Diversity Visa

Diversity Visa Program

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.

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.


Beware of Voice Phishing and Diversity Visa Lottery Internet Scams

The U.S. Embassy visa section does not contact applicants through an Automated Response System.  If you receive a ARS phone call identifying the caller as the U.S. Embassy visa section, please do not respond to the recording system.  We contact applicants directly, without a recording system, only when there is a specific issue on your visa application.

Please also beware of any e-mails regarding the Diversity Visa Lottery.  The Department of State does NOT notify successful Diversity Visa applicants by e-mail.  There are many Internet scams worldwide relating to the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, many asking for substantial fees for registration and processing and personal information.  Some scams claim the recipient has, in fact won the Diversity Lottery.  Registration through the official U.S. government website, although registration is only open from October to December every year.  However, citizens born in Korea are not eligible for the Diversity Visa Lottery, there is nothing whatever to be gained by registering for the program through any private service.  So, if you are a citizen born in Korea and you receive such an e-mail, it is almost certainly a scam.  You can learn more about the Fraud Warning on usvisas.state.gov.