Diversity Visa

1. The Interview

2023 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
The Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) system will be open for entries beginning noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, and will close for entries at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.  We encourage entrants to apply early to avoid the possibility of system outages caused by extremely heavy demand.

Each year, the Department of State conducts a random selection of Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) applicants, based on allocations of available visas in each region and country, from all registered entries.

Starting May 8, 2022, information on the Entrant Status Check on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website is updated to inform all entrants if their online registration was selected or not.  You will need to enter your confirmation number, which you obtained when you filled out your entry form, to check your entry status.  If you have lost your confirmation number, you will not be able to check the status of your entry.  We will not be able to resend the confirmation number to you.

Please note: 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. Entrant Status Check is the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their selection.

Entrants in the Diversity Visa 2022 program may check the status of their entries on the E-DV website from May 8, 2021, through September 30, 2022.
Entrants in the Diversity Visa 2023 program may check the status of their entries on the E-DV website from May 8, 2022, through September 30, 2023.

If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check is the ONLY means by which selectees are notified of their selection. The Department of State does not mail out notification letters or notify selectees by email, and U.S. Embassies and Consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Individuals who have not been selected also will be notified ONLY through Entrant Status Check. You are strongly encouraged to access the Entrant Status Check yourself and not to rely on someone else to check and inform you.

Please refer to the DV Instructions for complete program rules and answers to Frequently Asked Questions from entrants.

 Beware of Diversity Immigrant Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters!

The U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe reminds citizens and residents of Tajikistan to use caution when working with private entities to apply for visas to the United States, particularly for Diversity Immigrant Visas.  The embassy regularly monitors reports of fraudulent facilitators, e-mails, letters, websites, phone calls, SMS, and print advertisements offering visa services.  None of these people are associated with the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe nor does the embassy endorse, certify, or approve of any of these services. For more information, please visit Diversity Visa Scams.  Do not fall victim!

2. Case Status
After you have completed the steps on the Diversity Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov, including submitting the required immigrant visa application form (DS-260), you may receive an email from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) to let you know that an interview has been scheduled for you.  The e-mail will instruct you to log into the Entrant Status Check on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website, using your DV entry confirmation number, to view the date, time and location of your interview.

You can learn more about the interview process on usvisas.state.gov.

3. After the Interview
At the end of your immigrant visa interview, the consular officer will inform you whether your visa application is approved or denied.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer.  Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply.  Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview.  When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.  You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on usvisas.state.gov.