Immigrant Visas: 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.

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.

DV-2020 Program

Online registration period for the DV-2020 Program lasted from October 3, 2018 and November 6, 2018. Applicants had to submit entries for the DV-2020 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov . There is no cost to register for the DV Program. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries were accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry submitted will be disqualified. Please retain your printed confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number for your records.

Starting May 7, 2019 the results of the DV-2020 visa lottery program will be available online. You will be able to check the status of your entry through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website at https://dvlottery.state.gov/ using your unique confirmation number and personal information. It will be the only way to check whether your entry was selected. If you lose your confirmation number, there is a special tool to recover it available on the E-DV website. If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. If you are selected we encourage you to complete the DS-260 visa applications soon. The Embassy will be processing DV-2020 visa lottery cases starting on October 1, 2019 till September 30, 2020.

Instructions for the DV-2020 Visa Lottery Program are available on the website of the State Department.

DV-2019 Program

Online registration for the DV-2019 Program concluded on November 22, 2017. Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Forms were submitted online at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and confirmation number.
You may check the status of your entry at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/, by clicking on Entrant Status Check and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant Status Check is the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2019, providing instructions on how to proceed with your application, and notifying you of your appointment for an immigrant visa interview.
The Embassy will start processing DV-2019 visa lottery cases and issuing immigrant visas to eligible applicants on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Instructions for the DV-2019 Visa Lottery Program in English and Polish are available on the website of the State Department.

Please note that winning DV Lottery does not mean getting an immigrant visa or a green card. DV applicants have to meet all the requirements for both the DV Lottery and the U.S. immigrant visa to be eligible to obtain it.

Electronic lottery entry in the annual DV program is free (there is no fee). To enter the DV lottery, you must be a native of one of the countries listed by the State Department. Persons born in Poland qualify for the DV-2019 and 2020 programs.

SCAM WARNING!!!

If you receive an e-mail or a phone call claiming that you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery program, and requesting any action or payment from you, you should be aware that you are a victim of a scam.

The Embassy warns Polish citizens that such notifications are not legitimate. Please do not take any action or send any money.
For fraud warning details please check the State Department’s info at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fraud.html.

If you receive an e-mail claiming that you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery program, and requesting any action or payment from you, you should be aware that you are a victim of a scam.

The Embassy warns Polish citizens that such notifications are not legitimate. Please do not take any action or send any money.
For fraud warning details please check the State Department’s info at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fraud.html.

Please note that Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) is no longer mailing a letter confirming that applicants were selected. Entrant Status Check is the sole means of informing you of your selection for the DV visa lottery program. The Entrant Status Check will also provide instruction on how to proceed with your application, and will notify you of your appointment for immigrant visa interview, so it is essential you retain your confirmation number.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you have lost your confirmation information, you will not be able to check your DV entry status. The State Department will not be able to resend the confirmation page information to you.

All entrants may check the status of their DV entry on-line through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants will need to use the information they received from their confirmation page saved at the time of entry. Entrant Status Check is the ONLY means of informing you if your entry for DV was selected or not.

The Entrant Status Check also provides instructions on how to proceed with your application, and notifies you of your appointment for immigrant visa interview, so it is essential that you retain your confirmation number. Please note that the Kentucky Consular Center does not mail letters or send e-mails confirming that applicants were selected and the American Embassy does not have a list of winners.

If you have been selected for further processing in the Diversity Visa program, after you read instructions, you will need to demonstrate you are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa by successfully completing the next steps. You should carefully and promptly follow the instructions. The principal applicant and all family members applying for a diversity visa in the DV-2015 program must complete the online Immigrant Visa Application Form DS-260. You will need to enter your DV case number and principal applicant’s date of birth into the CEAC website to access the form DS-260 and update the information about yourself and your family that you included in your DV entry.

If your family circumstances have changed after you entered the lottery, for example, if you have gotten married or had a child, you will need to add your new family members to your case. After submitting the Form DS-260 online, please print the confirmation page. You must bring the confirmation page to your visa interview with you.

Important note: If you had a spouse or children prior to submitting your original entry, but you did not include them on your original entry form, then your case will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview. Neither you nor any of your family members will receive visas.

The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will review your information, and will let you know if there are any problems with the data you have provided. KCC may request that you go back to CEAC to update information on your DS-260.

Please be aware that KCC can only tell you if your form is complete. KCC cannot tell you whether or not you or your family members are qualified for diversity visas. Only the consular officer who will interview you can make that decision.

Please note that selected applicants will have to pay all diversity visa fees in person at the U.S. Embassy at the time of the visa interview.

At the time of your visa interview you will be required to provide the documents listed below (originals and copies with translations into English).

Important: These documents must not be mailed to either the KCC or the Embassy. You will be required to furnish the documents on the day of your visa interview.

Passport

The passport should be valid for at least sixty days beyond the period of validity of the visa. Please remove any plastic sleeves/coverings from the passport.

Important: Each applicant should bring his/her previous passport(s) with U.S. visas, otherwise your visa may be refused until the consular officer can review them.

UID Number

Please print out and bring to the Embassy the confirmation page of your GSS registration and passport TNT pick-up location choice. The confirmation page must contain the barcode and your UID number.

Photographs

Each applicant must submit two photos which meet all the requirements listed here. Photos must have at the back with your last and first name in capital letters.

Immigrant Visa Application Forms

Complete online (if you have not done it earlier) the biographic data form DS-260 for each person applying for a visa, regardless of age. The form is accessible through CEAC website at https://ceac.state.gov/IV.

To access and complete the DS-260 you will need your case number and principal applicant’s date of birth (in the format YYYYMMDD).

Birth Certificate

For applicants born in Poland only complete version of a birth certificate (Odpis zupełny aktu urodzenia) is accepted. Polish “short form” of birth certificate is not accepted.

Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

Married persons are required to present a certified copy of their marriage certificate (one copy for every spouse). Please note that only complete versions of Polish marriage certificates (Odpis zupełny aktu małżeństwa) are accepted. The Polish “short form” marriage certificate is not accepted

Evidence of the Termination of Prior Marriages (if applicable)

Any applicant who has been previously married must obtain evidence of the termination of each prior marriage such as final divorce decree, death certificate or annulment of marriage.

Police Certificate

Police certificates are required for every applicant aged 16 or over. If the applicant has been convicted of any crime in any country, a copy of the court record of each conviction is required (with translation into English). For further information on how to obtain police certificate click here.

Military Records

All applicants with current or prior military service must provide military records, if applicable. Military records must contain a complete record of the applicant’s service and conduct while in the service. The record must show any convictions of crime before military tribunals.

Medical Examinations

All applicants should submit the results of medical examination in the original unopened envelope. For further information regarding required medical examination click here.

Financial Documents

Diversity Visa applicants must demonstrate that they have the financial means to support themselves and not become a public charge on the U.S. government.

Evidence of Required Education or Work Experience

This requirement applies only to the principal applicant whose entry was selected in the lottery. For additional details, please see the DV instructions.

Translations

Documents in Polish, except for court records, do not have to be translated. All documents that are not written in English or Polish must be translated into English by a certified translator.

After your online forms have been received and approved by the Kentucky Consular Center, based on visa availability, you may receive an e-mail from KCC to let you know that an interview has been scheduled at the U.S. Embassy. The e-mail will instruct you to log into the Entrant Status Check on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website, using your DV entry confirmation number, to view the date, time and location of your interview.

Starting October 2, 2017 we began processing cases of the DV-2018 diversity visa lottery program.