Kentucky Consular Center
The Kentucky Consular Center was established by the U.S. Department of State in the year 2000 to take over administration of the Diversity Visa Lottery program from the National Visa Center, located in Portsmouth, NH.

U.S. Department of State Kentucky Consular Center is located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

There is only one Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). There are other organizations who use similar names or even domain names are in no way affiliated with the Department of State or KCC.

There is no fee to enter into the green card lottery.

All entries received from each geographical region will be individually numbered. After the end of the registration period, the computer system managed by Kentucky Consular Center will randomly select individuals from among all qualified entries received for each geographical region. All entries received during the registration period will have an equal chance of being selected within each region. Within each region, the first entry randomly selected will be the first case registered; the second entry selected will be the second case registered, and so on.

Winning Notification
The selected individuals will be notified by postal mail in the following year between May and July. The notification will contain the further instructions and the fees regarding getting an immigrant visa to immigrate to the U.S.

The KCC will continue to process the case until selected applicant are instructed to appear for a visa interview at a U.S. consular office or until those qualifying to change status in the U.S. apply at a domestic USCIS office.

No other organizations other than KCC are authorized to send any winning notification. If you receive any such communication from any one other than KCC itself, it must be fraud, scam or spam.

Notifications are never sent by email. However, if you respond to some query by KCC by email, they may send you the follow up correspondence by email. However, the initial notification will never be sent by email.

Those individuals who are not selected will not receive any notification. You can submit your entry again the next year. Unsuccessful entries from the previous year are not included in the subsequent year's entries.

U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of successful entrants.

Successful entrants's spouses and unmarried children under age 21 may also apply for visas to accompany or follow-to-join the principal applicant.

Time Schedule
In short, the schedule for DV-2020 is
October 2 to November 30, 2018 - Entry into the DV Lottery
March 2019 onwards - Can check the status online
May to July 2019 - Notification of winning
July 1, 2019 onwards - Online status check available
DV-2020 visas issued between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020

September 30 is the absolute deadline for DV for a given year. All the processing of entries and issuance of diversity visas must be completed by midnight on September 30, both to the primary applicants and their eligible family members. After that date, under no circumstances, any diversity visas can be issued if outside the U.S., no adjustment of status can be approved if inside the U.S., no family members can obtain DVs to follow-to-join the primary applicant in the U.S.

There is no provision to carry-over of DV benefits into the next year for persons who are selected but who do not obtain visas by the end of the deadline.

Over Selection
There are annually 50,000 Diversity Visas available. However, it is possible that some of the first 50,000 persons who are selected will not qualify for visas or even pursue their cases to visa issuance. Therefore, more than 50,000 entries (about the double, approximately 100,000) will be selected by the KCC to ensure that all of the available Diversity Visas are issued. However, this also means that there will not be a sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected. When the KCC sends the winning notification, it will also provide the person's place on the list. Those who are drawn late in the selection process have a high chance of not being able to get the diversity visa allotted to them.

KCC will send appointment letters to selected applicants four to six weeks before the scheduled interviews with the U.S. consular officers at overseas U.S. embassy/consulate. Diversity Visas will be issued every month to those applicants who are ready for issuance during that month, provided the visa-number is available.

Selected applicants who wish to receive visas must be prepared to act promptly on their cases.

According to registration lottery rank order, the visas will be issued each month, to those ready for visa issuance for that month.

Once all of the 50,000 Diversity Visas have been issued, the program will end. Therefore, in theory, it is possible that the visa numbers could be finished before the September.