Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

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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.

DV-2021 Program

To participate in the DV-2021 Program, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Submit an entry for the DV-2021 program starting October 2, 2019 through November 5, 2019. Before submitting an entry, we strongly recommend that you read the instructions and Frequently Asked Questions. Once you have read the instructions, submit a Diversity Visa entry here.
  2. Check your DV application status using the Entry Status Check function on the E-DV website. Entrants must have their confirmation number to access information through Entry Status Check. Using the confirmation number on the E-DV website is the sole means by which Diversity Visa entrants are notified of their selection, provided instructions on how to proceed with their application, and notified of their immigrant visa interview appointment date and time.
  3. Wait to receive notification(for DV winners only) of your interview appointment date from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). Follow the instructions carefully.
  4. Schedule a medical examination with the Embassy-approved physician in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. All visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination. Your medical exam results will be given to you in a sealed envelope. Do not open the envelope. Opened medical exam results are invalidated and a new exam will be required at your expense. Medical exams from a doctor other than a designated panel physician will not be accepted. Instructions on medical examinations can be found here.
  5. Assemble the required documents for your Diversity Visa interview. Required documentation for an interview at the U.S. Embassy Ashgabat may be found here. We strongly recommend that you apply for police certificates from Turkmenistan and all countries where you have lived for more than one year since the age of 16. See instructions for obtaining a police certificate from Turkmenistan here. 
  6. Interview at the U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat. If issued, the Embassy will provide your visa in 1-2 business days. If refused, the Consular Officer will provide you with further information.
  7. Further information regarding the Diversity Visa program may be found here.
Documentation for Diversity Visa Interviews in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

If the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) informs you that you have been scheduled for an interview at the U.S. Embassy, please carefully review KCC instructions. The following documents are generally required for the Diversity Visa interview:

  1. Passport: An international passport and a copy of the biographical data page for each applicant. Passports should be valid for at least six months after the intended date of entry into the United States.
  2. DS-260 Confirmation Page: Click here for information on how to fill out your online immigrant visa application forms.
  3. Birth Certificates: Provide original birth certificates, with copy and English translation for each applicant.
  4. Marriage Certificates: Provide original marriage certificate (if married). For prior marriages, bring your marriage certificate and the original divorce certificate/death certificate of spouse. Documents must be original and include a copy and English translation.
  5. Medical Exam Results: Provide your medical exam results in a sealed envelope. Medical examination instructions can be found here.
  6. Police Certificates: Your Turkmenistan police certificate AND police certificates from all countries where you have lived for more than one year since the age of 16 are required. See instructions for obtaining a police certificate from Turkmenistan here.
  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: A total of seven 5×5 cm photos with a white background are required (you will need to provide three photos for the medical examination).
  10. Diversity Visa processing fee: $ 330.
  11. Education or Work Experience Documentation: The principal diversity visa applicant must have a high school education, OR two years of work experience in the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience.
Education Requirements
  • Provide 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 applicant 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.
  • The following are not acceptable: equivalency certificates (such as the G.E.D.), and vocational degrees that are not considered a basis for further academic study.


Work Experience:
  • Submit documentation to the U.S. Embassy 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.)