Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

Visa DV-Lotery 2020 Starting October 3 through November 6, 2018. For more information visit

DV-2020 Program: Online Registration

Online registration for the DV-2020 Program starts on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).

DV-2020 Program Instructions

The English version of the DV-2020 Program Instructions (350 KB) in PDF format is provided for your convenience and required use. That includes the program rules, how to submit a registration and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Please view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program, and step-by-step guidance to help you submit an entry.


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  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.