Diversity Visa Program

We are only accepting applications from residents of Zimbabwe at this time. Non-resident applicants cannot currently apply for a U.S. visa in Zimbabwe and should reach out to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to their place of habitual residence resumes visa services.


If you received a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) with a date and time for a scheduled interview at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe, please disregard that date and time. The letter from NVC means that your case has been transferred to the Embassy in Zimbabwe for processing. We will email you with instructions and with a date and time for interview once you indicate you are documentarily ready. If you have not received instructions directly from ConsularHarare@state.gov within two weeks of receiving your letter from NVC, please email us.


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.

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.