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.
November 9, 2022 at 17:13
Hi, I’m DV2023. I’ve sent my DS since August. My case number is 2023SA4xx and I haven’t received any mail asking me for documents. Is it normal or should I keep waiting?
November 12, 2022 at 15:49
It is normal. Documents are not required to be sent to KCC.
December 7, 2022 at 18:40
Hi, I am currently on an F1 visa. Graduated this May and I am on my OPT working here in the US. So when I filled out my DS 260 I selected the option to send my case to USCIS to adjust status instead of directly to KCC. I freaked out and contacted KCC and they told me my case is at USCIS. What should I do?
December 9, 2022 at 08:57
You need to learn about the AOS process.
May 5, 2023 at 02:23
When I was filling my initial application, I selected single because we had separated with my girlfriend with whom I have a son of 3 years. I entered the child in the application but not my girlfriend because we were never married.
If i am selected does this disqualify me?
My plan is not to take my son with me since he is still very young for me to handle alone in a new country. How do I go about this at the interview and would this lead to denial of my visa?
May 5, 2023 at 14:44
No – you did it correctly.
May 7, 2023 at 17:40
Sir if in the DV entry i put single but i was still married
Will they accept to add her in the DV260
May 7, 2023 at 20:21
If you lied during your entry (saying single when you were actually married), then you will be disqualified.
May 8, 2023 at 07:42
If the principal applicant birth country is not eligible but the spouse birth country is eligible.
Will the applicant be disqualified?
May 8, 2023 at 10:45
No – that person should have chosen the spouse country of birth in the entry – and then they can proceed. If the CO does things correctly they should treat your spouse as a principal applicant too, meaning they should expect education proof from BOTH of you.
May 8, 2023 at 10:39
I am a selectee for the DV2024 and I am trying to fill up my DS260 form right now.
In this particular blog post right here, in item #10 Previous work/education/training information, for the column “course of study” of both screenshots posted there, “HIGH SCHOOL” and “1ST SECONDARY” are filled in that particular column. However, at the “HELP: COURSE OF STUDY” remark/note on the right side, it says “for high school course of study please indicate ‘Academic’ or ‘Vocational’.
So does that mean I am supposed to only type either “Academic” or “Vocational” for the course of study column? I need some clarification regarding this matter. Personally “academic” fits for my situation as I did not attend any vocational courses in high school, but the screenshot is kinda confusing me.
May 8, 2023 at 11:00
Use academic. They will exclude vocational education.
May 8, 2023 at 13:52
Hi Simon, thank you for all the information. I am DV2024, during high scool 4 years i have lived in a dormitory, should i include it in my adress history?
May 8, 2023 at 15:10
I would probably give the home address where you spent weekends, holidays, summers etc.
May 9, 2023 at 06:37
Hi britsimon. I’m a dv lottery winner this year. But still I didn’t complete the ds 260 form since I have made a mistake in the entry form earlier. The problem is in entry form I have written my first name as a the last name and the last name as the first name because of a confusion. Now in the ds 269 form they automatically showing the surname as I have used in the entry. But it’s actually my first name. What should I do? Is this a big problem? Should I just erase the surname In the ds form and write the correct first name?
Please reply. Thank you in advance
May 9, 2023 at 08:53
Just correct it in the DS260. Similar cases are usually forgiven as long as they don’t suspect fraud.
May 9, 2023 at 06:52
My mother win the dv lottery this year. When we were applying for this I was 20. But this year October 22nd I will turn 22 years. So can I go with my mom?
May 9, 2023 at 08:55
No – you will have aged out. There is some protection given by the CSPA, but your period of protection will run out before October.
May 9, 2023 at 09:14
Oh that’s very unfortunate. Is there any ways I can go with them? Eventhough not a PR can I get a visa with them for visiting and staying with them?
May 9, 2023 at 16:23
Your ability to get a non immigrant visa is nothing to do with their DV case – and as an LPR they don’t have some special right to “invite” you.
May 9, 2023 at 12:55
But when I logged into the ceac, my name is showing there. So should I fill the ds 260 for me too even though you say I’m aged out?
May 9, 2023 at 18:26
May 9, 2023 at 10:20
in “degree/diploma” should I entry the original names or an english translation?
May 9, 2023 at 16:37
I would translate.
May 9, 2023 at 11:09
Hello Mr Simon, thanks alot for the advice. I have a question regarding birth place. My niece was recently selected in the lottery. While filling her DV lottery form, she put a place of birth that is different from what appears on her passport. So incase she is to proceed to do a birth certificate, should the birth certificate reflect the place of birth on the passport so should we follow what she filled on the DV lottery form while entering her entry. I will be so grateful for your feedback.
May 9, 2023 at 16:45
The DS260 should be accurate. Hopefully the two places are just places within the same country, in which case there should be no problem.
May 10, 2023 at 02:02
hello! I have a problem with my DS260 form, I was able to reach “Present and previous address information” and when I was trying to save it – site was gone with information that site is not reachable. I restart my computer and delete cookies from browser, but situation was repetead at the same step. What should I do in this situation? My DS 260 was locked?
May 10, 2023 at 08:58
Use another computer entirely.
May 10, 2023 at 11:21
What is the earliest for a dv2024 winner to submit ds-260
May 10, 2023 at 14:06
People already submitted starting May 6th.
May 10, 2023 at 18:07
If there is a spellings difference beteeen secondary education certificate and the correct name, what can I do? Would it be a issue?
May 10, 2023 at 23:08
Complete the DS260 with the real name shown on the birth cert and passport. For the education cert, you simply need to convince the CO it is yours.
May 14, 2023 at 21:22
In that case Is affidavit enough or do I need to correct my result sheet?
May 15, 2023 at 08:21
May 10, 2023 at 23:52
Hi Simon! Thanks for your informative videos. I have put no for the question asking about do I want the social security administration to issue me a SSN and a card and answered no? Do I need to request opening the form and edit it from KCC. Also when I want to submit I didn’t input the zeros after AS code Which are before the case number.
May 11, 2023 at 08:44
No need to unlock. You can apply for the SSN yourself.
May 11, 2023 at 02:39
Can I put a name with spelling difference on other names??
Also, what if I have another tribe name on my birth cert, but I don’t use it anywhere, can I also put it on other names?
May 11, 2023 at 08:54
May 11, 2023 at 03:23
Your advice is very useful. My dilemma is I have completed the form but am unable to sign electronically even though the form seems to be in order and no errors shown anywhere. When I enter the Electronic code correctly it just takes me back to a new code and I am unable to sign my form and send it off. I messaged KCC – I received an automated reply but it seems they take long to respond.
Your help would be immensely appreciated.
May 11, 2023 at 04:24
Hi – I resolved issue – had to leave off all the zeros.
May 11, 2023 at 08:59
May 11, 2023 at 08:56
You are probably not clicking the link for selective service.
May 11, 2023 at 08:36
Hi there, Winner of the DV lottery 2024. Submitted ds260. Am i supposed to wait for an email from KCC to submit further documents or should i just email the documents to them>? I am also not able to log in on the CEAC website as it says invalid case number… Not sure if this is because my form has not been reviewed yet… Would love to hear your thoughts.
May 11, 2023 at 09:04
No documents required yet.
CEAC doesn’t have 2024 cases until January 1.
May 12, 2023 at 07:52
first and foremost thank you so much for helping all of us here, this blog is an excellent resource.
I was selected in the DV2024 and would have a few questions about DS260.
1) My spouse has two citizenships and two passports. One of them and her mostly used one just indicates one first name. Her other passport however, from the country in which she was also born, indicates two first names. The question is now, if it is okay to indicate these two first names in the “other given names” section?
2) Based on your experience would you assume a CN as high as 2024EU00062XXX will be interviewed prior the due date of Sept 30, 2024?
3) I am a founder and owner of a company but preferred to use a different title than founder or CEO or something, but rather chose something more modest. Would it be acceptable to simply explain this in the details section?
4) As a teenager I was involved in something I am not very happy with but it is not part of my official police clearance certificate. Would it suffice if I was to select YES and explain what happened during the interview?
May 12, 2023 at 18:40
2. We cannot know that yet – we know case numbers, but not selectee counts.
3. Just list the truth.
4. If you were under age you do not need to list it.
May 17, 2023 at 11:53
Thank you so much for your response,
a short follow up question regarding the „answers must be submitted in English AND in Roman characters“, but maybe I am overthinking it.
1) What if my previous addresses had e.g. German street names like (following street names are made up) Sommerstrasse or Regenstrasse? Am I required to translate these street names due to the Boolean AND requirement into summer street and rain street?
2) What about the German term Universität, which I currently entered as Universitat, due to the “ä” restriction. Should this be translated into University or is Universitat fine?
I know this might sound silly, so apologies if it does.
May 18, 2023 at 10:53
And yeah – you are overthinking.
May 11, 2023 at 08:56
I have been selected for the 2024 DV lottery.
at the moment I live I live in Russia. But I’m not from Russia. I have been studying in Russia since 2017. (I was 20 years old when i came here)
I know i should add my home address and the current address in Russia both.
So far I have saved as following:
Current address: from July 2022
Previous address in Russia: Sep 2017 to July 2022
Address in home country: April 1997 to Sep 2017
Is it correct if i put it that way?
May 11, 2023 at 09:05
May 12, 2023 at 00:26
One of my fried, has been selected and am helping him to fill the form.
But the issue is when applying for DV his surname was wrongly written one letter is missing. Correct name is KAHABUKA but he wrote KAHABKA…..the letter U is missing. But i filled the form with the correct surname as it is on his passport .
And he is using this misspelled surname to log in to fill the ds260
Will this not affect him?
Or should he put the misspelled name on other names to avoid any shortcomings??
Or it’s just an error they will understand….
Because after submitting the ds260 you get an email with Also surname, case no etc
So which surname will it show? The wrongly one or the correct one filled in ds260
We are stack, we need help or advise on that👆
May 12, 2023 at 17:25
Make sure the name is corrected on the DS260 – and that should be OK.
May 13, 2023 at 02:00
thanks for the above answer.
some other questions.
1. Since at the moment I’m a student, i put present occupation as student. would that impact the chances of getting the visa?
2. should i include information about previous part time jobs also?
3. if i work as a freelance English teacher in Russia, how should i mention about that?
4. a question in miscellaneous information 1, “do you seek to enter the United states for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor but have not yet been certified by the secretory of labor?”
i finished my bachelors degree, but didn’t work in the field relevant to the degree, i started my masters right away. so if i answer yes to this question and explain it Like as I recently finished the bachelor’s degree, intended to finish the masters and work in the field, would that be sufficient?
May 13, 2023 at 09:55
3. Self employed.
4. Yes is the most truthful answer – but either answer (yes or no) doesn’t matter.
May 14, 2023 at 03:09
I’m really thankful for your support Simon.
I’m coming back to you because i want to submit ds-260 without any errors or mistakes.
1. “Have you traveled to any countries/regions within the
last five years?”
for this question should i mention about travel history between my home country and Russia? or only about other countries in the mentioned time period?
I have traveled between russia and my home country few times during the last five years and i did travel to UAE in 2019. i mentioned only about UAE since I have mentioned Russia as my current/ present address.
2. Also i believe that i should get two police certificates from Russia and from my home country? am i correct?
3. in the US embassy website in my home country, under dv program instructions, they mention that to the dv interview, should bring Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from the U.S. sponsor. if the sponsor is not a blood relative but a friend would that decrease my chances of getting the visa?
May 14, 2023 at 12:23
1. You did it right.
3. That is up to the CO.
May 12, 2023 at 07:57
Hi mr simon, im a dv lottery winner 2024, but yet to submit my DS260 form. I’m a Gambian living with my spouse in UAE, but im afraid as the badly perfomance of abu dhabi embassy as u emphasize on one of your videos… what would you advice?
May 12, 2023 at 18:41
I can’t be sure how that embassy will perform in the future.
May 12, 2023 at 12:33
Regarding DS 260 filling, I am a winner in 2024 Lottery. There is section call Petitioner Details in the DS 260 Form, I just wanted to know is this the Sponsor Details that we have to fill. Or is the Petitioner and Host both are same? Please elaborate.
May 12, 2023 at 20:16
For DV you are your own petitioner.
The host is just providing an address etc.
The sponsor can be the host too or someone else.
May 12, 2023 at 15:43
Hi Brit. If I have served in army for 2 years (at age 21-23), should any info about the military army address be mentioned in previous address field?
May 12, 2023 at 20:19
May 13, 2023 at 03:21
thank you very much for your advises, they are very useful.
I would have some special questions:
In the previous addresses list, should I mention all the addresses where I lived, or only the addresses which are listed on my address card? So for example a dormitory during university is not listed, or an apartment where I lived through a year 10 years ago.
May 13, 2023 at 09:59
List the addresses where you actually considered your main address (had mail sent there etc)
May 13, 2023 at 07:01
Hi Simon, am filling my DS 260 and I found out that my husband name is not complete in the certificate, he has three names on his passport but one is the only one written on the marriage certificate. Should I reapply for marriage certificate or can court affidavit be use for it.
May 13, 2023 at 11:55
Whatever is “normal procedure” in your country.
May 13, 2023 at 07:24
Hi, I have not yet submitted the DS-260 application as I have not yet been able to complete the required documents. How long do we have to submit supporting documents to KCC after submitting the DS-260? Is it OK to file the DS-260 form until I complete the docs?
May 13, 2023 at 11:56
It is not certain that documents will be required for DV2023 – the government stopped that process for DV2023 cases.
May 13, 2023 at 12:23
I am DV2024 winner.
May 13, 2023 at 08:49
Do we need to apply separate DS-260 forms for family members? Or do we have to include the details of all family members in the same DS-260 form? how it happens?
May 13, 2023 at 11:59
Each person that wants to move and get a greencard needs their own DS260. Parents/Married people list their children and spouse in their own DS260.
May 13, 2023 at 11:12
hi simon i wanted to get you advice on couple of things .
1) i went to turkey when i was 15 years old i wanted to start a university there but i came back after i was there for about 1 year . i was 16 and 8 months when i came back . do i need to mention that i might not be able to get cid from the turkey goverment since i am not there .
2) in my goverment there is a centerlized exam for highschool. but my school made us take 2 exam one from the school and the centerlized one . i currently am in the process of trying to get centrlized certificate which one should i use ? is there a difference ? by the way when i was applying in the education section i chose the option “SOME UNIVERSITY COURSES” i have 2 year uni diploma if i use that do i need to have the centerlized certificate or any highschool one.
my case number is 2024Af49*** and i was assigned to nairobi i know its horrible from what i saw . how can i change the embassy and what embassies where the best performing ones on asia in 2023.
thank you very much
May 13, 2023 at 13:53
1. I don’t know if a CO will insist on a police cert in that circumstance. I suggest you follow the reciprocity page instructions to TRY to get the police cert, just in case.
2. You will have to use your judgement about the certificate – I have no experience of that.
3. Embassies are chosen based on where you live.
May 13, 2023 at 23:23
hi simon .
I have won the DV lottery 2024 and my case number is 2024af49***. However, I have a couple of issues that I would appreciate your help with.
Firstly, I completed high school in my country and took the centralized exam required for certification. Unfortunately, I did not receive the certificate. Can I apply for the DV lottery with a certificate from my school or do I need to obtain the centralized one?
Secondly, I visited Turkey when I was 15 years and 8 months old and returned after a year. However, I am unable to obtain a police certificate from the Turkish government as I do not know anyone who still resides there. Should I mention this in the DS260? It has been 4 years since I returned and I was 16 years and 8 months old at the time.
thank you for what you do .
May 13, 2023 at 23:50
so i checked the Reciprocity page and it led me to a website but i dont have my info to login also i have sent a message to my countries emmbasy in turkey if they don’t or can’nt help should i just tell them that in the ds260 do you think i will have issue if i do that . is this a big deal?
also can you to tell me how to change the interview location and which country in embassies in asia are the best
May 14, 2023 at 12:14
I have already answered these questions for you.
May 14, 2023 at 05:48
hi i got the dv lottery 2024.
can i apply the dv lottery with both education and work expierance because i have both. which one should i choose if i have to choose ? .
by the way when and how can i change my embassy ?
May 14, 2023 at 12:27
The CO will always ask about education first. If that is inadequate, work experience might help.
Changing embassies isn’t like switching a hair appointment. They base the embassy on your current address.
May 14, 2023 at 10:01
My sponsor in green card application is planning to change his address in next year, how can I change the address to his new address after submitting the DS 260?, because his address I put for mailed to DS 260.
May 14, 2023 at 12:31
You can change that at the interview.
May 15, 2023 at 01:54
went i was applying for the dv lottery i got the name of the city i lived in worng should i just fix it in the ds260
May 15, 2023 at 08:24
May 15, 2023 at 13:26
i have been intern in a company for 2.5 years and my job is software developer does internship and temporary employment count as work exprience
May 15, 2023 at 13:45
Not normally if it is unpaid.
May 15, 2023 at 16:18
Hello, BritSimon. I recently randomly selected DV Lottery-2024. I have a few questions for you when I fill out the DS-260 form.
1. Is it necessary to have a certain place and address in the United States of America in the “Mailing and Permanent Address Information” section? Because I don’t have a specific address in the United States. *Because I have never been to the United States of America, and I will have no acquaintances or relatives in America.
2. In the “Security and Background: Medical and Health Information” section, which option should I circle because I do not have proof of vaccination according to United States law?
3. When I send my documents to [email protected], must all documents be translated into English? Some of my documents have been translated into English, but some of my important documents, such as my High School Certificate and University Bachelor’s Diploma, have not been translated into English. After all, only the version translated into Uygurjin script is available. Do these need to be translated? /Certificate of Secondary Education, Bachelor’s Diploma/
Can you help me answer these questions? Thank you.
May 15, 2023 at 16:53
1. At some point you will need to provide a US address for the GC and SSN to be sent.
2. That is fine.
3. You have not been asked for documents yet, and it is not clear that docs will be needed – so relax.
May 16, 2023 at 06:23
Thank you for the tip, BritSimon. ^ ^
May 16, 2023 at 14:48
In my country Uganda, the academic documents cannot be edited incase one drops a name like in my case, can this affect my chances even if i went through a legal procedure
May 16, 2023 at 15:21
You simply have to explain (through documentation) the connection between the names.
May 16, 2023 at 23:01
The name in my passport is too long DS 260 from cannot enter the name. Seeking advice for this.
other name : Kurukulasooriy Palpattam Kattige Isuru Udayanga Fernando
May 17, 2023 at 00:13
Cut out something.
May 18, 2023 at 04:36
Hi, I can enter DS 260 Full Name in Native Language . Is it possible to apply Abbreviations ? like K P K Isuru udayanga
May 18, 2023 at 14:22
They are looking for “full name”
May 17, 2023 at 14:11
I’d be grateful if you could please answer these:
1. I changed my surname when I got married. Do I need to get Police Certificate to my maiden surname as well?
2. On one of the forums they say that the child of the ex-husband (so, the EX step-child), even if he is over 21 and married, he has to be added in the “Children” section in DS260. Is that correct?
3. Do I need to add work email address too, or only personal?
4. In Russia we have a Patronymic, which is father’s name and is an official part of the full name. In passport, it’s only written in Russian language, but not in English. And it’s also written in all other documents, such as Birth Certificate, national ID book, diplomas etc (in Russian). Do I write it under “Other given names”? I think you covered it in p.2 in this article, just want to confirm.
May 18, 2023 at 11:05
1. Possibly – depending on procedures in your country.
3. Personal is fine.
4. Yes – other names.
May 18, 2023 at 11:47
Thanks so much for your response.
(And sorry about the other comment, for some reason I couldn’t see my post)
May 18, 2023 at 15:00
Comments are held for my review for new posters.
May 18, 2023 at 16:44
One more question, please.
I’ve been working in the same company for a few years, but in different positions, And also in the same position but of different levels, eg. Junior developer, Intermediate dev etc.
Do you think I should write each of them separately as different jobs?
May 18, 2023 at 18:49
No – list the job once with the most recent job level.
May 18, 2023 at 01:16
I am one of the winner of DV lottery from Afghanistan, my family/spouse and children doesn’t have passports. I have to wait till 4 or 5 months for it. Now as i have my own passport available so can i fill and submit the DS 260 or wait till preparing for family members passprts as well, my case number is in 30000 digits.
2:,- how if apply my own and without submitting my family members DS 260 forms, does it affect my case if my spouse and children left and might invite in next years one or two?
May 18, 2023 at 14:15
1. You can complete it now, using your passport number or other official ID for the spouse/children.
2. Please try to include the family in DV. The delays in family based cases can last years.
May 18, 2023 at 09:47
Hi Brit. My Sister-in-Law’s boyfriend is a winner of the DV 2024. He won as single but they are planning to fill out the DS 260 together. My Sister-in-law has two children not by her boyfriend and they are not planning to add the kids to the DS 260 form. Are they on the right track? Will they be able to send for the kids in the future? please what advice can you give them before they can fill out the DS20 form.
May 18, 2023 at 14:35
Quite frankly – NO they are not on the right track.
First – in order to fill out the DS260 they need to be married. Legally married. And a CO is likely to ask for proof of the relationship to be sure it is not just a sham marriage.
Second – once the marriage is done, the children will be the boyfiends’ step children. The children *must* be listed on the DS260s (for both parents), and they can be included and get greencards if your sister in law has custody.
May 18, 2023 at 11:40
Why can’t I post a comment? 🙁
May 23, 2023 at 09:43
I just watched you most recent video about the tool by xarthisius and was quite underwhelmed to see the performance of my embassy, which is Bern in Switzerland. I am a DV2024 EU selectee with a CN in the 62k range and just submitted my ds260’s for my little family of three today. Now I wonder if I should relax as Bern might just have had a hard time in the last years or if it might be wise to unlock and reallocate to e.g. Frankfurt?
May 23, 2023 at 13:25
I think you are misunderstanding what you are seeing. Bern does less interviews, NOT because they are restricting, but rather that there are not many local selectees. You would be MAD to change.
May 23, 2023 at 14:50
Thank you so much! I can barely imagine how much time it takes to respond to all these questions, you are a legend, sir! Well appreciated. 😉
May 24, 2023 at 01:28
Dear Mr. Simon
Is it sufficient to enter the information for my spouse and child in the DS-260 form as I did for the lottery, or do I need to fill out everything again with their details?
May 25, 2023 at 09:05
That question is unclear.
May 25, 2023 at 14:13
Hi Simon, I need assistance I have kids aged 29,18 &13.
In the green card I filled the 18&13 year olds. When filling the D’s 260 I included the 29 year old. I was asked if he is migrating with me I said no. I was asked if he is migrating with me at a later late should I answer yes or No? ( I wouldn’t mind the entire family migrating though I understand the fact that he is not eligible since he is abive 21.
May 27, 2023 at 10:57
I would say yes – but it is not critical.
May 27, 2023 at 12:50
Hi Brit! My Dad won dv lottery in 6/5/2023 and I turned 21 in 1/1/2023. Will I get the green card?
May 27, 2023 at 13:47
No. You will have aged out before your father could possibly get an interview.
May 28, 2023 at 13:06
What should I do? Should I fill a ds 260 ? Should my dad mention me in his ds? Should I go to the interview?
Could the fact that I am a med student change the decision ? Especially that we are going to Tennessee state which already in short of doctors
May 29, 2023 at 08:33
Your father should list you in his DS260, but that is all he can do.
Your training doesn’t change that. All you could do is look to a study visa for the USA and then hope to get an employment visa later.
May 28, 2023 at 16:34
I know that this question was answered somewhere but I couldn’t find it.It’s about the last question
Social Security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
Do you need a new card… Is the answer to that “YES” – because on my card there is a printed text “Valid for work only with DHS authorization”.
Or I don’t need a new card?
May 29, 2023 at 08:42
New card, same number. So – don’t ask for a new number on the DS260.
May 29, 2023 at 10:09
Do you mean that he only mentions me in his (principal applicant) ds without making an entire (accompany) ds for me like my mom and brother?
If so, what would happen if I made an accompany ds for me and went to the interview? Will it affect them or only me?
May 29, 2023 at 17:09
You won’t get a visa – so stop wasting your time thinking about it, there isn’t some trick that will overcome the rules. You just need to be listed on your fathers DS260.
Please don’t make me repeat answers, that is a waste of my time. And please click reply so that messages stay together in context.