The DV-2018 program registration period opens October 4th

The DV-2018 program registration period opens October 4th

The Diversity Visa (DV) 2018 program registration period will run from noon, EDT on October 4, 2016, through noon, EST November 7, 2016. The Department will conduct the DV-2018 program entirely electronically, including electronic entry. Paper entries will not be accepted.

The Department website for the submission of E-DV entries is Registered entries that comply with form submission instructions will result in the display of a confirmation screen page that contains the entrant’s name and confirmation number, which the entrant should print.

The confirmation screen page will provide information the entrant must use to check the status of his or her entry electronically through the Entrant Status Check available at

Only entrants who have their confirmation information will be able to check their Entrant Status and, if selected, receive application instructions and notification of their IV interview appointment. A link on the Entry Status Check page will allow entrants to retrieve their confirmation number by entering their email address, last name, and year of birth.

U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Tutorial: Submitting an Entry

Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website: during the registration period.

DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s public webpage at

The Department accepts DV entries ONLY through the E-DV site, which has complete instructions. There is no fee to enter. All entrants must print and retain their online confirmation page after completing their DV entries so that they will be able to check their entry status as explained below.

Entrants may prepare and submit their own entries or have someone submit the entry for them. Whether the individual submits an entry directly, or an attorney, friend, relative, etc. provides assistance, only one entry may be submitted in the name of each individual, and the entrant remains responsible for ensuring that the information is correct and complete. All entrants, including those not selected, will be able to check the status of their entry through the Entrant Status Check available at

It is very important for entrants to keep a record of their unique confirmation number until at least September 30, 2018. The confirmation number is the only way to check whether an entry has been selected and to obtain visa application and appointment information, if selected. The unique confirmation number helps to protect DV entrants against fraud, malfeasance, and problems with the mail.  Unscrupulous visa facilitators have been known to assist entrants with their entries, retain the confirmation page, and then demand more money in exchange for information on the entry. Entrants can avoid this by ensuring they receive the unique confirmation number at the time of entry.

Neither consular sections nor KCC may release confirmation numbers to the public, nor confirm whether or not an entrant has been selected. The only means by which an entrant may confirm selection and obtain appointment information is through the Entry Status Check.

The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.

Applicants must submit a recent photo taken within the last six months. Entries that include the same photo from the last DV year (DV-2017) will be disqualified.

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