Judge Mehta will shortly be holding a hearing to decide whether to “extend” DV2020 or not.
I say extend in quotes, because it actually would not be an extension mostly likely, but rather the Judge would tell the government to reserve some number of visas to be held (reserved) for issuance after the deadline. Those visas would probably have a September 30th issuance date on them using a legal method of “nunc pro trunc”. This would allow them to “backdate” the visas issued – thus avoiding the difficulties of changing the law about the deadline. It will be interesting to see if that’s what they do.
We are likely NOT going to see an order today. It is likely the Judge would give his decision tomorrow or Wednesday.
Key points I would be looking for from that decision:
- How many visas will be reserved?
- Is there a timeline for processing of these visas?
- Is there any difference in priority for named plaintiffs, or for people in each group that I have previously defined?
- How about people affected by the other bans affecting issuance (regional bans, travel bans etc)?
- Will the DV visas still have mission critical status?
- Will anything be done about the embassies that have not cooperated at all?
If you want to listen in you can do so. Members of the public or media who wish to access the hearing may dial the court’s toll-free public access line: (877) 848-7030 (+1 (404) 443-2170 from overseas) access code 321-8747
I will be adding notes here during the hearing, so keep refreshing the page to get updates.
JM – Judge Mehta
JB – Jesse Bless
CK – Charles Kuck
RU – Rafael Urena
Gov – Gov legal team
Hearing due to start in one hour – at 3pm EST.
The lawyers and the Judge will be meeting over video – public access is audio only (numbers shown above).
What time is it in Washington DC? – LINK HERE
Audio is very muffled.
JM says he has all the parties papers – he is asking for last points.
CK – interesting in hearing the Judges questions
CK asking for 30,000 visas to be reserved and also for the time to be given back that was “lost” – meaning the end of February.
Judge asking for similar cases where this sort of relief has been ordered by a court. Trying to establish precedence.
CK points out no earlier examples exist because this scenario is new. CK points out that all the cases have submitted DS260s and documents. KCC stopped processing. That makes it “new”.
Welton tries to clarify the difference for these cases, but also how the earlier limited cases demonstrate the precedence exists.
Remember, JM already has an opinion on this, but he wants the plaintiffs to be clear about existing law that covers what they are asking for.
Welton points out that the government “violates the INA” and therefore we need a remedy.
JM clarifying whether we are asking for continuance of the current scenario, OR remedy as a result of the violation.
Welton wisely declines to choose between the choices offered by the judge.
JM points out one request would require the judge to find that they had violated the earlier order.
CK jumps in – and argues that an extension without a final ruling is not a risk – he is allowing for the chance that he temporarily allows ongoing processing, but delays finding a final position.
JM now pushing toward the timing of the issue date compared to other bans.
JM turns to class certification. Does he need to certify the class. Welton argues yes. Remember the class action turns the 7 named plaintiffs on the AILA case (Gomez) to EVERY DV lottery case.
JM now questioning about named plaintiffs and whether those have been interviewed or not. CK points out that more than a handful have not been seen.
JM turning to the reservation number.
CK makes the point that the global quota has increased – good point. JM seems nervous of reserving 30,000 visas.
CK describes the rationale for the 30K number. Capacity is sufficient. JM trying to drive to what the unlawful act caused. He will drive back to the June 15th date. He is saying COVID would have caused problems anyway – so he wants to do what is right based on when the unlawful behavior began.
CK pointing out the slow walking of visa issuances prior to the COVID closures and explains that the under issuances was intentional, not due to COVID. That is exactly correct, but JM doesn’t want to open the box on the behavior prior to COVID.
CK fighting hard, but this is a difficult point to make.
Welton adds in to link back the behavior back to March.
Welton says it is up to the GOV to define their capacity – although my declaration does describe the capacity with proof based on previous data.
CK points at the declarion of Brenda Grewe (which had referred to July 15 for some reason). That declaration was pretty odd, but does show that the GOV slowed down processing.
CK points out that KCC has not provided a declaration. Points out this is a way the government has hidden that information (from KCC).
JM turns to the GOV.
GOV wants to refer to limits on equitable relief, and suggests that the court cannot violate the clear statute – the deadline. JM says you are saying the court is powerless but points out that taking action before the deadline is important.
Lots of legal jargon and reference to an earlier case where the visa was held in reserve (but so far not issued).
JM trying to challenge the assertion that he lacks the jurisdiction to give relief.
Again, remember it is important that JM gets to hear and challenge BOTH sides of the argument.
JM referring to other appropriation case precedent that allowed a court to “extend” a deadline past a statutory date. Asks GOV if they are familiar with those cases – GOV says no. BAM!
As I said, Judge would not have gone this far if he thought he had no power, but needs both sides to argue that.
The audio seems to have been messed up. And we’re back.
JM now asking GOV if the case would be “moot” – that means pointless after Sept 30th. Again, JM has a view on this already – but establishes that GOV relies on that as a principle.
JM testing the logic that allowing the clock to run out seems against the intent of congress in establishing the lottery. Congressional intent is important. They created the lottery – that should mean the government can’t just ignore it!
GOV going back to the fiscal year being a deadline in the statute. JM (adopting a challenging stance) says why should the deadline stand if the GOV did not do their work.
Welton says he doesn’t have an argument why this date should stand, versus other cases…
Welton points out embassy bombing case and administrative errors case.
GOV Suggestion of an alternative which would only cover groups 1 and 2 to allow time for those that have had interviews.
GOV says the effort to comply to the earlier order have worked hard to try their best including some of the officers getting COVID and continuing to work. This is a fair point in many of the embassies.
Points out that KCC complied with the instruction on prioritization of named plaintiffs.
JM asking for GOV to file update to initial report which detailed case handling volume and projections for various categories including IR1 and IR2.
JM refers to a survey that suggests 80% of respondents said they had not been helped. GOV tries to address some of the cases. Lots of “dog ate my homework” stuff.
Welton now arguing that reserving JUST for AP cases would not be fair.
Welton about to play a short recording of a phone call.
KCC call recorded being played of an AF region call. This was a non plaintiff, KCC rep says that the documents were not processed from November, so he won’t get an interview.
CK points out that we understand they have worked hard – and therefore that is why we need extra time, not force a rushed stressful job.
He also points out that they could organize the work better by planning the workload and using things like video interviews if needed for safety.
JB points out that re-issuance should also be taken into consideration.
CM pointing out they had pointed out the congressional funds case was in their brief. hearing.
JM ending the hearing.
I will go live now to discuss the hearing
September 28, 2020 at 18:03
I am here with you Brit
September 28, 2020 at 18:05
Thank you Brit for your effort! Much appreciated!
September 28, 2020 at 18:20
I don’t understand the group’s and there’s no group that I filled so plz tell me mr Brits
September 29, 2020 at 04:10
Have you been scheduled before? Have you received the ready for scheduling email?
September 28, 2020 at 18:38
Thank you, Simon.
September 28, 2020 at 18:45
I’m locked in waiting for updates.
September 28, 2020 at 18:56
Thanks so much brit but for your efforts…waiting for the updates
September 28, 2020 at 19:15
Thank you Mr Brit, God continue to bless you more. My eyes are right here.
September 28, 2020 at 19:31
We are with you (a group of dv 2020 winners from ethiopia). God bless you and your family. Please continiue
September 28, 2020 at 19:32
I have the sense that the judge isn’t willing to extend the deadline
September 29, 2020 at 05:53
Unfortunately since the judge does not seem to have the legal arguments to derogate from the rigid law which defines the fiscal year.
September 28, 2020 at 19:40
Listening Nervously. All Hope for DV2020
September 28, 2020 at 19:55
Is welton for or against us? I’m getting confused
September 28, 2020 at 20:01
He is for us
September 28, 2020 at 20:01
I think he’s against..but I’m not sure..
September 28, 2020 at 20:28
Charles k and Welton are both in the same group
September 28, 2020 at 20:11
Ok Welton is for us.
September 28, 2020 at 20:24
In case of an “extend “, if visa date will appear as 30.09 regardless of the actual date it is issued, then what about the medical ? how is it gonna be matched if my medical starts after the beginning of the visa ?
September 29, 2020 at 02:32
Let’s wait and see how they organize it. Just to be clear this has never happened before.
September 28, 2020 at 20:53
The best case scenario would be if judge Mehta extends the deadline. If it only sets aside a number of visas that can be issued after the deadline but the issuance date is in the 2020 fiscal year then we might face another issue that has to be addressed with the judge since most of the newly issued visas will expire by the end of the year or in march 2020 at the latest because of the medical exam validity in some cases and can’t be reissued because of the law that says the visas can only be reissued during the fiscal year in which the visa was issued(that is 2020).
September 28, 2020 at 21:21
Thanks for all the effort that you put on us!
I’m wondering if the CEAC data will be updated soon?
September 29, 2020 at 02:34
At the end of the month.
September 28, 2020 at 21:27
Brit, I must say you are doing a great job for us. I also acknowledge the work of the legal team and as well Judge Mehta.
I am a DV2020 and fall in your group 5.
I understand you planning to talk to KCC if an extension is granted. Please can you talk to them if it has to be fair for all especially group 5. Can they process those who had submitted their documents earlier and already had their DS260s processed.
September 29, 2020 at 02:35
Let’s see what we get.
September 28, 2020 at 22:11
Hi Simon, thanks for your great effort for all DV2020 winners, I granted the visa and it will be expired on 18 March 2021, is that judge also mentioned at the end of hearing he will also consider the reinsurance issue if the immigration ban extend further
September 29, 2020 at 02:39
The Judge didn’t say that, it was Jesse Bless (AILA) that raised that point.
September 28, 2020 at 22:38
Basically, they talk about the “extension” for cases for which interviews were not conducted.
What about cases that are still in “Administrative Processing” state?
Could this extension help for such cases?
September 29, 2020 at 02:40
September 28, 2020 at 22:49
Thank you so Brit for your hard work with CK and others… looking forward for the extension i am in group 5
God bless you all and keep on positive please guys not negative
September 28, 2020 at 23:31
Hello, Brit! Thank you very much for your help!
I’m in the fifth group DV2020, EU34XXX. I sent DC-260 and the documents on the same day on April 4, 2020. I have checked many times whether I sent the document correctly, but everything is correct. Since April I wrote, called several times to KSS. I also sent my documents several times.
The answer has always been – your case is being processed.
The only thing on April 29, I received a letter with these words: “Your DS-260 has been processed. You should have received, or will soon receive, an email from the Kentucky Consular Center giving you instructions to complete in order for your case to continue processing. Please follow the instructions in the email. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on case numbers that have completed processing. Interviews for the DV 2020 program will begin in October 2019 and conclude on September 30, 2020.” And that’s all. At first I thought that they would soon answer on the document, then I read on the forum that this letter means nothing. So, as I wrote above, after this letter I kept my finger on the puls, but the answer was always the same – in the process.
Do you think this email was an auto-reply or did they really finished check my DC-260?
Thank you very much again for your efforts!
September 29, 2020 at 04:07
You should not have sent the DS260 and the documents at the same time. That would have messed yourself up because until the DS260 is in their system (and processed) they would not have a file to attach your documents to. So they probably skipped your case. You were supposed to wait to be asked after the April 29th email.
September 29, 2020 at 04:32
Thank you! I was asked for documents in October 2019, but then I have not yet completed DS-260. Sorry, but I’m a little confused, if the documents that I sent on the same day as ds 260 they skipped, but then I sent the documents again after the April 29th, I sent them my documents several times again. why didn’t they see them afterwards? And I have not received any more (after October 2019) requests for documents.
Please, Brit, clarify, I did not understand well. I realized, that they could have missed documents sent on the same day as ds260, but this could not prevent them from sending me a request for documents? is not influenced the that they didn’t ask for my documents afterwards?
September 29, 2020 at 04:43
The ban was introduced on April 23. KCC stopped work to some extent, so by that time your 2nd set of documents may have got ignored.
September 29, 2020 at 04:55
Thank you, Brit! Maybe I should call them again after the judge’s decision?
September 29, 2020 at 05:03
Yes, but wait a few days so they get the information communicated and get their procedures setup.
September 29, 2020 at 00:07
Hello Brit, I’m DV2020 winner and I’m from Nepal my case number is 2020AS12XXX.
As I have checked in CEAC data today, I saw several cases higher than my case number is in ready status update in this September. I’m wondering how it could be possible. Regarding my documents processing, I have already received email from KCC “ready for scheduling email” 5 months ago.
September 29, 2020 at 04:03
Of course it is possible. The whole region doesn’t wait for you. If cases were ready and current before you – they go scheduled.
September 29, 2020 at 05:40
“If cases were ready and current before you – they go scheduled”. No, How come they could be current before me as my Case number is DV2020AS122XX and I saw several Case number in range DV2020AS13XXX in CEAC Data status “Ready” Last updated on 23th September.
September 29, 2020 at 13:53
Because they were ready for scheduling before you.
September 29, 2020 at 15:12
Sorry for Jumping on this Thread, something struck me from your comment. So if you are ready for Scheduling and lower numbers become ready later on and you have not yet been scheduled and scheduling time comes it means the person with who was ready first regardless of the case number goes first?
September 29, 2020 at 18:36
No. The order within a month has no real impact, so they organize it based on efficiency, and the method of scheduling in each embassy.
September 30, 2020 at 00:53
Hello Birt, I am from South America, Cuban and something similar happens to me, I sent my documents since the beginning of November. My concern is if we have a chance if there is an extension. ??
September 30, 2020 at 03:24
Let’s wait and see the terms of the extension.
September 29, 2020 at 07:35
I have extract data from CEAC, there is total six 2nl has been sent in this September for interview in Kathmandu embassy and they picked it up randomly they haven’t followed case number order.
September 29, 2020 at 13:59
Again. They do not have to follow case number order.
September 29, 2020 at 17:04
Hi Brit ,I am dv2020 winner ,I had interview ed at U.S.Consulate of Johannesburg South Africa. On the September 23,the officer said the income for my sponsor was not enough,I have to get an other sponsor,I get 2 more sponsors with higher income ,for the fist he earned 126k a year ,his a Manager in telecom company .I had sent the Consulate the I-134 form with pays sleep ,copie of his ID .but I never get an auto-reply ,or Feedback from the Consulate if they get the documents ,if there’s something missing so we can send .but I had check the status of my case it’s update on September 29, Refused. I’am confused as the dead ligne is Tomorrow .what you suggest me to do? The IV of consulate they don’t answer the phone,they ask if enquiries email them.but they don’t respond to emails .what we must do? Plz any advice will be appreciate.kind Regards.
September 29, 2020 at 18:56
Seing refused is not necessarily a problem. That happens briefly for issued cases too. However, the only way to know is to call the embassy or wait for the updated status.
September 29, 2020 at 01:50
Hi Brit I am in Canada and a DVD 2020 winner.pls in case we get an extension is it possible that I call the embassy here in Canada and ask them to ask kcc to send my case to them since the embassy basically does not have much to do now dat it is closed to the public.i am in group 5
September 29, 2020 at 02:41
You can try, but it still requires KCC to cooperate and they may impose a case number order.
September 29, 2020 at 04:13
Why some people says if the government appeal at SCOTUS, we will lose?
September 29, 2020 at 04:16
One step at a time.
September 29, 2020 at 05:46
If visas are successfully reserved for issuance after September 30th, then it could be a good precedent for DV21 as well.
Well, if Trump loses, if proclamation ends, if people can finally enter the US, you know what I mean…
September 29, 2020 at 07:02
Hello Brit. One question:
I have a wife and 10months old child. I fill the DV in 2019 /2020 and win DV2021 lonely. And I also sent DS 260 without my wife because She strongly hate to go and live in the USA. She never be agree to go there. So can this scenario will cause to fail me at interview? Thank you.
September 29, 2020 at 13:56
If you were married at the time when you entered as single, yes you will be disqualified.
September 29, 2020 at 16:01
Thank you. Yes I’m married during entering my DV and DS260 but I have entered both as ‘single’ because as I have told you she is not interested to go & live in USA totally.
1. From where the embassy will get the information whether I married or not ? because our marriage certificate is not easily accessible for embassy.
2. Will embassy check from Human resource department in my organization that employees me?
I’m always worried about this, it is a headache for me.
September 29, 2020 at 18:44
1. You really should not attempt to commit fraud.
2. I don’t know.
Sorry you are worried. Telling the truth and following instructions would have avoided that worry.
September 29, 2020 at 10:10
Thank you very much for all your efforts! My case is particular: August 2019 we fill ds 260 My wife (main), my son and I, after filling it we found out that my wife was pregnant. The girl was born on January 29, 2020, we are in Bogotá Colombia because they called us for an interview. The fact is that yq we update our Ds 260 by placing the girl as daughter and derivative, however on the page there is no option to make Ds 260 to the girl, and we are not processed for an interview because the girl does not have Ds 260, what can we do? the embassy claims technical problems
September 29, 2020 at 14:04
You will have to ask the embassy how you can complete a DS260. You really should have dealt with this months ago.
September 29, 2020 at 10:28
Is dv2020 be extended if extend every group got chance to got there visa
September 29, 2020 at 14:05
It depends on the terms of the extension. If it is a low amount of visas and or a short time, KCC will have no choice but to prioritize based on readiness of the cases and possibly case number order.
September 29, 2020 at 15:21
I am 2020AF59xxx in group 4. Thanks to your advice and suggestions which I followed attentively, I had my interview today.
I answered all the questions the CO asked me honestly and my visa was approved.
I would particularly like to thank you for all the time you put at our disposal, advising us and guiding us throughout the DV Lottery process, and all for free. That’s wonderful.
While hoping for an extension, I wish all the DV2020 winners good luck.
God bless us!
September 29, 2020 at 16:14
Hope2020 please which country are you from
September 29, 2020 at 18:37
September 29, 2020 at 11:09
Hi brit yesterday I just pass my interview in US embassy for Yaounde everything was normal ,my visit medical was missing and the consulate said go and bring your visit medical Friday and drop at mailbox after that i check my status updates i see refused im so confused so I have any chance when I bring my visit medical change to issue thanks you.
September 29, 2020 at 14:06
Refused is normal status until they have all your documents and process your case. Just be patient.
September 30, 2020 at 12:40
Hello Mamary am from Cameroon please how can I get in touch with you..Am a 2020 winner and I have not been called for interview yet…My number 677560241.Thanks and waiting to hear from you.
September 29, 2020 at 13:42
Thanks Mr B…can those with visa can travel or they have to wait till January?
September 29, 2020 at 14:10
Generally they should wait until January.
September 29, 2020 at 14:27
My Visa was Approved on 25 September and I checked CEAC data it’s shows Refused and now again it’s changed into Ready.
Is it Normal or something goes wrong I am really worried.
I was Approved and they should issue the visa before 30 September 2020 or they can issue the Approved Visa after deadline.
September 29, 2020 at 18:20
It’s normal – patience.
September 29, 2020 at 15:08
Refreshing every social network within every 10 minutes, getting crazy while waiting for the decision of the judge. What calms me down is that if Mehta wanted to refuse the extension, he could do it faster, so maybe they are solving official documentation for the extension to be filled.
Do you think that the chances of getting extension is higher than to get refused?
September 29, 2020 at 18:21
I have already made my thoughts clear.
September 29, 2020 at 15:38
Hi Brit, just wondering did you already asked to XARTHISIUS to update the CEAC data?
Also wanted to ask you people at KCC process DS and documents in general from all the regions in one pile or they process DS and documents by regions?
September 29, 2020 at 18:38
1. We will extract at the end of the month.
2. I don’t know.
September 29, 2020 at 15:43
My Visa was approved on 25 September 2020 and I checked CEAC and the Status was Refused and again the status was changed into Ready I am worried and My question is as below.
1. It is Normal or something goes wrong.
2. Visa was approved and they have to issue the visa before 30 September or they can issue after the deadline because it was already approved.
September 29, 2020 at 18:39
2. They can print it after the deadline but it must be approved and allocated prior to the deadline (unless extended)
September 29, 2020 at 16:00
Embassy in Pristina just gave us passport today with visa to around 30-40 people in just 4 working days, all of that. They also gave a letter that let us know that we cannot travel to US until 31 December. Brit, what if trump extends for another 3 months or 6 months, an they reissue visas again?
September 29, 2020 at 18:42
The lawyers raised that, but we will have to see whether that is stipulated in the order.
September 29, 2020 at 16:35
Is Trump capable of extending the travel ban beyond 2020? If he’s reelected
September 29, 2020 at 18:48
September 29, 2020 at 16:41
Hello Brit. This is my first time on this site. I will describe my situation. I am a citizen of Russia, the main applicant, my husband is a citizen of Kyrgyzstan. Yesterday we were interviewed in Bishkek, approved 3 visas for me, our daughter and my husband’s son (all citizens of the Russian Federation). The husband was denied because he is a citizen of Kyrgyzstan. Our family is divided. Please advise whether we can somehow influence the situation so that the husband is issued a visa, or this is the end and the consul will not reconsider the decision under any circumstances.
September 29, 2020 at 18:50
Your chance to ask for a waiver was during the interview. You can ask them again, but they will probably decline the request – so then your only option would be to sponsor him from the USA. If we get an extension, there might be more chance of sorting something out.
September 29, 2020 at 19:42
Hello. I’m a winner of dv 2021 with case Number 36xxx. I sent ds 260 on June, 16. What is my chance to be invited to interview?
September 29, 2020 at 19:56
No idea. No region.
September 30, 2020 at 03:40
September 29, 2020 at 19:30
Hi Brit, I am a DV-2020 winner and I never submitted my DS-260 or emailed my docs to KCC (I did receive the email). I have been hoping to only submit them if there is an extension, as if I don’t get a green card I will likely apply for a nonimmigrant work visa in the future, and I don’t want to make an unnecessary act of intent to immigrate. However, do I read your updates correctly that I would need to submit my documents before the end of tomorrow to preserve my win in case there is an extension? Or is it already too late?
Also, I have moved country since I won the lottery – is that likely to be an issue?
September 29, 2020 at 19:55
It’s too late. There are plenty of people that acted in time, so they should get their chance before you.
September 29, 2020 at 20:23
I had my interview today in Argentina and the visa was approve!!!!!!! Just need to be printed before tomorrow midnight
September 29, 2020 at 21:07
September 29, 2020 at 22:10
You’ll hate this question buttttt, why would they issue visas if we aren’t allowed to use them? I’m grateful that they issued them but I’m just wondering!
Is anyone/lawsuits fighting the travel ban? So we can stay up to date..
September 29, 2020 at 22:31
LOL. That has been the only way we made any progress in this lawsuit.
The president has power to stop entry to the USA. Lawsuits up to now have tried to challenge that but failed. There is a current lawsuit that is again challenging that in this cae about the 10014/10052 immigrant bans.
But faced with that, we could either have laid down and accepted Trump won, OR we could have found a way to get around it. We did the latter. By establishing that the right to block entry does NOT stop them processing and issuing, we got some progress. That only worked for DV2020 because no other visa class could successfully argue that they were being irreparably harmed. DV could.
So now people are receiving visas that will be valid until around March. Things will look different by then. Trump may not be living in the Whitehouse, COVID might have improved, the economy/jobs might have improved. Who knows. So – yes Trump could screw us all up again, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it. We are just trying to get as many helped as possible. Every extra visa is a win. This is a once in a lifetime chance – worth fighting for – right?
September 30, 2020 at 11:57
Also it’s best to go one thing at a time.
Hope everything will turn out good for everyone.
September 29, 2020 at 23:44
Dear Simon, I asked you some personal questions via your email. Please reply.
September 29, 2020 at 23:50
I don’t answer questions by email unless they NEED to be asked in private. Your question does not need to be asked in private.
September 29, 2020 at 23:55
I hope you are doing well and safe. I am now in US waiting for my SSN and Green card (entered August 27, 2020). And with decision made by the judge, my wife and newly born kid got the opportunity to process in short time (emailed @ September 22, 2020). To process the newly born baby case (1 month old), it is a must to have birth certificate and passport. However, the authorities obliged me either to avail my self in person or to assign someone. Therefore, I decided to travel to my home country to process the case and what I want to be clear is that:
Is it good to travel back without having the green card? Can I re-enter to US without having the green card. Thank you in advance for your kindly support.
September 30, 2020 at 03:22
The visa in your passport is proof of your LPR status and it will be valid until 1 year after your activation. So – no problem.
September 30, 2020 at 00:04
I’ve been following your blog since late 2018. I am 2020AS20xxx in Group 4. Many thanks to your advice and help, finally i’ve got my visa on September 29th from Jakarta. I must say you are doing a fantastic job for us. I couldn’t thank you enough for everything you have been doing for us. May You be Blessed with all the goodness in the world.
September 30, 2020 at 03:23
September 30, 2020 at 12:57
@Sanni are you named plaintiffs?
September 30, 2020 at 00:45
49 thousand people are praying for the extension of deadline among all i m also one of them? lets see what will be the outcome.Today sep 30…as itself the end of journey for 2020.
September 30, 2020 at 05:55
Thank you so much for your hard working! I’m 2020AS13xxx from Thailand. I’m in group 5.I called KCC many times and last time she told my documents are done& ready for an email. But until now I’m not receive any emails from KCC except the standard email. I also asked from USA embassy in Thailand, they said no my visa no. What should I do? I don’t know how KCC work? Please advise.
September 30, 2020 at 14:31
You have to hope there is an extension.
September 30, 2020 at 08:00
Ill like to know if travel is allowed now?
People who got their visa issued can travel or they most wait until 31st of December?
Thanks for answering me sir.
September 30, 2020 at 11:21
I’ve another preoccupation sir,
After my interview in US embassy in Yaounde on Wednesday last week, my case shaw refused on CEAC, I’ve deposit the medical results yesterday and now it show AP and the last update was yesterday.
My question is if it is normal that the status goes from refused to AP instead of approved?
September 30, 2020 at 13:34
K martial please how can I check my own status?pls help me
September 30, 2020 at 14:43
Suit le lien et rempli ton case nbr sans les trois zero, tu aura le status de ton dossier
September 30, 2020 at 14:24
September 30, 2020 at 14:46
Il faut note que mon entretien avait été positif, le co m’a dit qu’il avait juste besoin des examens médicaux.
September 30, 2020 at 14:27
September 30, 2020 at 11:26
And DV2020 is done n dusted.
September 30, 2020 at 14:24
Dopey comment alert.
September 30, 2020 at 11:31
BritSimon, we are super alert for your next post….#2020
September 30, 2020 at 11:42
Awaiting update **
September 30, 2020 at 11:36
Hi Brit ,Dv2020 I was interviewed asked to provid i-134 I did but status update on September 30 Refused still,is it normal that the consulate refused a visa without given a raison that they’re refused you a Visa? Is it possible to ask them to review the case in case we get extension?
September 30, 2020 at 14:23
You are in AP until you provide the I-134. If we don’t get an extension, then your case is ended. You must hope for an extension.
Which embassy was it? Why on earth did you go to the interview without an I-134???
September 30, 2020 at 13:03
Hello Mr B..Am focusing 2022.Have they announced date?
September 30, 2020 at 14:13
September 30, 2020 at 13:07
When will the DV 2022 lottery be open for new applications?
September 30, 2020 at 14:13
September 30, 2020 at 14:22
Hi Simon, I wanted to share my story here in case anyone finds it helpful and hopeful.
I’m a DV2020 winner with a VERY high case in the SA region. I was part of group 5 until last September 22nd. The US embassy in my home country contacted me to schedule the interview, but I’m currently residing in another Latin American country for work. I could not travel to my home country due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions and mentioned this to the consular unit.
On the 23rd, I got a response from them suggesting that I contact the US embassy in the country where I’m residing. I honestly lost all hope because I had already asked KCC to change my interview location back in May and they said it was not possible. But I did it anyway, and got a response the next day saying that they had approved my case to be scheduled here. They were going to contact the other US embassy in my country and ask them to send my files.
On Friday 25th, I got the interview appointment notification letter, but the interview was scheduled for that same day and I couldn’t attend it since I live in a different state. So once again I contacted the local US embassy explaining this and they were SO helpful. They changed my interview date to the 28th giving me time to travel. Not only that, but they also asked the medical center to expedite my family’s medical exam so we could have it first thing in on Monday morning (7:00am) and then run to the embassy for the appointment. It was a long day, but we had the interview and everything went well. The CO, who was incredibly kind to us, asked us some questions and told us that everything looked good with our case, but they couldn’t print the visas. So we left not knowing it we got them or not.
On the 29th, we got a call to go pick up our visas. We got them!! 🙂 We couldn’t believe it! The CO handed them to us and explained PP 10014. Our visas expire in March 2021. He recommended that we follow the news closely and hoped that we have a chance.
I don’t think I would have been able to get my documents in order and myself ready if I didn’t follow your blog. You have helped me tremendously and for that I’ll be forever grateful.
Thank you so much, Simon! Your work is so meaningful and important for all those like me, dreaming of a better future through the DV program.
Now let’s pray that we can travel before March 2021??
September 30, 2020 at 14:35