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Diversity Visa Lottery

2015 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins

The U.S. Embassy announces that applications for the 2015 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery will be accepted online beginning noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 1, 2013, and ending at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 2, 2013. This annual program makes U.S. immigrant visas available through a computer-generated random lottery drawing to persons who meet the eligibility requirements.  

The Department of State will only accept completed Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) Entry Forms submitted electronically at during the registration period.  Paper entries will no longer be accepted.  No fee is charged for entry in the annual DV program.

The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program.  Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV entries do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government.  Use of any outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a DV entry is entirely at the entrant's discretion.  No payment is made until your visa interview.

After a successful entries , a confirmation screen will display containing the applicant’s name and confirmation number.  Please print this confirmation sheet.    Entrants will use the information on the confirmation screen page to check the status of his/her entry through the Entrant Status Check (ESC) available at  Only those entrants who keep their confirmation screen page information will be able to check their entrant status and, if selected, receive application instructions and notification of their interview appointment.  The Department is once again utilizing web-based tools to notify entrants of their selection and visa interview appointment as part of ongoing efforts to combat fraud perpetrated against DV entrants.  The Department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful entrants by regular mail or by email.

Starting May 1, 2014, entrants should submit their DV-2015 entry confirmation number into the Entry Status Check available at to find out whether their application was selected.  The U.S. Embassy will not be able to provide a list of successful entrants.  All entrants should keep their confirmation number, regardless of results processing, until June 30, 2014 whether or not they are initially selected. If an entrant loses the confirmation number, the U.S. Embassy will not be able to provide it.  DV-2015 visas will be issued between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

Applicants may prepare and submit their own entries or have someone submit the entry for them.  Regardless whether an entry is submitted by the individual directly or assistance is provided by an attorney, friend, or relative, only one entry may be submitted in the name of each individual.  The person entering DV-2015 remains responsible for ensuring that the information is correct and complete.  Submission of more than one entry for the same person will disqualify all entries.

On the entry, the applicant must list his or her spouse and all unmarried children under 21 years of age, whether or not they are living with the applicant or intend to accompany or follow to join the applicant, should the applicant immigrate to the United States.  The fact that the applicant has listed family members on his or her entry does not mean that they must travel with the applicant.  However, if the applicant includes an eligible dependent on his or her visa application forms that he or she failed to include on his or her original entry, the case will be disqualified.

To receive a Diversity Visa to immigrate to the United States, those chosen in the random drawing must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law.  Eligibility requirements are available on the Diversity Visa Web site.  Unqualified applicants who are selected and are interviewed at the Embassy will not have their fees refunded.

Please be aware that Diversity Visa e-mail scams are common, and more become frequent when the program is first announced.  These scams, which may include official-looking logos and text, typically ask for payment.  Fees for the DV program are only paid at the Embassy or Consulate at the time of the visa interview, not before.  For more information on such scams, go to

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application information, including digital photographs, early in the one-month registration period.  Heavy demand may result in delays.  No entries will be accepted after noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 2, 2013.  Please visit the official Diversity Visa Lottery Web site at, for information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Fraud Warning

  • Fraudulent websites are posing as official U.S. government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. government have sought money in order to "complete" DV entry forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. To learn more, see the Department of State Warning and theFederal Trade Commission Warning. The Department of State does NOT notify successful DV applicants by letter or email. Entrants can check the status of their entries, as explained below, by returning to the website at to find out if their entry was or was not selected.

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