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Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration

Entries for the DV-2017 DV program begin at 12:00 EDT on October 1, 2015 and will close for entries on November 3, 2015.

The DV-2017 lottery will be conducted entirely electronically.  Paper entries are not accepted. The Department of State has established a dedicated website for the submission of E-DV entries.  After an entrant has completed the electronic entry form they will be given a confirmation number.  All entrants must print and keep their unique confirmation number.

Beginning May 3, 2016, entrants will enter their DV-2017 entry confirmation number into the Entrant Status check, available on the DV-2017 website (www.dvlottery.stat.gov) to find out whether their entry was selected or not. This is the ONLY way the Department of State will notify an entrant that they have “won the visa lottery”.  Only those entrants who have their confirmation information will be able to check their Entrant Status and if selected, they will receive application instructions and notification of their Immigrant Visa interview appointment. For DV-2017, the Department is also including a link on the Entry Status Check page that will allow entrants to retrieve their confirmation number by entering their e-mail address, last name, and year of birth. 

It is very important for entrants to keep a personal record of their unique confirmation number until at least September 30, 2017.  This 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 protects DV entrants against fraud, malfeasance, and problems with the mail. 

To enter the Diversity Visa program and be awarded an Immigrant Visa to the United States, you must meet either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program. You must have either a high school education or its equivalent, known as Form Six or School Leaving Certificate in the Pacific Region; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.  Not all occupations qualify.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience. For further details, please refer to our general website

There are NO COSTS or FEES to register for the DV program but once your entry has been selected and you have been informed of your Immigrant Visa interview appointment, you will be required to pay the non-refundable Diversity Visa fees on the day of the interview at the U.S. Embassy in Suva.You will be asked to pay the non-refundable DV fees ONLY on the day of your interview.  Other costs, such as fees for medical exams, for obtaining police reports, and for your eventual travel to the United States etc. will be born entirely by the Diversity Lottery winners and their qualifying family members.  Costs associated with qualifying for the visas, such as medical exams and police reports, will be explained to you directly by the Department of State or U.S. Embassy in Suva, after you win the lottery.

Important Notice: The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase and reporting of fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters pose as the U.S. government, and attempt to extract payment or favor from DV applicants. The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program.  Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV casework for applicants do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government.  Use of any outside intermediary or assistance for the DV application is entirely at the applicant’s discretion.