Due to the embassy closure of the US embassy in Yemen, all Yemeni selectees need to reschedule their interviews to another location. As I mentioned in this post I have helped a young man from Yemen change his embassy choice a few weeks ago. In the past few days I got involved with another case and emailed on the selectees behalf. yesterday I got the auto reply response and this morning I received a bizarre “standard” response as follows.
Thank you for your inquiry.
Once the DS-260 has been submitted, the Interview Location can only be updated by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). Please send your request to [email protected]. You will need to include information that explains why you need the interview location changed.
If you need to change your interview location because your residency has changed, you will need to include the previous address and the new address in your email. You will also need to request that KCC unlock your DS-260, so that you can update your application with your new address.
When inquiring about the status of your case, you must provide the Principal Applicant’s full name, complete case number, and date of birth in the following format (MMDDYYYY) as entered on the original entry. Please remember that the Kentucky Consular Center is a document processing facility, and cannot advise you on whether or not you will qualify for a visa. Only a consular officer can make that decision.
That response is extremely unhelpful and left me with the impression that the email to KCC was missing something, so I called KCC. During the call I confirmed that the email response a red herring – in fact the KCC representative was kind enough to confirm the interview has been scheduled for May 5th (in Jordan). This is excellent news and of course the selectee can expect his 2NL confirmation within a few days. THe email describes the “normal” expected process for an embassy reschedule – but that is not required in the special case of Yemen.
So – this has confirmed a few things. KCC are still treating the Yemen reschedules as a special case. They DO NOT need the DS260 to be unlocked, and they will simply schedule the case for the requested embassy within a day or so of receiving the request. It also confirms they are able to reschedule to any embassy the selectee chooses, although the selectee must be sure they can travel to that embassy without concerns.
Rescheduling interviews in Yemen update
March 18, 2015 at 17:44
Thanks Simon! for the call lol 😎
March 18, 2015 at 18:05
thank you for your own information and helped . we really appreciate it .
March 18, 2015 at 18:23
Thanks for you efforts.
I recieved a massege from KCC on March 12th informing me that my interview location was changed from Sanaa to Riyadh. I would like to know whin will they send me the next massege that inform me the interview date. I sent DS-260 on Augost 2nd 2014. My case number is (AS000005XX)
Looking forward your soonest reply.
March 18, 2015 at 19:02
You will get the 2NL in the next few days (up to 1 week)
March 19, 2015 at 14:59
first thank you for helping us .
I’m from Yemen i would like to change my interview location to become in Cairo -Egypt.
the following is a good letter , if not help me please:
To : [email protected]
Name : last name, first name, meddle name
Case number: 2015AS00008xxx
Birth date : September 25,1977
;Dear Sir/ Madam
As you certainly know , US Embassy in Sana’a has suspended consular operation in Yemen
.Therefore, could you please change my interview location to Cairo – Egypt
March 19, 2015 at 16:12
You need top include your current address and an address in Cairo.
March 19, 2015 at 16:43
Thank you, BritSimon
March 25, 2015 at 14:55
first of all i would like to extend my greeting and gratitude for your informative site and tremendous initiative of helping people who are struggling to find answers. Thank you so much
Relatively, to your respective earlier topic. I have received the same response as you had, which made me confused however, after reading your post i got clear image. my question is :
what do u think , Do i need to follow up with KCC by phone call ?
March 25, 2015 at 15:01
You can call if it makes you more comfortable – but there is probably no need. The email response is very confusing and unhelpful – but it is their standard reply to these matters – so I think you are OK…
March 25, 2015 at 20:07
Many Thanks Brit
Undoubtedly, You are right. I just got my my 2NL this evening Thanks God. However, i still have some questions regarding the translation of documents and Medical Examination , I hope you can advice me if don’t mind.
Should i do it in Yemen or Egypt ?
Thank you for your precious advice.
March 25, 2015 at 20:41
You have to do the medical exam in the country where you will interview. I would suggest doing the translations there also.
March 29, 2015 at 16:51
I received 2NL befor three days It was schedule my Interview Appointment
in Cairo on (5/4/2015)
I want to change my Interview Appointment because Yemen Airports closed
due to the security situation caused to fly prohibition
Please advise me to make a form letter to the US embassy in Cairo
speak to them change my Interview Appointment
March 29, 2015 at 20:20
Once your interview is scheduled you have to contact the embassy to change. You need to do that if you think you cannot travel.
July 24, 2015 at 20:13
In the 2NL the interview post will it be located base on your residency or on you home country nationality?
For Instance, I am from Yemen and living in Sudan.! So, please. where do you expect me to have my interview. as I will be current next month?
U.S embassy in Cairo as it the designated Embassy for Yemenis OR U.S embassy in Khartoum where am I living at the moment, also I have mention in DS-260 my present address in Sudan.
Please your advice is highly appreciated.
July 24, 2015 at 22:36
You should interview at the embassy near your home. So – Khartoum.
July 25, 2015 at 06:55
Should I inform KCC to change the interview location as they put the post in 1NL Cairo or they will do it automatically in the 2NL to Khartoum.
IF so; please send me the email format for changing the interview location, which I would send to KCC.
Again thank you and have a nice day ahead.
July 25, 2015 at 14:32
I assume they will change it automatically – but it would not harm to write to them. I wrote example emails before – you can adapt the version in the link below.
