U.S. Agencies Involved

Immigration Agencies

The Diversity Visa Program is administered at the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). This special Service Center is a branch of the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Only one KCC exists.

Your Visa Application is finalized at the U.S. Embassy or a U.S. Consulate in your home country or region. Embassies and Consulates are part of the State Department.

When you cross the U.S. border your papers are inspected by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer. CBP is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Your Green Card is issued by second branch of DHS handling immigration: U.S. Citizen and Immigrant Services (USCIS).

A third DHS agency involved with immigration is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE enforces immigration regulations inside the U.S.

In case of Adjustment of Status your application will be handled and finalized by USCIS.

Country Specific Rules
Most Embassies and Consulates have additional country specific requirements for Visa Applicants. Check the web pages of the Embassy or Consulate in your home country – that handles or will handle your application – for more information.

If the country where you now reside is not your country of citizenship you can in most cases finalize the Visa Application at an Embassy or Consulate in that country. You must have a valid Resident Card or a temporary work or study visa. Check the web pages of the Embassy or Consulate for details.

Web Pages First
If you need specific information for entering the DV-program or for submitting your Visa Application, first check the web pages of the Embassy or Consulate in your home country. If you cannot find the information there call or email the Embassy/Consulate and submit your question(s).

If you are a Selected Entrant have when you call your Case Number handy. If you email give in the subject line your Case Number. Give in the message also your Case Number as well as your FULL Name and Birth Date exactly as it appears on the Entrant Status Check.

Nota Bene. Some information for immigrants on the web pages of U.S. Embassies and Consulates is not applicable for DV winners. (E.g. the request for Form DS-2001 Notification of Applicant Readiness.)

For a world-wide list of U.S. Embassies and Consulates go to www.usembassy.gov

For information, requests, questions, regarding your Visa Interview after the appointment is scheduled: visaiv-ait@state.gov