Completing the DS260 for DV lottery entrants
Completing the DS260 for DV lottery entrants
Upon submission, some people are getting an error message that the confirmation number doesn’t match. In that case – the solution is here:
OK – so the main task to process your DV lottery win is to complete a form online that is your “application” for immigration benefit. That form is the DS260.
The form itself might seem daunting, and it may take about 2 hours to complete. It is important that you prepare your information, and enter the details as accurately as possible. You will be able to make changes later on, but it makes sense to spend a few extra minutes early on to get this right.
You will some documents to complete the process and mostly you will need those now so gather them now and create a special file to start creating your DV lottery paperwork:-
- Passport information for you and your family members.
- Birth certificates for you and your family members.
- Your education history
- Your work history
- Your address history
- An address in the USA of a friend or family member. This is where your Green Card will be sent.
Ready? OK now let me guide you through completing the form:-
Enter the form for the first time.
You need your case number which will be in the format of YEAR-REGION-CASENUMBER. For example 2016AS00001234. This is the FULL case number including the “leading zeroes” in this case before the 1234. (In online forums we suggest hiding the last 2 or 3 digigits and dropping the leading zeroes – so when quoting your case on a forum you would state this number as 2016AS1XXX or 2016AS12XX. This protects your identity.)
The form will expect your date of birth in day/month/year order. This is odd because Americans write date in month/day/year order.
Once in the form you will go through a number of sections where you will enter your details. Most of the information is self explanatory – but here are screenshots for each section of how the forms will look for a simple case – and some comments about some of the questions. Please remember it is important to make sure your answers are YOUR answers. Don’t just copy what I am suggesting if the answer does not agree with your circumstances.
Here you will see a list of applicants attached to the case (based on the eDV entry). Click the link under “IV application” to complete the details for each applicant.
You can also add applicants from this page (if you have married since the original entry or had a child). Once you have added an applicant you cannot remove that applicant or change their name. So – please be careful about name spelling etc. It is also important to note that if you are adding a spouse or child that you already had prior to the original eDV entry but failed to mention in the original entry you will most probably be disqualified, as that is a critical error.
If you do have to add a child or spouse because of a birth or marriage while you are waiting to be interviewed, remember you will need to add an applicant AND in addition your own form will need to be unlocked so that you can add the new family relationship to your form.
2. Personal Information 1.
This is where you will enter your name information. It is a useful page to capture your name in English, but also in Native alphabet.
The names entered on this page should be as listed on your passport – but also use the “other names used” section to make sure you have covered combinations that appear in your documents. For example, if you have an education certificate that includes an additional family name, use the alias section to include that name. Also, use the alias section if you entered your name differently on the eDV entry. Entering your other names used here means USCIS have early notice to perform name checks on your various names used and therefore you can make sure your background check is comprehensive – which is exactly what you want to reduce the chances of being placed on AP or even refused for incomplete name information.
Complete the other details such as date of birth. If you somehow made a mistake on the eDV about your date of birth (for example during conversion from a different calendar) THIS is your opportunity to correct that mistake – please pay attention to that. This would normally agree with the date of birth on your birth certificate, but if that is not known, then use the date shown on your passport.
About city/state/country of birth. ON the eDV entry (where you entered the lottery) you will have entered something for your city of birth. The three levels are related to each other – so a CITY is sometimes denoted as being in a STATE (or province) and that STATE is within a COUNTRY. People sometimes are not sure what to enter so let me gives some examples.
You could have been born in Richmond which is a city/town in London, United Kingdom. So an acceptable answer (which should agree with the information on your birth certificate) would be:
Country: United Kingdom
Your passport should be valid for 6 months beyond the point of entry, but if your passport will expire during the DV process, you might be better submitting now with the current passport and updating later once you have the replacement passport. This is especially true if you have a low case number, and are therefore expecting an early interview. If you do need to renew your passport during the DV process, in many cases people have taken old and new passports to the interview without unlocking the form, but the preference would be to add the new passport details if time allows.
OK – hope that makes sense. Check what it says on your birth certificate. It is important that this information agrees to the birth certificate and the passport. By the way – your country of birth may not be the same as your nationality (which is on the next page). But your country of birth is what should have driven your entry into the lottery (eligibility is based on your country of birth, NOT your nationality).
The finished result should look something like this:-
3. Personal information 2
This page is about your travel documents (passport). Make sure you have the passport in front of you when you complete this page – accuracy is important as this will enable background checks.
Note, if you do not have a passport at this time you can complete the entry using another state issued ID, and then later unlock your forms to add the passport details. You WILL need a passport prior to interview as will any derivative (family member) of yours.
4. Present and previous address information
Try and complete this as accurately as possible. Provide all the address that you have LIVED at since the age of 16. If you stayed at a holiday home for a month or two, that does not need to be entered, but if you LIVED at an address for a few months then you should enter that address. You enter past address in reverse date order – meaning going backwards in time, one address at a time. Be as accurate as possible with the date you started living at each address (you can guess the dates within a month or two).
5. Mailing and Permanent Address Information
This is information about where you expect to stay in the USA OR the address of someone you can trust to receive your Green Card on your behalf. Most people can think of someone within their family or friends that could receive the GC for them. You should also know that you can change this address during the process – right up to the day your arrive in the USA for the first time.
6. Family information: Parents
OK – self explanatory information. I only show the top of the page in the screenshot below but you add your parents details and their addresses. THe data here should be accurate, but if you don’t know their birthdates etc. it is not a huge problem. Do the best you can.
7. Family information: Spouse and Previous Spouse
Enter the details as appropriate to your case. Remember, the information should be correct on the day you enter it. So, if you plan to marry in a month but want to submit your form today then you are SINGLE today. YOu can either delay submission of your form until you are married, or submit now as single and unlock your form later after the marriage. There is some information about marriage during the DV process here.
A previous spouse is entered when you divorced of a spouse passed away. You will be required to produce a divorce certificate or death certificate during the interview to tally with what you enter here.
8. Family information: Children
Fairly obviously you will need to enter information about each child you have, making sure their information ties with birth certificates and passports.
If your child is nearly 21 there may be special considerations for you. Please read this article on children aging out and their status under the CSPA.
If you are expecting a child to be born during the DV lottery processing period there are also procedures in place to obtain a Green Card for that child. I will address that with a new article.
One thing I would say, it is ESSENTIAL that you listed all your children in the eDV according to the instructions. If you made a mistake about that you may have caused yourself a problem. If you have a concern, contact me and explain your situation.
In the case shown in the screenshot below the applicant did not have any children.
9. Present work/education/training information
OK so this is important as education OR work experience are requirements of the DV lottery. Please read this article for more information about meeting the requirement. I cannot stress enough. You are only required to meet the education OR work experience – you do not have to prove BOTH. Of the two routes, education is the simplest and most reliable method, but some people cannot meet the education requirement – and although this may surprise you that includes me. I have had a very successful career in the IT field and have demonstrated my skills to earn a H1 visa (which is category of visa for highly educated or highly skilled workers), BUT I could not have met the DV lottery requirement on education! So – think carefully whether you do or not – and act accordingly.
Enter the information about work and education based on what you are doing at present. If you are entering work experience and hope to qualify through work experience you should consider carefully the question about “does this job require 2 years of training or experience”. Again, read the article above to understand that better.
10. Previous work/education/training information
OK – so this will vary depending on what you did before your present occupation. Maybe you had a different job, maybe you studied. Whichever is true you must enter that information here and create a complete history of your work, education and training. Try and get the dates to be accurate and make sure that those dates make sense with the address information you gave previously.
This page can end up being quite long and for the screenshots I have had to break it into two pieces. Just take your time and make it make sense. You can add another occupation (work or edication). Again, you enter going “backwards” in time.
11. Additional work/education/training information.
Answer the questions truthfully on this page. If you answer Yes and a box opens for further details there will be instructions of what further detail they want.
12. Security and Background: Medical and Health information
Answer these questions carefully and truthfully.
The second question (about vaccinations) causes some debate. Truthfully it WILL NOT MATTER whether you choose Yes or NO for that particular question. The right answer for 99% of people is NO, because you do not have “documentation to establish…”, even if you do have records of vaccinations. So, it is a subtle point but whether you answer yes or no it will not matter. The vaccinations you actually need will be decided by the panel physician at the time of your medical. So by all means gather whatever vaccination documentation you have.
13. Security and Background: Criminal
Answer these questions truthfully. Most criminal convictions will not cause disqualification, and you will have a chance to explain at the interview. The crimes that can cause disqualification are called “crimes of moral turpitude”. It is a vague term and perhaps one that I will write about to clarify but most people by far will not have a problem even if they have a criminal conviction. Previous immigration fraud is not surprisingly one of the crimes that can cause an issue which is why it is essential you always tell the truth on these applications.
14. Security and Background: Security 1
Again – answer these truthfully.
15. Security and Background: Security 2
Again – answer the questions truthfully.
16. Security and Background: Immigration law violations
As I mentioned earlier – they take immigration law violations seriously!
17. Security and Background: Miscellaneous 1
Again answer truthfully.
The skilled or unskilled labor question has sparked some debate. In reality if you intend to work in the USA then the answer to this is Yes – but this is another question that will not cause a problem no matter which response your choose.
18. Security and Background: Miscellaneous 2
Again these just need truthful answers.
The healthcare professional one is another question that really doesn’t matter how you answer it. If you are a healthcare worker don’t be afraid to admit that.
The public charge question should be answered NO. Public charge means financial assistance from the government. You must realize that the Green Card lottery winners should not be claiming “public assistance”. There are some exceptions to that statement, but in general you are expected to support yourself. The USA is a land of opportunity, not free gifts.
19. Social security number
Answer these three questions as shown below unless you already have a SSN from a previous period in the USA. USCIS will (in theory) forward your details to the social security administration (SSA) to apply for your SSN. In practice many people find this does not happen correctly and delays are caused in getting the SSN after you enter the USA. Since the SSN is so important for many purposes here in the USA that is a nuisance, so I always suggest people visit the SSA office after a couple of weeks to make sure your SSN is “in the system”. You should receive the SSN card itself about 2 to 3 weeks after entering the USA.
Submitting the form.
OK so you have completed your form. You do the same for each derivative (family member). Check all the forms carefully, take screenshots if you like and when you are ready, submit the form. You should then print the confirmation page. You will be able to review the form later in review mode and can also take screenshots at that point.
You may also be prompted to fill out a form for “selected service”. Any us resident male under 26 years old is required to register for selective service. This does not not mean you will need to serve in the military, but if there was some crisis that required additional military men under 26 years old will be picked by a lottery to be inducted into the military.
The form will become “locked” so that you will not be able to edit it although you will be able to review the information after you submitted it. If you need at any time prior to your interview to unlock the form you can do so by emailing KCC who generally respond within a few days. Once unlocked you can make changes.
Once KCC have your form they will “process” it. They conduct background checks based on the information you have told them and access to official records. The processing period in DV2015 took around 4 to 5 months because of the volume of forms submitted around the same time. So, if you have a very low case number and you delay the submission of your DS260 there is a chance you could delay the interview date – BUT don’t worry, you will simply be interviewed later. Interviews are conducted based on case number order but only from a pool of cases that have completed their DS260 processing.
August 1, 2021 at 19:22
Hello Simon. Thank you a lot for your help. My husband is the winner of Dvlottery 2022EU….. I HAVE one question, please. He has a child from his previous relation. He is added în the Ds 260 Form. He is not coming in the United States with us. I have filled his application the same, but I do not know how to proceed further. In the questions, i answered that he is not emmigratting with us right now. Should I submit all the forms by the Way,and it will get clear for the embassy?Thank you a lot for your help.
August 2, 2021 at 04:37
Be clear – what is your question.
August 2, 2021 at 05:52
Should I complete Ds form 260 for my stepchild, who is not emmigrating with me and my husband în The United States of America? Or should I leave it uncompleted? Thank you a lpt
August 4, 2021 at 04:09
August 1, 2021 at 21:19
Hi Simon, should I send them an email because I won last year and my number is for 2021 year but i didn’t get an email from them yet? case number 2021AS26..
August 2, 2021 at 04:40
All you can do is hope the lawsuit achieves something.
August 7, 2021 at 08:06
Easy and straightforward question. There is a difference in the birth date between the high school certificate and the passport …Birth date in the high school certificate is 0/0/1993(This is normal in my country Yemen to write 0/0 and birth date in the passport is 05/02/1992)…Will it cause a rejection or shall I worry about it?…Passport and birth certificate are matching fine
August 8, 2021 at 14:55
No problem. Your education document is not the authoritative document for your birth date.
August 7, 2021 at 12:42
Hello Sir, I didn’t include my middle name on my diploma and national exam certificate. My passport and others documents have my middle name. During the time I was filling the DS-260 form I was asked have you used other name before and I said yes which is my name that’s on my diploma and national exam. What do you think about my situation? Please I need an answer Sir.
August 8, 2021 at 15:00
Worrying for nothing.
August 8, 2021 at 10:13
Hi sir, my family and I won the DV 2022, we have submitted our DS 260 on June 27 2021 but have not receive an email to submit our supporting documents as of this date, and interview will start October 1 2021 what can we do? Our case# is 202241****
August 8, 2021 at 15:28
You can send documents now, but if your case number is 41 thousand you have a long time to wait anyway.
August 8, 2021 at 15:44
Can you pls tell me how I can send it with out an email instructing me what to do, and how can send it please
August 8, 2021 at 16:03
August 9, 2021 at 07:11
I am Yemeni and I was born in the United Arab Emirates. I selected Yemen as my changeability country (By mistake due to misunderstanding the question). I am married and luckily my wife was born in Yemen and she has the high school certificate and even the university degree. I am just wondering if I am on the safe side with claiming to her country of birth if questioned on the interview?
August 12, 2021 at 22:46
August 14, 2021 at 09:22
DV22 winner. I was born in Saudia Arabia and registered Yemen as chargeability country. Will it create an issue at the interview?
August 14, 2021 at 17:25
August 14, 2021 at 13:49
Hi Simon, I’m DV-2022 selectee. I originally submitted my DS-260 in mid-May, then emailed KCC to unlock in early June. They just unlocked it yesterday and I’ve gone ahead and re-submitted it. I also emailed off my documents in June. I have a sub-100 Oceania case number. Just wanted your opinion, do you think I still have a decent chance, since I’m a little late submitting my new DS-260.
August 14, 2021 at 17:26
You are not late.
August 15, 2021 at 19:53
When you list the countries you traveled to, do you also have to list the countries you entered while traveling from your home country to another country? For example, if I traveled from Hungary to Belgium and during my car trip I entered Austria and Germany, do I need to include those too?
August 15, 2021 at 21:29
August 16, 2021 at 17:20
When I listed an email address I used in the past I listed it as [email protected] instead of @cndv.ro. Do you think I should contact KCC to unlock the form?
I am not the principal applicant, my father is
August 19, 2021 at 17:43
August 17, 2021 at 07:50
I have realized that I introduced all the addresses I lived at since I was born, not only those since I was sixteen. Would that be a problem?
August 19, 2021 at 22:03
August 17, 2021 at 12:43
I am DV22 winner. I am Egyption and living in Saudia Arabia. My interview will be conducted in Egypt. I have already translated my documents in Saudia Arabia by a certified translator. Do I need to translate them again in Egypt?
August 19, 2021 at 22:13
They are translated to English – right? No need to re-translate.
August 21, 2021 at 11:33
DV22 winner, in the DS260 I listed only the university degree. I didn’t list the high school. Shall I unlock the DS260 to correct it? or taking the high school certificate with me at the interview will be enough.
August 21, 2021 at 20:18
Assuming your case number is not low, correct it.
August 22, 2021 at 08:48
DV22 winner , Egyption and born in Saudia Arabia and have Saudia arabia birth certificate….Selected Egypt as the chargeability country? Is it an issue?
August 22, 2021 at 16:24
Assuming you were not married to someone from Egypt when you entered – Yes you will be disqualified. You should have an AS region case number, and you have an AF region number. You were in the wrong region and must be disqualified.
August 23, 2021 at 09:17
The police certificate is from Saudia Arabia has the birth date written in the Islamic calendar form which is different from the birth date mentioned in the birth certificate which is also in the Islamic calendar form. Will it create an issue at the interview?
Birth certificate and High school certificate are having the same date without any issues(Islamic Calendar form). Passport of course is having the Gregorian calendar form.
August 27, 2021 at 00:01
August 24, 2021 at 09:22
in the DS260, for the high school, I filled only the last year (Grade 12) and not the whole last 3 years. Shall I unlock it to correct it?
August 28, 2021 at 01:01
No year, region case number.
August 28, 2021 at 08:39
Sorry. I forgot to mention 2022AS00020XXX…Another question, going to the third year at the university. In the ds260 done the highest level of education (University no degree), is it correct? and the also the of education levels is high school then university?should I unlock the ds260?
August 28, 2021 at 16:28
Education should be listed from age 12 up.
August 26, 2021 at 19:56
Hi Brit. I was born in Cuba and applied for SA but I have lived in Spain for years and I also have Spanish nationality. In the DS 260 I put that I was born in Cuba but in nationality I put Spain and as a passport I put Spanish because I want to travel with that passport and not with the Cuban. This is a problem for the kcc when processing my case …?
August 28, 2021 at 05:44
August 27, 2021 at 23:04
My case number is 2021SA26xx
I sent in my DS-260 and it was processed along with my documents. So far I have noticed that I must do an update on my DS-260. KCC is no longer unlocking, should I wait to request the unlocking from the embassy?
August 28, 2021 at 06:05
August 28, 2021 at 06:10
I saw in a forum, it says applicant can unlock their DS260 even after receiving 2NL ( unlock request shall be forwarded to embassy).
Is this true?
August 28, 2021 at 16:25
It usually doesn’t work – so don’t rely on it.
August 30, 2021 at 08:25
My husband won the lottery for 2022, Im accompanying him .. Should I get police clearence and vaccination report as well ? or its just mandatory for the winner ?
Thanks in advance.
August 30, 2021 at 14:01
You too. Read the instructions.
September 3, 2021 at 08:52
My case (DV2021) has been under AP for more than 3-month. The Embassy replied that they regretted that it had taken some time. They would review it as soon as possible, notifying me to return to the Embassy to continue processing my case when completing reviewing. I sent them an email in mid of Aug ’21. The email was replied shortly. Is it possible they will let it expire?
Thank in advance
September 3, 2021 at 18:59
Some cases expire while waiting for AP to clear. Are you Iranian?
September 4, 2021 at 05:27
I’m Cambodian. No other info is needed from me regarding the 221(g) form. Thank Brits for your reply.
September 6, 2021 at 19:20
Hello Simon. In the form 260, the question:Have you ever been removed or deported from any country? Can you help me please, what should I choose, if I had a case when I landed to Paris, i had all the documents according to the law, but they refused me the entry in the country, without no reasons? I do not know what to choose here. Thank you for your help
September 6, 2021 at 19:37
If you are not sure – answer yes – then discuss with the CO.
September 6, 2021 at 19:57
I have already sent my ds 260 one month ago. I have choosed answer no. Just to i have remembered that i had a case where i was refused. Should I write them to unlock my form and to make changes or to leave it so and tale about this at interview, if I get asked? Thank you and sorry for disturbing. God bless you for all the good things you are doing.
September 6, 2021 at 19:58
September 6, 2021 at 20:02
Unlock and correct it.
September 6, 2021 at 19:22
I was sent back în the same day, with the same airline.Thank you Alain.
September 13, 2021 at 14:26
I applied for student visa in 2017 and got rejected under section 214(b):
1. When answering the question have you got rejected for visa before do I have to elaborate or rejected under section 214(b) is sufficient.
2. Will it effect the process or the interview later in any way.
3. One more question regarding my parents info do i need to ask them to send me their passport to take to interview because they live in a different country.
September 17, 2021 at 00:49
1. 214(b) is sufficient.
2. Probably not.
3. Your process has nothing to do with them.
September 13, 2021 at 20:24
I am confused. We have already passed our interview on August 31st. My wife is the main applicant dv 2021 and her TB test is positive. She took other tests, but We have to get the result after 52 days according to that hospital. We are afraid because september 30 is the end of this fiscal year. What may happen in my case?
Please I absolutely need your answers.
September 17, 2021 at 04:03
You will not get your visas because you won’t get a clear medical before the deadline. The only chance you have is if the Judge reserves visas.
September 17, 2021 at 04:33
Thanks Brit. But how would the judge reserve our visa after the deadline? Is our case under judge’s responsibility?
September 17, 2021 at 05:37
He might reserve a number of visas but NOT specify who can get those visas.
September 17, 2021 at 14:54
Thanks for the clarity. I really appreciate it.
October 13, 2021 at 08:56
Your case number please
September 14, 2021 at 19:58
My father is a dv lottery 2022 winner. His number is 2022eu10xxx. I am his daughter currently is US. I wanted a lawyer to fill out the application for some complications with mom and dad. Lawyer said he will fill it out in october for all ds260s. Is that okay? i know the faster you fill out ds260, the faster interview date you will get. What are your thoughts on that? Can you please let me know. Or is it just fine for myself to fill out ds260?
September 17, 2021 at 04:37
The lawyer clearly does not understand the DV process. Why is your family paying a lawyer that knows nothing about the topic?
September 15, 2021 at 06:06
I have a simple question because I am trying to understand a point in the DV system
Person A has a case number 2022AS00015XXX , submitted his DS260 on 15th June 2021 and was documentarily qualified on 15th November 2022.
Person B has a case number 2022AS00010XXX , submitted his DS260 on 30th June 2021 and was documentarily qualified on 15th December 2022.
When the region goes Current in ASIA let us say June 2022, who will be scheduled first, A or B ?
September 15, 2021 at 06:08
Sorry just to correct both documentarily in the same dates but the year is 2021 NOT 2022.
September 17, 2021 at 04:44
BUT regions don’t always go current.
September 19, 2021 at 07:14
In your last video dated 18th September 2021, you said that the date of being documentarily qualified is what matters in terms of the order of scheduling the interviews (the example 13XXX and 18XXX case numbers which you used in the video). This again confused me and I think it contradicts what you have said to me here in your first reply here. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Thanks for your efforts in the explanation.
September 19, 2021 at 07:31
Maybe when I replied with the word same dates you thought I mean same exact date but I meant same day and month but year was wrong(mistyped)….anyway here again the question below with the correct details I would like ask for.
Person A has a case number 2022AS00015XXX , submitted his DS260 on 15th June 2021 and was documentarily qualified on 15th November 2021.
Person B has a case number 2022AS00010XXX , submitted his DS260 on 30th June 2021 and was documentarily qualified on 15th December 2021.
If the region goes Current in ASIA, let’s say June 2022, who will be scheduled first, A or B ?
You answered B in your first reply. But according to your last video, it should be according to the date being documentarily qualified so it will be A.
So is it A or B ?
Many thanks for all your efforts.
September 19, 2021 at 14:14
A is correct, not B.
September 17, 2021 at 11:55
Hi britsimon, am dv 2021af90** had my interview today but I have been put on AP, and given a yellow paper. I missed i-134 and affidavit of support I have been asked to email it to the embassy.
1. How correctly am I gonna go about this?
2.does this mean I have passed the interview?
3. Who is the right person to fill in the i-134 form?
4. Does tax return mean my supponser giving me copy of his bank statement? Thanks much
September 17, 2021 at 14:01
I hate seeing these sort of posts at this time of year. I tell people all the time to get ready with an I-134, and people assume I am making it up. So frustrating.
September 19, 2021 at 08:44
Hello sir , I’m a 2022DV winner with case number 2022af18xxx , i submitted my DS260 in June and presently i have a little problem with my birth certificate , it doesn’t have my father’s information and he is dead , he passed away since 2009 , and i have been using the birth certificate like that ,also all my official documents doesn’t mention anything about my dad, i tried to rectify the issue but they told me it was impossible since he is not there to testify that he was my father ,and they told me to go ahead and keep using it like that . My question is will the birth certificate be a reason of documentary not qualified ?
September 19, 2021 at 14:18
September 20, 2021 at 03:53
Hi Simon, are we supposed to receive an automated confirmation email from KCC after we submit our DS260? I submitted mine at the end of May and have not received any confirmation email.
September 20, 2021 at 13:51
It doesn’t matter.
September 20, 2021 at 05:09
Does KCC process DS260 in submission date order? or case number order?..I have watched most of your videos where u explain that they process the DS260s received received in the first few days just to clear the inbox and they start in case number order when they start to have the backlog. So, I just want to confirm that since I am in many whatsapp groups and people seem to be convinced that whoever submitted first will be processed first regardless of their case number.
September 20, 2021 at 13:53
As I said, It is case number order, but when there is no backlog, high case numbers can get processed.
September 20, 2021 at 17:56
Hi britsimon, dv2022 AF63XXX For military service we are trying to get my husband’s military records (he is the DV winner). I’m really concerned about getting this document in the necessary timescales. Have you any experience in a case where the applicant served in the military but had no document to prove this? I don’t want to check NO for this question as it is clearly incorrect to do so.
I don’t want to further delay our submission.
September 21, 2021 at 00:05
Your high case number means that you will wait almost a year, so no need to worry about timelines. For military service you generally need evidence, but see what it says on the reciprocity page for that country.
September 22, 2021 at 11:23
Hello sir , I’m a 2022DV winner with case number 2022AS4xxx
I’ve submit the ds-260 with 2 nationalities (YEMEN , TURKEY) , THE YEMANI PASSPORT which I submit only on the register in the lottery
my question is : when the KCC request the documents which passport I send to them and how can I name the documents
thank you & best regards
September 22, 2021 at 13:42
Send both passports and use some common sense on naming.
September 23, 2021 at 14:52
Hello sir, I’m DV 2022 selectee, with case number 2022af41****, I have a question, how long can it take for KCC to respond by unlocking your DS 260 from, if you send them mail to unlock it?
September 25, 2021 at 23:18
At the moment there is a backlog of emails in their inbox, so it could take weeks.
September 26, 2021 at 09:33
Ok sir thanks very much, your answers are so helpful
September 29, 2021 at 19:59
I am a winner dv 2022 case 2022EU 16xxxx
1. Can I add an applicant, my daughter, if she is 32 years old
2. My birth certificate only lists the city and region, but does not indicate the country.
What is it better – to send an old original or request a new copy with a country, city and region and send a new copy with country,city and region?
September 30, 2021 at 19:15
2. You can choose.
October 2, 2021 at 19:48
I am unable to submit my Form DS-260. It shows an error mark in the Case Number on the electronic signature page. No error message or help note pops up. I do not understand what I am doing wrong. I am mentioning the full 14 characters of the alpha-numeric case number (including the preceeding zeros). Request your guidance.
Thanks in advance!
October 6, 2021 at 04:39
Remove the leading zeros.
October 6, 2021 at 08:39
Q1: A person who is qualified with high school certificate but will be 18 years in April 2022. Can he submit an entry in the dv2023 alone?
Q2 : His mother also is qualified and has the high school certificate. If answer of Q1 is yes, can she submit a second entry including her son as a derivative? or she must submit her entry separately?
Q3 : There is no minimum age for apply, but because of requirement of a high school education it will effectively disqualify most person who under the age of 18 years. (TRUE OR FALSE)?
October 8, 2021 at 02:40
2. Yes she can submit a second entry with the child as a derivative.
3. True. But that is at interview, not entry.
October 9, 2021 at 06:31
A family member is 60 years old. He has the high school certificate. One of his daughters has autism (Official documentation for proving that is available from the United Arab Emirates government) and she is 22 years old.
Q1: Can he include her in the dv2023 entry?
Q2: If he win, any special consideration for her from the US government?
October 9, 2021 at 15:40
October 12, 2021 at 21:15
I have two police certificates, in the occupation one of them is written engineer and the other student. Will it be problem?
October 16, 2021 at 03:36
October 12, 2021 at 22:20
Hello sir, I’m a dv 2022 selected with case # AF41***, I have written kcc to unlock my ds260 in other to some changes. It has been One month now and they have still not open it, can I do an
October 16, 2021 at 03:36
October 15, 2021 at 17:09
Hello Britt. If I intend my wife to follow me later, should I still add her as a derevative? I want my 8 year son to accompany; but my wife has to remain as she clears some loans we took, and also find a way of terminating her job amicably later after she is sure we get the visa. Should I add her or not! And she doesn’t have a passport. I only have my passport and my son’s; does she need a passport now if she is not moving with us now?
October 16, 2021 at 04:18
Bringing your wife later will be expensive, complex and slow. Find a way to go together.
October 16, 2021 at 01:40
Hi Simon,kindly advise, can we submit photos from last year for this DV lottery entry?
October 16, 2021 at 04:22
Why would you do that when the instructions say NOT to do that?
October 17, 2021 at 04:59
DV22 Winner with 2022AS0011XXX , submitted my case on 13th July. Was am I late in submitting the ds260? As we see they process the ds260s in the submission date order and it takes them approximately 10 days jumping from one day to another and now they have reached 19th May. So, did I lose my chance already? shall I give up since I am sure thousands have sent their ds260s before me?
October 17, 2021 at 16:00
I wish people would stop misunderstanding the DS260/document process. You’re fine. Relax. Stop overthinking.
October 18, 2021 at 05:05
I have a good question that has been been asked.
If someone has already submitted his ds260 and sent his documents too. As u explained earlier, two departments are in KCC one for ds260s and the other for the documentation. Suppose the KCC employee for the documentation reaches my email for documents in any day, and let’s say the ds260 on that day shows unprocessed, Will it trigger the employee to speak the ds260 department to process the ds260 for me(like, Oh this guy has sent his documents, so let’s process his ds260) or he will pass on to the next email?
October 19, 2021 at 02:01
No – your documents will wait until the DS260 is processed.
October 20, 2021 at 07:12
Some people started receiving the approval of unlocking their ds260s from a support contractor LDRM/DTSV/CA/VO/DO/KCC. Has KCC hired an outsource company recently to speed up the process of processing the ds260s or they are already hired since long time?
October 22, 2021 at 02:49
Since a long time.
October 25, 2021 at 19:30
Good morning Brit and thank you for your help
Do we need to mention kids over 21 in the DS260?
I appreciate your feedback..
October 28, 2021 at 15:59
On the DS260 yes you list all children.
November 4, 2021 at 14:07
Dear Mr. Simon, I appreciate your saying “If you have a concern, contact me and explain your situation”. I submitted DS 260 before I found your blog. There were thousand times I wished that I found it before submitting it. As per your answer to my question of “education and work” I have requested unlocking and it was unlocked this week. So I am going through your blogs on how to fill DS 260 before resubmitting it (lucky me!). Now I have completed the education part. But stuck again at few places.
1. When you include work experience, is it enough including past 10 or 12 years? (I ask this because I fall into zone 5 only since then)
2. There is another question for the countries visited within past 5 years. As per the nature of my profession I travel lot too and I have visited few countries for job requirements (not for longer periods). This includes Hong Kong too. When I choose Hong Kong, there appears “Hong Kong-BNO”and “Hong Kong-SAR”, and I am in dilemma as for what I have to choose. I visited the capital “Hong Kong”.Value your advise so much. Thank you. Be safe.
November 6, 2021 at 19:21
1. List your history according to the wording of the question.
2. I suggest you learn the difference, then answer accordingly.
December 7, 2021 at 16:59
I would like to thank Britsimon for his help. We were struggling to access the DS 260, we contacted him and he helped us. We have received our visas and we have arrived in the States since last week. Thanks again Simon.
December 10, 2021 at 06:08
Welcome to the USA!!
December 10, 2021 at 17:22
Thanks. We received our social security number just one week after entering the States.
December 11, 2021 at 16:44
December 10, 2021 at 13:40
Hi Mr. Simon, Thank you for your continuous support. I have a question on document submission. In my previous passport there are “observations and entries” such as new profession, and extended name. There are entries again which were “deleted due to technical error”. Do I have to send all those or only the bio page and name explanation page? Value your opinion – as always. Thanks and God bless you.
December 10, 2021 at 16:50
Yesterday they removed the step where you submit documents. I published an article about that yesterday. So – there is no need to send any documents now, you just take them to the interview.