Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

Great news! Visa applicants can now present all application materials on the day of the scheduled interview! The consular drop-box at the U.S. Embassy has been closed, and visa applicants no longer need to drop off documents in advance of their appointments. We are always striving to improve our customer service to the people of Myanmar and hope that this change will improve your U.S. visa application experience. For more information:


DV Program Registration:

The entry registration period for the 2020 Diversity Visa program (DV-2020) is between Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST).  To apply for (DV-2020) program, visit

Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here:

Checking your Entry Status:

You can check the status of your application beginning May 7, 2019 at  Entering your application confirmation information at is the only way to check the status of your entry. The Department of State will not mail notification letters or notify selectees by email.  U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. You are strongly encouraged to access yourself and not to rely on someone else to check and inform you.  

If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information about fees connected with immigration to the United States.

Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters

The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. Remember that fees for the DV application process are paid to the U.S. Embassy or consulate cashier at the time of your scheduled appointment. The U.S. government will never ask you to send payment in advance by check, money order, or wire transfer.

For DV-2020, there is a policy change. DV entries will now be disqualified if the entry includes individuals who are not an eligible spouse or child of the primary applicant. Previously, the DV instructions specified that a failure to list an eligible spouse or child would lead to disqualification. The added language will result in disqualification of DV entries that include someone who is neither a spouse nor child in addition to the past disqualification of entries that fail to include a spouse or child. Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified.

While DV applicants may receive an email from the U.S. government reminding them to check their status online through DV Entrant Status Check, they will not receive a notification letter or email informing them that they are a successful DV entrant. Applicants can only find out if they were selected to continue with DV processing by checking their status online through the DV Entrant Status.