Judge Mehta has release an order/opinion that is a very good win for DV2021 cases. Congratulations and thanks goes to the legal eagles that have fought this battle!
- He tells the government to do as many interviews as possible before September 30th.
- He blocks the prioritization (Tier 4 ) for DV2021 cases. That is VERY important.
- He is instruction the lawyers to give a joint status report on September 23
- He is considering preserving visas for issuance after the end of the fiscal year.
- He did not give priority to the named plaintiffs. This additional effort could apply to any case.
- Rosales and Goodluck cases are being combined.
The order itself can be seen here.
This could see some additional interviews being booked between now and the end of the month – but I think it will be hard to add many thousands of cases in such a short timeline. So – it is likely that the report due on September 23 will be used to determine how many visas should be preserved for later issuance.
There is much we don’t know at this point – so please be patient while things get worked out
You can see my thoughts here:
September 9, 2021 at 23:02
what does this mean for dv 2022 ?
September 11, 2021 at 19:20
Various things. Too complex to give you a simple answer.
September 9, 2021 at 23:12
What about DV2020 (9095)??
September 11, 2021 at 19:20
They have to wait for the final order from Judge Mehta.
September 9, 2021 at 23:56
Mr Brit, thanks again for your effort, hope many people could get our visas ! Kind of dissapointed because plaintiffs dind’t get any priority.
September 10, 2021 at 00:39
Thanks so much sir Brit
At least one has hopes
September 10, 2021 at 00:46
Judge is saying he is not forcing any embassies which are in lockdown situation. In Srilanka , on August 11th they cancelled all DV interviews and country had a lock down bt most essential services worked. During the lockdown even embassy processed student visa interviews. And embassy was not totally closed. They had staff on roster basis… With judge’s order can Colombo embassy still refrain from doing interviews? we still have country lockdown at the moment
September 10, 2021 at 08:21
Same here in Australia. They’re processing ‘emergency’ visas but no DV obviously.
September 11, 2021 at 05:10
@Nikki, reckon we are a chance of getting into the Sydney embassy by Sep 30th?
September 11, 2021 at 19:22
The Judge’s order will not tell embassies to reopen if the area is in lockdown.
September 10, 2021 at 01:08
I am a named plaintiff in Goh case. After JM’s decision today, I received an email from Greg Siskind’s office about further course of action I should take. He has mentioned that if you are documentarily qualified do this if not do that. Everything is about being documentarily qualified or not. But, I don’t know what does documemtarily qualified mean. I searched everywhere on your website but could not find it’s definition.
In my case I submitted documents to KCC and received the acknowledgement email in few minutes from them and that’s it. I have not received any email from them.
So, please help me understand if I am documentarily qualified or not. Thanks!
September 10, 2021 at 01:52
Hi KB, Once KCC send an email in this format..it is called documentray qualified email. Check whether you got this one.”
“Congratulations! Our records indicate that your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview when your case number becomes current and appointments are available. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on region and which case numbers have already been processed.
All DV 2021 interviews must be concluded by September 30, 2021. Please refer to the visa bulletin at travel.state.gov to locate the current numbers being processed. This bulletin is updated after the 15th day of each month. Once an interview date has been scheduled, you will receive notification via the email address listed on your DS-260 to check dvprogram.state.gov for details”
September 12, 2021 at 19:36
Thank you very much Indika for sharing this. It really helped me. So, I have one more question –
Is 2 NL nothing but the Documentarily Qualified emai?
September 12, 2021 at 22:36
NO! The 2NL is the interview scheduling email.
September 10, 2021 at 05:42
No, you are not Documentarly qualified. unless you receive email from kcc telling u that you are ready for scheduling. So you need to check your email again and also ask kcc if they are satisfied with your sent documents. Btw when did u sent your document? And what did Greg Siskind’s office tells you to do if you are not documentarly qualified?
September 12, 2021 at 19:41
Thank you for reply. I sent docs on 20th April 2021. Siskind’s office asked me to follow up with the KCC to get documentarily qualified.
September 11, 2021 at 19:23
Being DQ means you sent all your documents and you have received an email saying your case is ready for interview scheduling. Sounds like you are not DQ.
September 10, 2021 at 01:26
Is there any possibility to cancel Dv 2023 and take the DV winners of 2020&2021. I don’t think that I will get any chances of getting my interview date before September.
September 11, 2021 at 19:24
That would be illegal, and its the wrong answer to the problem. The government should increase resources to get the work done.
September 10, 2021 at 01:59
Brit, . So with judge’s order you say ” He blocks the prioritization (Tier 4 ) for DV2021 cases” .. does this means he made DV as mission critical????/ That is the word we like to hear
September 11, 2021 at 19:24
September 10, 2021 at 04:46
This is good information. Hope more better that it arrives soon about DV2021
September 10, 2021 at 06:30
Yes it is a Win ! a win for everyone exept us Goh plaintiffs , We filed this lawsuit on April 9th , we paied high fees for it , we were waiting and following updates day and night since that day ! without us there would be no lawsuit no good calendar like this … no relief ..
1) So can you explain us why we should be happy about this judment ?
2) What was the interest of being named plaintiffs if everyone is the same ? (exept paying 2000$) ??
3) Could you imagine if you were in our situation ? what would be your reaction ?
Any way congratulation for those who will benefit from it… And for us lets think about another projet in our Life
September 10, 2021 at 14:17
1. Because it is a win for everyone, including Goh plaintiffs.
2. You’re asking someone who has spent the last 8 years using his spare time and money to help strangers on the internet, so maybe you should a more selfish person for a more satisfying answer.
3. I would be thrilled to get help for myself AND help others! But as I mentioned in 2, you and I are probably of different characters.
So if I understand it, you would only have been happy if Goh plaintiffs “won” and others lost their chance. OK, clear.
September 11, 2021 at 10:00
-No i would be happy if Goh plaintiffs gets priority and other gets chances by reservation of visas , because we start the lawswit without us (and plaintiffs in genral) DV programme would be Over on Septembre 30th , Gomez plaintiffs had priority by Pi last year and most of the plaintiffs had their interviews
-And to answer to a point you mentionned on your live video , Watch videos of lawyers (each monday for impact team and each Wendsday for charles Kuck in his live session) from april to August they were always talking only about plaintiffs , that this is not a class action so we are fighting for our plaintiffs …. This is the logic of a mandamus action even on your previous videos from April you was thinking and telling pepole same thing !
other thing i’m not a selfish person i am 21 Years old i’m student i had to work hard to pay my fees at school and the fees of lawyer on that particular Goh case…. So no i’m not a selfish but this is a one life chance … so it is normal to try to maximize my chances and i make more efforts than a non plaintiffs to get benefit for everyone
And finally for the point 2 a really appreciate the work you do for DV winners for free , i’m also volonteer in 2 association to help pepole (not for DV or immigration) but i put lot of my time helping pepole
So sharing your screen during a live session to tell pepole that i’m selfish and terrible personne is not a really nice thing , hope that you will in your next live give me the right of reply by sharing details here
September 11, 2021 at 17:43
I did NOT say you are a terrible person – please don’t put words in my mouth that I didn’t say.
September 11, 2021 at 18:39
The order isn’t preventing Goh Plaintiffs from further processing. So, why are you banging your head hard ? Isn’t it good that everyone’s getting their chance? Don’t be so selfish bro ! Just chill and enjoy the life ! ??
September 10, 2021 at 08:21
Hello britsimon. Thnks for the summerized version of this.
Quick question,. Does this mean that even those who never joined any Lawsuit will benefit from the ruling, should visas be reserved beyond September?
September 11, 2021 at 19:31
Could benefit, yes.
September 10, 2021 at 10:52
I m winner of Dv21 . My interview schedule in September. My sponsor little bit hesitated to fill I134. He is well established in US with the good profession. When he see the I 134 bit hesitated to fill it. Is there any issues for their side by filling that form. Can’t I face to the interview. Ps explain me.
September 11, 2021 at 19:35
There is no legal obligation on the person completing the I-134 – it is not legally enforceable.
September 10, 2021 at 11:02
Dv21 from Sri lanka. What will happen to our interviews in Sri lanka. It is very unfair at the last minute how they treat to the DV winners it doesn’t seems to resume the interviews for DV winners. What are the options we can do at this moment to reveal any chance.
Kindly give your advise for the best option we can get
Looking forward to hear from you.
September 10, 2021 at 21:10
hello Judy, SL embassy started interviews again.They have sent emails for sep 13th interviews. get ready with documents.
September 11, 2021 at 12:24
Same interview date or rescheduled date. How do you know that . Did you hear from them. Let me know please
September 11, 2021 at 13:34
That’s good news. Give us more info please.
September 11, 2021 at 19:36
I don’t know what will happen. Your best chance is the lawsuits.
September 12, 2021 at 03:23
How can I join to the lawsuit.
September 10, 2021 at 14:22
Hi, britSimon, my name is abdihakim Somali DV winner 2021 I get interviewed on July 30 2021 until know my case is AP (administrative process) as the consular tell me it may take AP processing 3 months, and DV2021 deadline is September 30, I sent the embassy a lot of emails asking after September 30 will effect me while I get interviewed, so tell me what shall can I do? I`m worrying that issue
September 11, 2021 at 19:46
All you can do is wait.
September 10, 2021 at 18:45
Good news! awaiting other developing stories from this suit
September 10, 2021 at 22:25
DV2021 AF30xxx. Does I stand a chance?
September 11, 2021 at 19:55
Maybe if the lawsuits get visas reserved.
September 11, 2021 at 16:28
Can a lost (already issued) dv2021 visa be replaced after september? thx
September 11, 2021 at 22:43
We already had this discussion in June. Please be respectful of my time.
September 12, 2021 at 03:53
Can I give different sponsor details at the interview.because my previous sponsor change his addresses and all
September 12, 2021 at 13:52
September 12, 2021 at 16:21
hello brit, i am dv 2020, case number 35000, i got the confirmation email from kcc for the doc. so my question:
if I go to the USA next month, can I change my status (ask for an interview to have a green card)?
explain my situation to them, get a lawyer to help me
September 12, 2021 at 22:32
September 12, 2021 at 20:59
My case no 2021AS261XX
is it possible to get 2nd NL?
September 12, 2021 at 22:38
Probably not unless we get a preservation of visas.
September 13, 2021 at 01:57
Hi Simon, my case number is AS11XXX so far no 2NL received only receive several email regarding KCC received my documents (not been confirmed satisfied or not) just wondering if judge decided preserve some more visas after Sep. 30th is my case number with a little bit higher possibility to be included? or only the cases which have their documents been satisfied have the chance to be included?
Appreciate your information and supporting for all of us,
September 17, 2021 at 00:34
I can’t be sure how any reservation will work – so wait and see.
September 13, 2021 at 18:38
Thanks god, we take passports with visas. Thenk you brit for everything. And good luck everyone who hold interviews.
September 16, 2021 at 21:58
I am currently living in canada and I am dv 2021 winner, I want to change my interview location as I am unable to travel back to my home country to have my interview. My home country embassy is willing to transfer the case the and Montreal is not willing to accept my case I am trying since July. last week montreal said me that there is not enough time to transfer the case.
what should I do
September 17, 2021 at 05:32
All you can do is hope we will get reserved visas in the lawsuit.
September 18, 2021 at 15:26
so should I request montreal to start case transferring process now. or I have to wait till the last decision.
September 18, 2021 at 16:15
Montreal doesn’t have your case. KCC does. And no, there is not enough time.
September 18, 2021 at 16:46
I have received document qualification , 2nl in June. Since then I am trying to change my case to Montreal. As my interview location in ds260 is Sri Lanka.
In Sl several times interview get scheduled and cancelled. And they are willing to transfer my case to Montreal from July. But Montreal responded to my mails only week ago saying there is no time.
Is there any hope for me. Pls advice
September 18, 2021 at 17:43
No, there is no time.
September 17, 2021 at 03:35
My case no As 11*** and my visa interview got vancelled several times in SL and at the same time I am unable to travel there due to covid as I am in Canada now.
Sl embassy is willing to transfer my case to Montreal since july however Montreal is not willing to accept my case
What can I do?
September 17, 2021 at 20:07
Dear Mr. Britsimon;
I write to inform you that we got our visas yesterday (Thursday, 16th September 2021) afternoon. The process was worrisome. I remain grateful to you for the kind reception and assistance you have and continue to render to all DV selectees. To do what you are doing to help everyone around the globe without pay, most especially in taking delight in seeing that everyone gets a better and bright future is something very humane of you and want to salute you for this humanitarian gesture.
Your advice, suggestions and guidance played a pivotal role in ensuring the we got our visas and for this generosity, I want to be commendable. Your blog is and has been masterpiece in the entire process.
May the good works you are doing for mankind follow you and your generation yet unborn.
Thank you again, Mr.. Britsimon. I am John, from Liberia, with case number AF2XXX.
September 18, 2021 at 00:04
Congratulations John! Best of luck on the new life!
September 18, 2021 at 02:03
I faced my interview and got visa tentatively approved, now ceac shows issued 2 days after my interview. Does it means I’m getting my visa
September 18, 2021 at 02:54
What do you think?
September 18, 2021 at 18:49
Already printed am I correct
September 18, 2021 at 08:48
Thanks for your never-ending support.
I got a 2NL yesterday for an interview on Sep 24th in the US consulate in Ankara. But I can’t find an available slot for the medical examinations. What do you advise, please?
September 18, 2021 at 14:31
Keep trying to get the medical. You can provide the medical after the interview, but the deadline for that is still September 30th, so you need to be able to provide the medical a few days before that deadline.
September 18, 2021 at 10:43
As I mentioned in the previous reply, my interview is in the US embassy in Ankara on the 24th. I got an appointment for the medicals one day before my interview (23rd) but the clinic’s website says I need at least 2 days to get my medical report. What will happen in this case? Can I go to the interview and tell them that I will get the medical report on the 25th (Saturday) or 27th?
September 18, 2021 at 14:34
Yes. Arrange to pick up the medical and hand deliver it to the embassy. Inform the CO of that plan so that they are ready to review the medical once it arrives.
September 18, 2021 at 16:41
I will go to the clinic on Monday to have an in-person discussion with them and explain the situation. I will then send an email to the consulate.
September 24, 2021 at 19:19
Thanks for everything you have done for DV winners. I could have my medical on the 22nd and take the report to our interview today. The consular officer said that our visas were approved and we will get our passports by mail next week. Litigation really works. Thanks to you and our lawyers in Goh.
September 25, 2021 at 23:46
I’m glad to read this!
September 18, 2021 at 15:15
Hi Brits,will there be a Dv2023 or not?
September 18, 2021 at 16:13
September 22, 2021 at 06:55
Dear Mr. Brit,
Curtis law firm is no longer taking DV-2021 clients. Can you refer to another attorney who can help me to join the lawsuit. Please advice from your experience.
September 22, 2021 at 13:34
I am not aware of any other DV2021 lawsuits.
September 27, 2021 at 10:13
hello Mr Brit,
Please I am a DV2021 selectee and my case number is AF16k (Ghana). I was DQ in February 2021. Please is there any hope that I will get an interview appointment? Thank you.
September 28, 2021 at 01:08
We will know about the lawsuit in the next 3 days, but it looks likely to only cover the people on the lawsuit. Others will lose there chance.
September 30, 2021 at 00:36
Hello Mr Brit,
Please which e-mail address can I write to KCC to confirm whether I am Documentorily qualified. Thank you so much for your patience and kindness.
September 30, 2021 at 19:21
You can ask at the normal email, BUT they are weeks behind in answering emails.