Make a Submission
Every fiscal year, you have a limited window of opportunity to apply for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Scheme. The Department of State issues comprehensive guidelines for applying to the DV Program annually. The dates of the enrollment period through where you’ll be able to join are included in these directions.
All submissions must be processed electronically upon on Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) portal even during the registration period. No late or document entries will be approved. Throughout each registration period, the law permits only one entrance by or per person.
To spot numerous entries, the Department of State employs sophisticated technology. You will indeed be ineligible once you submit upwards of one entry. This platform is not available for posting an entry until the time and date listed on the DV Guidance web page.
The DV Instructions provide specific instructions for filling out the online application form.
You’ll see a confirmation screen with your name as well as a specific verification code after you send a full entry. For your documents, print this confirmation screen. It’s indeed essential to keep track of your confirmation code. It’s really the only way to verify the status of your application, and you’ll need it to get more information or arrange a visa interview since you’re chosen.
There is really no charge to enter the DV Program. You are specifically expected to conduct the entry form even without the assistance of a “Visa Consultant,” “Visa Agent,” and perhaps other mediators. You ought to be there while your entry is being processed, even though someone else is assisting you with accurate answers to all the questions and having the confirmation page and your specific verification code.
- Applicants are chosen using the following criteria:
The Department of State selects Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) candidates at variance from across all submitted entrants annually, depending on visa preferences in each country and region. On or around May 7, documentation upon on Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) platform’s Entrant Status Check is checked to notify all claimants whether their online registration was accepted or not. To verify your entrance progress, input your verification code, which you received while filling out your online application. You won’t be able to verify the condition of your qualification if you lose your confirmation code. We won’t be capable of giving you a new confirmation code.
Please keep in mind:
The State Department will not send notice letters or send emails to enlistees. The United States’ embassies and consulates can not have a list of those who have been chosen. The First and only way the Department of State alerts eligibles of their placement is via the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV portal.
From June 6, 2020, to September 30, 2021, entrants throughout the Diversity Visa 2021 initiative will track the progress of their applications on the E-DV website.
Eligible candidates can access the entire DS-260 application as soon as possible to arrange an interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Once your entry is chosen, you will indeed be guided to a confirmation page with additional details, namely specifics on visa fees in the United States. The ONLY way that enlistees are informed of their placement is via the Entrant Status Check. The State Department doesn’t really send out notice papers or send emails to enlistees, and U.S. embassies and consulates do not even have a database of those who have been chosen. Participants who have not yet been chosen will only be told via Entrant Status Check. It is strongly advised that you navigate Entrant Status Check personally rather than relying on someone else to do the same to you.
For further detail, mostly on the recruitment process, see the Frequently Asked Questions part at the end of the DV Guidelines.
- If You Are Chosen:
Qualified applicants can access the entire DS-260 application as soon as possible to arrange an interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Please keep in mind: The State Department will not send notice notices or send emails to enlistees. The United States’ embassies and consulates can not have a list of those who have been chosen. The ONLY way the Department of State informs eligibles of their placement is via the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website.
Suppose you are notified that you have been approved for any further consideration throughout the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Scheme via the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) portal. In that case, you should therefore follow the procedures on the linked page well before an embassy appointment can be arranged to decide if you will be granted a visa, and such initiatives should be completed as fast as possible.
Suppose you really are personally present in the United States and receive notice from the E-DV site that you’ve been chosen for any further consideration in the DV Program. In that case, you may well be able to change status to gain resident status via the DV Program. See Condition Adjustment for further details.
It’s essential to bear in mind that being chosen somehow doesn’t mean you’ll get a visa. Applicants must also reach all conditions stipulated under U.S. law in order to obtain a DV to apply for citizenship to the U.S.
From June 6, 2020, to September 30, 2021, applicants in the Diversity Visa 2021 program will track the progress of their applications on the E-DV site.
- Verify Your Credentials:
The principal DV candidate has to have a high school degree or identical and two years of suitable professional experience as specified by U.S. law.
