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2023 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
September 11, 2023


The Department of State has issued all available diversity visas (DVs) for the 2023 Diversity Visa Program. As a result, U.S. Embassy Yaoundé will no longer process DVs for individuals selected in the 2023 program. All affected individuals have been contacted.

We acknowledge that the conclusion of the 2023 program may be disappointing to selectees who were unable to receive a visa. The 2025 Diversity Visa Program entry period will open in early October, and we encourage all who are eligible to apply.

The DV Program is limited to issuing approximately 55,000 visas each fiscal year. As communicated earlier, selection does not guarantee that an applicant will receive a visa interview or a visa.  Selection merely means that the person may be eligible to participate in the Diversity Visa program and may have a chance to apply for a visa.

Due to the probability that some of the first 55,000 persons selected will not qualify for visas or ultimately choose not to participate in the program, more individuals are selected to participate in the program each year than visas available. This is done to increase the likelihood that no visa goes unused.

The Department of State remains committed to facilitating travel for individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States and recognizes the important contributions diversity brings to our communities and the impact on the U.S. economy.