Diversity Visa Instructions

Important Notices

On Wednesday, April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proclamation was effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 23. It was continued by President Trump on June 22, and will expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued. Applicants for immigrant visas covered by the proclamation, including ​Diversity Visa 2020 (DV-2020) applicants, who have not been issued an immigrant visa as of April 23 are subject to the proclamation's restrictions unless eligible for an exception. No valid visas will be revoked under this proclamation.

If you were previously issued a visa for the DV-2020 program that was valid on April 23 and that visa expired before you were able to travel to the United States, please contact the Embassy or Consulate where your visa was issued for further information. 

All DV-2020 entrants who were selected must be found eligible for, ​and obtain, their visa or adjust status by September 30, 2020. This deadline cannot be extended. This same strict deadline also applies to spouses and children of principal applicants.   

All DV-2021 diversity visa program applicants must be found eligible for, and obtain, their visa or adjust status by the end of fiscal year 2021 (September 30, 2021).


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The processing requirements below are for the DV-2021 program. Instructions for DV-2020 applicants follow.

DV-2021 Program: Online Registration

DV-2021 Program: The revised online registration period for the DV-2021 Program begins on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).  Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified.

DV-2021 Program Instructions

Please note that the DV-2021 status check date reflected on the Program Instructions below has been changed to June 6, 2020.

The English version of the DV-2021 Program Instructions in PDF format are provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2021 Program Instructions is the only official version. Unofficial translations in additional languages will be added to this webpage as they become available.

For questions about the new passport requirement for entry into the DV-2021 program, please read the Passport Entry FAQ.

Note: As indicated in the instructions, for the purposes of eligibility some countries include components and dependent areas overseas.  If you are a native of a dependency or overseas territory, please select the appropriate country of eligibility.  For example, natives of Macau S.A.R should select Portugal, and natives of Martinique should select France.

DV-2021 Translations (unofficial)

Georgian/ქართული Ukrainian/українська мова
Russian/русский язык Nepali/नेपाली
Bulgarian/български Italian/Italiano
Polish/Polski Khmer (Cambodian)/ខ្មែរ
Uzbek/(oʻzbek tili)/وزبیک تیلی Romanian/Românã
Turkish/Türkçe Slovak/slovenský

 

Diversity Visa Program Information

See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information about: