We have many DV2019 selectees with very basic questions. Let me try and address the most frequent ones here in the hope that people will read this. If you ask a question and I give you a link to this page, it is to indicate that your question can be answered by reading this page and using some common sense. Please use the links in the title at the top of this page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and the DV lottery guide. There is LOTS of information available on my site – so a look through the FAQ and guide will take care of most questions.
First, some ground rules. I don’t work for the government, I don’t get paid for this. I work for a living and I sleep sometimes. So – I expect people to respect my time. That means the following “rules” exist on my site.
- Read the DV lottery guide. It includes a guide on how to complete the DS260, rough idea of the process and so on.
- READ the FAQ (frequently asked questions). If you ask me a question that is covered in the FAQ, you are wasting my time.
- Learn how to use the search feature and translation features of this site.
- Post your questions in English.
- If asking multiple questions, number your questions and consider how I can answer the question. Give me enough detail to answer the question without making me read about your life history for 10 minutes.
- Post your question once and wait for a reply. Sometimes your post won’t show up on the public page until I approve it. That doesn’t mean you should post the same question 5 more times. Just wait.
- If following up to a question you already asked – use “REPLY” to keep the questions in context. I see an administrators view of the questions – I don’t always see that one question is close to your previous question.
- Don’t expect me to know everything about life in all the countries around the world. You may not have left country A – but you should consider that the world does not all work the same way as country A.
- Tell the truth. Don’t lie to me. I hate it – and it is pointless. This process requires honesty. So do I.
- Keep your data private. Your case number should be quoted with region and year, but you don’t need to give me, or anyone else, a precise number. Give a range by “X-ing out” the last few digits. So – if your number is 2019AF000012345, you can quote your number as 2019AF12XXX. That tells me you are about the 12000 to 13000 range in AF region in 2019.
- Every year I get a few characters that drive me nuts. There is the person that asks every single question that pops into their head. If someone is making use of the info here, that should not be necessary. Take some responsibility for your own case. Second I get some smartasses that get uppity with me over one thing or another. I could argue for England, I enjoy a good argument, but this isn’t the place and I am too busy. I will not hesitate to delete messages I find annoying or damaging to other people’s chances. This is my blog. If you want to argue because you think you know better, just find somewhere else to do that. I’m not interested in feeding your ego, and I don’t care if you think I am arrogant, mean, a tyrant or whatever. Really – I don’t care, so those “accusations” don’t hurt me.
- This space reserved for any other rules I think of, whenever I think of them.
First – two links to help those still not able to check their entry:
And for those that cannot submit their DS260
And those that cannot access their DS260 because of invalid immigrant case number message click this link
Now – some questions.
Is there a deadline to submit my DS260?
There is no official deadline to submit your DS260. People will continue to submit DS260s for DV2019 cases well into 2019. Submissions as late as April, May or perhaps even June of next year will still get processed in time.
How long does it take to process the DS260?
The way DS260’s are processed was changed for DV2018. It may change again, but this is my best guess as to how DV2019 processing will go.
The actual processing time of the DS260 is quite short – probably 3 to 4 weeks. From last year, KCC managed to prioritize the way they process DS260s to ensure lower case numbers are processed before higher case numbers that will wait for their case numbers to become current. This was a good change – because in previous years DS260 caused scheduling delays for many cases.
Does every DS260 take the same time to process?
No. There is some background checks required on each case that vary according to the situation of the selectees. The precise details of the checks are not published, but we can guess they are mainly about ensuring security of the USA. That means they communicate with agencies and foreign governments about the details you provide on the DS260. Some countries co-operate with the USA, some don’t. In countries that don’t co-operate you can expect DS260 will take longer. So, some cases are very simple, and some not so simple. If a selectee was raised in Western Europe, works in an office and has never travelled to certain high risk countries we can expect the DS260 processing (once the case is ACTUALLY processed, not queued) to be quick. If on the other hand someone has travel history around certain countries in the middle East or lists their work as “Nuclear weapons specialist”, well they can expect the US government to take longer over those checks.
So – never assume that all DS260s submitted on the same day will complete processing on the same day. There will be variations.
When will I be interviewed? Is my number safe?
Interview timing is mainly based on your case number, and where that number is ranked within each region. If you submitted your DS260 early, but have a high case number within your region, you will wait until that case number is ready to be interviewed. So – if you are case number 10000 in AS region for example you can expect a long wait before being interviewed. However regions have their own numbering, SO that same number in AF region (where the highest case number could be a lot higher) that 10000 number would be very low. So “low or high” number is relative within the region.
Just today, the DV2019 selectee numbers have been released.
These numbers are selectees. That includes derivatives.
Overall, this is a low selection year. This means it should be somewhat calmer than DV2018. It is too soon to make predictions, but at least OC and SA look much better than last year and within the realms of a sensible number of selectees.
AS region has a high number of selectees, but of course the countries affected by the travel ban will mean everyone else in Asia region will have a better chance of being current.
For AF and EU – their numbers look OK – but of course, as DV2018 has showed us – this process has some surprises – so people need to get ready to hear me say “Wait and see”. I am somewhat concerned that EU looks a bit over selected – so that could mean a cutoff being in place at the end of the year.
The timing of the interview cannot be precisely predicted. However, you can look at numbers from DV2018 in the historical numbers and see roughly where your number would have fallen last year. Based on that you can get an idea of when you will be interviewed.
There is no need to ask me if your number is low or high. Compare your number to the highest numbers here – and apply some logical thinking.
Cases are called for interview in case number order, so a low number means the case could be interviewed earlier in the process *IF* the DS260 is processed.
HOWEVER, if a selectee with a low case number submits their DS260 late, it is possible their case will not be scheduled until a later month than their case number would suggest. No case will be scheduled unless the DS260 has been processed. In the case of someone with a low number who missed their “current” month because of DS260 backlogs, their case will be scheduled once the DS260 is processed. In some cases people might actually want to use this delay to cause a later interview (for instance if someone wants to get married prior to interview).
When will interviews start and how will I be told of my interview date?
No DV2019 interviews will happen before October 2018. DV2019 interviews will continue until September 30th 2019. So stop packing your bags. It’s a long process. Interview scheduled are notified in monthly batches about 6 weeks before the interview month. The notification is called the 2NL.
When will KCC send the first 2NLs?
The first 2NLs (the interview notification) for DV2019 will go out in mid/late August. That will be for cases that have been processed AND are current for October. Then 2NLs will come in a monthly schedule, also late in each month. So – late in September for November interviews and so on.
When are the visa bulletins published?
The visa bulletins are published around the 8th to the 15th of each month. If you call KCC they will always respond that it is released on the 15th. They are not “late” until the 16th. Usually I get people lamenting “the sky is falling” and “why are they so late” around the 10th or 11th. That will happen every month – and no matter how many times I explain, people are impatient. But please understand this is very predictable – there WILL be a new VB every month, between the 8th and the 15th.
“My case number is XXXX when will I be scheduled?”
Oh man. These questions are tiring. I really expect people to use some thought process about this, and if you can’t do that, then asking me to think for you is not going to be warmly welcomed by me. I have made available more than enough information to get an idea of how scheduling works, but remember, cases are scheduled according to ALL the following three things.
- The case number. No case will EVER be scheduled until the case number is ready.
- DS260 submission. Until the DS260 is submitted AND PROCESSED, you will not be scheduled.
- Submitted documents to KCC (new process). Until your documents are submitted to KCC you will not be processed. Read about the new procedure here.
How do KCC schedule the cases?
Roughly speaking all interviews are spread out over the year, starting in October and ending the following September. KCC release numbers via the visa bulletin to say which case numbers can be interviewed. Check out this article to understand how to read the visa bulletin.
KCC will increase the number made current on each region at a pace that ensures they have enough interviews to match the embassy capacity during each month.
So – to take an example. If OC had a highest case number of 1000, we could roughly expect to see that number increase by 100 each month. It might be 75 one month and 125 the next, but you get the general idea – it is a slow progression over the year.
Will there be a second draw?
Because this is a low selection year – it is possible that there would be a small second draw around September/October. However, it will only be a small number of cases – so chances of being in that selection are very small. They might also only select more in certain regions. (Update: I don’t believe there was a second draw this year)
Please learn to be self sufficient. This site has LOTS of information. Please apply some common sense and think before asking a question.
You can look at the historical visa bulletin numbers from previous years to get an idea how things work. However, every year is different, so I would suggest only taking a look at DV2018 to try and anticipate when your number will be scheduled for interview. **Please** do that rather than asking me to predict your interview date. Use some judgment and common sense to allow me to spend my time on people that need help with more critical questions.
Selectees, cases and case numbers
OK – so there is some confusion about this – so let me cover it here.
When the selectee numbers were published in the August Visa Bulletin there is a number shown for each country within each region. That number is the number of *selectees – INCLUDING derivatives*. So – if a winner was single, that is one selectee on one case number. If the winner was married and had one child, that would count as three selectees. The global quota of visas is 50,000, so if the three person family were to be approved, that is 3 out of 50,000.
Each winner gets a case number. The derivatives are on that same case number. Each region has it’s on set of case numbers – so there can be an AF1, AF2, AS1, AS2, EU1 and EU2 ands so on. So when you tell me your case number is case number 12345 – it is meaningless. I need the year and region.
As I explain in this post about holes theory – the case numbers assigned have “holes” (or gaps between them). So – case number 2019EU20000 does NOT have 19999 cases in front of them. The number will be less. However, there may be less case numbers – but each case has the selectee and derivatives.
To understand your “place in the line”, you have to understand the density of cases, number of derivatives on each case, how many cases will respond, how many will be approved and so on. There is a lot to understand. I wrote a series of articles a couple of years ago – and all can be understood by reading those – start with density analysis, and use the links at the bottom of that article to get to the others. The analysis was specific to DV2016 – but the principles are the same.
In the first few months of the new program year we don’t have much data. In January we get access to the CEAC data and then we will understand a lot more. The CEAC data is all the case status info for every case – but again we will not have DV2019 CEAC data until January 2019. In the meantime, you can see excellent visualizations of the DV2018 data at the site maintained by a smart guy call Xarthisius. The site illustrates well the density, response rate and so on.
How many visas can be issued for DV2019?
According to the published information, there are 50,000 visas available globally. However, the visas are allocated through a quota system to each region – so regions have the following quotas, based on 50,000 global quota. This is explained in more detail here. The quotas are here (with DV2018 quotas for comparison)
AF – 21814 (21543)
EU – 18021 (18288)
AS – 7855 (7858)
OC – 785 (789)
SA – 1519 (1515)
Can DV2019 be stopped by Trump/Republicans/Aliens?
This was fully detailed in this post from August 2017. Since then, Trump and the Republicans have continued to achieve almost nothing, and there has been no credible progress toward immigration law changes. Please read that article, and don’t ask me the same questions again until an actual real law is passed.
June 18, 2019 at 10:05
Hi Brit, why my visa status always says invalid case number ??? How can I check it online please?
June 18, 2019 at 19:04
It helps if you explain what you are checking…
June 18, 2019 at 20:53
GOOD LUCK FOR ALL SELECTEES AND BIG UP TO BRO BRIT.
FINALLY I LEAVE A REPLY WITHOUT QUESTIONS. HHHH
June 18, 2019 at 23:07
June 19, 2019 at 08:05
Will there be 2nd draw in DV 2020? Is there still hope?
June 19, 2019 at 14:01
June 21, 2019 at 11:53
Hello Brit , thanks for your support . Please I am the Principal Applicant and Iam a graduate and I am qualify but my husband is not a graduate He did not have his complete high school grades . In my Country you should have five subjects but He only have four will that affect us ? our interview date is in July .
June 21, 2019 at 14:12
His education is unimportant.
June 22, 2019 at 18:39
(1).Hello Brit , thanks for your support . Please I am the Principal Applicant and Iam a graduate and I am qualify but my husband is not a graduate.
we played together as husband and wife in the original entry, we have been married for three years, now I am 5 months pregnant for him with out first child, do they accept pregnant women who is the PA to travel to their country?
June 22, 2019 at 19:14
None of that is a problem.
June 23, 2019 at 12:42
Hello Brit thanks so much for your advice last month I just got my Visa last Thursday
June 23, 2019 at 12:48
Hello Brit I just got my Visa last Tuesday as a single .when playing the lottery I applied as a single though am married so I decided to maintain it by filling my DS 260 as single I also did not include my two children because when filling I was still pregnant and didn’t know the number of children I will write on the application form I also did not include them.please Brit how do I fill for my husband and two kids while in America ? will they be rejected a visa because my file shows as single and no children?pls help me
June 23, 2019 at 18:33
So you obtained your visa by committing immigration fraud. There is NO WAY to fix what you have done, and obviously you will be deported when you tell the US government that you lied to obtain the Green Card.
July 31, 2019 at 00:16
Thanks Brit but pls you gotta advice me I was not legally married to him what if we get married legally before I live for usa will that help me to fill for him while I obtain my green card I really need your help pls
July 31, 2019 at 01:18
Oh so now you say you weren’t married??! You must think I’m stupid.
What about your two children that you also did not list?
You don’t seem to understand what it means to tell the truth. You deliberately lied and committed immigration fraud.
My only advice is not to proceed any further with your lies.
June 24, 2019 at 17:30
Hi sir please I wish to ask when would KCC start sending mail for interview scheduled for winners of dv lottery 2020, August or September sir???
June 26, 2019 at 07:32
Hi Brit, I have a case of someone who won the lottery, the person leaves in United States of America with a status of asilium can he stil proces hes case?or what his supose to do in this case?
June 26, 2019 at 17:41
Entering the USA with an intention to adjust status can ruin the DV case. You have deliberately traveled to Mexico to take advantage of asylum laws, and if you have been paying any attention government are doing you would understand how foolish that was. So – as I have already told you a couple of time. Speak to a lawyer, OR go back home and process your DV case properly.
June 26, 2019 at 19:50
I i won the 2020 lottery and i have had challenges completing ds260 form. At the very last step before submitting, i’m asked about social security number and when i fill the info and click next, i get an error saying… you have encountered an application error. please try again later… this has happened for the last two weeks. I have written to kccdv email and they say they are investigating. My question is, have you hear other users experience same problem or is this my unique issue
June 26, 2019 at 20:57
No – I have not heard that.
June 28, 2019 at 05:50
I had this problem while I was filling my form, it works from my IPad not from laptop.
June 28, 2019 at 08:51
hello Brit , i forgot to putt my facebook adress on ds 260 is that any problem when i go to embassy for interview?
June 28, 2019 at 13:48
That question was just introduced. If you are DV2019 is is unlikely the question was in the form at all when you filled it out. If you are dv2020 you should add that info as you have time to wait anyway.
June 28, 2019 at 19:13
actually it s about 2019EU , i just so my ds 260 and there it s a page where is social media and they ask about what type off social media platform do i used within the last five years
June 30, 2019 at 18:52
Hello mr brit please i have a big problem i have lost my confirmation number and my 2nl is already send for August interview. I’m un able to print my 2nl please please please help
July 1, 2019 at 04:27
How long does it normally take to transit from NVC to Embassy ?
July 1, 2019 at 18:39
July 1, 2019 at 05:58
Hey Simon, how r u doing? I got my visa and thanks to u next to almighty God.
Simon I have seen some information under the annotation part of the visa said “Class B Req. ATTN of USPHS at POE”. So, can u tell me the detail implication of the annotation please. Thanks!
July 1, 2019 at 19:38
“USPHS” stands for US Public Health Service. At the airport they may say you need to contact the nearest Public Health Service department within a certain number of days for follow up check up and treatment if required. It should not be a problem other than that.
July 1, 2019 at 18:11
Hi. Filling my DS260 I inputted 2 children. Filling the form, I checked yes where they asked: “Is this child immigrating to the U.S. with you?” I did No for the other kid. Do I have to bring all the kids to the interview or just the one I answered yes will be immigrating to the US with me?
Finally, could you kindly help with some interview tips
July 1, 2019 at 23:44
Just the one emigrating.
Tips are in the FAQ. Read that.
July 2, 2019 at 05:55
Thank you BritSimon.
July 2, 2019 at 18:54
Hi sir, If someone summit a documents today how will it take to be schedule for interview.
July 2, 2019 at 20:02
For what year??
July 2, 2019 at 23:12
I mean if someone having to summit their require documents today for dv 2019 case, how long will it take you to be schedule Af42xxx.
July 3, 2019 at 00:00
There is only one 2NL opportunity left – September interviews – 2NL in July. That might still be possible, but that is already a risk.
July 3, 2019 at 14:15
Hello Brit . Concerning I -134 , someone who submitted for a family of 3 in October,
1.a. Can he submit for us too , a family of 3
b. Will the fact that he submitted for someone and the validity of that document is 3 year, raise any concerns at the interview ?
c. Do you think his information is in the system as a sponsor to someone ?
2. A friend( US citizen ) works in Malaysia but Paid US salary and files taxes in the US. His permanent address is in USA and he frequents home . He is willing to do the I-134.
2a. Can he do it? Will the fact that he works abroad be a problem?
July 3, 2019 at 18:03
1.a. Bad idea
c. You do understand “honesty” – right?
2.a. That might be OK.
July 4, 2019 at 11:16
Thank you for your response.
1.Can two people provide form I-134?
2. Does the form I-134 need to be notarized?
July 4, 2019 at 15:18
1. No. One is enough if the income is adequate.
July 9, 2019 at 02:10
I 134 should be scanned and sent by email to beneficiary or we have to show original copy to CO?
July 9, 2019 at 22:55
Email is fine.
July 9, 2019 at 10:23
Please do DV applicants need to bring with them the I-864 Form to their interview?
July 9, 2019 at 23:11
No – the I-134.
July 14, 2019 at 22:36
I have a daughter but I ommited her name from the original lottery entry and even though am not migrating with her, is it right to add her name on the ds 260 form
July 15, 2019 at 00:44
Leaving a derivative off the original entry means certain disqualification.
July 15, 2019 at 11:42
WHAT IS 1-134 FORM .DO I NEED TO FILL IT ? I WAS NOT ASK TO FILL IT AND I AM GOING FOR INTERVIEW SOON
July 16, 2019 at 00:37
July 15, 2019 at 21:34
This is my interview experience from American Embassy Abu dhabi (UAE).
I am Ugandan but currently working in Dubai meaning my entry was made in dubai and that’s why my interviews were conducted here in UAE.
I had to travel from dubai to abudhabi on 14th in order to get a near by hotel close to the Embassy.
Walk up early by 5:40am and had my morning prayers, called taxi to pick me and we headed to the Embassy which took like 15minutes.
At the embassy there were few people in the cue as it wasn’t yet time to open the gates, waited for about 45min and they started calling us for security check up and only requested for the passport and appointment letter. We then proceeded inside where we left our phones and went to the waiting room.
As we entered the waiting room each of us was given a number and were advised to keep our eyes on the screen as we follow the numbers on the screen.
After 45min of waiting they called me at window 9 and a beautiful Arabic lady saluted me and had to respond with a big smile, she asked for my passport and the number they gave me at the entrance.
She requested for several documents from me including: appointment letter, police certificates both from Uganda and UAE, i-134 form, highest level of education. She never requested for 1NL, 2NL or confirmation page. After she sent me to the cashier and told me to bring back the receipt after paying $330 for the visa.
In another 10min I was called at window 11 for fingerprints and the lady told me to wait for interview in few minutes.
Finally time for interview came and my number was invited at window 10 yet I expected to be called inside the room as other people were being interviewed from inside.
Co: hullo Sir
Co: what’s your Name sir?
Co: do you make an oath that everything you tell me is true?
Me: yes ma’am
Co: highest level of education
Co: married or single?
Co: have you ever lived in any other country apart from dubai and Uganda?
Co: who is your host?
Co: his Name and where he stays in US?
Co: congratulations Mr Robert, do you have any question?
I would like to appreciate Mr Simon Brit for the great work your doing for if it wasn’t your blog we would be missing alot of information coz it helped me to over prepare myself. God bless you Simon and blessings to all champions waiting for interviews.
July 16, 2019 at 01:15
July 16, 2019 at 13:42
hellor Brit i will have my interviuw in 3 weeks, i ve done a mistake about my issued visa B1/B2 firs date was 24 june 2014 butt i wrote 24 june 2017 on DS 260 the number of visa i wrote is corect it s gone be this a problem in the interview? I m 2019EU winner ! i had multiples entries on US no problems everytime !
July 16, 2019 at 13:50
July 16, 2019 at 13:55
thank you sire for your answer !
July 16, 2019 at 19:49
Hi Brit.my interview date is due but I don’t have the affidavit of support from my host yet.is it going to be a problem if I go for the interview without a copy of the affidavit of support?.(dv selectee)
July 16, 2019 at 20:30
It may not present a problem. But there is some rislk of delay. It’s your choice…
July 26, 2019 at 10:56
James you should go with it please you don’t wait for them to send you back it will delay.
like me i also did the same and up to date i am waiting for my visa
July 19, 2019 at 05:02
Hi brit,im waiting for my interview after 6 days.soo want to know something.my sponsor didn’t send me his 2018 tax documents.bcoz.he missed final day of 2019 April. Immediately I found another sponsor.
1. May I want to submit new sponsor’s details to the embassy?
2.I dont have time to get the original documents from sponsor is it ok to bring scan copy to the interview?
3.what if sponcer will send 134 form directly to the embacy at the interview day?
Pls Britt..im waiting for your answer..
July 19, 2019 at 05:55
July 20, 2019 at 05:38
Thanks Britt.im really appreciate your support…its very helpful to us..sooo why consular more concern internal revenue service of year 2018. Is better ,,I talk about my first sponcer and he dont have 2018 Irs scripts?
Or only I talk about my 2 nd sponsor.my plan to take both sponsor’s documents with me. Give me some opinion about this.
July 20, 2019 at 14:53
I can’t tell you what to do. You must decide what would be your best option. You can take two forms to the interview (although they cannot be combined).
July 20, 2019 at 17:16
Dear BritSimon thanks for help
I am Ethiopian leaving in Saudi Arabia My native language is Amharic and my interview in Saudi Arabia Riyadh Embassy
Is Riyadh Embassy will provide Amharic translator to English during my interview or I have to prepare Translator/Interpreter man and go with to get my interview ?
July 20, 2019 at 19:04
I don’t know that they have translators available for all languages at all embassies…
July 21, 2019 at 14:58
Thanks Britt, I appreciate your full time support
If medical is near to Expired and The Visa will have three menthes
Is that possible to get new medical test to extend my traveling to USA ?
July 21, 2019 at 15:04
If the visa has not yet been issued, yes the embassy will sometimes tell people to repeat the medical.
July 22, 2019 at 10:52
I would like to ask you about the procedure to change the sponsor. My interview is scheduled for August 7, 2019. But now I have to change my sponsor details in the DS 260.
July 22, 2019 at 13:51
Change the address at the interview.
July 24, 2019 at 07:00
Hi Brit? My sponsor has already filled and signed I-134 affidavit of support form, He has also applied for Tax Transcript from IRS but he has not yet received it and it has been 2 weeks already,my interview is in 2 weeks
July 24, 2019 at 14:43
Ask him for other tax records, a copy of his 1040, W2, Payslips.
July 24, 2019 at 11:04
hello Brit my case no was 2019AF17XXX am done with my interview and it went well but i dint go with
my host’s document off which was told to sent them via dhl, i already submitted them on 5th of July and that includes my passport up to date i haven’t heard from the embassy am worried what should i do?
July 24, 2019 at 15:01
August 22, 2019 at 11:49
hey brit thank you so much for your advice finally i have my visa with me…i will be traveling next month to Wisconsin
July 26, 2019 at 09:56
Hello Brit, this is your favourite girl NANCY, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I went for my interview yesterday and it went well . I was only asked three questions , my Job, my experience and my educational background . My husband was only asked one question ‘are you sure this is your only child? he said yes. we are travelling as a family . Thank you for your assistance . May God Bless .
July 27, 2019 at 03:29
July 31, 2019 at 14:03
i am selectee dv2020 Af region. I am the winner . we do not have children. my question is ;
we have included all qualifications both myself and my wife to DS 260 form.she has all originals with her . Is it compulsory to certified (From ministry)all included education docs my wife .? or this is only apply to DV principal applicant ?
thank you mr. simon
July 31, 2019 at 21:11
Just the principal.
August 2, 2019 at 15:09
i would like to ask if it is possible to include my husband on ds 260 that i didnot mention at first intery. I enterd as single with a son. I was married for 3 years.
August 2, 2019 at 17:16
No – you are going to be disqualified and should stop the process now.
You lied in your initial entry – and the rules are clear that not including an eligible spouse will result in disqualification.
Your son WAS on the entry – so they will know there is a father, and are bound to ask about him and will be able to confirm the lie.
To try to further lie to conceal with would be a serious mistake.
August 2, 2019 at 17:42
i dont know whats is wrong with this people.what is the reason for lies
August 2, 2019 at 20:08
Sometimes they are told bad information (like married couples have more or less chance of being selected), sometimes a spouse or child is not available to take a picture and people just disregard the warnings about disqualification. In some countries the people think anything can be “fixed” later. Not the case here of course…
August 2, 2019 at 20:10
thats true.i follow your advices and now me and my famaly living in usa.you are the best
August 8, 2019 at 06:36
i submit my form feb 02 2019 wen can i be schedule for interview
August 8, 2019 at 20:14
The last DV2019 interviews have been scheduled. It sounds like you did not get asked for documents or were asked but didn’t respond – if that is the case, you are too late to have an interview now and will not get a Green Card.
August 8, 2019 at 06:42
Hello BritSimon.thanks for your time.
I have CN 2020AS80xx .I have submitted my DS 260 .I was single in entry ,now I have decided to marry and add my spouse as well .if I got married and add my spouse detailes in coming 4 or 5 months .does it affect my interview date or case ?.
August 8, 2019 at 20:15
Well you need to do that asap. The earlier the better.
August 9, 2019 at 03:05
Greetings to Simon Sir:
if I marry a girl which has dual identification I mean from Afghanistan and Pakistan before interview while my DS260 marital status was single . she has Pakistani school , college and university documents by her Pakistani identification. so my questions are:
1:if she keeps her Pakistani identification can she is eligible to get visa as you have mentioned in FAQs that newly married spouse from ineligible country like Pakistan can not get a visa ?.
2:if she gets Afghan identification what she should have to do with her Pakistani educational degrees or does not need to mention those in ds 260 form ?
3:as you know if I marry with her I don’t have previous relationships with her I mean any contacts, messeges, calls, photos …..due to strict religiuos and traditional rules .how can to give a strong proof of my geniune marriage apart from my marriage certificate and dozens of wedding photos?.
4:may it be repeatitive but please if I want to add my spouse in already submitted ds form is it required to include her educations or not required and leave it blank ?
.my case is 2020AS78xx.
August 9, 2019 at 04:19
1. You have not understood at all. Yes she could be your derivative.
2. See 1
3. Is it genuine? I hope so – if not – you are making a BIG mistake. How to prove it? I have no idea.
4. Read the FAQ and instructions.
August 26, 2019 at 19:35
Hello BritSimon.thanks for your full time support
After interview resubmit the Missing documents and last two days it was on AP but today it updated to ready what it mean?
Best regards and Thanks again and again
September 2, 2019 at 08:59
1) i am a winner 2020AF63xxx . Do i stand a chance to obtain an interview?
2) Is a bank account or statement a requirement . or will it be requested anywhere along the line for a winner ?
3) what qualifies the person to receive me in the US. is there a criteria that he or she must meet and if failed to visa rejected ?
September 2, 2019 at 17:42
2. Read the FAQ.
3. Again – FAQ.
September 9, 2019 at 14:11
Hi simon I was an applicant of dv category with case no 2019AF23XXX and I had an interview today and I was able to pass the interview with the CO telling me that my visa will be approved in at least a week and also I was able to gain a yellow paper which is all about the Green card and My sponsor want to pay that money but in the paper they didn’t put my Dos no and Alien Registration paper so My sponsor couldn’t be able to pay the fee so what should I do or do you think this no will be given with visa….Anyone who passed the interview in Addis Abeba Embassy could also tell me as you guys have experience……I am so grateful for all your answers
September 9, 2019 at 19:09
Wait until you get the visa with instructions.
September 10, 2019 at 06:57
Okay thanks simon I want to share my interview experience cause I know this blog has helped me a lot me and I guess it will be my time to share my experience as they can be ready and prepare themselves well. So here is my interview experience
1.Birth certificate Authenticated with one copy of it
3.first notification letter the selectee (1NL)
4.Second notification letter(2NL)
6.Grade 10&12 matrice and entrance with both documents authenticated and copy of each
7.Transcript results grade 9-12 authenticated with one copy
8.Medical results in my case the hospital directly send to the embassy
9.two photographs 5cmX5cm
10.Embassy fee 330$ in Ethiopia when converted to birr 9740 br
11.DS-260 form I just brought that with me but they told me they didn’t need it as they have on their Electronics device
And don’t forget to register on ais.usvisa-info.com
I was a late applicant cause due to the circumstances I was but later I realized that I was a 2019 DV winner so for all late applicant you guys don’t worry there is God just have faith in God
Appointment date-Sept 09 2019
Time-9 Am in the morning
I woke up early and started my journey towards the Embassy arrived at 7:30 Am in the morning when I arrived there a few people where in front of me then in the first security gate an Ethiopian women called me and asked me to tell her my phone no I told her then after she asked me for my documents I was able to give her all my documents then she gave me the selective service and a paper which talks all about the Embassy fee as it can’t be refunded back and told me to read the papers carefully and write my full name with signatures in the papers.Then after she told me to wait for a few minutes. After 10 minutes she gave me a tiny yellow paper as I can pass the first security gate then I was able to pass also the second security gate as I left all my electronic devices there then I entered in the third security gate where it all ends there including the interview so first when I entered I was told to pay 9740 Eth birr then I paid and was told to wait.I waited for 15 minutes then I was called in Window 13 then I went there an Ethiopian guy was there we greeted and he asked me to give all my documents that I was able to give in the first security gate then I gave him all my documents then he brought my medical result and he returned my 1NL and 2NL documents then after he told me to directly go to window 9 or 10 where the interview will be held as there was no any person in window 9 I directly go there then I met the CO a lovely Black American She seems easy.We greeted she asked me if I need a translator I told her I don’t need a translator Then after she took my finger print and started to collect all my documents then after
Me:pleasure meeting you
CO:swear that you would tell only the truth
Me:I swear I will tell only the truth
CO:What is your current educational level
Me:I am currently 4th yr University student
Me:Jimma university Institute of Technology
Co:She asked me why my transcript was two
Me:I told her that was blc I learned Grade 9-11 in one school and Grade 12 at other dlf school
CO:She started to text something on her computer and she returned my orginal documents and she took some stamps on the copy of all other documents
Congratulations Your visa will about be approved within a week
Me:Thank you so much was very happy
Then after she gave me a yellow paper which talks all about my Green card payment
Then I left the Embassy will all happy face on me I would like to thanks Mr simon for all the good things you post on your blog I usually spent time visiting this blog and it helped me a lot May God bless you more and more
Just one tip for applicants still waiting for your interview appointment date…. Hand all your situation to God Be honest Be confident Make a Good eye contact and Smile .This was my interview experience I wish you all luck
September 10, 2019 at 19:51
Thanks for the detailed account!
September 14, 2019 at 03:32
Hi brit Simon
Example,I am a principal applicant and I have not a child and I didn’t include in my first entry also on my DS260 form.
