What happens if you win?
Go to “entrant status check” to see if you have been selected.
The State Department will only notify the applicant if he/she has been selected.
If your confirmation number has been selected and you have won the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, you must successfully complete the following steps as soon as possible.
- Submit Your Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application
The applicant and all family members applying for a diversity visa in the DV-2017 and DV-2018 program must complete Form DS-260. You will need to enter your DV case number into the online DS-260 form to access and update the information about yourself and your family that you included in your DV entry.
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
- Confirm your qualifications:
As mentioned above, you will need to prove the 2nd requirement:
High School Education: completion of high school (12 year course) and BAC diploma.
Work Experience: If you are qualifying with work experience, you must have two years of experience in the last five years, in an occupation which, by U.S. Department of Labor definitions, requires at least two years of training or experience.
After the Kentucky Consular Center has reviewed your completed DS-260, you may receive an e-mail from KCC to let you know that an interview has been scheduled at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate you selected on your DS-260 form.
Prepare for the Interview.
- Careful review the scheduling information of the date and time and location of your interview.
- Schedule a complete medical exam – You must complete your medical examination, along with any required vaccinations, before your scheduled visa interview date. Arrival at the interview without the medical exam completed will result on a delay issuance of your visa or possible non issuance.
- Gather Photographs and All Required Documents:
Appointment page, DS-260 confirmation page, passports, photos, original documents, english translations of the documents, certified copies and medical exam results and visa fees.
- Prepare Supporting Documents
The applicant and each family member who will accompany the applicant to the United States will need to submit original documents or certified copies of the documents listed below. You will also need to bring a photocopy of each document. You will be required to bring these documents to your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- BAC or 2 year qualified work experience certification + transcript of classes
- Birth Certificate (of individual and family if traveling with family)
- Marriage Certificate or divorce/death of spouse certificates (if appropriate)
- Police Records
- Medical Records (this will include required vaccinations to enter in America)
- Paying Fees
Before being interviewed, each applicant must pay the Diversity Visa Lottery fee. For DV-2018 and DV-2017 applicants the fee is $330 per person at the Embassy. This fee is nonrefundable, whether a visa is issued or not. There are no other fees associated with the DV process
Important Applicant Notice
Based on U.S. law, not everyone who applies for a visa will be found eligible to come to the United States. There are a number of possible reasons why someone might not qualify for a visa. The circumstances of each case are different. Approved visas generally are not available on the day of interview..
It is important that you do not make arrangements such as selling your house, car or property, resigning from your job or making non-refundable flight or other travel arrangements until you have received your immigrant visa..