Updated info below!
Really great news – President Biden has stepped in and revoked PP10014. He even referred to DV2020 in the proclamation – which you can read here.
Also there is an important announcement from the State department explaining how things will work INCLUDING an NIE for the 14 day restrictions – so that is not a concern for the DV2020 visas issued cases.
How does this affect DV2020 cases?
For people with unexpired visas, and you are not subject to a travel restriction you can (and should) travel immediately.
If you are subject to a 14 day restriction – there is a blanket NIE granted as shown in the Dept of State announcement linked above.
People that had visas issued in September but that visa has expired, you should be covered by the recent order – so hang on for clarification. The lawyers will be asking for clarification for those cases. They are working on it. Patience.
For people that did not get a visa in September or had their interviews cancelled, you will have to wait for the outcome of the Gomez case (April, maybe even May).
The lawyers are still fighting to increase the number of visas in Gomez too – again – we need to wait for the final outcome.
How about DV2021 cases?
The revocation will help get DV2021 going and there is specific language in the Dept of State announcement that speaks to getting the embassies going.
The Anunciato case will continue to try and protect the 55k visas, and to force the government to act on the cases.
February 28, 2021 at 18:32
Yesterday I tried to travel but I didn’t because of CBP and Homeland security instructions. The controller told me to ask embassy.
This morning I sent a message to the embassy and their answer is likely the pp10014 is rescinded.
Tomorrow I will go see the airplane company to show them the email from embassy.
Need your advice. Thanks a lot again.
February 28, 2021 at 20:03
My advice is start paying attention. 10014 IS rescinded – not “likely”. I have no idea what CBP or HS instructions stopped you from travelling – be more clear.
February 28, 2021 at 20:10
I don’t know, but I tried to travel on 22th february before the revokation. Because of some technical issues at the airport, the airplane has rescheduled my trip.
Just to say, they told me to contact US embassy, I did it and the response is clear. I can travel.
February 28, 2021 at 20:11
Can I send you in box the docs?
March 1, 2021 at 15:29
Hello Brits greetings.
Today is already 1st March. When should we holding expired visas issued in September, expect the clearification on the court order to enable us travel like others. Thank you.
March 1, 2021 at 16:43
I suggest you wait, and expect to wait at least a week or two.
March 1, 2021 at 18:40
Thank you very much for your prompt reply and your time.
Sir does it mean the court order shows it is certain we will travel but now, we only need clarification on how we are going to travel???
March 1, 2021 at 19:23
March 1, 2021 at 23:32
Sir , i am visa holder from EU and my visa is going to expire in middle of march ..but i cant travel now for some reason. can i travel usa in middle of april according to judge mahta order and court extension order ?
March 2, 2021 at 00:00
March 2, 2021 at 01:15
Firstly, you’re amazing! Thank you for being a constant source of information during this time. Having your blog to come back to or your twitter to follow in these last few months in particular has been especially helpful. So for that, I am very very thankful 🙂
I am entering the States within my visa validity,… just – YAY! I fly into the US, but then back home less than 48hrs later. I just wanted to confirm that all I have to do to activate my visa is enter the country and I don’t need to stay in the US for a required amount of time straight away.
Apologies if you have answered a question like this recently, I am just triple checking everything before I take off… the final step!! Wouldn’t want to mess anything up now when I am so close!
Your time is much appreciated,
Thankyou again for everything you do!
March 2, 2021 at 19:36
No minimum stay, no.
March 3, 2021 at 05:23
Thankyou! Appreciate it! Have a wonderful day 🙂
March 2, 2021 at 22:40
Regarding PP10052, do you think the administration will extend the same beyond 31st March 2021 ?
March 3, 2021 at 03:10
I don’t know.
March 3, 2021 at 13:05
this Saturday I’m gonna takeoff for USA with my DV2020.
I will stay just a few days in Florida but the permanent address I’ve provided is located in Pennsylvania (a friend of mine).
Should I have to change my destination according my “USA address” or I can enter wherever I want?
Thanks a lot.
March 3, 2021 at 23:51
It doesn’t matter where you enter.
March 3, 2021 at 16:12
I am finally in the US!
I wanted to write you as soon as I got here but I wanted to take my time while writing.
First and foremost I could not have been here today without you dearest Simon. You were the biggest support and greatest advisor.
Sorry for the endless and repetitive questions and thank you for your patience, time and guidance.
You kept my hopes alive and made me persistent on contacting KCC in September. My case number was AS23xxx and thought it was over.
