Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 55,000 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  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.

Documents Required for Immigrant Visa Interviews in Ashgabat
  1. Passport: An international passport and a copy of the biographical data page for each applicant. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of entry into the U.S.
  2. Immigrant Visa Application: Click here for information on how to fill out your online immigrant visa application forms.
  3. Birth Certificates: Original birth certificates, with copy and translation into English for all applicants.
  4. Marriage Certificates: Copy and original of your marriage certificate (if you are married). For those with prior marriages, bring your marriage certificate, a copy and translation into English and the original divorce certificate/death certificate of spouse, if applicable, with a copy and translation into English.
  5. Medical Exam ResultsYour medical exam results in a sealed envelope.
  6. Police CertificatesYour Turkmen police certificate AND police certificates from all countries where you have lived for more than one year since the age of 16.
    Contact the Embassy in advance of your interview for assistance in obtaining your Turkmen police certificate.
  7. Court and Prison Records: If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, submit copies and originals of all relevant court and prison documents.
  8. Military Record: Copy and original (if applicable).
  9. Photos: 7 photos 5×5 cm, with white background (you will need three of these for the medical examination forms).
  10. Diversity Visa processing fee $ 330. 

Education: The principal diversity visa applicant must have a high school education, or its equivalent, OR two years of qualifying work experience in the last five years.

Education: Submit to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at your interview, a certificate of completion equivalent to a U.S. diploma, school transcripts, or other evidence issued by the person or organization responsible for maintaining records, which specifies the completed course of study. The diversity visa selectee must have completed a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education in the U.S. or a comparable course of study in another country, sufficient in itself to qualify a student to apply for college admission. The following are not acceptable:

  • Equivalency certificates (such as the G.E.D.) are not acceptable.
  • Vocational degrees that are not considered a basis for further academic study will not be considered equivalent to U.S. high school education.

Work Experience: Submit documentation to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at your interview demonstrating that you have two years of qualifying work experience in the last five years immediately prior to application. Qualifying work experience must be in an occupation that, by U.S. Department of Labor O*Net Online Database definitions, requires at least two years of training or experience that is designated as Job Zone 4 or 5, classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating of 7.0 or higher. (See the section on Confirm Your Qualifications for information about using O*Net Online.)