We have many DV2020 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.
Please read the ground rules at the bottom of this page.
Current Status of the ESC page
For the first few days each year the performance of the system is bad. Too many people are checking, the site gets overwhelmed and crashes. As of today, it seems to be behaving better most of the time – BUT it could still crash or be sluggish.
The site is accurately providing results. It is not broken for basic checking. However, the “Forgot Confirmation Number link is broken. It takes your info and bounces back to the start when you submit. So – if you have not got your details from the entry last year, you will have to wait until they fix that functionality. I have NO IDEA when that will be. You have to just wait. I have received MANY requests to recover confirmation codes for people, I have NO WAY of doing that, so your emails are being ignored.
Next, as usual, I have already had many people who swear they have followed instructions and the system won’t find their result. Every single case I have been sent so far that I have check I was able to get the result first time. That means people are not paying attention. The most common ways are entering the whole name (not just the lastname before the comma), or they mix up letters/numbers in the confirmation code. The system prompts people about the latter, but people ignore that, and assume the system is broken. It is not broken. YOU are making a mistake. The links below will help both with the checking AND with accessing the DS260 for winners.
However, I do want to urge people to NOT rush to fill out the DS260. There is no advantage to rushing, and many of you can actually cause yourself a problem by submitting a DS260 without thinking it through. So – wait. Read below and take your time.
Here are two links to help those still not able to check their entry:
And here is a video to explain how to check your entry result.
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 2020. 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. In addition there was a change to the process at the beginning of this year about ubmitting documents to KCC AFTER the DS260. So – please be careful.
The actual processing time of the DS260 is quite short – probably 3 to 4 weeks. From 2018, KCC managed to prioritize the way they process DS260s to ensure DS260s submitted for lower case numbers are processed before higher case numbers that will wait anyway 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?
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.
Is my number safe?
At this time we are already seeing some VERY high case numbers being quoted, these high numbers are FAR beyond the numbers that we have come to consider as safe numbers. So there can only be two explanations of that.
- KCC have selected FAR too many people and high case numbers will not get interviewed. That has happened before, and is somewhat “normal” which is why being selected is not a guarantee of getting a Green Card.
- There are more holes this year because KCC implemented some new technology/rule. This is a possible, but probably over optimistic idea. As I mentioned in my last article the case numbers are not consecutive. So – it is possible to have a massive increase in holes over previous years. But until we see the selectee numbers we will not know how many holes there are.
The point is, if point 2 is not correct (and I tend to believe it is not), then this year will see cutoffs at the end of the year so selectees with high case numbers will miss out. Again, until we see the selectee numbers we cannot say for sure what is high, or what is safe. Please understand I cannot answer the “am I safe” question for many of you.
Update July 2019 – since this article was published we now have more data and I have predictions here:
When will interviews start and how will I be told of my interview date?
No DV2020 interviews will happen before October 2019. DV2020 interviews will continue until September 30th 2020. 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 DV2020 will go out in mid/late August. That will be for cases that have been processed AND are current for October, AND have submitted their documents. 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. Every month.
“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?
In some years it is possible that there would be a small second draw around September/October. However, it would only be a small number of cases – so chances of being in that selection are very small. However, given the high case numbers we are seeing, there is almost no chance of a second draw for DV2020.
Please learn to be self sufficient about this point. 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 are published (in the July or 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 DV2020 CEAC data until January 2020. In the meantime, you can see excellent visualizations of the DV2018 and 2019 data at the site maintained by a smart guy call Xarthisius. The site illustrates well the density, response rate and so on, which are things you will hear me explain (and can read about on my site).
How many visas can be issued for DV2020? How about XXX country?
According to the published information, there are 50,000 visas available globally. However, the visas are allocated through a quota system to each region. They are NOT allocated by country. However, no one country can receive more than 7% of the global allocation. – so regions have an allocation of the 50,000 global quota. This is explained in more detail here.
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.
GROUND RULES for BritSimonSays.com
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 link to my guide on how to complete the DS260, an overall 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. Please help me help you and others that need help
- Learn how to use the search feature and translation features of this site.
- Post your questions in English. Like many of you, I am multilingual but English is a common language – and most Americans ONLY speak English, and mostly, not very well 😉
- If asking multiple questions, number your questions and consider how I can answer the question. Consider how I can answer with a simple yes or no or short answer – you will find I ALWAYS answer questions like that, because you considered how to make the answer easy for me to give. Give me enough detail to answer the question without making me read about your life history for 10 minutes. I do ignore some rambling questions that send me to sleep…
- Do NOT post “are you sure” type questions – I simply HATE that. It is a huge waste of my time to have to deal with that type of follow up. Read my answer 10 times if you need, but unless you are CONVINCED I misunderstood or answered incorrectly, don’t ask me the same thing I just answered.
- 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, but I am able to jump to the thread if you use reply.
- 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 for that and I am too busy. I will not hesitate to delete messages I find annoying or damaging to other people’s chances. Some people are amazed when I do that – but 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.
July 23, 2020 at 20:35
I win I want ask can I add my parents and my sister as my partner because they don’t have anyone care I apply ds260 for my self when they answer me my case number 33xxx
July 24, 2020 at 04:07
You cannot include your sister or parents.
July 31, 2020 at 01:52
Hi my case number is 2021AS6XXX
1. Does my case number considered high number
2. Should I fill DS-260 now or wait?
3. DV2021 interview suppose to start in October will it delay or remain the same?
4. When will my earlies interview date if I completed all the requirements?
July 31, 2020 at 21:42
2. Now if you want.
3. Normally it would be October, but if the ban is not blocked it would be January.
4. I don’t know. Patience.
October 3, 2020 at 08:06
My question is the selectee from somalia they have travel ban problem so if they have other citizenship it may be to get visa on other passport
October 5, 2020 at 15:59
Yes – that is one way to avoid the ban.
August 14, 2020 at 03:20
If my sponsor was in public charge before then what should i do without changing sponsor???
August 14, 2020 at 03:57
the i135 only asks about income, not previous events.
August 21, 2020 at 09:35
Hello Simon thanks for the good work, very educative and informative.Wanted to find out, Can one have 2 sponsors on the DV program.You write one address on the Ds 260 (host) but at interviews stage you provide 2 affidafits.That is one from your host and one from another person, is that allowed? If yes whats the advantage.
August 21, 2020 at 15:44
No – a sponsor completes an I-134. Only one is needed or used.
August 22, 2020 at 01:26
Hi good day
I have summit my Ds but as you know nothing there ( no requirement from kcc)
August 22, 2020 at 01:28
I mean email for required Doc still not receive
August 22, 2020 at 17:19
You have to wait. That’s all.
August 22, 2020 at 12:46
Hello Simon, i am an English Teacher, i teach English as a foreign language to Thai kids at an Elementary school.On the Onet on qualification status, what category do i fall?
August 22, 2020 at 18:08
August 22, 2020 at 13:17
Good day Simon, On the public charge, if one does not own income generating assets, but has savings, howmuch exactly (cash) is suppose to be in the saving account to prove to the conaular officer you will not be a burden to the US economy…Thanks
August 22, 2020 at 13:29
If one has a sponsor, does the person (main applicant)still need to prove saving (cash)at bank.if yes howmuch…?..thanks
August 22, 2020 at 18:12
It varies. So – get an I-134.
August 24, 2020 at 18:49
Hi Brit, Am from Cameroon and my case is AF77xxx. But my charging country is United Arab Emirates. Could I get an early interview schedule. Just curious. Thanks
August 25, 2020 at 04:55
Where were you born?
August 25, 2020 at 11:22
Helo do you have news dv 2020 whqt shal ido pleas tell me
August 25, 2020 at 22:49
There is a court hearing on Thursday, so watch out for news on Friday.
September 6, 2020 at 10:07
Is that possible to change my passport of eritrea to travel document for interview because of my passport expired so due to corona virus i will not to update my passport, my case is reached at NVC and finished all the process so please give me your advice to solve my problem.thanks for your cooperate.
September 9, 2020 at 13:01
I don’t know local procedures in your country. Use your own judgement.
September 9, 2020 at 09:43
Hello mr Brit,
Just one question, in the form 260 I wanna it the name and surname of my mom without putting the second name( I forgot ) is that a real problem? They sent me already the email where I should provide all the documents
September 9, 2020 at 11:52
September 10, 2020 at 07:03
Hello Sir Simon, please this is what I got reply I got from my embassy in my home country after asking them when am to receive my interview;
Response: Dear Applicant:
Thank you for writing to the U.S. Visa Service Desk.
We understand that you are asking the Embassy to process the DV application.
In response to your question, a case with the case number Case-2020- 09-08-014037397 has already been escalated and you have got the below response.
EMBASSY CLOSURE: The U.S. Embassy in Accra remains in maximum telework posture and is closed to the public until further notice. All routine consular services, such as passport, notarial, and visa services and appointments, are cancelled. Please continue to monitor our U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 information webpage as well as social media sites for updated information as it becomes available.
VISA PROCESSING: The U.S. Embassy in Accra remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. Answers to frequently asked questions about routine visa issues can be found here: https://ustraveldocs.com/gh/gh-gen-faq.asp. If you have an emergency need to travel and need a visa, please follow the instructions on our visa appointment website to request an emergency visa interview appointment: https://ustraveldocs.com/gh/gh-niv-expeditedappointment.asp. Presidential Proclamation 10052 suspends entry of nonimmigrant applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories (for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program), along with their spouses and children. Travelers with an urgent need to travel should request an emergency appointment only if they have reason to believe they may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.
EXPIRING IMMIGRANT VISAS: We are aware that some immigrant visa holders and their petitioning family members in the U.S. are concerned about soon-to-expire immigrant visas. We are actively working on accommodations for those affected when visa operations resume. You will not need to file a new petition with USCIS, but you may need to submit a new application (DS-260) and pay another immigrant visa application processing fee. In addition, you may need to submit new supporting documents, such as a new medical examination and police certificate. Please be prepared to return your unused, expired visa and visa package (if applicable). Requests to reissue or replace visas are considered on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants are required to re-establish their eligibility; there is no guarantee that you will receive a new visa. If your immigrant visa expired, we will contact you with guidance on your next steps once visa operations resume.
September 15, 2020 at 02:41
Uscis denied my dv 2020 case base on a fact that i am out of status and am not. Infact am on stem program Engineering opt that is still varied till december 16th. I have never been out of status but the denial is claiming that i am. What should i do i have sent them all the evidence and the school has also provided them with proof that i have never been out of status.
September 15, 2020 at 02:52
OK, so its just your case, nothing general. I’m not an AOS expert. Ask Mom.
September 16, 2020 at 10:30
I am 2021 DV lottery winner and I have filled ds 260 form. My husband’s passport will be expired on December 2020. Do I have to renew it now and include such new passport’s details into DS260 by way of unlocking it?
Wiring for your valuable advice.
September 16, 2020 at 21:16
Yes you can renew now but keep proof of the old passport to send to KCC and show at the interview.
September 20, 2020 at 12:29
I am a DV2021 selectee. Prior to applying for the green card, I had began the process of seeking asylum in a foreign country for which the process is on-going. Will the process of seeking asylum affect the possibility of being granted a US green card Visa?
September 20, 2020 at 20:34
No. As long as you were not out of status. If you were, then CP is less risky.
September 21, 2020 at 13:41
is that possible to change my passport of eritrea to travel document for interview in Addis Ababa Ethiopia because of my passport expired so due to corona virus i will not to update my passport, my case is reached at NVC and finished all the process so please give me your advice to solve my problem.thanks for your cooperate.
September 21, 2020 at 16:00
You might be able to do that. If you are an Eritrean national however you might be affected by the travel ban.
September 22, 2020 at 11:45
I know you said that is very normal for someone to see “refused” in his visa status check until he is issued the visa
and/or his case moves on but mine i just logged in and says “ready” again. Is this any indication that they moved my case or is it just typical? Just for the record they initially refused (because schengen area travel ban) and said they were waiting for the new update so they can move on.
September 22, 2020 at 23:57
So that’s a different case (where the initial refusal was for a reason). Best not overthink the status updates.
September 23, 2020 at 00:01
Ok. Thanks for the response!!
October 7, 2020 at 16:51
Hello mr Brit,
For the new application 2022 I put the mail address in Italy even tho at the next question : where do you live today I answered Ireland. I put the mail address in Italy because that’s where I do have the residence. Is that correct?
If I will be selected, I will be selected in Italy (my country )for the dv 2022 right?
October 8, 2020 at 08:21
Hi Brit and thanks for all the help, quick one- I just got a baby and wants to include her in 2022 dv application yet she does not have a passport nor birth certificate, it takes some time to get those documents in my country. How do I go about the application without leaving my baby out of it.
October 8, 2020 at 19:30
You do not need a passport for the baby yet. Just add the baby to your entry.
October 9, 2020 at 18:02
I am a selectee for DV 2021. My case number is 48K. I am not to sure whether I will be interviewed. Can I apply for the dv 2022 program without being disqualified?
October 9, 2020 at 22:21
October 14, 2020 at 05:47
Thank you for your very informative blog and site. This is truly helpful.
I have 3 questions, as follows:
1. If we have expired passsports can we still apply?
2. When applying is it important to have our sponsors details on hand?
3. If we have visited the USA will this affect our application?
Looking forward to your response.
October 14, 2020 at 15:51
October 31, 2020 at 06:52
October 18, 2020 at 20:46
I have selected in DV-2021.
Can I apply for DV-2022 (anyway if DV-2021 will be canceled) or it can have bad affect to my DV-2021 selection ?
October 18, 2020 at 23:23
Just like I have answered 1000 other times. No problem.
October 20, 2020 at 08:21
First i’d like to thank u for ur videos always been so informative and helpful . One thing for sure ure a most reliable source of all information and news regarding the DV process. I have one problem however ,i dont know to select a photo for my dv entry. I had it sent to my email but i dont know how to use it.im not really good at those things and because the last years i had someone else do it for me i have no clue on what to do.
maybe u could show me in a video how to do it using any phone though im not really at that.
October 20, 2020 at 20:34
I’m not really sure what part you are struggling with – but start looking at this video and perhaps the video linked in the description.
October 20, 2020 at 20:34
November 10, 2020 at 00:51
I am a dv2021 winner and my case number is EU 15000. Since Biden won do I risk for my case number or should I be fine? Thank you very much
November 10, 2020 at 04:02
Should be OK
November 24, 2020 at 22:29
My name is Victorine from Cameroon.my case number is 2021AF25333.I submitted my DS260 form couple of months ago.Am like confuse I don’t know when I should expect An Appointment letter.
I have confidence in everything you so.
I really wish to hear from you concerning my case
November 25, 2020 at 03:31
In due course they will ask you for documents. You won’t expect to be scheduled for interview until February/March at the earliest.
November 29, 2020 at 09:56
I am dv2021 winner and I filled my Ds260 since long.
I didn’t receive an email from kcc requesting the documents but have some people their case number higher than my case number but they receive email from kcc requesting for the documents.
November 29, 2020 at 15:23
That is normal. Be patient.
January 2, 2021 at 05:37
Hi Sir Brit. My Region is ASIA. and I am the winner for DV2021.
I have watched several of your videos, researched and deeply learnt myself about case numbering of DV2021. However, now I am quite nervous to see and know that my Case Number is High
My Case Number is at about AS2021 28XXX
However, I have filed the DS260 very early which was only 2-3 days after the Announcement winner of DV2021 are published. I have emailed KCC thrice and received the same response that “my documents have been received, please allow several weeks…..”
1. And based on the Visa Bulletin 2021 that I have read, I tried to researched up to DV2012 and it shows that Asia region are mostly ended at 10,000 Cut off Numbers. This leads to an uncertainty that , Is it 10,000 Case number for asia is maximum for all this time ?
2. Do you think (in your opinion) I will have a chance for this number to be interviewed ?
My country is Indonesia. which I checked it is at about 317 Winners for this year. (Compared to your Dvxarthisius chart, for DV2020, I am very nervous to see that the AS2021 28XX was only 2 People in Indonesia Embassy for last year.
I really look forward for your reply. I’d be really appreciate it.
January 2, 2021 at 15:59
Your number is high. There is no doubt about that. It will become “higher” once Biden removes the Muslim ban, because many people lower than your case number will then have a chance to process. You can learn how to find out how high in my latest video.
Your country makes no difference, neither does the fact that you submitted DS260/docs early.
March 5, 2021 at 17:19
Hi Brit my case number is 2020 84xxx and I am from Liberia, is this high case number?
March 5, 2021 at 18:50
Yes of course.
January 3, 2021 at 00:06
Hi there Brit,
On March 14th 2020 I travelled with my husband to L.A to activate the I-551 in my passport. He is the winner of the DV2020 lottery and I am a derivative of this. We stayed for two days, and then travelled back home to Australia to give ourselves more time to pack up our lives.
We plan to travel back to L.A permanently within the one year time frame of the stamp, so in early March 2021. We have had our green cards delivered to an address in Los Angeles, – would you recommend we have those posted to us before we leave for L.A to show this at Border Security in L.A, or is the I-551 sufficient evidence to show we are Lawful Permanent Residents as we will be entering with only 2 weeks left of the 14th March expiry in our passports.
Thank you as always for your help.
January 3, 2021 at 00:26
I would get the Green Cards. Send by Fedex or similar.
January 4, 2021 at 18:24
I am dv2021 winner and I filled my Ds260 since long.
I didn’t receive an email from kcc requesting the documents but have some people their case numbers higher than my case number By +3k but they receive email from kcc requesting for the documents.
I sent two times to KCC, I got reply that your DS260 has been processed ,you received or will receive soon the email ( this reply one month ago) And still I am waiting the email asking to send the documents
January 9, 2021 at 17:47
Can I have a reply please
January 9, 2021 at 20:18
I’m not certain when they will contact you. If your case number is high, there is no need for them to contact you yet.
January 10, 2021 at 14:04
My case no is As13k but the As15k received email to submit documents but me received noting
January 10, 2021 at 17:20
January 5, 2021 at 14:19
Hello Brit Simon, do you think that Biden is gonna remove also the “tourist ban”?
January 5, 2021 at 16:04
I don’t know
February 7, 2021 at 14:28
Dear britsimon I have on February, 4,2020 i arrived safe in New York on February 5. Thanks for your advise. I advise to all those who their visa doesn’t have annotations they can travel. Take Egypt air is better they understand the annotation of visa. Never flight with Ethiopian airline they have refused to continue my trip on us at the first attempt.
February 7, 2021 at 15:28
That’s great news. Best of luck to you!
To be clear to everyone reading, your visa was re-issused – that is why you were able to enter the USA.
February 19, 2021 at 19:26
Dear Sir, i greatly appreciate youe effort for clarification. Sir, i wish to ask when you said in your video ‘applying for NIE’ what does it mean because i noticed it was for dv2020 visa holders that are about to expire in the coming month. what does NIE mean Sir. am a dv2020 visa holder and it will also expire next month. just need clarification sir, thanks.
February 19, 2021 at 20:22
It’s a waiver, giving someone special permission to enter the USA without being affected by the bans. However, for now I don’t suggest anyone does anything. I think its best to wait and see what the government decide. The Gomez legal team are advising people to ask for an NIE at the moment – but personally I don’t think that is necessary for people who have March expiry dates. But you might have received the email from the AILA team – Jesse tells me that was sent last night.
February 21, 2021 at 22:52
Thanks very much Sir. Though i have not received any information or mail like that. I will wait as you have said. once again i greatly appreciate, thanks
February 23, 2021 at 22:01
Hello Brit. Thank you immensely for all the guidance you offer. I’ve followed your website, twitter live and chats and I’ve been personally abreast due to your devotion in tackling our issues.
I understand the COVID-19 had an impact on KCC processing. I am a DV 2021 selectee and I submitted my DS-260 form in June 2020. I waited for some time and didn’t receive a 2NL so out of curiosity, I wrote to KCC and I had a reply in October 2020 and I was told my form was received and under processing etc.. Since October 2020, haven’t received any email from KCC till date.
I understand your usual advice that we exercise patience in this process but I’m curious. Since I’m very conversant with all the documents that should follow the DS-260 form, can I just go ahead and forward to KCC Documents? Or I have to wait till my DS form and processed and they send the 2NL?
Secondly, is it okay if I mail KCC to get more enquires regarding my case even after the mails I sent? Because somewhere in your Twitter threads, I’ve seen a selectee who already submitted documents to KCC and I’m yet to get an update on mine.
I’ll really love to have your take on these concerns. Thank you dearly.
February 24, 2021 at 06:03
1. Send the documents if you wish.
2. No harm in sending emails.
February 25, 2021 at 06:24
Hello Sir , first of all I hope you’re doing well . Im writing to you because I have a question and I think that maybe you will have an answer. Im a Dv2021 selectee from morocco, but I have selected Madrid for the interview, with the revocation of the P10014 , will the schengen consulates start giving appointments or should I relocate my appointment to Morocco .
February 25, 2021 at 13:29
We have to wait and see what they will do. If you live in Morocco, that is where they will schedule you.
March 8, 2021 at 00:07
Hi brit, currently, I am living in newzealand. Next month, I moved back to Indonesia. My dv AS20XXX.. actually i have submitted 6 months ago. Do I need to change my address and country?…
March 8, 2021 at 05:10
May 14, 2021 at 19:21
Hello Simon, first of all thank you for your work. I’m cuban and I was selected in the 2022 dv lottery. I went to a lawyer to make sure I was doing the process correctly and he opened my ds260 and entered the case number using all the ceros, I asked him about it and he said he forgot, now I’m worried because the form says that “it can’t be processed right now”. Does that means that that mistake will denegade my case or something like that? Thank u for your time.
May 15, 2021 at 04:04
No – just log in and fix it.
May 23, 2021 at 21:46
i have a question
does location impact on visa interview ?
I am from nepal 2022 dv winner CN 72**
my interview location is AUSTRALIA
could you please tell me what do you think of my case number and how long do i have to wait for my second letter and intervuew?
May 25, 2021 at 01:54
Your case number is not very high, but it will be around 1 year before you interview.
May 31, 2021 at 07:26
Hello Brit I hope you are well!!!had a question with regards to the interview scheduling.
Case no 2021EU9xx am Albanian but currently am leaving in Athens Greece. In DS-260 I have indicated current permanent address is Athens Greece.
However when I was selected for further processing I was residing in Albania. In the section check your status country of chargebility is Albania!
Question- if I get 2NL and subsequently an interview date, is that likely to be in Athens Greece or in Tirana Albania?
I’d like to thank you in advance for your time answering my question!
June 3, 2021 at 04:16
1. So you entered the wrong information in the DV entry. Luckily for you the mistake can be forgiven because both countries are EU.
2. It is scheduled according to where you reside.
June 3, 2021 at 05:25
Thank you very much for clarifying this for me!
No I did not enter the wrong information on DV entry, my situation changed!
I entered the DV lottery in Albania, I think it was in October 2019 and then in December of that year I moved to Greece, so when I submitted DS-260 in September 2021 I indicated there that i am residing in Greece!
Thank you again for the clarification.
June 18, 2021 at 09:42
Hello Brit hope your well!
Wanted to ask you a very quick question.
KCC got back to me after 3 weeks saying ( your case number is now current for interview processing. Once interview date has been scheduled you will receive a notification email)!
Case number 2021EU9XX
Does this email mean that an interview date is imminent ? Or despite this email from KCC, there still a chance that I might not get an interview ( still not home and dry yet)???
Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
June 19, 2021 at 19:46
It depends on your embassy. KCC are trying to schedule you, but that is now up to the embassy to allow KCC to allocate interviews.
June 3, 2021 at 01:45
I am a winner of DV2021. I had submitted the documents for further processing to KCC. I didn’t got second letter from KCC regarding interview. My embassy is fully operational. Should I contact embassy to ask about my case status? Will it be helpful.
June 3, 2021 at 18:32
Your embassy don’t know anything about you until KCC send them the case.
June 13, 2021 at 10:27
Hi Simon @if the case status ‘NVC’ means documents submitted successful?Please let us know.Thx
June 13, 2021 at 15:36
June 17, 2021 at 00:31
Good evening Simon,
Hope you’re doing well!
I applied for US Citizenship last year on October. I have a flight coming up to my country on July 3 to July 28. Today I got an email from USCIS that my biometric appt. is scheduled for July 13. If I email them , let them know about this flight and ask to postpone the appt. for August , will this cause me any problem to get my passport?
Thank you in advance
June 17, 2021 at 02:29
My flight is just for vacation ,and I don’t know if this can be considered a ‘good’ reason to delay the appt. I have scheduled the time off from my job and also booked the flight. ?
June 17, 2021 at 19:33
I don’t know. I only answer DV lottery questions.
June 17, 2021 at 21:33
What do you think about the DV2020 is there any hopes now that they have 2022 and 2021 to deal with.
June 19, 2021 at 20:42
All we can do is wait and see.
June 20, 2021 at 12:12
Hello Brit…is there any hope with 2020 winners.when will the final results of the lawsuit comes out?
June 22, 2021 at 13:16
Still we must wait.
June 21, 2021 at 20:55
what does this mean regarding the country of eligibilty : can my parent who are NOT resident give me the right to immigrate knowing that i have a country of eligibilty issue – This below is from USCIS website
Your chargeability refers to the country towards which limitation you count.
Your country of eligibility will normally will be the same as your country of birth. However, you may choose
your country of eligibility as the country of birth of your spouse, or the country of birth of either of your
parents if you were born in a country in which neither parent was born, and in which your parents were not
resident at the time of your birth.
Second, you can be “charged” to the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your
parents was born in or a resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are not generally
considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized, if they were only visiting,
studying in the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily for business or professional reasons on behalf of
a company or government of a country other than the one in which you were born.
June 22, 2021 at 14:11
We already had this conversation.
June 23, 2021 at 05:40
Hi Brit, thanks for the great service you offer on your site. I have one question, is there an official deadline for submitting the DL-260 online form?
June 24, 2021 at 04:37
June 27, 2021 at 01:12
Please am a winner of 2022 dv lottery but currently my wife is two months pregnant which she’s expecting to give birth next year February 2022, please should I continue to fill the ds260 or wait for her to deliver before filing the ds260. Please any suggestion to my problem. Thank u.
June 28, 2021 at 21:33
Given the timing of the birth I would recommend submitting the DS260 early, and then adding the baby as soon as the child is born.
July 9, 2021 at 19:20
Hello Brit Simon
I am 2022AS13xxxx winner
I filled the dv lottery form with my two children and after I am selected for further process my daughter born do I need to inform KCC before filling ds260 or not?
If yes could you please write KCC email address.
I appreciate for your help.
July 10, 2021 at 18:00
If you have another child you would need to add the child to your own form and create a DS260 for the child. Read the FAQ.
July 22, 2021 at 22:05
Dear Brit Simon
Hi and hope you are doing well. I am a DV 2022 winner. I have filled DS 260 and in Sign and Submit page wants me to re-enter KCC Case Number and Passport Number while they entered correctly.
What shall I do now?
July 24, 2021 at 05:46
You probably have to remove the leading zeros.
July 25, 2021 at 00:29
My passport which I played with and won the DV lottery have a mistake with my date of birth but still valid for 3years, and I still used the date of birth in it when filling the eDV.
1. When filling to the DS-260 do I need to enter my correct date of birth that is on my original birth certificate or the one still in the passport.
2. Do I need to apply for a new passport with my correct date of birth to fill the DS-260
3. Does that mistake have greater chances of denial by the CO
4. What would be the best advice for me
July 25, 2021 at 19:47
You passport should be corrected. Your DS260 should have the correct DOB.