Diversity Visa

The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 55,000 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.

Philippine-born applicants are excluded from the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program. Only natives of countries who are determined by the U.S. Attorney General to be “low admission” countries may compete for immigration under this program. To apply for a diversity visa, follow the steps on the Diversity Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov.  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

If you have been scheduled for an interview, please see preparation instructions in the Immigrant Visa Document Checklist.