Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Open until November 7

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Open until November 7 (IIP)

The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually.  Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, including Indonesia.  For Fiscal Year 2018, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program.

Entry Period

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2018 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 7, 2016.  DO NOT wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays.  No late entries or paper entries will be accepted.  The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period.  The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries.  Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. 

Completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2018 Program

Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at dvlottery.state.gov.  We will not accept incomplete entries.  There is no cost to submit an entry form. 

We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help.  If someone helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number.  It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and unique confirmation number.  Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of your entry status.  Be wary if someone offers to keep this information for you.  You also should retain access to the email account listed in your E-DV entry.  See the Frequently Asked Questions on the DV website for more information about Diversity Visa program scams.  You may also wish to view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program, and step-by-step guidance to help you submit an entry.