The U.S. State Department has advised Diversity Visa (DV) selectees for 2023 whose cases are assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, to request reassignment to another embassy or consulate that processes DV applications, as operations are still suspended in Kabul.

Key Points:

  • To request reassignment, DV-2023 selectees whose cases are assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul must send an email to with subject line “Kabul Reassignment Request” and include the selectee’s:
    • Full name.
    • Date of birth.
    • Case number.
    • The name of the embassy or consulate to which the selectee would like the case reassigned.
  • The Kentucky Consular Center will send an email accepting the reassignment request or will ask for additional information.
  • DV case reassignment does not automatically schedule the selectee for an immigration visa interview.
  • Authorities will schedule an interview after the DS-260 immigrant visa application is processed, when the case number is current according to the Visa Bulletin, and when the embassy or consulate has an appointment available.

Additional Information: DV-2023 selectees must be physically present in the consular district where the embassy or consulate is located at the time of interview and have the right to remain in the country until the visa application is processed. More information regarding visa processing at specific posts is available here.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact

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