The government has announced details about the new rules that will be in place for entry to the USA from November 8, 2021.
The new policy can be read here
The CDC website that has some additional detail is here.
Basically the new policy means this:
All immigrants (such as DV) are excluded from the policy because they are expected to be vaccinated during the pre interview medical.
Anyone entering the USA should show a negative Covid test (taken within the previous 3 days prior to travel in most cases). This is true whether vaccinated or not (shorter window of time for unvaccinated).
The CDC link above lists the accepted vaccinations. It has not listed some of the locally available vaccines, so the list may change over time.
Since the embassy approved physician will know what vaccines are available in the country, they will (I believe) have some latitude to allow a person to travel (by giving an approved medical result) if the vaccine is not available within the country. However, they may require the new immigrant to get vaccinated upon entry to the USA. But in any case, if you can get vaccinated, for goodness sake DO THAT! Numbers in the USA show without any doubt that the vaccines are safe, and very effective.
October 27, 2021 at 03:05
Hope you are doing well,
You said that all immigrants including DVs do not need proof of vaccination because that is required pre-interview. So, what about those people who already hold a valid immigrant visa (such as the IV they give DVs before getting a GC at PoE upon entry) and were not asked proof of vaccination at any stage of their interview (because it was not required then) ? Are those considered as foreign nationals that need proof of vaccination or do they fit into the same category as those new immigrants who are being required the proof pre-interview now?
Thank you in advance Brit.
October 29, 2021 at 02:50
Get the bloody vaccination and remove the concern!
October 27, 2021 at 07:28
Thanks you sir, for the update.
October 30, 2021 at 11:07
I am a winner of 2022 dv but when I was applying I didn’t include one of my kids because he wasn’t with me. Now that he is with me can I add his details to DS 260 visa application? Thanks
November 2, 2021 at 23:40
My recommendation is to not proceed with your case as you will be disqualified.
October 30, 2021 at 17:35
Hi, I have a problem with the photo toole. I took the lottery photo . I took it from a photo shop and everything is fine. I also checked it from the website on which you made a video, but when I entered the official website PhotoTool, it tells me your photo has been rejected for following observations, what should I do?
November 2, 2021 at 23:46
I don’t know – I have no idea about what observations you were told.
November 1, 2021 at 19:54
Hi sir. Appreciate all your efforts Brit.????????♀️
I’m a dv22 winner, single applicant, CN~ 1300 from Iran, DS submitted May 19th, received the DR email from KCC on Oct 19th. Sent my docs the same say. My chosen embassy is Yerevan, Armenia.
Since my case number is current for Nov based on VB, what is your prediction? Do I have a chance of being DQed any soon? So that I be able to be interviewed in Dec. Please give me your comments regarding my case.
kcc changed the auto-reply format after sending documents. “It is no more says allow 3-6 weeks for documents to be processed” I’m really concerned about my chance. Please help
Thank you very much.
November 5, 2021 at 23:19
No predictions but you won’t wait too long because of the low case number.
November 7, 2021 at 08:18
Greetings from Russia. My parents are the DV lottery winners for the year 2022. Their case number is 2022EU000043xx. Due to the fact that they’ve been pondering whether to proceed with the process and move to the US ever since they found out that they had been picked, they did not file the form DS 260 or collect any necessary documents for the KCC. Basically, they haven’t done anything to initiate the process. Therefore, I just wanted to clarify whether it’s too late to begin the process. Given that, based on the visa bulletin, this case number is set to become current in November, would the KCC reject such a belated application and just move on to evaluate higher case numbers? Could you please give me a rough approximation of the DS 260 application deadline in their specific case? I was told that they have all the time up to the summer of 2022 to gather all the docs, submit the application and still theoretically get an interview. Thanks in advance.
November 13, 2021 at 08:59
It’s not late fill in the Ds260 and send in the docs asap , who knows it’s never to late
November 13, 2021 at 15:44
November 9, 2021 at 08:30
I am not sure if you would know the answer to this but ill try you,
What happens if you had your DV21 visa approved and are yet to fly over? When I had my medical examination, having the two covid vaccines was not a requirement.
Please note, I have my 2 vaccines (CDC approved).
November 13, 2021 at 16:08
November 9, 2021 at 13:55
Hi BritSimon, thank you for all your good work.
I am a dv2022 selectee. I received a document request. One of the documents i am sending is a Police Clearance report from Japan – where i once stayed for more than 12 months. The police clearance came in an envelope addressed to the United States government; to be opened by the addressee only. My question is, should i send a scanned copy of the envelope or go ahead and open and scan and send the clearance certificate?
November 13, 2021 at 16:18
Read the reciprocity page for instructions, and if in doubt, scan the unopened envelope unless they tell you otherwise.
November 23, 2021 at 15:12
I have been selected for DV2022 and my case number is 60xx. Today, I haven’t yet received my second notification letter. I have filled and submitted my DS 260 in July 2021. Is there something wrong ?