Diversity Visa Instructions

Important Notices

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, former President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who pose a 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 April 23, 2020.  It was continued by former President Trump on June 22.  The proclamation was further extended on December 31, 2020 through March 31, 2021.  Applicants for immigrant visas covered by the proclamation, including Diversity Visa applicants, who were not issued a visa as of April 23, 2020 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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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 Dari/Farsi / دری /فارسی

Diversity Visa Program Information

See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information about: