Diversity Visa Instructions

Important Notices

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Complete your own application. The online entry application is easy and free.

The processing requirements below are for the DV 2020 program. Instructions for DV 2019 applicants follow.

DV-2020 Program: Online Registration

DV-2020 Program: The revised online registration period for the DV-2020 Program begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 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-2020 Program Instructions

The English version of the DV-2020 Program Instructions in PDF format are provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2020 Program Instructions is the only official version. Unofficial translations in additional languages will be added to this webpage as they become available.

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-2020 Translations (unofficial)

Nepali/नेपाली​ Bulgarian/Български
Portugues/português Ukrainian/Українською мовою
Polish/Polski French/français
Italian/Italiano Spanish/Español
Turkish/Türkçe Vietnamese/Tiếng Việt
Romanian/Românã Khmer (Cambodian)/ខ្មែរ
Arabic/العَرَبِيَّة Uzbek/(oʻzbek tili)/وزبیک تیلی

 

Please view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program, and step-by-step guidance to help you submit an entry. (Note: minor changes have been made to the DV-2020 entry form, but the instructions provided in the video are still valid.)

DV-2019 Program: Online Registration

DV 2019 Program: Online registration for the DV 2019 Program began on Tuesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concluded on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).

DV-2019 Program Instructions

Select the English version of the DV-2019 Program Instructions in PDF format for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2019 Program Instructions is the only official version. Unofficial translations in additional languages will be added as they become available.

Translations (All translations are in .pdf format)

Note: If you do not see instructions in your native language, please see the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website to find out whether your country may have additional Diversity Visa information.

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-2019 Translations (unofficial)

Hungarian/Magyar Romanian/Românã
Turkish/Türkçe Polish/Polski
Bulgarian/Български Khmer (Cambodian)/ខ្មែរ
Tamil/தமிழ் Ukrainian/Українською мовою
Spanish/Español Portugues/português
Italian/Italiano Sinhala/ෂින්හල​
Nepali/नेपाली​ Uzbek

Diversity Visa Program Information

See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information about: