On January 1 the DV2019 CEAC data became available. as I explained in my last article, the government changed their process again, so Xarthisius worked fast to re-engineer the scraper solution. By everyone spending some time solving captchas while running Xarthisius’ script, Xarthisius can collect all the data and then make it available so we can get better understanding of the cases this year. No one can predict accurately without this information. No one. Even with the information we cannot predict exactly what will happen, but it is better to know something than know nothing.
So – we need to get involved. I have thousands of people that read my last article. If everyone spends a couple of hours on this we would have the DV2019 data by now. BUT not enough people are helping, and those that are helping need to do more. If not, we won’t have the data. Last year we had a far faster response and I think we had all or most of the data by this same point in 2018. Come on guys! Don’t tell me DV2019 winners can’t achieve the same as DV2018 winners!!
So – please do something useful with your time while you are waiting for your turn to be interviewed. I get several people a day asking for my predictions. Rather than ask that – please spend your time getting the data!
Xarthisius has made a number of great updates in the past days. You can now enter a nickname so we can honor those who are doing the scraping work, and the script automatically handles capturing the data and allows fast entry of the next captcha. Please try and remember your nickname so your efforts in different sessions can be combined. Sometimes you will see a window briefly open (which mean that is a real case). The script captures the data from that popup window. Sometimes the case number isn’t found which means it is a “hole” (no actual case number). These holes are cases that are removed before the results are announced (duplicate entries, obvious fraud and so on). The results (holes or actual cases) are sent to Xarthisius and he will publish the data for all to see.
So – to help get the data please read the instructions at this link and do what you can to help.
January 3, 2019 at 20:28
You’re right Simon, I have installed the script and working more on it tonight but keep in mind that scraping now is harder for people don’t related to technology, especially elder winners so that’s my explanation now, people can’t even check basic DV related things, imagine installing extensions and script. Also people really liked that ranking table of most scraped data by user. Anyways let’s keep teaching people how to work with the new script and encourage them to solve at least 50 captchas a day. By the way, my mother received today 8AM the email by KCC asking for digital documents 🙂
Happy new year to you and everybody here!
January 3, 2019 at 20:29
January 3, 2019 at 20:40
I’m going to try to bring the hall of fame back. Right now I was mostly focused on making it fast and efficient.
January 3, 2019 at 21:34
Thank you Xarthisius for all you do! It is MUCH appreciated.
January 3, 2019 at 23:56
The latest version (0.1.8) of the script allows to provide a username (field just above the CEAC footer) and there’s a live Hall of Fame here: https://dvcharts.xarthisius.xyz/ceacFY19.html It’s updated every 30 minutes
January 4, 2019 at 00:37
January 4, 2019 at 15:02
Mr. Xarthisius: Can you please consolidate my usernames together? I have mena, MENA, Mena capitalization makes different usernames..
January 4, 2019 at 15:13
He’ll see this – I’m not sure he can do that – but you are doing a great job!!!!
January 4, 2019 at 15:26
Dear Mr. Brit,
I ask a lot of questions, the least I can do is to help!
January 4, 2019 at 15:29
Mena, I have sent you a private email with some early insights to the data as a thank you for your efforts.
The scraper league table can be seen here – https://dvcharts.xarthisius.xyz/ceacFY19.html
The top scrapers should identify themselves to me by email (britsimon3 at gmail) because I am a lot more inclined to help those that show such good community spirit and are prepared to contribute as Mena has done already.
January 4, 2019 at 16:51
January 5, 2019 at 22:10
Thanks for bringing it back, this world is a competitive one and people like those things.
January 3, 2019 at 21:31
Yes Jose, we understand this is more challenging than the solution before, and as Xarthisius has said, we understand that people liked the hall of fame. I liked that too and saw it as a way to prioritize my time to those that were helping more on the scraping. When the scrapers had questions I would make special effort to help them with their questions.
January 5, 2019 at 22:09
Alright, thanks to you both Simon and Xarthisius, amazing job!
January 4, 2019 at 16:59
Ur absolutely right..am a typical example .finding it difficult to install the extensions. And. Scripts..but I realy wanto be of help..
I need your help
January 4, 2019 at 17:12
I’ve updated the instruction page with more screenshots. Could you please tell me where are you stuck?
January 5, 2019 at 22:08
Thanks for helping, hope you installed it correctly.
January 5, 2019 at 08:39
hello my brother what is it i also want to help but I do not understand the stuff Stp me a little so that can leave my trace of good times thank you
January 5, 2019 at 14:10
The instructions have been updated to make it really clear – have a read and see if you can follow the steps.
January 3, 2019 at 20:31
hi Simon thanks for your help. you have really been the light here. well I have one worry though , I have not received an email for interview and medicals schedule so I don’t know what’s wrong please help enlighten me
January 3, 2019 at 21:33
You won’t be scheduled until your case is current, you submitted your DS260 AND the required documents. We are not sure what determines the order that KCC ask for the documents. It is not strictly case number based. However, you don’t have to wait to be asked. If your number is going to be current soon – send your documents.
January 3, 2019 at 20:37
I would like to help but After downloading Tempermonkey ,I don’t know how to install CEAC Helper script.
January 3, 2019 at 21:29
Once you have installed tampermonkey, you just click the link the the script. When you then go to the CEAC site, the script will be running in the background while you solve captchas.
January 3, 2019 at 20:42
Well said Brit, I am busy solving the captchas, guys lets join hands in this process to get the data within the shortest time possible. Good job Brit my buddy
January 3, 2019 at 22:02
Is there a system to it? Or do we just randomly do it?
January 3, 2019 at 23:15
You follow the instructions in the article above. The script will pick and enter the case number, and capture the response once you enter the captcha
January 4, 2019 at 00:17
Wow I’m already at work..thanks Brit
January 4, 2019 at 05:57
I tried but the page doesn’t show captcha. I tried reloading the page but it doesn’t work.
January 4, 2019 at 11:37
Same at my end
January 4, 2019 at 17:00
Does it work for you with Tampermonkey disabled? Captchas are loaded directly from CEAC, we are not “touching” them.
January 4, 2019 at 08:24
We are doing our best Brit!
Mena – Anthony 🙂
January 4, 2019 at 15:00
Oh that’s fantastic!!!! Thank you so much for that photo!
January 4, 2019 at 09:02
I scraped 10 today and will continue tomorrow
January 4, 2019 at 15:02
January 4, 2019 at 12:31
I am not a winner but I want to help , I couldn’t instal. Last year was easy
January 4, 2019 at 15:05
THanks for wanting to help. Installing the script is quite easy – just a couple of steps, and once done the scraping is almost as fast as last year.
January 4, 2019 at 18:38
I installed it on playstore but always coming soon
January 4, 2019 at 12:54
CEAC Helper Config
Username / INSTEAD OF TAMPERMONKEY I WRITE MY USER NAME…OR I SHOUD LOG iN SOMEWHERE ELSE…I SOVED ABOUT 20 SOME OF TEM WRITE: Your search did not return any data. AND OTHERS AT nvc – ITS OK??
January 4, 2019 at 15:09
Change the nickname to your own made up name.
As you solve the the results you are seeing are correct.
January 4, 2019 at 13:16
OK ITS WORKING …BUT I AM DOING FOR AF BUT I WANT TO HELP EU:)))
January 4, 2019 at 15:09
We want to see all regions, so the script will switch regions and everyone will help with EU at some point.
January 4, 2019 at 14:07
Hi. Thanks for your efforts Xarthisius!
We explanied your document in Turkish for the winners from Turkey, and we’re helping them to install the extension and script to support your work. It’s a hard work, but I believe if a lot of people join it, it will finish as soon as possible! Thanks again for everything.
January 4, 2019 at 15:10
Awesome – well done.
The progress is moving fast now.
January 4, 2019 at 16:20
Hello Simon! I have a question. Every so often (about every 20-30 numbers), the webpage freezes and I have to refresh for it to do anything. Is this normal?
January 4, 2019 at 17:02
It is. I saw that too, it’s happening on CEAC’s end. Unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about it.
January 4, 2019 at 17:06
Thanks! Good to know that it’s not me :p
January 4, 2019 at 17:13
” Your search did not return any data. ”
also another problem is the page freezes so we have to refresh while scraping
January 4, 2019 at 17:28
Except that, i’m quick on keyboard, working on … Thnx every one
January 4, 2019 at 17:56
“Your search did not return any data” means a hole – we need to find those too.
January 4, 2019 at 18:42
Just made some captchas, but I left as i read something.
My questions are:
1. Is CEAC scraping legal ?
2. When is Europe turn ?
January 4, 2019 at 19:21
2. Each region is needed to understand the full picture. Xarthisius will publish the data once we have all the regions. So – the order in which they are scraped doesn’t matter.
January 4, 2019 at 19:06
LAST ONE how to be sure that CN will not be repeated by somebody else,i mean do not work with no reason…
January 4, 2019 at 19:22
The script is inserting the case number based on the central database.
January 4, 2019 at 19:33
What Simon said above ^^. The script works basically like that:
1. Your browser -> server: Give me a case number I should use.
2. Server -> your browser: Please solve XXX, I’m gonna block this number just for you for 5 minutes. If you respond within 5m that’s great! Otherwise, I’ll send that number to the next persons that asks.
January 4, 2019 at 20:20
is there something wrong with the site at the moment? it keeps loading for minutes after inserting the code with no results unlike before.
January 4, 2019 at 20:31
It’s slowed down considerably for me. I have decided to call it a night.
January 4, 2019 at 20:36
Please understand that what we are doing is not affecting CEAC site in any way. It’s merely recording the state of *your* web browser and sending that information to my server. It’s not sending it to CEAC, it shouldn’t even be noticeable on their end and it’s definitely not straining their resources as all the “heavy lifting” (which is not that heavy) is happening on your laptop.
Anything that’s not working properly: captcha not showing, page hanging, longer loading times etc, is happening on CEAC site. Neither I, nor Simon, manage it. Back in the day, when we were using centralized scraper on my page, I was dealing with all that fallout behind the scenes so it wasn’t affecting people doing the work. Now, you’re experiencing an “exceptional” government software solution and unfortunately I can’t do anything about it…
January 4, 2019 at 20:54
Noted, I will try later once it normalizes.
January 4, 2019 at 22:36
What is the effect of government shutdown on CEAC site?
January 4, 2019 at 22:45
None that I know of.
January 4, 2019 at 22:38
What is the effect of government shutdown on the Visa Bulletin being published in timely manner?
January 4, 2019 at 22:45
January 5, 2019 at 09:45
Shall I install it on Firefox or Chrome? My explorer (Chrome) is returning warning message of Data Stealing Possibilities!!!!
January 5, 2019 at 14:14
Either one will do.
February 22, 2019 at 08:12
Same occurs to me too.
January 5, 2019 at 10:58
May 19, 2019 at 09:57
Hi Brit, been going through the site since the DV lottery results were released. I must admit this site has rich info for all DV winners and makes the process so simple to complete.
My number is quite high at 2020AF54XXX, hoping for a favorable hole theory this fiscal year lol. I just installed the script and I am ready to help with scrapping. Cheers!
May 19, 2019 at 15:40