But my husband has a child and he only include his child in his DS260 from.
Does it affect our visa
September 14, 2019 at 03:42
So if you were married at the time of entry that means his child was your step child and should have been included. That means you WILL be disqualified if you choose to go for interview.
September 14, 2019 at 22:02
Please brit if the embassy said come and finalized your case when coming bring u (if you have any) further proof of your relationship it means what?
September 14, 2019 at 22:16
Well you are not being very clear. Are they questioning your marriage because you married after being selected for the DV? If so they expect you to produce evidence that your relationship existed prior to the win. That could be photos, emails, proof of trips you took together and so on.
September 14, 2019 at 22:32
We marry before she won and during the day of interview we provide everything photos certificate trips photos our old charts but the embassy said said we should come and finalized our case when bring we have any further proof of our relationship but am confuse that is why am asking thank you.
September 14, 2019 at 22:59
Mr bit we are done with the interview and during the day of interview we provided everything but now they sent a massage that am coated come and finalized your case when coming bring (if you have any) further proof of our relationship but we marry before she won the dv. We are confuse now. Thanks and hoping to hear from you.
September 14, 2019 at 23:53
Well I dont know what else they want. Ask the embassy.
September 14, 2019 at 23:57
First of all, i would like to say thank you for all your helpful informative advices on this page, I still have one more question for you. After my sponsor filled and signed I-134 affidavit of support form, what other document does he have to attached with that form to send to me? and does he need to send that support form to Immigration Office in USA too?
Thank you with best regards!
September 15, 2019 at 02:30
Read the FAQ about documents required. You take it to the interview.
September 24, 2019 at 00:12
hi brit am winner of 2019 with case number 2019×××××23 am not scheduled for interview may I have a chance to be scheduled
September 24, 2019 at 04:32
If you are not already scheduled, no – it is too late.
September 24, 2019 at 00:22
hi brit am winner of 2019 and I send ds260 on Feb 2019 but they didn’t scheduledo for interview may I have a chance to be scheduled
September 24, 2019 at 04:33
No – you are too late.
September 27, 2019 at 17:02
Can anyone please tell me, where they are in submitting document for 2020AFxxxx case numbers. Thanks.
October 1, 2019 at 06:55
Hi Simon. Thx for this info m Ronald n wld wish like to know how n when the forms will b available since wen u get to the designated website, it says we shd have submitted the applications a week before. Quite confused.
October 1, 2019 at 13:39
I have no idea what you are talking about.
November 3, 2019 at 20:07
Hi, my name is Elisa e
I’m winner of the 2019 green card lottery
on September 10th I came to Naples for the interview with the consul
on September 14th I received the yellow envelope and passport
my visa expires March 10, 2019
I learned from other winners of the green card that the green card usually arrives after a month or two from the day you arrive in America I wanted to have some explanations about:
– if on February 20 and the expiration of my visa is March 10 I will not arrive at home (in America) in time the green card before March 10, my arrival will be a sheet in the airport of “temporary” the document?
Once I have arrived in America and made the social security number, can I start working immediately or should I wait for the green card?
when I asked for the green card I entered an address where I can receive the green card I can change address when you go to america to receive the green card or now it is no longer possible to change address?
thank you very much for the information
November 4, 2019 at 14:34
1. I don’t undertand the question.
2. No need to wait.
3. No – you last chance to change is at the arrival airport (POE)
November 20, 2019 at 09:14
Hi BritSimon,thank you for your information regarding DV,and I have a question: Can we be qualified with only the degree of the end the study secondary obtained afterr the selection?
November 23, 2019 at 05:04
Possibly – but typically they expect a formal course of education through High School.
December 18, 2019 at 11:11
Hi, my name is Elisa Albaro, cash number 2019EU000278XX
I’m winner of the 2019 green card lottery
on September 10th I came to Naples for the interview with the consul
on September 14th I received the yellow envelope and passport
my visa expires March 10, 2019
I wanted to have some explanations about:
– As already written the deadline (6 months) of my visa is for March 10th
unfortunately I have personal problems in Italy …
I can leave now for the Christmas holidays from December 25th until January 2nd in America
and then return to Italy for another 5 months and then start again in America definitively towards May of 2020?
Is it feasible or can I find problems when I go to America? if I go back to america in May, can you deny me access or is everything in order?
deadline visa green card to enter 10 March 2020
I first come to America on December 25, 2019 (I stay in America for a week)
return to Italy for 5 months (January – May 2020)
definitively for the user in May 2020
Can these movements preclude the green card or is everything ok?
thank you very much for the information is very urgent
December 18, 2019 at 15:13
THat plan is no problem.