The United States is Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Diversity Visa Program

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — The application period for the United States’ 2022 Diversity Visa (DV) program opened at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (9:00PM local time in Ashgabat), and closes at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (10:00PM local time in Ashgabat).

Each year, the U.S. Government makes 50,000 permanent residence visas available through the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program. Visa applicants are selected through a computer-generated, random lottery and distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to countries with lower rates of immigration to the United States. The selection of a person’s name in the lottery gives that person the opportunity to take the next steps in the visa application process.

Read the full instructions for applying for DV-2022 here:

Important information for applicants:

  • is the ONLY official website for submitting a Diversity Visa entry and checking your status. Beware of fraudulent websites and scams related to the Diversity Visa Program.
  • There is no fee to apply for DV-2022. Paying a company to prepare your application does not improve your chance of being selected. We strongly encourage you to complete your own entry.
  • If applying for DV-2022, you must list your spouse and all unmarried children under the age of 21, even if they will not be traveling with you.
  • You may only apply to DV-2022 once. Applying more than once will disqualify you from the program.
  • Do not reuse photos for Diversity Visa Program entries. Your photo must be taken within the last 6 months. Reusing photos will result in disqualification.
  • Keep your confirmation number. You will need it to check the status of your entry.
  • Safeguard your personal information to avoid scams in which someone submits an entry with your information and demands payment.

Beginning May 8, 2021, DV-2022 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at to see if their entry was selected.

Successful entrants are not notified by email of the status of their E-DV online entry. Any email claiming to notify entrants they have been selected for the DV program is not legitimate. Entrants can only access information on their application through the online Entrant Status Check at

For more information about the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, please contact the Public Affairs Section at