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February 28, 2023 at 09:37
Hi Brits Thank you very much for you blog information.
I am now helping my family business selling goods as a wholesaler. I had already check the detailed work activities on O Net web that 41-4012.00 Sales Representatives … do qualify at Zone 4, SVP 7.0 .However, Since it is a family business, my father is the CEO, There is no documents like official letter, contracts, promotion, or things like payment slip etc. Its all hands on experience,
So, after I read you article, my understanding is that to present my case well I think this are the documents to prove ?
1. O Net printout 2. Letter from CEO 3. Description of day to day duties in the roles covering two years. 4. Example of work products (Company documents, Tax Files ? ) possible.
Also, At the point of DV Entry, Should I be at the point of having 2 years work experience ?, or is it Okay so long as by the interview date I am already more than 2 years ?
I am a bit worried as I may not qualified through the Education route ( I did O/Level, Foundation Yr, and I did my Bachelor Degree completed 4 years)
March 2, 2023 at 08:44
Clear with you performing a job for a family business is a stretch to say it meets the requirements. However, assuming you can afford to risk the fees, put forward the case in the best you you think you can.
March 2, 2023 at 19:58
Please assist me with this question. I am in a confused due to lack of knowledge. My question is if one wants to change embassy a in country a to embassy b in country b.
1. Does he need to just move to country b by any legal means only
2.will he be asked a living permit if yes for how much time.
3. Can a visitor visa be enough to assign kcc to country be
March 9, 2023 at 12:48
The answer varies on the countries and nationalities involved. Use your own judgement.
March 6, 2023 at 23:49
I have a question regarding the I134. I have read your FAQ regarding the supporting docs for the I134 and what I found was the I134 should be backed up with Form W2 and Form 1040 plus photo ID and pay slips. I have all of these as of now from my sponsor. However, the embassy in Colombo Sri Lanka requires an additional form 1099 and my sponsor told me he doesn’t have any knowledge about it. The embassy test reads as follows.
“Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from the U.S. sponsor. You must provide one of the following
documents to accompany the Affidavit of Support.
– Internal Revenue Service (IRS) transcripts for the most recent tax year /
– Federal Individual Income Tax returns with a copy of form W-2 and Form 1099 that relates to the petitioner’s / U.S. sponsor’s returns.”
I’m worried about this form 1099 which I don’t have and thought of requesting the “Internal Revenue Service (IRS) transcripts for the most recent tax year” too from the sponsor which is one of the two options given but it appears that obtaining it takes some time. In case If I won’t be able to get this on time, is it a risk to go the interview only with W2, 1020, ID and the pay slips?
March 9, 2023 at 21:26
Your sponsor may or may not have received income detailed on a 1099. Many have not, in which case you just say there is no 1099 form. Normally self employed people receive 1099s.
March 13, 2023 at 08:51
I am a holder of 2 passports, I am a dual citizen od Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. When filling out my DS 260 I have stated my country of nationality/origin first and its passport (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and added the other passport details of Serbia that I obtained in 2018. I am currently living in Serbia and added passport details of Serbia instead of Bosnia when I scheduled the interview appointment at the embassy in Serbia. Could you please let me know if I would be wrong for using the Serbian passport or should go with the Bosnian one?
Thank you in advance.
March 14, 2023 at 04:29
Can I bring the birth certificate that was issued in 2011 to the interview or it needs ti be 6 months or less?
Thanks for your help!
March 14, 2023 at 13:15
The answer varies by country, so read the reciprocity page for your country.
March 14, 2023 at 13:11
Take both to the interview, but it won’t matter which you use.
March 1, 2023 at 05:52
when I ask KCC to change the address in the ds260 my current address becomes my immediately “before address” and it shifts the previous ones, 1 step lower
is that right?
I hope the explanations is good enough to understand?
March 2, 2023 at 08:47
Yes that is correct.
March 2, 2023 at 08:48
But only change the address if you have moved to another country. There is no need to change the address if you have just moved within your country. You can update that at the interview.
March 1, 2023 at 18:39
Good day Simon,
I am from Cameroon and my case number is 2023AF10XXX and i still haven’t been scheduled for an interview. I checked and my case is till with KCC. Please is there anything i can do at this point. Am very worried because based on the visa bulletin i should have been called for an interview by now. Thanks.
March 2, 2023 at 08:49
You probably submitted late, or were delayed in processing. Be patient.
March 1, 2023 at 19:40
Dear Simon I hope you are doing great.
I am DV 2023 wines me and my family
I had my interview in February first and was refused under Section 221(g) The consular officer Give to me White paper 221(G) instruction and send to my email this message. Same as paper.
Thank you for your application.
This office is unable to issue a visa to you at this time because you have been found ineligible to receive a visa under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This is not a final decision but rather your case is refused until you take further action.
To continue processing your application, please follow the below Instruction.
PLEASE COMPLETE LISTED BELOW
“Evidence of Relationship”
Upload to CEAC and Submit Original via DHL
Upload documents to your CEAC Account and Submit Original Documents Via DHL
Evidence of Relationship
Additional evidence of relationship including but not limited to (photos, correspondence, remittance, phone bills and record of calls, etc.). The beneficiary should submit ALL evidence of relationship to cover the ENTIRETY of the relationship, or as much can be gathered by the beneficiary and petitioner. Failure to return with the requested evidence may result in your petition being delayed or refused.
Upload documents to your CEAC Account and Submit Original Documents Via DHL
To Upload Documents to CEAC
Step 1: SCAN
Scan documents through Smartphone or Scan documents through Desktop
• Scan the required documents in PDF format ONLY (please do not use passwords.)
• Each scanned document should not exceed 2MB (resize the document/s if necessary.)
• If you are scanning multi-page documents (for example Affidavit of Support forms), please ensure they are saved as one PDF file.
• If the original document is in color, please save your scan in color.
Step 2: LOG-IN To CEAC
Immigrant Visa – Sign In (state.gov)
• Your NVC Case Number (ADD_________)
• Invoice ID Number
Step 3: UPLOAD
For CIVIL DOCUMENTS (Birth Certificate for applicant and petitioner, Marriage Certificate, CENOMAR, Police Clearance)
• Once logged in to CEAC, click DOCUMENTS, then select CIVIL DOCUMENTS
• Click the ADD A DOCUMENT icon and upload your scanned
For FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS (Affidavit of Support for Petitioner and Qualified Joint Sponsor, IRS Tax Transcript)
• Once logged in to CEAC, click DOCUMENTS, then select AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT &, FINANCIAL EVIDENCE.
• Click the ADD A DOCUMENT icon and upload your scanned financial documents.
For ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS
• Once logged in to CEAC, click DOCUMENTS, then select OTHER
• Click the ADD A DOCUMENT icon and upload your scanned financial documents.
For more information visit Submit Documents (state.gov)
To submit the ORIGINAL documents, please login to your account on https://usvisa-info.com and complete the following steps:
STEP 1: Click on the green ‘Continue’ button
STEP 2: The consular section you selected during your initial registration will display, click on the green ‘Submit’ button
STEP 3: Read the instructions. At the bottom of the instructions page, click on the green ‘View Courier-in Receipt’ button and print the courier-in authorization
STEP 4: To send your documents to the consular section, present the courier-in authorization along with this letter and the additional documents listed at one of the DHL authorized courier locations.
I am ready to submit documents it – how do I do that? When I login “CEAC” my Account I am not get it any options to Submit PDF document.
2- When I go DHL office ask to me courier Authorization letter he need it with documents
3- When visit this website https://usvisa-info.com login my account “Current Status Appointment” No Courier in Authorization letter
Please advise me what can I do Thank You.
March 2, 2023 at 08:52
You cannot upload documents. Whatever documents are needed must be returned to the embassy. As to how you do that, I think you can figure that out.
March 1, 2023 at 21:39
Hi Simon! I was selected for DV23, in the Oceania region and my number is in mid 300s. My embassy is Sydney. I didn’t submit my DS260 until the end of September because I was travelling. I’m now worried I left it too late as I haven’t heard from them yet. I’ve tried to stay on top of your videos so I’m not asking an irrelevant question, but does that sound normal to you to not have had an appointment yet? Should I contact them in Kentucky? Thank you so much for helping! Amanda
March 2, 2023 at 08:55
You’ll be fine. You just caused a little delay, but you’ll be scheduled soon.
March 2, 2023 at 08:53
My case number is AF37k and I am current this month of March but I still haven’t received my 2NL. Embassy Kinshasa, I last submitted my DS260 after unlocking on the 27th of October 2022. Is the embassy moving in a slow pace?
March 2, 2023 at 09:00
Your embassy started the year pretty well, but for some reason has restricted the number of interviews since the beginning of the year. Perhaps that will change soon – I have no information. You will have to wait and see what they do next month.
March 2, 2023 at 09:02
Thank you very much for you response.
March 4, 2023 at 03:28
Hey Simon I have a question . My case is eu26000 and I submitted ds260 in October I still doesn’t recieve interview date I’m in skopje Macedonia … is it October to late and what are the chances never recieve one .. thank you very much
March 9, 2023 at 21:23
I can’t guess your chances.
March 2, 2023 at 12:20
My case is 2023SA15xx, today I had my interview at the Ciudad Juarez consulate and they put me under section 221g, they gave me a document with the information they needed but I don’t know if they filled it out with a template because it has details that do not correspond to my case, The document does not show how I should send the information. The official told me to wait for instructions by email.
1- Do you think that what they request in the document may not be what they really need and should I wait for the email or should I start collecting that information?
2- For question (a) are they referring to interests in the United States or currently? The answer is to go to work in the United States?
3- For question (2)(f) what should be presented? Bank statement or an I-134?
4- What time range have you seen that it could take to resolve the case?
This is what they ask for:
(a) The applicant’s research or business interests;
(b) The applicant’s current employer and current position (including address, telephone number, name of supervisor);
(c) The applicant’s past employers/employment, including job description, address, telephone number, and supervisor’s name;
(d) The street address(es), website address(es), phone numbers of, and points of contact at, the organizations, institutes, and/or companies the applicant intends to visit in the United States (applicants going to academic institutions or conferences should give the name of an academic contact, not the name of the foreign student advisor);
(e) The specifics of the applicant’s advanced (postgraduate, doctoral, post-doctoral, or scholarly) academic, business, research, or study interests in the United States;
(f) Funding source of the applicant’s travel, research, or education;
(g) Export license number (or, if pending, an export license application number) covering the activity in the United States (if relevant and available);
(h) Possible access to U.S. military of other sensitive U.S. Government projects, research, or technology;
(i) Information regarding whether the applicant intends to return to work in a country that sponsors terrorism or is of proliferation concern;
(j) The applicant’s connection to an entity that is under U.S. sanctions (if relevant); and
(k) How and where the applicant plans to use the goods or knowledge acquired.
(2) Applicants must provide relevant supporting documentation to include, for example:
(a) The applicant’s complete résumé;
(b) The applicant’s complete list of publications;
(c) List of references in the applicant’s country of birth or residence;
(d) Detailed descriptions of the applicant’s proposed research or work in the United States;
(e) Letters of recommendation from a United States source or from abroad;
(f) Letters of support from the financial sponsor;
March 2, 2023 at 12:28
1. Start getting the information. If a question is not relevant to your scenario, you can say “N/A”
3. Possibly both – depending on your situation.
4. From a few days to several months.
March 2, 2023 at 18:06
Hello, I would like to visit the US. I am currently working in the Middle East and i have a visit visa as well as affidavit of support. Do i have to go back to my country of origin for the visa interview (I am yet to schedule one) or can i schedule it at the Consulate here.
March 9, 2023 at 12:45
I only answer questions about the greencard lottery.
March 2, 2023 at 18:27
Hi Brit, my family attended Visa Interview in Montreal case No EU 13k, we had everything but unfortunately our police certificate was provincial not National. We were given back our passports and asked to submit it together with the police certificate they requested for. On getting home our case turned to refused ( I guess AP). Last week we sent the document and I noticed an updated 3 days ago. But the status still remains the same. Not sure what I should do? Also you might also advise everyone applying from Montreal to ensure they get the Royal Mounted Police certificate as any other Police certificate would not be accepted. This is not clearly explained on their website. Thanks we still waiting and hoping for change of status.
March 9, 2023 at 12:47
You’ll need to wait.
As for advising others – well hopefully they are following the instructions more carefully as it is very clear on the reciprocity page.
March 2, 2023 at 20:34
Hi Simon. My case number is 2023SA29XX.
1- Can I get marry in this time with my husband without problem in my case , I could not before because he did’t have all his documents. I’m from Uruguay, the marriage date will be on April. What is your advise for me?
March 9, 2023 at 21:18
I can’t promise you no problems because you have left it very late, but nevertheless you should get married if you want to go together.
March 3, 2023 at 01:45
Hi Brit Simon
My family has already all gotten their physical greencards after winning the DV lottery, but my parents have been unable to move to the USA as yet. They have successfully gotten re-entry permits over the last few years.
My mom has unfortunately suffered a major health event, and is unable to travel over the next few months while she recovers. Her re-entry permit expires in April, and she won’t be able to get to the USA by then in order to apply for a new re-entry permit. Is there any way around this, given that she is ill and we have documentation to support this?
Thanks so much
March 9, 2023 at 21:19
I only answer greencard lottery questions.
March 3, 2023 at 07:46
Is it a problem if a tax return form has a watermark sign?
March 9, 2023 at 21:19
Not that I am aware of.
March 3, 2023 at 09:23
I hope you’re well!
My interview is now scheduled in April at the Paris embassy.
My question is the following:
I am currently employed in Europe by a US based company.
All going well, I intend to ask for a transfer if a position similar to mine is open. If this option doesn’t work the company may to proceed with my replacement and lay me off.
Based on your experience and other DV lottery winners, is it safer to look for another and get an offer prior to letting my employer know I have become a permanent resident and would like to transfer?
Many thanks in advance. Your support so far has been very helpful progressing smoothly into this process.
March 9, 2023 at 21:20
This is your choice/decision.
March 3, 2023 at 15:47
Hi Brit Simon.
So my interview was scheduled for 3rd March but has now been rescheduled for 10th March.
I am one of the rare cases who is claiming alternate chargeability via my parents.
The DV 2023 Instructions state that
“Are you a native of a country that does not have historically low rates of
immigration to the United States, but in which neither of your parents was born or
legally resident at the time of your birth?”
“Second, you can be “charged” to the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your
parents was born in or a resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are not generally
considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized. For example persons
simply visiting, studying, or temporarily working in a country are not generally considered residents.
If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, you must provide an explanation on the E-DV
Entry Form, in question #6.”
I have proof that although I was born in the UK and have citizenship now – at the time of my birth… I was Ghanaian due to Ghana being both my parents country of birth and neither of my parents having legal stay within the UK at the time. As I was naturalised, I have a few documents that I am considering taking to the interview.
I have both my parents old Ghanaian passports which prove that at the time of my birth, they did not have visas/legal residence in the UK. However my parents eventually got indefinite leave to remain about 6 years after I was born and citizenship a few years later. My father initially came here as a student and is listed as such on my birth certificate, whilst my mother is listed as a hairdresser.
What documents do you think would be best to take aside from my birth certificate?Documents I am considering showing are…
– My naturalisation certificate to prove I wasn’t British at birth
-My parents’ passports
– My parents’ indefinite leave to remain letters issued by the Home Office which further illustrates we did not have legal residence at the time of my birth
March 9, 2023 at 21:21
Hopefully you are taking everything you mentioned, and whatever else you have thought of. There is no magic “list” since every case is different. Good luck.
March 3, 2023 at 17:28
I had my interview at the consulate in Ciudad Juárez and they put me under section 221g, they gave me a letter with the information and extra documents they needed (such as résumé, etc.) but in the letter they did not give me instructions on how to provide the information, only to wait for an email with instructions. I received the email but in the email they did not refer to anything requested in the document, they only referred to the DS-5535 form, which I filled out and sent as they indicated in the email.
My question is: should I understand that the information in the first document that was given to me by the official at the embassy is no longer necessary?
The email I received said:
“Greetings, this email is regarding the immigrant visa application of:
XX XXX, XXX – 2023SA15xx
In order to continue with your immigrant visa application, you must complete the following questionnaire (in English) and reply to us directly by email ([email protected]). Please put your responses in the body of the email. Responses sent as attachments will not be accepted.
Once we receive this information, we will be able to continue with your visa process.”
March 9, 2023 at 21:22
Sounds like you should just do as they instructed.
March 3, 2023 at 22:00
Our family won the 2023 green card lottery
My father is the main applicant
May I know if I am eligible for 2023 green card?
I am 21 years and 5 months old
My birthday is 14.09.2001
DS 260 submitted date 13.05.2022
March 9, 2023 at 21:23
It hinges on your case number and when that became current.
March 6, 2023 at 18:06
For 3 days now I don’t get any news from your blog .is everything ok? I miss you
March 9, 2023 at 21:24
I’m fine thanks!
March 7, 2023 at 04:42
Hi Simon, my interview was successful and now I have to pay the green card fee on the uscis website. My question is what should I put in the section named ‘payer information’ where they ask me for my address… the American address I wrote in the ds-260 or my home country address where I’m currently living? (My first entry in the USA will next month)
March 9, 2023 at 21:27
They are looking for the address of the credit card holder.
March 7, 2023 at 05:25
My case is 2023AS15xx. I am in big trouble. My wife got visa and I am refused under 221(g) due to lack of covid vaccine. I submitted after interview and it was in processing. Now my wife went alone US and any information without and she is out of contact – as I heard she told embassy that she informed that she hase file divorce but nothing information to me. Please help how can I receive my visa in this case as derivative – no child with us. How I should approach in this case with US embassy KDU or immigration case file with attorney in US against my wife and embassy? Please suggest and help me out.
Thank you in advance
March 9, 2023 at 21:28
You were utterly foolish to attend the interview without the Covid vaccine.
However, you seem to believe your spouse or the embassy are at fault somehow. They are not. If your wife does not want you to get the DV GC, then you won’t get it.
March 7, 2023 at 14:14
Hi britsimon , i want to thank you personally for all the information you put online , it really helped.
i have close friend that has an interview next month and struggling to get his passports from local authorities for bureaucracy reasons , is there a way to reschedule the interview and what is the process for doing so ??
March 9, 2023 at 21:29
Normally you would just attend the interview and follow up with the passport. But you can discuss with the embassy.
March 7, 2023 at 16:18
Hi Brit, DV21 plaintiff. In progress of obtaining a work visa to the USA (E3, Australian USA work visa). Have you heard of any issues of people being denied a work visa due to declaring immigration intent? I have strong ties to Australia due to family, curious of what else can prove strong ties, work sabbatical?
March 9, 2023 at 21:30
Yes it can be a problem, but do all you can to prove ties. Use your imagination.
March 7, 2023 at 23:11
Hello Simon, before 2 weeks I’ve got 2NL for interview, but still didn’t receive an email related requirements. Is that normal they are going to send it I have to send them an email because the holiday in my country will straat and I can’t prepared documents. Your opinion please.
Thank you .
March 9, 2023 at 21:30
You should have read the instructions properly. Everything you need is already available online. Read the instructions!
March 7, 2023 at 23:19
Would you please give me an opinion.
1. I am a DV lottery winner, received visas and entered the US during July 2022.
2. We did not receive our GC‘s during the three weeks that we were in the US, nor the social security cards.
3. We returned to South Africa and I tried to contact USCIS to no avail.
4. I contacted the US consulate in Johannesburg during January 23, they investigated my case and I received an email from DHS to let know that my IV packet was never sent to USCIS by the port of entry – Chicago airport.
5. We need to go to a field office to have the IV packet recreated.
6. I am concerned that we might have a problem entering the US – although the visa states „ upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residency for one year.
7. Have you ever heard of an IV packet being lost?
March 9, 2023 at 21:31
No I have not heard of that before – so I have no info to give.
March 9, 2023 at 21:53
I had the same issue back in March 2021. I got into the USA and after the waiting period and several attempts to contact the USCIS I was told they never received my Packet that it got lost at NY port of entry. I had to file in another form and resubmitted everything. After a second attempt again I contact them and the same thing was said to me. And I had to file again so I ended up going to d Social Security Administration to apply for a SS card which I received in the mail after some weeks. But for my green card I received in March of 2022. So after one year of waiting my green card finally came in. Just be patient and pray. Besides your visa is valid for 1 year so you are good to go. If it’s about to expire and you still haven’t received your green card. Pls contact them so they can give you an appointment to go stamp your passport at the USCIS whiles you wait for your passport. Good luck and I hope this helps.
March 10, 2023 at 05:39
Thanks Aja!! Really appreciate your comment!
March 8, 2023 at 09:04
Hi I would also please like to know the answer to Marlene’s question. We waiting for DV2 GC.
DV1 and DV3 got SSN and GC but DV1 only SSN and after 3 weeks in USA DV2 got a letter to come and do a Biometric. Now we are waiting for DV2 GC ,it has been 2 months now. We also entered into USA at Chicago early Jan 2023
March 9, 2023 at 21:33
Nothing like the situation Marlene is in.
You just need to exercise patience. You already have the SSN, so waiting for the GC is not a problem.
March 8, 2023 at 10:40
Case number is 2023EU19XXX
We have our interview sceduled on Mar 31st.we are four applicant and we had done with our medical exam today.as we are from india here in london since jan 2023 we dont had both the covid vaccine for my daugter but all other vaccines are completed. As in India its only after 12 years of age she needs to be vaccinated.So as she didn complete her both the doses here in Uk, She had her first dosage alone.all other three of us got our medical exam completed.So please let me know is that fine four us to have our (Gopinath, Sharmila and Pradyut) medical exam sent to the embassy from Visa Medical except for my daughter for all of our four to attend the interview. As visa medical says tat they wont be able to sent u my daughter report unless she gets both the doses. PLEASE advice me know what can be done ?
March 9, 2023 at 21:34
No need to worry – discuss it with the physician.
March 10, 2023 at 03:51
Thanks much for your revert.
The Physician says that she can send our other three completed report to the embassy and for our daughter, it will sent only after second dose.
1. So Is tat fine for me to ask the Visa Medicals to send the report of three of us and we four to attend the interview ?
2. Is there a way I can request for physician to send the report stating one dose is given to my daughter and one is due to May ?
3. What will happen in case we attend the interview only with three medical reports if she denies to send the report for her and submitted other proof of my daughter medical completed in Visa Medical?
” discuss it with the physician.”
And could you please let me know in specific what needs to be discussed further with the physician?
March 10, 2023 at 09:25
3. You will be on AP until the last medical is provided. That’s ok.
March 10, 2023 at 10:39
Thank You So much For your quick response as Always, and your reply for each one of us for sure helps us a lot and guides us in our decisions, and shows a clear path to progress further.
March 9, 2023 at 01:26
My wife and son received their visas this week after 221 but I was refused. The consular gave me the paper and said that I would need a waiver 601 and that my wife needs to apply for one when she arrives in USA. The thing I was in the US for 6 years from 2003 to 2009 with F1 visa.
What would you suggest? were there similar cases like mine in your experience?
Thank you for your time and patience.
March 9, 2023 at 21:35
I don’t know anything about your inadmissibility. You should hire a lawyer.
March 9, 2023 at 10:24
Yesterday I had my interview at the Consulate in Naples and today I was put in administrative processing. At the end of the interview the lady told me: ” we still need some clearances and then I think I will approve your visa…you can expect to receive your passport in 5-7 working business days”. She didn’t give me any instructions nor a piece of paper requesting more documents. So far I wasn’t contacted even by email.
What I don’t understand is:
1) how could she tell me that I would get my passport back in 5-7 business days if , from what I know, administrative processings may take up to 120 days?
2) did I speak with the consul or is there someone above her who takes the decisions? ( there were two desks open , one with a woman , the other with a man , calling us for interview)
3) Should I contact the consulate to enquire about this?
4) i think the problem with my application is the fact that I travelled to Cuba , Russia (before the war) for tourism. Should I send them pictures to show that I went there for vacation with my family and friends? Would it help to establish that I am not a spy or something like that. I am so scared that they won’t ask me for any document and reach the conclusion that I might pose a risk even though I am just a normal person that never had a problem with the law.
Please advise thank you!
March 9, 2023 at 21:37
1. I have no insight into what she was thinking.
2. I don’t know who you saw.
3. I suggest you relax and wait.
4. See 3.
March 9, 2023 at 12:52
hi Brite, how are you ?
Does 2022 select still have hope ?
March 9, 2023 at 21:37
No – DV2022 is completely over and all of the visas were issued. No further visas can be issued.
March 9, 2023 at 14:54
Thank you for everything you are doing for DV lottery winners all around the globe.
My wife and me got a visa approved in Montreal on February 9th. Currently we live in Vancouver, Canada, but we plan to go home to Bosnia & Herzegovina in May because of my sister’s wedding. After that, we planned to move to USA permanently. Our medical expires on August 2nd.
Address we have given in DS 260 is on the east coast, around Boston, because we have some friends there.
My question is: Do we have to enter USA and go to that address we gave them? Can we enter USA in Seattle from Vancouver with a car, just for a weekend in order to activate green card?
After we enter in Seattle, will they send us green card to the address on east coast we stated in DS 260? And final question: is this all legal and will there be any issues?
Thanks once again for everything you are doing for all of us.
March 9, 2023 at 21:38
No issues. Enter anywhere, live anywhere.
March 10, 2023 at 10:29
Hello sir.If I get my F1visa without being rejected as I have submitted my ds260 ,what happens when my case number becomes current?having a F1 visa gonna affect my dv lottery visa by any way?
March 10, 2023 at 11:01
Good day Simon,
I am from Macedonia and my case number is 2023EU26066 and i still haven’t been scheduled for an interview. I checked and my case is till with KCC. Please is there anything i can do at this point. Am very worried because based on the visa bulletin i should have been called for an interview by now. Thanks.
March 10, 2023 at 14:06
You just need to remain patient.
March 10, 2023 at 19:03
My family and I got US Visa. We are from Malaysia. We had an interview two weeks ago. It was a very smooth process.
My sincere thanks to you. Your video series gave me tons of correct information about the whole process, and because of that, we prepared very well.
We will be traveling to the US by the end of June.
Please educate us and share your experience. Once we land in the US, what should we do in the first two weeks?
I am an IT engineer. Is there any way to apply for jobs before we land? (At the moment, No social security ID or US mobile number)
How to arrange kids’ public schooling?
Which bank do you recommend opening accounts with?
How much money must we carry ( Minimum) for at least three months till we find a job?
Finding a rental home/ apartment temporarily ( Like for three months). Because after we find the job, we need to relocate to that state.
Which websites you recommended to find budget home rental units etc…
Thank you again. Starting from filling out DS-260 to get the visa. I exactly follow your info. Because of that, all went well for me.
As a courtesy for your time, I played multiple YouTube advertisements and generated a small amount for your valuable time. ❤💰
March 10, 2023 at 22:29
Well congrats first of all with the visas.
Yes you can do some things to prepare and find work. Get your linked in and resume updated, perhaps use Chat GPT to work on your resume. In my experience it is hard to actually land a job before arriving, but you can do research in the area you intend to move to, and start getting some applications ready for the moment you arrive. You’ll need a US phone number and address ideally.
As for how much money, well that depends a lot on where you will locate yourself. There are areas where $10K might last you 3 months, but in my area that won’t last long at all. So – you will need to do some research on the cost of housing and so on. To avoid spending a lot on rent deposits and to give yourself flexibility to relocate for work as you said, you might want to get an executive apartment for 2 to 3 months.
Go with a big bank, Wells Fargo is good.
Schooling again varies by location, but basically just go to a local school and ask them the process. Your child will need vaccination records for school registration.
March 12, 2023 at 04:04
Hi Jeffrey, are there any tips for the interview you could share with me as I am also from Msia. Im also wondering what other documents you brought in? Kind regards, Em.
March 12, 2023 at 04:09
Good evening Jeffrey, I am also from Malaysia. I was wondering if you could provide me with some tips for the interview? Also may i know what extra documents you brought? Kind regards, Em
March 10, 2023 at 22:31
2023EU1299x. DS260 was sent on May 10, no unlocks. In Nov22 I changed my designated embassy from Warsaw to Yerevan. According to Ceac State.gov, all the DS260 are in “completed” status. The CEAC state is “at NVC”. The status from KCC is “Your case number is now current for interview processing”.
As per today I haven-t received the 2NL WHILE, a know a confirmed case 2023EU14k which was as well changed the designated embassy from Warsaw to Yerevan but in February (!) and was already scheduled right in February for April.
How is that technically possible (that case is bigger than mine and was transferred to the new embassy later than mine) and doesn-t that mean that my case could possibly stuck somewhere in between embassies/KCC?
Sorry, I know you understand our worries about such a life time opportunity
March 11, 2023 at 00:10
Cases are ordered based partially on the date that they become AV status. It’s a little complex, but basically, what you saw is possible.
March 11, 2023 at 16:19
First of all, thank you for the useful pieces of advice.
I have this doubt. My case is 2023EU8xxx, so it’s been current for a couple of months. I also sent the DS-260 in early May. Nevertheless, my interview hasn’t been scheduled yet (Naples embassy).
I reached to KCC asking if everything was good and they replied “Records indicate you have submitted a complete and valid DS-260 application for each family member to the Kentucky Consular Center.”
Since they’re saying that my DS-260 is valid, do you think that means that it has already been processed? Otherwise how could thay know that?
Thanks a lot!
March 12, 2023 at 16:29
Your DS260 is processed, and given your embassy you can expect to be scheduled soon.
March 12, 2023 at 17:05
My family and I got into the country and got our passports stamped. We left the country to tie loose ends in our home country and are planning to get into the US after 5 months from becoming LPR. We’ve all received our GC except for one of my sons. We’ve received a Form I-797C from Homeland Security with an appointment for biometrics for him. I’m trying to reschedule, do you know if we can get into the country with the stamped passport or we may have problems?
March 14, 2023 at 12:55
Your passport (with the endorsed visa) is all you would need.
March 13, 2023 at 01:54
Hope you are doing well!
I submitted DS 260 (CN 2023AS16xxx.) end of November 2022 for consular processing and my case was current in February.
When I requested for my case status from KCC, they said “Your case number is now current for interview processing, Because your case is ready to be scheduled, KCC can no longer unlock your application.”
Now I am in USA on F1 visa. Is it possible me to switch to AOS as USA embassy in my country seems to be slow in scheduling interviews.
March 14, 2023 at 12:59
You could have switched to AOS a couple of months ago and would be well advanced by now. As to whether that is still worth it depends on which embassy you are allocated to, and whether they are backlogged or not. If you do decide to switch, get on with it!
March 13, 2023 at 02:42
Hi Dear Simon I am from Yerevan, I have the impression that our embassy does not send invitations at all, it has been the same number for 2 months, is it possible? 2023EU14972 this is the last invitation what I found
March 14, 2023 at 13:02
You are only looking at the max number, not the actual activity below that number. In reality Yerevan took 198 interviews in Mid February. Once the VB is released, they will take another batch, but of course the lower number ranges have the better chance, as it is in the nature of the AV queue process.
March 13, 2023 at 09:09
Hello sir.If I get my F1visa without being rejected ( I have submitted my ds260) , when my case number becomes current and let’s say i have the ability to get scheduled. having a F1 visa gonna affect my dv lottery visa by any way?
March 14, 2023 at 13:11
March 13, 2023 at 13:56
I want to express my gratitude for the assistance you have provided to all DV lottery winners and contenders. My wife and I were recently granted visas in Montreal on February 9th, and we found your advice to be incredibly helpful during the application process.
Currently, we reside in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and our medical exam was conducted on February 2nd, which means that our visa will expire on August 2nd. Our plan is to move to the USA before our visa expires, specifically around June 15th. In our DS-260 application, we provided an address in New Hampshire, where we know a couple of people, but we are planning to relocate to another state.
I have a few questions, which I hope you can help me with:
1. If we visit Seattle, Washington for a weekend, and when we come to the USA-Canada border by car, will our green card be activated and sent to the address in New Hampshire?
2. Are there any issues if we enter the USA for a brief period of time, and then re-enter around June 15th with our visa again?
3. Could any other issues arise regarding our entry?
4. Do we need to provide proof of funds to satisfy any requirements?
Once again, thank you for your invaluable assistance. Your efforts have made a significant impact on all of us.
March 14, 2023 at 13:12
2. You would be an LPR at that second entry – and your passport (with the endorsed visa) will act as your temporary GC.
March 13, 2023 at 23:02
Hi Mr Simon
I’m a diversity visa winner with my spouse and our embassy is Bahrain on February last month we had our interview and the consular officer ask us for evidence of relationship between my spouse and my self because we have been living apart for 5 years she just came on January prior to our interview on February, so when the consular officer ask us for evidence of relationships between myself and my spouse we provided them within 3 days and after 3 days the embassy ask us for our passport for final visas adjudication.
I have just 2 questions to ask you sir, pls I will be more than happy if you can answer them for me to ease my tempo
1, Asking us for our passports for final visas adjudication does it guarantee visa issuance or they still have some background checks and more investigation to do ??
2, And secondly what’s the maximum amount of time they can use if they’re to do any investigation because we deposited our passports on the 2nd of March and today’s is the 14th they haven’t reach out to us yet.
Pls sir excuse my curiosity.
March 14, 2023 at 13:13
1. The visa is only guaranteed once it is in your hands.
2. There is no maximum time limit imposed on them.
March 14, 2023 at 01:35
I am from AS region and my case number is now current. I have a new born and need to understand how can I include the details of the child to my DS-260? I got in touch with KCC and there response was to carry the details to the interview but did not provide any further details. Could you please clarify the process?
March 14, 2023 at 13:14
Now you are current for interview processing, KCC will not unlock. As soon as you get the 2NL, contact the embassy and ask them what they want you to do to add the child.
March 14, 2023 at 08:03
2023EU12xxx. Kindly asking for your precious comments:
my case number is “now current for interview processing” but no 2NL yet. I am in the process of obtaining the second citizenship which I was applied for (Nov22) AFTER my DS260 had been sent (Jun22). In case I obtain this citizenship BEFORE the interview:
1) will it be a violation since there is no mentions about it in the DS-260?
2) Is this violation considered serious and imposes high risk?
3) should I inform the embassy about it beforehand via e-mail or right before the interview?
March 14, 2023 at 13:15
2. See 1
3. No need.
March 15, 2023 at 02:18
Thank you for your valuable information. Really appreciate.
I am from Srilanka. My case no is 5000 odd according to the visa bulletin my case no is scheduled for the interview in January. But still I haven’t got any information. Mean time I got to know even 8000 odd case no been scheduled for the interview date and got there 2NL.
I emailed KCC many times. According to them my case no is in the processing of visa interview. And send several emails to embassy too which I have got any response yet.
Please educate me what should I do.
March 15, 2023 at 10:12
You can’t do anything except wait. It may be that other cases were added to the AV queue before you because your DS260 was processed late.
March 15, 2023 at 03:21
Hi simon I’m a winner of the dv2023 i just had my interview two days ago everything went well, except for my proof of funds the counselor was not convinced… so he gave a paper excluding 221(g) and requested form i-134 + sponsor IRS tax + proof of Joint sponsor status
My question is:
1) if i have a sponsor do i need a proof of joint sponsor or i-134 will cover it ?
March 15, 2023 at 10:11
The sponsor must meet the financial requirements.
March 15, 2023 at 13:00
Hi Simon I’m a winner of the dv2023
here is my chronology:
– Response from KCC #1 on my case transfer request: “…Based on the information you have provided, your interview location has been changed from Warsaw to Yerevan…” .
— Couple of weeks after that the case status becomes “current for interview processing” —
– Response from the embassy on my question about case status check: “…Please be informed that we haven’t received your immigrant visa case at post in Yerevan yet…”
– Response from KCC #2 to my repeated question about the completeness of my case transfer: “…Your interview location is Yervan and will be used by KCC for scheduling purposes…”
QUESTION: is it OK, that even on “current for interview processing” status the embassy still do not have any info about my case (“haven’t received your case”), or it could indicate some issue?
March 15, 2023 at 17:57
That is normal. Until the 2NL is sent, the embassy knows nothing about you.
March 15, 2023 at 13:00
If we file AOS, do we now also need to file DS-260 as well? Since the DS-260 now has a question that asks to choose between AOS and Consular processing…
March 15, 2023 at 17:59
We talked about this – but for others considering the same question the DS260 is optional for AOS cases. The applicant should not submit the DS260 too soon (according to their case number and VB progress), but having the DS260 before the I-485 is submitted is useful.
March 15, 2023 at 13:10
I was winner of the Dv2021. Unfortunately the procedure was unsuccessful due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, I want to apply for a visitor visa. Am I at risk of having a refusal for double intention? Knowing that I have already had visitor visas in the past (one in 2016 and the other in 2019)?
March 15, 2023 at 18:00
Yes, your risk is somewhat increased because of the earlier DS260 submission.
March 16, 2023 at 02:43
I am a winner oc 1912… do you think I have a chance for interview?
March 16, 2023 at 09:09
Maybe. You’ll have to wait and see.
March 16, 2023 at 03:34
HI Simon, my question is that is there a problem if the passport No. I put on the DS – 260 form is different from the passport No. I bring to the visa interview as a result of renewal of expired passport? Thanks.
March 16, 2023 at 09:09
March 16, 2023 at 13:34
Hello Sir, my name is Musa from Gambia West Africa.. if you spouse have TB before and now treated and got the medical results will they reject her? Secondly during medical test can she sow the medical doctor the test results?
March 18, 2023 at 16:59
Treated TB is not a problem, BUT the doctor may want tests to confirm the condition is treated. Take whatever proof you have.
March 16, 2023 at 18:46
I am getting ready for my interview and got a question:
1. I will have some money on my bank account but less than 10k which is usually recommended (I’m the only applicant). Currently I work in Canada but for an American based company. If I ask my employer to provide a letter stating that in case I get the visa they will switch my contract to US will this be helpful in case embassy asks for proof of funds?
March 18, 2023 at 16:59