You would not be entitled to a diversity visa unless you do not have enough requisite qualifications or professional experience. (This is a condition that only you, as the primary claimant, must satisfy. This provision does not apply to your spouse or children.) Suppose you really do not follow the necessary qualification or professional experience criteria outlined therein. In that case, you may not be qualified for such a diversity visa, as well as any visa application costs you charge will still not be offered to refund.
Education in High School: Successful completion of a standardized elementary and secondary education curriculum equivalent to a 12-year program in the United States is a high education. Standardized fields of study only meet this prerequisite; moral equivalence credentials (including the G.E.D.) are not accepted.
Experience at Work: If you succeed by professional experience, you ought to have two years of experience during the last five years inside a profession that needs at least two years of training or expertise and is categorized as Job Zone 4 or 5, with a Specific Vocational Preparation (S.V.P.) score of 7.0 or above, according to U.S. Department of Labor standards.
On their webpage onetonline.org, the U.S. Department of Labor gave data on work responsibilities, experience, skills, training and education, and other employment status. Job experience is split into 5 “work areas” by the O*Net online portal. Despite the fact that many professions are classified, only two years’ experience in those specific occupations is required to apply for a Diversity Visa.
On the Department of Labor’s website, here’s how to identify the eligible career paths:
The Department of Labor’s O*Net Online Database lists suitable DV careers. Check whether your profession qualifies you for a Diversity Visa, go to O*Net Online, and follow the given steps:
- Find “Job-Family” from the menu placed below “Find Occupations.”
- Go look for jobs by “Job-Family.” (Select Engineering and Architecture, for instance) and then “GO”;
- Then, for your particular occupation, follow the link. (For instance, choose Aerospace Engineers.) The assigned Job Zone 4, SVP Set, 7.0 to 8.0, is placed at the base of this Summary Report regarding Aerospace Engineers underneath the Job Zone portion. This implies that Aerospace Engineering, for example, is a suitable profession.)
Requirement for a passport: Continuing through DV-2021 entry, the Department of State requires all applicants to have a legitimate passport number at the moment of DV entry unless they are still unable to acquire a passport and qualify for one of three limited exemptions. Whether you reported a false or incorrect passport number on your DV permit, or if you chose a passport exemption yet did not fulfill the criteria for that exemption, you might not have been entitled to a diversity visa, and any visa application charges you paid will never be reimbursed. (This is a condition that only yourself, as the primary claimant, must fulfill. This provision does not apply to your child or partner.)
Exemptions from the Passport Requirement include the following: The legislation of the Department of State provides for three narrow exemptions from the passports obligation. Individuals who really are stateless, citizens of a Commie nation that are unable to receive a passport from the Communist-controlled nation’s leader, and recipients of specific waivers authorized by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State are both eligible for these three exemptions. You must clarify whether you satisfy one of the three exemptions if you chose these kinds of exemptions on your DV entry. Only someone unable to acquire a passport is eligible for the exemptions. You might not even count for an exemption when you choose just because of a lag in acquiring a passport, not whether the delay was your fault, and you will not be qualified for a diversity visa. Suppose you pick a few exemptions on your DV entry but just don’t fit into one of the exempted classes. In that case, you will never be considered for a diversity visa, and any visa processing fees would not be offered to refund.
Individuals who are stateless: Statelessness is an unusual occurrence in particular. Suppose you verified the box referring to this exclusion on your DV application. In that case, you need to prove that you did not obtain citizenship of your place of citizenship under its laws and that you do not have other citizenship.
Citizens of a communist-run nation include: If you marked the box for this exemption on your DV application, you need to prove that you are unable to acquire a passport from authorities of your state of citizenship.
Person waiver recipients include: Suppose you marked the box referring to this exemption on your DV entry. In that case, you must provide proof of your inability to acquire a passport as well as the justification you should request a specific passport waiver, along with:
- Previous U.S. visas were given to you on form DS-232 due to your inability to acquire a passport, and then the same factors you requested a passport waiver also apply;
- Since you have been unable to acquire a passport and then the same factors you requested a passport waiver subsequently still exist, USCIS accepted Form I-193;
- Paperwork demonstrating that you were given asylum status in a nation other than your home nation even though you were abused by your home country’s government, making it more difficult for you to receive a visa from that govt without risking additional loss.
