Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

Afghanistan is experiencing an intense third wave of COVID-19 cases throughout the country.  In response to the current outbreak, effective June 13 the Embassy’s Consular Section is suspending all visa operations. Those scheduled for appointments in coming days will be contacted directly to reschedule as soon as visa operations resume.

Applicants do not need to contact the Embassy to reschedule and should not come to the Embassy.  We acknowledge and regret the inconvenience to applicants, as we seek to protect the health of our staff and applicants to ensure we can fully support visa and other consular services going forward. 

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