Luckily enough I was interviewed and issued a visa.
Visa issued Sep 28
Visa expiry Mar 21
Boarded Qatar airways, no problems no questions. Entered the US on Feb 27. My POE was JFK (lived there on an F1 for 3 years). The immigration officer and CBP staff were so nice and sweet. I stayed in the waiting area for around 15 mins and in the interview room for no more than 15-20 mins. I was asked simple questions regarding family members, a little bit of my background, my views on what’s happening in my country and travel history! Next was, congratulations and welcome to the United States of America.
Again, I could have not done this without you! Thank you will never be enough.
March 4, 2021 at 00:00
That’s awesome. I knew you had asked many questions, so I checked – I see 112 questions from your email! Impressive! The first was in June of 2019! You and I have spent quite a bit of time talking – I’ll miss you!!
Best of luck in the USA!
March 4, 2021 at 12:54
Oh wow!!! 112 just like the police code in Lebanon lol!
I’ll miss you too, but I’ll drop in and say hello every now and then!
Thank you once again and again!
March 8, 2021 at 13:04
Hi Simon, thanks for all, i am arrived to Chicago 6 march and new in Houston, everything was OK, hope to meet you one day to Thann.
I propose to the all dv2020visas holders to celebrate every 24 february as “BRIT and al. Day”, it was really an unforgetable expérience
March 8, 2021 at 14:17
March 8, 2021 at 14:18
Best of luck in the USA. Dress warm!!!
March 8, 2021 at 20:25
Thanks a lot Simon
March 3, 2021 at 18:27
Hello again Simon, this is Jonathan. Curtis Morrison recently contacted me and he stated that he anticipates that the State Department will try to get Judge Mehta to modify the order, but if they do he would give them notice before he makes a decision.
However, Charles Kuck mentioned in his video update that Judge Mehta ‘confirmed’ that the 6-month extension is still in place. Ironically, Kuck contacted my personal message back and stated that we have until September to enter? Wouldn’t that be end of August, according to Mehta’s ruling(6 months extension from recession of PP10014)?
Lots of contradictory information right how, it seems. I suppose the ‘safe’ option would be to enter the U.S. now(I tried to book a flight tonight)- however, I have been receiving some opposition from family members about travelling to the U.S. at the moment. As mentioned, I have caring duties for my mother, although we have been trying to work through this. So, a tough spot for me at the moment to deal with, and pardon the very personal nature of this query. Obviously, if there is a real likelihood that Judge Mehta’s Order will be modified in the near future, I will almost certainly enter the U.S. by this week. TBH, I generally trust your views above all other voices out there regarding such issues. Thank you, and please keep me in your prayers while I sort my situation out.
March 5, 2021 at 11:53
What do you mean by “the State Department will try to get Judge Mehta to modify the order” – are there concerns that the State Department will try to get Judge Mehta to remove the initially stipulated in his order 6-months extension of DV visas? Or what’s the risk?
March 5, 2021 at 17:18
There is a risk of negotiated changes, OR an appeal. So – travel as soon as you can.
April 6, 2021 at 16:23
Hi Michael and Simon- Judge Mehta stated near the end of his Order on Feb. 19th that he would listen to requests to modify the order if PP10014 is rescinded and/or more NIE’s are issued. Obviously, both things happened in the few days that followed. Now that its April 7th, more than 1 1/2 months since then and Judge Mehta’s order still stands pact- I presume that the 6 month extension is here to stay?
Happy Easter to All!
April 6, 2021 at 17:05
Its not guaranteed, but yes it looks likely to remain.
April 7, 2021 at 02:18
Thanks for the feedback, Simon. Just to clarify- I presume that that the current pending lawsuits that attorneys like Curtis Morrison are working on, ie. Gomez v. Biden, Jacob v. Biden, etc., have no bearing whatsoever on whether Judge Mehta will or will not modify his Feb. 19th order? (I remember reading an update on Morrison’s feed a few weeks ago that the State Department has filed a motion to challenge Mehta’s Feb. 19th Order, but apparently nothing has come regarding that). Thank you again.
April 7, 2021 at 03:40
No planned impact, no.
April 15, 2021 at 02:52
Hi Simon, just a final follow-up regarding this(much prefer not to but in my mind)- I would wish to clarify the issue- According to the Defendant’s(Government) Reply in the Gomez et. al. v. Biden case, filed 03/04/21, it states that “..the issue(time-frame within which DV-2020 holders must travel)is critical and relates directly to what this Court previously ordered….negotiations are still underway, with the Gomez plaintiffs’ having stated they would offer the Government with a proposal yesterday….”. I was unable to find an update regarding this motion, so supposedly, there was no negotiation in the end?
Presumably, if Mehta does modify the Order, it would likely be a reduction of the extension, i.e. 6 months to 3 months. etc? On a side note, I have been given the BioNTech vaccination(Curtis Morrison stated that he is concerned that another COVID strain could ruin all this). Alas, HK still has the draconian 21-day Qurantine policy, as of now at least. Thank you so much!
April 15, 2021 at 03:31
I can’t see Mehta taking time away – but caution on your part would be the smart move.
March 4, 2021 at 01:10
Hi Simon, i’ll be traveling on an expired visa with my family.
My question is will i need to renew our medical again before we travel or a negative Covid test should be sufficient enough for the entry?
March 4, 2021 at 18:25
No new medical needed. As for other travel rules like the Covid test – please check for your journey.
March 4, 2021 at 03:13
They’re not letting us board in Greece. DV-2020 going to NYC. We are not expired. We expire March 14 and Immigration in USA asks for an email of our photos because they say the NIE is not in our visa in our passport
March 4, 2021 at 18:27
I saw this on Twitter and read you finally got boarded. Great news.
March 4, 2021 at 19:32
Yes we went through immigration and we entered USA as LPR’S. Done!!! I hope everyone manages to have their visa and enter. Thanks to all the lawyers but especially you Simon. Your help is tremendous. You always reply here and on youtube and we appreciate your help your support and your advice. From me and my wife a BIG THANK YOU!!!
March 4, 2021 at 19:37
No problem. Congratulations on being Greencard holders!!!
March 4, 2021 at 04:59
Thankyou for everything.
I’m residing in Australia and haven’t been able to leave due to not acquiring an exemption to return back to Australia. My visa will expire March 15th. Do I have any other option to keep this green card? Thankyou! ? If im able to get my dv I am also wanting to reside in Australia a lot longer than 6 months to live during covid. Is this possible ? Thankyou again. Vanessa
March 4, 2021 at 18:31
Judge Mehta created an extension of 6 months from when the PP10014 was revoked. So – you don’t have to worry about the March 15 date. However, I would suggest you activate your visa fairly soon on a short activation trip – then you can return to your home country to clear things up before making the final move.
March 4, 2021 at 11:16
Dear Mr. Brit,
I am winner of DV 2020 with big case number and I was not interviewed yet. Mu Police Certificate expired. And now due to the last updated could you advise should we take the new PC and what is the chance for this Category 5?
March 4, 2021 at 18:39
You should get a new police cert if you can, but as for your chance, no one will know until the Gomez final hearing.
March 5, 2021 at 10:06
Hi Dear Britt,
I am DV-2020 winner. My visa expires on 15th of March and i am from Kosovo.
I will be traveling to US on 13th of March and my flight is Albania-Frankfurt(Germany as Transit) and then frankfurt to New York. Is this affeacted by 14 day ban? Am i allowed to entry if i have my transit through Frankfurt?
Thanks a lot!!!
March 5, 2021 at 17:18
Yes – you have a blanket NIE for Schengen.
March 5, 2021 at 19:10
So i am allowed to enter US with transit in Franfkurt?
March 5, 2021 at 19:14
March 5, 2021 at 19:38
I am DV-2020 winner my visa expires on 15th of March and i am from Kosovo.
I am planning to travel to us to activate my visa on 13th of March.
I will travel from Albania to Franfkurt (Transit wait time 2 hours) and then fly to USA. Do you think this will be a problem because of quarantine rule for schengen countries (Frankfurt is in Germany – EU Schengen Area) or should i change flight and fly instead through Turkey?
Thanks a lot for your help very much appreciated!
March 5, 2021 at 19:43
I had already explained you will be covered by the NIE. No problem. Stop asking.
March 6, 2021 at 09:50
Hi Simon, thank you so much for being a life jacket to the DV 2020 ship that was sinking, I am now in the USA.
Please I wanted to findout, I wish to go out into the UK where I started school sometime early this January. Do I need to wait for my greencard before leaving?. Secondly is there any risk associated to me going to the UK and only coming back here in end of January 2022?
March 6, 2021 at 15:31
No you don’t have to wait.
Please read the FAQ about timeline of absences.
March 7, 2021 at 20:56
Successfully entered into the USA yesterday. Thanks for the great support and encouragement.
