Diversity Visa

The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Skopje provides diversity visa services for residents of Kosovo.

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.

The E-DV system will be open for entries beginning noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 4, 2016, and will close for entries at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 7, 2016.

To read through application instructions and to find answers to frequently asked questions, visit the U.S Department of State’s Diversity Visa webpage. For instructions in Albanian, please click here (PDF 619KB). For more information on the diversity visa process, please read about the Diversity Visa process, step-by-step.

For those who have applied for a Diversity Visa:

  • Entrant Status Check is the sole means by which you will be notified if you are selected, provided further instructions on your visa application, and notified of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. The only authorized Department of State website for official online entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is dvlottery.state.gov.
  • The Department of State will not send you a notification letter or notify you of selection by email. Any email you receive from the Department of State will only direct you to the Entrant Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov.
  • We encourage selected entrants to complete the DS-260 visa application immediately so that an interview appointment at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be scheduled in the near future.
  • The DV program ends on September 30 of the DV program year. Qualified applicants and their family members must be issued visas on or before September 30.  We strongly advise applicants whose cases are pending additional documentation to provide the requested documents to the consular section as soon as possible.
  • The Department of State will not request any kind of payment except for the DV application fee which will be paid at the time of the interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Any entity claiming to be associated with the U.S. Government requesting payment via Western Union or through an online payment related to the DV program is fraudulent.