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January 2, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Hi, I have to have been selected further processing for 2017. The problem I am having now when I was in secondary school I used my surname and first name which is on my secondary school certificate with my picture. But when I travelled to the UK for tertiary I included my middle name on my application forms to tally with my passport. Now I am due to go for interview my secondary school certificate has the 2 names with my picture without my middle name what can I do. The winning applicant name has all the 3 names
January 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm
There is nothing to “do”. The education documents just need to be shown as yours.
January 4, 2017 at 6:59 pm
I hear the Embassy doesn’t accept affidavit any more
January 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Which embassy? Which type of affidavit?
January 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm
American Embassy in Ghana. To swear an affidavit to include a middle name for the secondary school certificate
January 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm
OK that would not be a surprise. An affidavit in Ghana (where fraud levels are high) is pretty much worthless. The interview process itself is just as convincing (and legally powerful).
January 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm
Hi, I have been selected and my interview date is in February 2017. Please I have all my document ready except a sponsor. My question is can this affect my chance as I don’t have a sponsor (petitioner).
January 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm
My recommendation is always to put some preparation into showing how you will not become a public charge. That could be by staying with a family member, having significant savings or having an I-134 (sponsor). If you choose to have NONE of that, you are increasing your risk. That is up to you.
January 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm
Please is it late to look for a sponsor now as my interview is in February.
January 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm
Of course it is not too late. You may be asked about a sponsor at the interview. You don’t have to provide details prior to the interview.
January 4, 2017 at 3:07 am
Thanks a lot you are a God sent.
January 4, 2017 at 4:11 am
I think, till I have my been to the interview this page is where I will be sleeping.
I have read your “article” on “All about public charge, affidavit of support, I-134” (There are several African countries where the “host” system serves to satisfy the requirements.). Now i have somebody in US who will be hosting me and my family if I should sail thru with the interview (I have indicated this host on the DS-260). Please do I still need him to send an “affidavit of support”. If YES and the host is not ready to send me his “affidavit of support”, can I fall on another relative who is ever ready to assist me with that (“affidavit of support”). Please tell how to go about it.
January 4, 2017 at 6:09 am
Whether they accept a host or not depends on which embassy. They will be interested in how you know the host. AI-134 is an alternative. Get one if you want to be safer.
January 4, 2017 at 11:58 am
HI BRTISMON I HAVE ONE QUESTIONS MY CASE NUMBER IS 21500 how many chance i will get secound latter FROM ETHIOPIA
January 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm
You will get it. Patience.
January 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm
I am Kweku from Ghana, I have been selected for a dv lottery interview in Feb. 2017.
Please I have read some of your dv lottery articles.
I will be very grateful if you would assist me with answers to these questions.
a) Post Graduate Degree: I have completed but graduation is in February 2017 (i.e. after my
interview). Please can this affect my chance.
b) First Degree (Ready) This is from a university
c) H.N.D (Ready) This is from a Polytechnic
d) S.S.C.E (The school one I used to fill DS-260 is missing, but I have the Private S.S.C.E
results). Please can this affect me.
NB: Q1 a, b and c is tertiary education, and d, is the minimum educational requirement. I have arranged them from the most current. OR Highest to the lowest.
a) My wife was on the entrant form I filled for the dv lottery, by then we don’t have a child so I
left the column empty. We have a child now whom I included when filling the DS-260 form
(Did I do the right thing).
b) What document will be required of my my wife. (Anyway she is a Health Tutor in a Nursing Training College).
c) What document will be required of the child. (He is 1 yr. 3 months old).
d) My wife still uses her family name (Surname) and this name is on all her documents. Will these pose a
problem. (We have the marriage certificate and wedding pictures with family and friends).
Q3, Affidavit of Support
a) Please do we need to provide this at the interview, OR only our host is what will be
b) If affidavit of support will be needed can we get that from a different person as the one to
host us said he won’t be able to do that. (Actually we have somebody who is ready to do
that for us. Both in the state).
Q4, Please kindly list all the documents that we have to get ready for the interview.
Thank you in advance.
Please I have read the things on this site(https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/interview/prepare-for-the-interview.html) but can’t understand some of the things there.
January 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Wow. Lots of questions.
1a to d. No problem. Take all the proof you have for all courses.
b. The link you provide has the list of documents needed. She will not need education documents.
c. Birth cert, passport and medical.
d. No problem.
a. In Ghana they are most interested in the host. An I-134 isn’t normally requested, but can be at the discretion of the CO.
b. Yes it can be from someone other than your host. State is unimportant.
4. You have the link that provides the document list. Go through that as it depends on your situation.
January 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm
Thanks for the very quick response.
I’ll check the link again, please can I still contact if I have some challenge after reading.
January 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm
I am a cameroonian got admission into nigerian law school in june 2011 in July 2011 went to Nigeria was there from July to december 2011 returned to Cameroon for Xmas break resumed school in Nigeria was there from january to March returned to Cameroon for intership returned to Nigeria in July 2011 took exams in August 2012 returned to Cameroon and finally in November 2012 went to nigeria for graduation and since then i have been living in Cameroon recently in 2016 may to July i was in Nigeria for a training peogram.
My questions are
Can i be consider to have been resident in Nigerian for a period of 12months and above ans do i need a police certificate from nigeria ?
January 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm
Just get the police cert to be on the safe side.
January 7, 2017 at 7:06 am
Please if am getting the police certificate for what period?
January 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm
THat depends on the issuing authority in that country. In most countries the police cert covers all dates. Use your judgement about your case.
January 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm
I’m Akua from Ghana, and a have been selected for a DV lottery interview. please my problem is all my certificates have been laminated. Can this affect my chances.
January 7, 2017 at 10:38 pm
I don’t know.
April 26, 2017 at 2:19 pm
It didn’t affect me. My birth cert was laminated. Hopefully it wouldn’t be an issue for you too.
January 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm
I’m 2017 Dv winner
I played single and got married afterward
and my wife have a kid by her first partner (they were not marry).
I have filled in my DS260 form in which I included my wife and her kid( my stepchild)
A) On the form I made a mistake not to mention her previous spouse, would that affect my case?
B) there was also mistake made in my sure name during the Dv entrance, instead of
FORKPAH my sure sure, it was written FORKPA
Can you advice?
January 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm
B. People not managing to spell their own name creates suspicion and therefore risk. That risk is reduced, but not eliminated, but correcting the error on the DS260.
January 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm
Dear Birt ,
I wish you health and peace .I’m from Ethiopia and my CN is AF193… would you estimate my interview date right now ? in fact I have submitted DS-260 form on may 31/2016 . I’m second year master degree student and I apply in my original application as some graduate course .so, what can i do for interview ? when can i start document authentication ?
January 13, 2017 at 7:31 pm
Ethiopia is at 19200 for March interviews, so April seems likely.
Don’t worry about what the application said in terms of education, just take all documentation for educationn to the interview (High school and above).
Start documentation when you get the 2NL.
January 14, 2017 at 3:41 am
thank you..May God bless for your immediate response !
August 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm
I have a similar question. I selected ‘some graduate-level courses’ in DV entry, whereas I was in my third year of Bachelor studies. Can this affect my chances during the interview? In DS 260, I indicated my high school diploma and current education.
August 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm
No impact on the interview – just make sure the DS260 is accurate.
January 18, 2017 at 6:59 am
My interview will be late February 2017 at the Kenyan embassy, got all things ready exept for sponsor document (i-134) which i was wondering if i must provide at the interview, i have a relative in the US who agreed to host me and provided her address in DS260. Must she also fill the affidavit of support ( i-134)?
January 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm
If they ask for it, you must provide it. They don’t always ask for it. If they do – it will delay your case.
January 27, 2017 at 10:45 am
My wife is a dv winer of 2017 and her interview is on March 6. Firstly she applied single and got married after 2nl. Can I update as beneficiary? would that affect? Please advise me
January 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm
As soon as she was married she should have unlocked her DS260, and added you to her case. Now, because the case is scheduled, it is harder. Contact the embassy and see what they instruct you to do.
February 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm
I have a question regarding the police certificates. I have been living in the UK for six months and previously lived in the US for many years. I have a UK police certificate, but not an American one. Should I obtain a police certificate from the US to bring to my interview, or is that unnecessary given the many internal background checks that are part of an applicant’s screening?
I appreciate your help!
February 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm
February 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Hi Mr Brit
As a dv winner 2017…..i don’t have job qualification but I have only education level 12 grade transcript it is enough for interview cos I am worried regarding that case?
Thanks in advance
February 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm
You should check the embassy website to see if they clarify the education requirement.
March 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm
Thank you Brit, God bless you for the good work! 🙂
March 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm
Dear simon,, when I try to create an account for the interview ,first it says write your given name it gives an example as John Miguel &last name gives as example as John garcia, amy a bit confused whether should I write my name including middle name && for the last name should I also include my middle name?
March 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm
It’s just for the courier – don’t overthink it.
March 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm
My case is AF00022xxx (Egypt), I got my 2NL with an interview schedule in May. By registration in cgifederal.secure.force.com (to start the medical exam and prepare for the interview) I got the transaction confirmation page (with the document delivery address).
My question is, in this link while I reached that confirmation page:
– I still notice that the “fee payment is 0$”. Does that mean all the payments will be at the embassy office?
– I still notice “No appointment is currently scheduled”. Is it normal while the interview is already scheduled as per the 2NL?
Thanks in advance,
March 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm
2. yOUR APPOINTMENT IS SCHEDULED, SO YES THAT IS NORMAL.
April 5, 2017 at 11:18 am
Good morning Brit,
When I played the DV I was using JOHN PAUL RICKS….But now all my recent documents have PAUL JOHN RICKS. And my 2nl already came for May. Is it too late to make corrections? Can that be a problem during interview?
April 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm
You should have listed your legal name in the DS260 and mentioned the other version of the name. It is too late to change that now. I don’t know what documents have the other name in – so I can’t answer completely – but it may cause a problem during interview depending on exactly what you did.
April 13, 2017 at 8:00 am
This mistake was made by the 3rd party that entered my particulars in the form. But it’s still me, I think if KCC check the dv entrants they will see my picture.
April 13, 2017 at 8:06 am
And just a question Brit. Is it safe for me to write my embassy or KCC to explain the situation?
April 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm
Blaming a third party for this is NONESENSE. You are responsible for the entry and the DS260, no matter who filled them in on your behalf. Yes you can write to the embassy or KCC, but the risk will continue because YOU, not a third party, are responsible for your entry.
April 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm
Good day.i need assistance with affidavit support can someone please help me with an affidavit support even you Brit Simon.please.im from Botswana.my interview is on May 25th.Thank you.
April 6, 2017 at 1:50 pm
An AOS from a stranger is worthless.
April 27, 2017 at 6:22 am
1.Hello Brit, I hope you are doing great. I told you before about my step daughter birth certificate, she is using my name on her birth certificate and I am not the biological father. She was disown at the time of her mother pregnancy and you told me I should not adopt her and I listing to your advice. Now we are scheduled for interviews, did I need any court documents or just I should go for the interviews?
2. Can we be deny because my name is on my daughter birth certificate with out adoption process? Thanks our heto
April 28, 2017 at 12:33 am
1. Take whatever documents you have but if the child is your step daughter through marriage that is all you need to prove.
2. Not normally – no.
April 27, 2017 at 11:12 am
Hi Brit I’m Chris from Liberia I’m part of the 2017 selectee and I have not submit my ds260 yet,can I submit any time?
April 28, 2017 at 12:27 am
You can probably still submit it now – but don’t wait any longer.
May 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm
I got selected for diversity visa lottery from Nepal and I am studying in India and I can easily get police clearance certificate in case of Nepal but it seems hard to obtain from Nepal . Since Nepal and India are open border and no requirement of visa are required . I think it’s not appropriate to disclose as nothing are shown on passport and I got other relevant document of study of high school from Nepal. Will that be okay?
May 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm
Is it OK to lie?? No.
May 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm
I got selected for diversity visa lottery from Nepal and I am studying in India and I can easily get police clearance certificate in case of Nepal but it seems hard to obtain from India . Since Nepal and India are open border and no requirement of visa are required . I think it’s not appropriate to disclose as nothing are shown on passport and I got other relevant document of study of high school from Nepal. Will that be okay?
May 28, 2017 at 5:41 am
I’m a Liberian, I was selected in the 2016 dv program and up to this time I have not summited my form to KCC. I’m late now or can I summit it in June and still be qualify for an interview?
May 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm
I’m assuming you mean DV2017. If so, you *might* still get an interview if you submit your DS260 now. Maybe.
June 5, 2017 at 10:50 pm
What is the advantage of affidavit support in the dv program?
June 5, 2017 at 11:52 pm
June 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm
Is your photo ur important after playing when you are selected like this year or is ur park cage documents
June 8, 2017 at 4:10 am
I have no idea what you mean.
June 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm
1. Can a visa be denied on the spot (without further inquiry) because you lost your high school diploma and had to get a duplicate from the school?
2. Does the medical test involve a DNA testing or you have to swear an oath during the interview that your children are yours? And
Usually, the embassy has to receive your medical (sometimes directly) from the hospital, otherwise the interview will not go on?
June 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm
1. Visas can be denied for various reasons – but usually people are given time to produce missing documents.
2. Sometimes DNA tests are required.
Procedures about medicals vary by country.
June 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm
brit me and my wife are winners of dv lottery 2018. i want to ask u about affidative support form…when did this form need to be signed
June 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm
Shortly before the interview.
June 28, 2017 at 12:29 am
Pls i’m from Ghana, If I have to complete my dv260 in the month of July 2017, which month will i go to the interview
June 28, 2017 at 1:09 am
June 28, 2017 at 1:52 am
Hi Simon, I saw that you were advising a lot NOT to reschedule appointments.
However, I have an appointment at the London US Embassy in 1 week (DV-2017 EU00024***) and I will not be able to provide all of the required documents (especially the medical, which is scheduled for the end of July), and maybe not my home country police clearance which is taking more time than expected. I also got injured 2 weeks ago (bone fracture) which didn’t help at all in the process as you can imagine…
Should I still go to the interview without those documents? Or should I try to reschedule it via https://ais.usvisa-info.com, despite the warning message that says “ATTENTION: DIVERSITY VISA APPLICANTS – it is strongly recommended that you do NOT reschedule your visa appointment, and that you keep your original appointment date. Rescheduling your visa appointment may result in the loss of your visa number, which would disqualify you from the Diversity Visa program. If you are unable to attend your visa appointment, contact the Immigrant Visa Unit via our website and request an appointment change.”
I have contacted the Immigrant Visa Unit 2 weeks ago through https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/iv-contact/ but without response… Also called NVC, KCC, and the US Embassy call center, without any luck, they all redirect me to the same form.
I don’t know what to do 🙁
Thanks for your help
June 28, 2017 at 2:53 am
So you know I advise people NOT to reschedule.
The USVisa website advises NOT to reschedule.
But you are still asking…
Don’t reschedule. Make the appointment and follow up with missing documents.
June 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm
You’re never too sure… 🙂 Thank you. I’ll let you know how it goes
July 12, 2017 at 9:20 am
Hi Brit,I am Eric from Ghana, i won 2017 dv lottery but I was denied with tourist visa 2016 and my wife divorce me afterwards, so when I was filling the dv lottery in Oct I made it single can this affect my visa? And if yes what should I do?
July 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm
You are likely to be denied. You should have said divorced. If you didn’t choose divorced, you lied, and Ghana routinely reject people they suspect to be liars.
July 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm
What of me showing to the CO the divorce cert because I hv the divorce cert that the court gave me
July 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm
THat would be fine if you had entered divorced.
July 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Good day,I won the 2017 I feel the form I’m waiting for the answer but I like to know what should I start to prepared,I have no idea,I want start before the interview. Thanks
July 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm
July 20, 2017 at 10:17 am
Can I schedule my medical from any hospitals or what…
July 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm
No, it must be someone approved by the embassy. Flow their instructions.
July 21, 2017 at 10:44 am
Hi Brit May God richly bless you for the wonderful work you are doing for Africa and other related countries, I won the lottery with my daughter which the mother has gone with her after divorcing with her ,will that affect my visa if I don’t go to her during the interview date if yes pls I need your help as to how to go about it.Thanks
July 21, 2017 at 10:46 am
Sorry will I be denied without going with my daughter for the interview date?
July 21, 2017 at 11:54 am
I don’t understand the question – you hadn’t mentioned a daughter. Are you now saying that you also left a child off the entry?
July 21, 2017 at 11:58 am
Ahh I see why you are asking about a daughter. So – you listed the daughter – that is good, and no you do not have to apply for a GC for the daughter as your ex-wife has the child. BUT you still have risk because you entered the incorrect marital status in the entry. They may forgive that *IF* you are honest and there are no other “surprises”.
July 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm
I’ve been selected for DV-2018 my case number is about 2018AF38XX, DS-260 submitted in 11 May,
When i fellow your instructions to the website dvselectee > Prepare Supporting Documents i checked my country’s PDF file and i found that i must “follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca” Morocco.
Step 1: Register your document delivery address online http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ma/
My Question is: should i start registering from now, or should i wait for 2NL, or after the interview?!
Thanks for your help.
July 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Wait until the 2NL
July 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm
Hi britsimon am Gitanga from Kenya,i won the 2018 diversity lottery,i submitted my ds 260 on june 2017,when do I expect for the medical/interview?case 2018AF000XXXX
July 31, 2017 at 1:30 am
July 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm
Hi Simon,when will dv2018 interview start?
July 31, 2017 at 1:26 am
August 14, 2017 at 11:39 pm
I recently obtained the police certificate Italy because I was studying there although my wife’s VB number is EU14xxx and obviously we haven’t been received the 2NL yet. Is that a problem, or it has to be obtained after the 2NL ?
And something more complicated.
The reciprocity for my country (Greece) requires :
The Penal Record for Judicial Use (Piniko Mitroo gia Dikastiki Hrisi) is provided for Greek and non-Greek nationals residing Greece, as well as to Greek citizens living outside of Greece. This version is preferable to the Penal Record for General Use (Piniko Mitroo gia Geniki Hrisi), because it is more comprehensive and often contains records for convictions that have been administratively deleted from the General Use version.
The thing is that our interview will be scheduled in my wife’s country (Romania) and the Penal Record for Judicial Use CAN NOT be obtained by a citizen (it goes internally through services. For example if the interview was in Greece, the minister of justice would send the document directly to the US embassy of Athens).
I was able to acquire the Penal Record for General Use though.
What would you advice me to do? Contact the American embassy in Romania and let them know?
August 14, 2017 at 11:54 pm
Yes you might need to apply for the Italian police cert again.
You haven’t made clear where you are living, but as a general principle, if a reciprocity page says you cannot get a police cert, then you are not expected to provide it. You can simply show the reciprocity page at the interview.
August 15, 2017 at 9:37 am
I am currently living in Romania with my wife. I haven’t been in Italy since my studies in 2012 and the certificate has been acquired in late June. How can I be sure if i will need to acquire a new one? Should I call at the embassy where the interview will take place?
The embassy’s Instructions for police certificates says:
If you are older than 16 years of age: The original police certificate from your country of current residence and any
countries of previous residence where you lived for one year or more. If these three items are all true, you must bring a
more recent police certificate to the interview:
1. You are older than 16 years;
2. You obtained a police certificate more than one year ago; and
3. You still live in the country that issued the police certificate.
So considering that this is about my current residence, the requirements for other countries will at least be valid for 1 year duration of the police certificate. What is your understanding?
August 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm
Can you PROVE you have not been to Italy in that timeframe? Why take the risk of delay?? Just get a new one nearer the interview.
August 16, 2017 at 4:51 am
I see your point.
One last thing. When submitting the DS260 as primary occupation I put Not Employed as I had moved recently in the country.
If that changes I should open the DS260 to change my work status?
August 16, 2017 at 4:54 am
Ideally yes – but it isn’t a big deal.
August 23, 2017 at 10:38 am
Hi brit i was selected and i am Somali i was educated in Somalia secondary and university.
I hear that secondary certificates and university degrees from secondary schools and universities in Somalia are not allowed by US
Is there any risk to my case?
August 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm
The only way to know is at the interview.
August 31, 2017 at 7:21 pm
Hi Brit,tanks for the good work u r doing and ur assist,may God richly bless u
I have been selected for 2018 dv but cos of financial problems I couldn’t pass the waec but I later wrote an entrance exams at IPS and later enrolled in diploma program 2013,but am writing Nov Dec to enable me to do my degree program at the university,
My question is
1.will that effect my visa?
2.which of the cert should I go with during the Interview
3.if yes what do I do?
August 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm
1. Possibly yes
2. Take everything you have
3. Prepare as well as you can.
September 1, 2017 at 10:19 am
Tanks for ur quick response but the Nov Dec result I had is best and the diploma is also better and that of the main one wasn’t good as u know and u said I should go with all, but here in Ghana the waec cert we hv two types the private and the school type but here is the case that I hv all the two but the school one isn’t good
My question again is
1.when they ask where did I studied I hv to tell them by given them the school cert,how will I explain to them cos I was told u don’t need to talk more
2.its possible to give them the better one in addition to the diploma?
3.with ur response u said I should prepare well by which means will I prepare well,i really need ur advice tanks
September 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm
1. Just be honest and answer questions truthfully.
2. Yes, but take both.
3. Read the instructions, prepare documents, be determined to be honest/accurate.
September 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm
Ooh tanks Brit am so impressed, may God bless ur entire generation for the good and wonderful work u r doing for the entire world
September 1, 2017 at 1:59 am
Hi Brit I think I should take this opportunity to thank u.it was like this when i was down in africa suffering and I remember asking u a lot about the interview process and trust me ur advise helped me, I have now stayed in America for 1 year,it was like a dream but finally came to pass thanks a lot our interview was the easiest thing I have ever seen
September 1, 2017 at 2:27 am
Well thank you for stopping by. I hope you are building a wonderful life.
September 1, 2017 at 2:30 am
Indeed I am
September 1, 2017 at 9:31 am
Good day.i am a DV 2017 winner and i have been issued visa in August,but I will be going to USA in November.is it ok to go after September 30th or I’m suppose to go before the deadline of September 2017?Will I be allowed entry?
September 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm
After September 30th is no problem.
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