If you do not attain the requisite educational or professional experience criteria outlined throughout, or if you entered incorrect passport details or chose an exception for that you do not apply, you should reconsider seeking a DV submission. You could be disqualified for a diversity visa due to these mistakes, and any charges you paid for the visa application would not be offered to refund.
- Submit your application for an immigrant visa and alien registration:
Candidates for the DV-2020 Program:
The potential customer must always complete DS-260 and all family members vying for such a diversity visa under the DV-2020 scheme. To access and modify the details of yourself and your family that you included within your DV entrance, fill your DV reference number into the online DS-260 form.
If your family circumstances changed since you first applied for a Diversity Visa, such as if you’re married or even had a baby, you’ll need to update your case to include your new family members. While introducing family members to your situation, you must submit a document proving your connection with the introduced person.
A word of caution: If you had a spouse or children before applying for your original entry however didn’t even include them on the application, you and all of your family members could be disqualified for a diversity visa due to these irregularities. Suppose you identified a spouse and children on your original description that was not your partner or children at the point of entering. In that case, you might be disqualified for a diversity visa, as much as any of your family members. Suppose your family situation has reasonably evolved since you submitted your original submission. In that case, you can add certain family members, and all family members’ submissions will be checked, as stated in the preceding paragraph. See the DV Guidelines for further detail.
Print the confirmation message after uploading Form DS-260 online. The confirmation page should always be brought to your scheduled appointment.
Bear in mind that KCC will only inform you whether or not your form has indeed been handled. KCC is unable to determine if you or your family members qualify for diversity visas. This is a determination that can only be made by the consular officer who examines you.
When approaching the KCC, make sure and include your name, date of birth, and reference number precisely as they exist throughout the Entrant Status Check (ESC). In the upper right corner of your email, as well as in the subject line, write your case number precisely. KCC only accepts phone and email queries. The Kentucky Consular Center does not accept paper papers or correspondence. All obtained paper records and communications will be lost. 606-526-7500 is the contact information for the KCC (7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. EST). [email protected] is indeed the email address.
- Documents to be submitted in support of your application:
You will obtain knowledge about how to send necessary relevant documents after KCC collects and evaluates the DS-260 online application for you as well as your corresponding family members. You may not be considered for an appointment until you have submitted certified images of all necessary supporting documentation in accordance with the guidelines following if you are unable to acquire a document, email [email protected] a description as to why you are unable to acquire the report as an attachment in.jpeg or.pdf form, with your reference number throughout the subject line. You will carry the initial records to your consulate officer meeting. It is highly urged that you begin this process as soon as possible.
The claimant and of family member accompanying the applicant to the United States must send scanned copies of copyrighted records and any necessary translations or certified copies of the papers specified below from an appropriate office, jurisdiction, or authorizing body in their country. You’ll need to carry the relevant documents, as well as any translations, to your scheduled appointment at the US consulate or embassy.
Documentation: Examine the details below to figure out which documentation you’ll need. Once you submit a legitimate DS-260 request for yourself and all corresponding family members, KCC will provide directions about how to scan and email the papers, as well as any necessary translations. KCC would not arrange your visa interview till all relevant documents have been obtained and checked. Through your appointment at a U.S. consulate or embassy, you can bring relevant documents. None of these reports should be mailed to the Kentucky Consular Center. Paper documents and correspondence sent to KCC will be shredded.
Instructions from the consulate or embassy: Based on availability, legal and private records can vary from country to country. Guess it depends on the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in which you might apply; there might be some particular directions or documentation available for acquiring civil documentation for a specific country. Please note that a few infos included in these guidelines may submit for immigrant visa classifications other than DVs. Immediately ask the consulate or embassy where you can ask for your visa if you’ve any concerns about the country-specific details given here.
