Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

The United States Embassy in Algeria remains unable to resume routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proclamation will expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued. Applicants for immigrant visas covered by the Proclamation, including Diversity Visa applicants, who have not been issued an immigrant visa as of April 23 are subject to the Proclamation’s restrictions unless eligible for an exception. Individuals who have already been granted a DV  that was valid as of 11:59p.m. (EST) on before April 23, 2020, are not subject to the above-mentioned presidential proclamation. If your visa has expired or will expire before you are able to travel the US, you may apply for an extension once we have resumed normal visa processing. However, DV-2020 visas must be issued within fiscal year 2020 (no later than September 30, 2020). Thus, it will not be possible for us to issue or reissue any DV-2020 visas after the start of fiscal year 2021 on October 1, 2020. Please find more information here:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry.html

The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 55,000 immigrant visas would be available through random selection , starting in fiscal year 1995. The program 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.

To apply for a diversity visa, follow the steps on the Diversity Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov.  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

  1. Check your DV application status using the Entry Status Check function on the E-DV website.Entrants must have their confirmation number to access information through Entry Status Check. This is the ONLY website where Diversity Visa entrants are notified of their selection, provided instructions on how to proceed with their application, and notified of their immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. The Consular Section cannot provide results to DV entrants.
  2. DV selectees will find information on the KCC website about how to submit documents and which documents to bring to the interview
  3. KCC will inform DV selectees of their interview appointment dates once scheduled
  4. Prepare the required documents
  5. Create an account at ustraveldocs.com/dz before your visa appointment.
  6. Schedule a medical examination with the Embassy-approved physician in Algiers (PDF 628 KB) at least 15 days before your visa interview
  7. Attend your visa interview. You can learn more about the interview process
  8. If the visa is issued, your passport and documents will be available in approximately 7-10 business days at Aramex office that you already selected for pick up or delivery.
  9. If the visa is refused, the Consular Officer will provide you with further information.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. 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.