qualify as long as they substantially conform to the core requirements of an equivalent United States general studies degree program. The final decision will be made by the consular officer on the day of the interview.

Part time high school diplomas - without a break from work, evening school, or correspondence - including five year programs or long-term programs (part time, without a break from work, evening school, or correspondence) don’t qualify for the DV.  Even if you completed part of high school on the part time system, and part of high school on the full time system, this diploma will not qualify for the DV. 

University degrees qualify for the DV program.

Employment: Applicants who do not meet the education requirement, must meet the work experience requirement of two years of experience in an occupation which requires at least two years training or experience within the five-year period immediately prior to application.  Only certain specified occupations qualify for the Diversity Visa Program.

To qualify for a Diversity Visa on the basis of your work experience, you must, within the past five years, have two years of experience in an occupation that is designated as Job Zone 4 or 5, classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher.  Qualifying DV Occupations are shown on the Department of Labor's O*Net Online Database.

Required Documentation

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