God bless you and stay safe ?
March 8, 2021 at 05:00
Best of luck!
March 8, 2021 at 15:12
Hi Brit, thanks for all. Your advices, your posts. My family and I arrived safely in US. You right when you said want and see. As the french say “la patience est un chemin d’or”. Dream becomes reality.
March 8, 2021 at 16:57
I’m glad it worked out. Best of luck!
March 8, 2021 at 22:02
I finally got into the states!
Thank you so so much for your help throughout the years.
March 9, 2021 at 04:45
You are very welcome! Best of luck!
March 8, 2021 at 22:16
simon what about if i sent all required docs in sept 2020, i am dv2020 , will i be sent to the interview? seems like police certificate is expired , do i have to renew it ? or resend them back to kcc ?
March 9, 2021 at 04:47
You will have to wait for the Gomez case to finalize. You could renew the police cert in the meantime.
March 9, 2021 at 02:34
I’m the DV2020 visaholders.
My visa expiration date is 3/10 and the visa will be invalid.
So although the expiration date is March 10th, because Judge Mehta’s recent order, I can still enter the country after the expiration date?
I expect to enter the U.S. before the end of March.
Really appreciate your assistance!
March 9, 2021 at 04:50
Yes that will be OK.
March 10, 2021 at 01:09
Thank you very much for your reply!
I have to wait for mid-April to enter the U.S.
Hope there will be good news then!
March 9, 2021 at 18:18
Am a dv2021 winner, ds260 sent already. My wife is a dv2020 visa holder and she’s now on her way to USA. I’ll like to know if I should send her ds260 or not?
Did her ds260 cause a delay on my case?
March 10, 2021 at 03:05
I think you already asked. The answer is NO. Don’t submit a DS260 for her.
March 10, 2021 at 04:52
Yes. But I did not see any answers.
Thanks sir your help is very precious for us
March 10, 2021 at 06:37
Please, as I’ve already fill it, i should just leave so or there’s a possibility to cancel?
If yes how can her cancel it?
It’s now showing ( incomplete)
March 11, 2021 at 04:02
Just don’t submit it.
March 10, 2021 at 11:44
Hi Simon, few days ago I entered the US on my dv visa and got stamp in my passport. Due to the pandemic, I want to return to my home country after 2 weeks. Can you please help me to figure out how much time do I have for return to the US without any problems? Some people are saying it is six months, others that is one year. What does it look like ?I would also say big thank you for all your help and support to us!!:)
March 11, 2021 at 04:14
Please read the FAQ
March 13, 2021 at 09:03
Thankful to the great people (in this world) like you and our brave lawyers, I and my family became “Lawful Permanent Residents” on 11th March 2021, which is almost 1 year after my DV2020 interview at embassy of USA in Sri Lanka.
Now we are in Houston, Texas.
Once again, a BIG Thank You Brit! Without you guys, this might still be a dream. You taught us the patience :).
We wish you all the very best! Stay Safe!
March 14, 2021 at 22:48
Congratulations, and best of luck!
March 18, 2021 at 01:38
After almost 2 years since being selected for DV2020, I finally made it to the USA and became a Lawful Permanent Resident.
It was quite a rollercoaster ride to get here but that makes this even more precious. Great people like you, all the lawyers and others involved, as well as personal tenacity and belief made this happen.
Thank you for all the information you put up here throughout the years, as well as on other platforms lately. Thank you for your efforts and doing your part in the fight for DV2020.
I followed your instructions and advice at every step of the process, from start to finish. It made a huge difference in succeeding.
I wish I could thank you in person for everything and shake your hand. Who knows, maybe one day I will. 🙂 Until then, I raise a glass for you virtually and wish you all the best!
March 18, 2021 at 03:26
Congratulations and best of luck. I guess you have to change your name now…
March 21, 2021 at 20:45
I am DV visa holder. My visa expired on 16 march. I am planning to travel in the mid of april. Do i need a new medical report? Can i travel with old medical report?
March 22, 2021 at 02:31
No medical needed.
March 23, 2021 at 04:44
I’m wanting to postpone travelling to the US (to activate my visa) a little while as there is currently an exemption to travel overseas and apparently it’ll be really hard for me to re enter OZ upon my return with so many Aussies already stuck overseas. Plus the more people vaccinated the better. Is there a site that will keep me up to date on any changes that might take place? I’m referring more to if they ask for an appeal. And I might just have to fly over there ASAP. I feel bad asking you to keep us in the loop 24/7. Thankyou
March 24, 2021 at 05:26
You can keep an eye on information published by IATA.
March 31, 2021 at 22:15
Thank you for your support and help .. i am dv 2020 Visa holder form EU (issued en September 25) and my visa is already expired in 15 of march .. i booked ticket to usa in 16 of april ..
so do i need any other documents for travel ?
April 1, 2021 at 03:48
Not really – but print out the CBP statement if you like (or the IATA information).
July 3, 2021 at 03:58
Hello Simon, which CBP statement would you be referring to? Could you please post link, please? I am planning to enter and move to the U.S. very early August under Judge Mehta’s Gomez ruling(as I couldn’t make it to enter before my March 17th expiry date due to my caring duties for my mother, and 21-day HK hotel quarantine policy, as I mentioned previously. We plan to hire a full-time domestic helper to care for her, btw).
July 3, 2021 at 16:22
The CBP/CLP statement I just posted.
April 16, 2021 at 15:11
Many thanks for your Great job and with your help to a hundreds of people ?
I am DV2020 winner, in March 2020 I received an e-mail that I have submitted all required documents and ready to be scheduled for an interview. Do I have any chance to be scheduled for an interview on DV 2020 with my case 2020EU22***?
Is there anything I can do to be scheduled?
Need your advice. Thanks a lot again.
April 18, 2021 at 19:52
You have to wait to become current, then hope to be scheduled for interview.
June 3, 2021 at 05:33
Thanks for your Great job and with your help to a hundreds of people.
I’m the DV2020 visaholders.
My visa expiration date is 3/15 and i expect to enter the U.S. next Month.
Do i need any other documents for travel ?
June 3, 2021 at 18:43
June 3, 2021 at 18:45
Actually, print this document which has the CLP phone numbers if the airline has any concerns. Arrive at the airport with plenty of time.
July 3, 2021 at 03:55
Hi Simon, thanks again for your support. Could you post the link to the document with the CLP phone numbers? I am planning to move to the U.S. very early August, and current plan is San Fransisco. Thank you so much, Sir!
July 3, 2021 at 16:20
Here you go.
You may want to check with the airline and perhaps even the embassy, because CBP have screwed up a couple of times on this recently causing disruption for people.
July 3, 2021 at 16:36
Thank you again, Sir! Yes, I will pass that as well as the State Department statement to the airline- https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html
I’ll contact the US Consulate here in HK to reconfirm as well. I’ll also need to pass this to my shipping company as they require evidence of a valid visa before confirming shipment. Thanks again.
July 3, 2021 at 16:38
Yeah, in that case, something from the embassy would be wise.
July 2, 2021 at 12:35
I am about to travel on my expired DV2020 visa (valid because of the litigation). Do you have any recommendation of documentation to bring to the airport to explain this when checking in?
July 3, 2021 at 16:01
Ask the airline if they understand the rules. If not you might need to print the various state dept statements, or even get something from the embassy. CBP should know, but I do know of a couple of recent cases where they had problems – so get it worked out before the day of travel.
July 4, 2021 at 01:55
Thanks again for the advice, Simon. Just a quick follow-up- besides CBP messing it up in some recent cases as you mentioned regarding passing the info to the airlines(and logistical companies?), have there been any issues that you have heard of regarding DV 2020 holders whose visas have passed the date having problems with Immigration officers at U.S. Point of Entry? Supposedly, they of all people should be aware of this sort of thing…thanks again.
July 4, 2021 at 16:02
No problem at POE – it’s all about being able to get on the plane.
A couple of people were told (at POE) that they needed new medicals. That should not be necessary, but if you want to be extra safe, you do do that.
July 4, 2021 at 16:26
Thank you, Simon. In the worst scenario, would be be allowed to have the new updated Medicals done in the U.S.? I have so many things already on my plate in preparing to move to the U.S….
By the ways, folks, Jordan Cunnings from the Innovation Law Lab mentioned this important point to me in an email, namely, “the extension is not automatically six months- your visa is valid for the initial period for which it was issued.” In my case, my initial visa validity was around 5 months and 21 days. May be important if we are counting the days before our U.S. flight, thanks..
July 4, 2021 at 16:35
They can parole you in and require a medical after entry, yes.
Interesting point on the validity – seems accurate, but I’m not sure CBP officers would understand or calculate the nuance.
July 4, 2021 at 18:30
If you have already been issued your diversity visa, does it expire before 12/31?