You will receive emails from the Kentucky Consular Center just after Kentucky Consular Center has checked your submitted DS-260 form, informing you that an appointment has been arranged at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy you picked on your DS-260 form. The email will advise you to use your DV registration confirmation code to sign into the Entrant Status Check, mostly on Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) portal, to see the time, date, and place of your meeting. Print this page and bring it with you as well as your appointment. You, as well as your wife and child (if appropriate), who really are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa, must attend the interview.
Note that you will only be assigned for an appointment if and when a visa number becomes open. INA that specifies the amount of diversity immigrant visas authorized annually dictates visa number allocations. The overall number of diversity visas is distributed based on visa type and geographic location. As accessible visas are provided, the portions are updated monthly. Currently, the Visa Bulletin is published by the Department of State every month and provides valuable information regarding updated allocations and the chances of obtaining a diversity visa count. By selecting Visa Bulletin, everyone can see the most up-to-date detail.
- Getting Ready for the Interview:
You should extensively and meticulously practice for your appointment. If you are not adequately prepared for your meeting at the US Consulate or Embassy, your visa application will be delayed or denied.
After you’ve received notification of your upcoming interview, you’ll need to follow the proper critical aspects ahead of time:
- Examine your scheduling details on the E-DV website’s Entrant Status Check, noting the time, date, and place of your immigrant scheduled appointment.
- Review the following interviewing directions from the US Consulate or Embassy: Try reading any specific guidance given by the United States Embassy or Consulate where you’ll be submitting and being questioned cautiously. Pick the U.S. Consulate or Embassy where you’ll be examined from the list below for this detail. Please note that most of the points in such directions refer to other immigrant visa categories than diversity visas. Notify the consulate or embassy to apply for your visa if you’ve any concerns about the country-specific details given here.
A psychiatric evaluation should be scheduled and completed as soon as possible: You (and each member of your family eligible for a visa alongside you) must make an appointment with a licensed physician in the nation where you’ll be questioned. Prior to your scheduled visa scheduled interview, you must conclude your physical assessment and any necessary vaccinations. If you are given a medical exam document after your physical check, you should carry it enclosed (not opened) to your visa interview. Many doctors will give the reports of the medical test straight to the consulate or embassy.
Assemble all existing necessary documents and photographs:
Photograph: To the meeting, each DV candidate must carry two (2) identical pictures. Please read through the photo guidelines in-depth to ensure that your images would be suitable.
- Details about the appointment were printed from the E-DV site’s Entrant Status Check.
- Verification page for the DS-260 After you’ve completed your DS-260 submission, you can copy it from the Consular Electronic Application Center at any period.
- For you and each family member applying for a visa, you must have a valid passport for at least six months past the expected date of entry into the United States.
- Civil records sent to KCC must be originals or certified copies. Carry a photocopy of any report you did not send to KCC during the interview qualifying rounds.
Interview with the applicant: Make sure you’ve adopted the U.S. Consulate or Embassy recruitment planning guidelines before your meeting. Go over to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy upon this specified date and time of your appointment. A consular officer may evaluate you (and any associated family members) to decide whether you would be suitable for an immigrant visa. Ink-free, wireless fingerprint samples will indeed be conducted as part of the procedure.
Who has to show up for the interview?
You, your mother, must attend the interview and any unmarried children accompanying you. Your spouse and/or eligible unmarried kids are not expected to attend your appointment whether they will apply for citizenship at a future stage and move independently from you. They will have special access set up for them. If simultaneous interviews are requested, you should notify the US Consulate or Embassy immediately.
- Following the Interview:
The consular officer will tell you if your immigrant visa application has been accepted or rejected at the conclusion of your consultation at the US Consulate or Embassy.
Obtaining a visa: You will be notified when and how your visa and passport will be issued to you once they have been authorized.
Visa rejection: If you are rejected, you will indeed be told how you’re not qualified for a visa. Additional details regarding visa exclusions can be found at the bottom of this section, and the Denials website has more comprehensive information.
Note that certain visas that are denied can require additional administrative processing. The consular officer will notify the claimant at the conclusion of the interview if further processing is necessary. The time length takes for the managerial process to be completed depending on the specific circumstances of each situation.