How to Fill DV-2025 Lottery Application Form | Derivatives Section


How to Fill DV Lottery Application Form | Part Two: Derivatives Section

This is how to fill the Part two of the DV lottery application form, which is famously known as the DS-5501, the electronic diversity visa application form or entry form. This part two is called the Derivatives section.

Part two will depend if the main applicant has derivative. Derivative means dependence. So part two will depend if the person has dependence, if the person either has children or the person has got married in that particular way.

If you are married or if you have children, party two is open for you. But if you are not married, if you don’t have children, that means you apply as unmarried with no dependence, you will fill just part one, not part two.

See How to Fill Part One Section of DV Lottery Application Form: Entrant Information>>>

How to Properly Fill Out the DV Lottery Application Form (DS-5501)

Part Two: Derivatives

If you open this section of DV lottery form, it starts with the following:

13. Spouse 

Fill your spouse name, i.e your husband or wife name.

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13a. Birth Date

Fill your spouse (husband or wife) date of birth, start with month first, day and then the year, e.g 10/30/1990.

13b. Gender

Choose your spouse gender, i.e Male or Female

13c. City Where Spouse Was Born

Fill in the city where your spouse was born, enter birth city only, do not enter District/Country/Province/State.

13d. Country Where Spouse Was Born.

Choose the country where your spouse was born.

13e. Spouse Photograph

Photographs must be submitted at the time of eDV entry. Photographs that do not comply with all specifications, including but not limited to recency of the photos (must be taken in the last six months), composition of the photos, and unacceptable backgrounds are grounds for disqualification of the entire entry.

Any manipulation of photographs that alters the facial characteristics is grounds for disqualification of the entire entry. See examples on the Photo Examples page.

Please refer to the Instructions for the 2025 Diversity Immigrant Visa program (DV-2025) for technical specifications and compositional specifications for the digital image.

You will use one of the following methods to enter the image into eDV:

  • Take a new digital image.
  • Use a digital scanner to scan a recent photograph.

See Link to Photo Instructions/Photo Examples page

14. Child #1 Name

Fill in the name of your first child, starting with last name, first name and middle name.


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14a. Birth Date

Fill the date of birth of your first child, starting with month, day and year, e.g 09/25/1995.

14b. Gender

Choose your first child gender, male or female.

14c. City Where Child Was Born

Fill in the city where your first child was born, enter birth city only, do not enter District/Country/Province/State.

14d. Country Where Child Was Born

Select the country where your child was born.

14e. Child Photograph

Refer to same instructions in 13e above.

Click Continue

A page will appear where you will preview everything you have filled, make sure you through everything very well, confirm if everything is filled correctly, then you can click SUBMIT and then you have your success page.

If all parts are completed successfully, the entry will be submitted to the DV-2025 Processing Center. After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Make sure you print this confirmation screen for your records.

You must use your confirmation number to access the Entrant Status Check available on the E-DV website at from May 4, 2024, through September 30, 2025.  Entrant Status Check is the sole means by which the Department of State will notify you if you are selected, provide further instructions on your visa application, and notify you of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time.

To ensure the use of all available visas, the Department of State may use Entrant Status Check to notify additional selectees after May 4, 2024.  Retain your confirmation number until September 30, 2025, in case of any updates.  The only authorized Department of State website for official online entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is

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