Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

U.S. Embassy Kabul has resumed immigrant visa interviews. The Consular Section is rescheduling applicants who had their interviews cancelled due to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section halting in person appearances because of COVID.  Once this phase is complete, the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, in coordination with the National Visa Center, will resume scheduling new immigrant visa appointments for applications that are documentarily complete.The Consular Section will schedule applicants in the order that they became documentarily qualified and will not have capacity for expedited appointments.

Due to ongoing COVID-mitigation measures, the Embassy will have a reduced appointment capacity. The health and safety of applicants and staff will be the first priority as the Consular Section resumes visa interviews and may require future cancellations or reductions in appointments. Applicants with a pending appointment or with a case that is ready for scheduling may still face significant delays.

Nonimmigrant visa interviews remain suspended due to COVID.

The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 55,000 immigrant visas would be available in an annual lottery, starting in fiscal year 1995. The lottery aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States in the previous five years.

You can learn more about the Diversity visa Program on usvisas.state.gov.