Judge Mehta has issued his final order on the DV2020 Gomez lawsuit. Previously he have issued his opinion that explained he planned to order the issuance of the visas, BUT he had instructed the government and plaintiffs lawyers to discuss and hopefully recommend a timeframe for issuance of the visas. That was the main thing we were waiting for, and that is what has now been resolved.
So let me clarify what this order will mean and what it does not mean.
First, the order says that the reserved 9095 DV2020 visas must be issued by September 30, 2022. The order originally said 9905, but that was a typo and the judge has since corrected the number later in the day. It is 9095. That is FINAL.
The order says the visas will be issued in “random” order. That is open to some interpretation, but I will explain in a moment what I believe it means. The court has not said how the visas will be prioritized, and has said the court will not “micromanage” the process.
OK – so what does this mean. Let’s do some Q&A
Q1. What will the random order mean?
A1. This could mean a couple of things. Theoretically they could refer back to the case number which was the random order already assigned to the case. That’s is as described in the law. However, all cases in DV2020 were current, so in that scenario the case number is no longer important, but order of processing is driven by the date the case became documentarily qualified. My guess is it will be DQ date, but given preference to cases already interviewed (that were on AP), already scheduled and so on. Then they would move to other cases based on DQ date. Now – I don’t know that for sure, and I don’t know how many cases/selectees are DQ for DV2020.
Q2. When will the visas be issued?
A2. I suspect there will be a delay while the government figures out how to operate this order. Theoretically the government could appeal this order, they have 30 days in which to start that process, so we can expect a delay until at least mid November.
Q3. What will happen to cases not already DQ?
A3. AS I mentionioned I do not know how many cases are DQ, so I don’t know whether cases that are DQ’d could take all 9095. We have to wait and see.
Q4. Will they divide visas by region or by country?
A4. I don’t know. It is possible they could allocate the visas in some predefined proportion based on regions. Countries have no allocation, so that will not be a factor.
Q5. What about DV2020 visas that were expired and not re-issued in September?
A5. I don’t know. Chuck Kuck is trying to clarify that aspect.
Q6. How about cases denied in DV2020 because of the Muslim ban.
A6. I believe those cases could be reconsidered, yes, but we need to wait and see.
Q7. Does this help cases from DV2019 or before?
A7. No. Not for Muslim ban or any otherwise reason. This ONLY applies to DV2020.
Q8. So what can I do now – should I call the embassy or KCC?
A8. No, not yet. Wait some days because right now they will simply tell you they have no instructions. Wait.
Q9. Should I get anything ready or get a medical?
A9. Not yet. You might want to gather your documents and it you can, get your police certs updated, but do not spend money on documents or medical yet.
October 14, 2021 at 05:47
You explained and answered so many important questions in this post . Thank you again , I hope we will have our visa guaranteed this time .
October 14, 2021 at 07:19
Dear Mr. Brit,
Thank you very much for clear explanation.
Hope for soonest update.
October 14, 2021 at 07:41
Thank you very much sir.
October 14, 2021 at 07:42
sir i am dv2020 from Rwanda , my case number was currents from kccc they asked me to send the documents , and i did , later we didn’t get 2nl, i tried to contact them back and in the end of September i sent them back but still i did not get any feedback ,
do I have a chance to be selected in those 9095 reserved visa? do u think i will get interview?
October 16, 2021 at 03:47
I don’t know
October 14, 2021 at 07:45
Thank Simon, this is a good news to at least have this file getting closed.
I have just one question, i am also a DV 2020 and i have been documentarily qualified and had been current by the time of COVID19, so was expecting inteview sheduling someway in may 2020. We have a new baby now and would like to know if there any step we need to make to have the baby know by KCC or we just wait for the time of interview, in case we get lucky?
October 16, 2021 at 03:48
If you get an interview you will discuss that with the embassy.
October 14, 2021 at 10:35
Dear Mr. Simon, I am not a DV 2020 selectee. But I appreciate the way you explains this issue. Thank you.
October 14, 2021 at 11:20
Buenos dias Simon, yo estoy calificada desde agosto 19, crees que tendre posibilidad, gracias.
October 16, 2021 at 03:54
I don’t know.
October 14, 2021 at 12:28
Hi Brit good morning. I think the question five about expired visa issued in September was resolved. I successfully traveled with an expired visa issued on the 30th September, accompanied with a document from the CBP. I hope you can remember the document instructing us to board with an expired visa?
October 16, 2021 at 03:55
You misread what I wrote.
October 14, 2021 at 12:46
What is the process to include spouse. If someone got married post 2nl arrival.
October 16, 2021 at 03:57
First, you slap yourself in the head for leaving the marriage so late, and therefore making something that is easy into a more difficult thing.
Then you discuss it with the embassy.
October 14, 2021 at 17:54
Brit, I truly appreciate all your effort and the passion that you put on it! Your dedication and passion is really admirable, the quality of the explanation of this post is great as well, sicere thanks to you!
Brit, this question can sound a bit annoying, but is there possible that we can see some guidance on the Travel State website regarding to AOS on DV-2020 whether for good or not?
Cheers mate! Keep up the good job.
October 16, 2021 at 04:01
Eventually they will update their site.
October 14, 2021 at 20:30
can someone who was deported while seeking asylum go to the united state winning the dv lottery a year after deportation?
October 16, 2021 at 04:02
October 15, 2021 at 17:18
Hi Brit, thanks once again for all your support and dedication, great explanation as usual. Brit due to all the new information that we have, I would like to hear what your thoughts are regarding to do AOS on DV-2020.
Thanks in advance, keep up the good job!
October 16, 2021 at 04:18
I don’t think that will be possible.
October 15, 2021 at 17:34
Hi Brit …am dv2020
Xarthisius says about 18000 visas have been issued to 2020 .is this including the 6k given in Septwmber 2020?
October 16, 2021 at 04:19
October 16, 2021 at 06:19
Please I was issued a white paper with a checked box stating the officer needs my medical report to issue my visa to me,my interview was on 21st Sept 2020 and the hospital sent it to them on the 22nd or 23rd Sept 2020 but the embassy later sent to me an email with PDF attachment that stating that dv2020 fiscal year is closed, on 2nd october 2020. So what am I to do now please?
October 16, 2021 at 16:58
Nothing. September 30th was a deadline. Are you a member of a lawsuit? If not, your chance is gone.
October 16, 2021 at 22:18
I am a DV2020 winner
case number AF555 **
My question, Gomez is a class action?
I had to ask this question because of the answer coming from you to @joseph
if it is more so then the non plaintiffs go more
October 16, 2021 at 23:15
DV2020 is not the same as DV2021.
October 16, 2021 at 23:44
ok i am a DV2020 and DQ winner in March 2020 with a number AF555 ** can I have a chance to have an interview?
October 17, 2021 at 00:27
November 28, 2022 at 08:22
Dv2020 you are automatically in Gomez
November 30, 2022 at 16:21
Thank you very much
December 2, 2022 at 11:12
But please please how far have they gone with the Gomez case?
December 3, 2022 at 12:49
Still waiting for the outcome of the appeal.
October 16, 2021 at 19:53
If I’m not a DQ do I have any chance?
October 16, 2021 at 23:16
If you are not clear you have no chance of getting an answer.
October 16, 2021 at 23:41
Que significa DQ, disculpe la molestia
October 17, 2021 at 15:16
Hi Brit, thanks for the update, do you know more or less how many applicants are waiting the visas? i mean, there are 9095 available visas, but how many people are qualified for them? thanks
October 17, 2021 at 16:05
Obviously I could not give a precise number, but I would guess around 20k.
October 18, 2021 at 06:52
I am a DV 2020 in DQ in March with case number AF555 **
1- Around 20,000 are DQ cases and embassy cases? or all 5 groups together?
October 19, 2021 at 02:04
It’s an approximate number – but all cases that would be able to get the visas, if there were enough.
October 18, 2021 at 04:07
I am DV 2020 2nl holder,
while checking the CEAC status that the status was in READY mode after update my 2NL. But now
it says “your search did not return any data”. why?
some other case number also suffering from same types of Issue.
October 18, 2021 at 04:42
They deleted the data of a number of cases. That doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t affect your case.
January 12, 2022 at 22:39
My name is Emery
From Kigali Rwanda
And 2NL holder
Is this the Same answer for this at these moments?
I am a DV2020 selectee with Case Number 2020AF30XXX who has the interview Appointment of 20 April 2020 but Canceled due to Covid-19 Pandemic other DV2020 selectees are trying to check if their case numbers are at NVC and they can see when the last time it was updated one among my colleagues we had the same interview dates whose CN is 2020AF34XXX he can see his last update at NVC but me when I try to check my case number it says “YOUR SEARCH DID NOT RETURN ANY DATA”
Now my question is if the embassy starts in an estimated time of April 2022 giving out appointments and emails rescheduling for Dv2020 won’t this be a negative issue on my case???!!
January 13, 2022 at 17:07
October 18, 2021 at 04:49
I’m DV 2020 winner
1. When will be the KCC start processing reserved 9095 visa?
Greatly appreciate all your suppors given .
October 19, 2021 at 01:59
We don’t know for sure but I imagine late November, or December.
October 21, 2021 at 10:42
Mr. Britt, how long can the government appeal, in 30 or 60 days? Kuck wrote 30 days and Morrison 60 days
October 22, 2021 at 03:15
30 is my understanding.
October 18, 2021 at 07:48
What does DQ means
October 19, 2021 at 02:06
Documentarily Qualified (Ready for Scheduling).
Make sure you read the FAQ.
October 19, 2021 at 13:16
Wish you the best. 1) is [email protected] the right email address sending our request for unlocking our case
2) as I haven’t received any email from KCC, how to know that our case is current or not as far as DQ matters.
October 22, 2021 at 02:36
October 20, 2021 at 11:17
Hi good day Brit and thanks for your efforts. My question is I am from Cameroon but I have been in South Africa for about 15years now do I still need Cameroon police clearance? Please advise.
October 22, 2021 at 02:53
Probably. Read the instructions.
October 20, 2021 at 21:30
Hi Brit I’m case number 38K DQed since long ,do I have a chance
October 22, 2021 at 03:06
I have no idea.
October 21, 2021 at 02:30
Good day Brit, thanx for ur all effort in guiding us for the procedures for DV programmes. I am DV 2020 winner in Africa region on DQ with interview scheduled by the Embassy but did not hold due to Covid-19 Pandemic also class member in the Gomez lawsuit.
I want to kindly ask these following questions below in order to have clear understanding on them:
1. My sponsor in d US whose documents are with me that I should have use for interview at d Embassy in my country but did not hold have signed affidavit of support for another person whilst I have included his particulars and residential address in my previous application of 2019 dat he will be providing me shelter and necessary maintenance expenses. When I am schedule for interview should I present his documents or cancelled them?
2. Should I find another person in d US dat will provide me I-134 affidavit of support, 1040’s, W 2’s, Pay Slips and his/her identification before d interview date?
3. Does the above change will have any effect with me during the time of interview?
4. Due to the fact that am DV 2020 winner and d previous required documents made available to me by sponsor were for the same. For d new person I will have can u give the years of his documents I should ask from him/her.
5. What should be his/her annual income as the US required law for 2 family members and me making them 3 family members?
Once again thanx so much for ur time and God continues to keep u healthy and alive always. Sorry for d long texts.
October 22, 2021 at 03:11
2. Do this.
October 21, 2021 at 11:12
If there are any DV2020 winner from Sri Lanka & If you interest to join our DV2020 whatsapp group, please drop a mail to the below email address.
October 22, 2021 at 10:54
Dear Mr. Brit!
Just wanted to clarify one issue. I am winner DV 2020 big case number about EU54XXX. In order to increase our chance and be among the 9095 visas, does it make sense to hire a lawyer to increase our chances?
October 22, 2021 at 22:14
October 22, 2021 at 21:30
My sister had her visa for 2021 and was given 5 days to travel. Unfortunately, she was caught at the Dubai airport because of a travel ban she didn’t know she had. Now the visa has expired. Does she stand the chance of having another visa?
October 22, 2021 at 22:08
Why are you saying she only had 5 days to travel? That’s not likely. She would have had 6 months after the medical.
October 24, 2021 at 05:14
Thanks Brits. Before giving her the visa, her medical had 5 days to expire before September 30th. So the embassy gave her 2 options: to do a new medical and get 6 months visa, or get a 5 days visa. She took the second option of 5 days visa. Now the 5 days visa has expired. Is there a chance she can be issued another visa?
October 24, 2021 at 17:16
What a silly decision! She will have to discuss with the embassy, but it should have been very obvious that she had to travel within that 5 days.
October 24, 2021 at 18:35
Hello brit..my case number was AS30xxx and I wasn’t documented can I resend my documents and would you recommend that? Thank you so much
October 24, 2021 at 20:19
October 25, 2021 at 09:56
2021 sorry I didn’t notice
October 28, 2021 at 15:37
So then no I would not recommend that. Unless you were on the lawsuits the year has ended and the only remaining hope is the Meng amendment.
October 26, 2021 at 04:20
Hello Brit. Dv 2020 How are you. What do you think that the government wil do for people who has their interview sent to the embassy. Do you think that the kcc will send the interview date or they will
Ask us to send an email to the embassy for an interview date.I saw an update on the travel gov which means they won’t appeal the judge decision. Finally all of this is coming to an end. I think that before nov 14th they will tell us what to do.
October 29, 2021 at 02:28
We have to wait and see what will happen. It is not certain that they won’t appeal. Once we know more you can figure out how to restart your case.
October 26, 2021 at 05:35
I am DV 2020 winner from Burma. My case number is 2020AS171xx. I had received “document qualified” email from KCC since on 13 Jan 2020 and waiting to receive interview appointment date.Our Yangon Embassy did not have any case assigned for May interview.Their last interview appointment is April. I read some website that there is 7000 ready case for our dv2020 to get 9095 visas.When I check ceac data that are ready case in these website, some cases are higher than my case number.(They had assigned for May interview).
Q-1/Why did our country not have interview appointment for May?
Q-2/Do I have a chance to get interview appointment for remaining 2000 visas?
Q-3/Should I follow up KCC about my case?
October 29, 2021 at 02:30
1. Because processing was stopped mid March.
3. No – you have to wait until we get clarity on how the process will be run.
October 26, 2021 at 15:06
I am a winner of DV lottery 2020. I have faced the interview but the visa was not issued before 30th September 2020.
Im well aware about the decision of the lawsuit.
Just want to clarrify from you , when im in this stage of the process can i or my spouse apply for a student ( J1 ) visa for study purposes in a reputed university in USA ?
Seek your advise..
October 29, 2021 at 02:39
There is nothing that says you can’t apply for the J1 but your chance of acceptance is reduced because you showed immigrant intent.
November 5, 2021 at 20:42
Hello Brit thanks for the update . Am a dv 2020 winner and kcc send an email stating that my DS260 has been processed and I sent my documents but had an auto reply stating the have received my documents.my question goes this
1) can people with high case numbers profit the reserved Visas
2) what about cases to that did not receive confirmations on their documents? My case number is AFooo685***
November 6, 2021 at 20:05
The two factors you mention mean you have a significantly lower chance of being able to get one of the reserved visas.
November 2, 2021 at 03:52
November 3, 2021 at 07:31
Hi Brit, I’m DV2020 selectee on DQ with the case number of AS21XXX. My husband got a scholarship and have gone to Belgium for a 2-year Master’s degree since Aug. 2021.
1. Is there any step that we need to take to inform on this matter to KCC or should we just wait until getting an interview?
2. If we will be lucky to call for interview, is there a possibility to him to face for the interview from Belgium?
November 5, 2021 at 23:43
1. Just wait for the instructions about the Gomez order.
November 8, 2021 at 10:03
Hi brit i am DV 2020 winner from Nepal my case was current for May 2020 interview but did not get 2NL due to COVID-19. I have received document completion notification from KCC on 10th December 2019. Is there any chance for me to get interview? Thank you brit.
November 13, 2021 at 15:55
DV2020 or DV2021??
November 13, 2021 at 16:10
November 13, 2021 at 17:30
So you will have to wait to see what happens in the Gomez case. I don’t know which cases will be issued.
November 9, 2021 at 01:10
i am dv2020 as17xxx
my last mail from kcc is waiting for interview date, they already received my document and reply, but the covid stop all the thing till now.
am i one of 9095 ?
what can i do now?
November 13, 2021 at 16:02
I don’t know who will get the 9095. Wait for now.
November 9, 2021 at 09:27
Hello sir, DV2020 here. When I put the case number it says ” Invalid Immigrant Visa Case Number.” Should I be concerned? Thank you
November 13, 2021 at 16:08
November 15, 2021 at 22:16
Until when does the government have the right to appeal the Gomez order? Thanks
November 19, 2021 at 22:51
November 18, 2021 at 20:15
Dear Britt. I need experience. My case is 2020SA243x my question is this. I am Cuban and my passport expires on May 22, 2022. What happens if they call me for an interview after the passport expires? Is there a way to amend this? Greetings and blessings. Excuse me for my English.
November 21, 2021 at 18:42
Your interview will be after May – so apply for a new passport, and take old and new passports to the interview.
November 21, 2021 at 20:59
Thanks you crack.
November 22, 2021 at 17:58
I am a DV2020 winner. I sent all my documents back in 2020 and haven’t received a reply since then.
After winning the case. Now, do I have to contact the embassy to see what’s the next step? Please advice what should I do now.
November 26, 2021 at 02:30
Hello Brit, much appreciate your effort of answering all of our questions.
I’m a DV2020 winner, I have received the confirmation letter for receiving all documents back in last year. Do you think I can have a chance to be in the 9095?
November 26, 2021 at 20:26
I don’t know.
January 11, 2022 at 22:51
As per the Gomez status report filed by the state department, it appears DV2020, DV2021, DV2022 will concurrently from April once the system has been modified. I won both DV2020 and DV2022 and sent DS260 for both. for DV20 my interview location is Nairobi and DV22, its Amsterdam. Will this affect interview scheduling.
February 12, 2022 at 08:55
Any take one the above issue I mentioned sometime back regarding processing of DV20 and DV22 at the same time if you won both
February 13, 2022 at 17:57
There is no problem. Whichever case gets interviewed first will be your case.