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 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.

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).

All DV-2022 diversity visa program applicants must be found eligible for, and obtain, their visa or adjust status by the end of fiscal year 2022 (September 30, 2022).


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

The processing requirements below are for the DV-2022 program. 

DV-2022 Program: Online Registration

DV-2022 Program:  The online registration period for the DV-2022 Program begins on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 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-2022 Program Instructions

The English version of the DV-2022 Program Instructions in PDF format are provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2022 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-2022 Translations (unofficial)

Polish/Polski Mongolian/монгол хэл
Bulgarian/Български Romanian/Românã
Khmer (Cambodian)/ខ្មែរ Sinhala/සිංහල
Tamil/தமிழ் Ukrainian/Українською мовою
Italian/Italiano Turkish/Türkçe
Uzbek/(oʻzbek tili)/وزبیک تیلی Lithuanian/lietuvių kalba
Turkmen/Türkmençe  

Diversity Visa Program Information

See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information about: