Diversity Visa Program

The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 50,000 immigrant visas would be available in an annual lottery, starting in fiscal year 1995. The lottery aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States in the previous five years. Because many more people apply for the program each year than there are available visas, selection is made at random by a computer — hence the popular name “visa lottery.”

It must be clearly understood that being selected to participate in the DV program does not guarantee that the applicant will be issued a visa.  The standards for qualification are simple, but strictly enforced. Each applicant must demonstrate either a sufficient level of education or a combination of qualifying skills and work experience, and must meet all other eligibility criteria for an immigrant to the U.S.

To apply for a diversity visa, follow the steps on the Diversity Visa Process web site. Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), along with the information presented on the website, for further guidance and instructions.