July 25, 2015 at 15:10
Thanks a lot Mr. BritSimon.
October 13, 2015 at 20:23
Hi BritSimon, is the option of changing interview locations only available in dire circumstances? I have selected South Africa as my interview location in my DS260 but as I have a super high case number AF51xxx and not likely to become current I now need to go with Plan B which is to relocate to the UK. I do want to keep the DV option open so should my case go current I would then like to be interviewed in London. Kind Regards, RobZA
October 13, 2015 at 22:51
Go ahead and move, then once you have moved you will update your DS260 (by unlocking). That will not be an issue.
March 26, 2016 at 18:50
I am from Yemen and i was supposed to have my interview on 06 of April in Algiers, i booked my flight tickets and i am ready to fly to Algiers one week before my appointment, to attend the interview, but unfortunately on 23rd of March, Algerian government starts to apply entry visa for Yemen nationality, till now they did not mention the visa requirements and i am feeling cofused, as well as other Yemen people who has visa appointment at the US embassy at Algiers.
I need your advise what to do in such situation:
1_ wait untill getting the visa requirements from Algerian ministry of Exterior, which will be announced by tomorow as per the Yemen Embassy in Algiers.
2_ Contact the US embassy at Algiers to postpone my interview one month in order to be able to get an entry visa to Algeria.
3_ Contact the US Embassy at Algiers and ask them to send my file for another US Consulate in another country , and in this case how much time the file transferring will take ?
Finally, do you think that the US government will do anything concerning this matter, especially that they choose their Embassy at Algeria as an alternative for Yemen Yemen DV winners 2016.
Thank you so much for your cooperation.
March 26, 2016 at 19:20
Obviously you have to wait to see what the embassy say tomorrow. Both the delay or transferring to another consulate are risky. The US government cannot control other governments – so there is nothing they can do.
March 29, 2016 at 14:24
Nothing has been announced concerning the Entry visa to Algiers for Yemen Nationals ! So, would you recommend me to transfer my case to sudan especially that i have a green light from the US Embassy in Algiers ?
Thank you for your great help and support.
March 30, 2016 at 02:18
You can try that, yes.
March 27, 2016 at 00:04
I have similar situation. Contact me plz to coordinate wht to do on [email protected]
April 5, 2016 at 22:28
my case no is 2016As2XX and I had my interview on 4th of JAN in Mumbia consulate. the Co told me that my case unusual and he needs time. This process will take from one week to two weeks and he said if nobody contact you, you contact us. I have contact them twice and they reply as
Your application remains pending under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for mandatory administrative processing. U.S. immigration law requires that additional steps be completed in some cases before a file can be advanced for adjudicative review.
The Department of State is continuously working to expedite visas. Please be assured that we will contact you as soon as your case is processed to conclusion. You can also check the status of your visa online at: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/.
Now, it is more than three months with no idea when they will proceed. What do u suggest me to do. I am planning to request them to transfer my case to Aljera because many people got their visa approved at the same day especially they know yemenis situation there. what is your suggestion please?
April 6, 2016 at 00:29
You just have to wait. You cannot transfer the case now.
April 12, 2016 at 07:18
I transfer my interview to another embassy because Algiers don’t allowed to yemeni to come in when will I get 2N and when will be my interview
April 12, 2016 at 17:27
Sorry to interfere !
But i have the same problem of Algerian Visa, if you could tell me to which embaasy you transfer your case, i am planning to transfer also ! But i could not get another embassy till now !
Thank you for your reply.
April 13, 2016 at 17:39
Thank you so much for your help and support for Yemeni Nationals.
The problem now is not just one case, two, or three cases ! It is a problem of all Yemeni DV winners who are scheduled in Algiers, we can not reach Algiers and show up at our interviews. So, do you think that KCC can do anything regarding this matter. For me, i have tried to find another US embassy to transfer my case to, but till now i got two apologies from two embassies !! And i think this is happening with another persons.
What do you suggest for us to do ?
Thank you again for your valuable help.
April 13, 2016 at 19:42
If a case has not yet been scheduled it is a matter for KCC and the process is quite easy. However, if the case is scheduled already at the Algiers embassy then it must be handled by a transfer from Algiers embassy to another embassy. Cairo may be a good option (if you can travel there), but they are not obligated to accept the request. It is best to ask permission of the receiving embassy as you have already tried, but if you cannot get that permission, one thing you could try is to ask Algiers to transfer the case anyway. That way Algiers embassy can ask Cairo on your behalf and may get a different answer. This approach is risky – but you may be running out of choices! Let me know how that goes.
April 13, 2016 at 22:06
I send to embassy in Malaysia and Cairo I am waiting for replying from them which embassy do you try to transfer
April 13, 2016 at 22:10
if I get respond from them to accept me I will tell and could you tell if you get accepted from embassy that you send to it.
April 14, 2016 at 18:16
Ok Abdulrahman, sure we have to cooperate !
Thank you Brit for your reply
April 14, 2016 at 20:13
where the country have you try to transfer to it
April 14, 2016 at 20:23
can you help us a lot of yemeni winners they choose Algiers to do the interview but Algiers don’t allowed to yemenis travel . Can you try to locate country to us like last year when you transfer yemeni s winners from Cairo to Algiers . what can we do?
April 14, 2016 at 20:26
can you help us a lot of yemeni winners they choose Algiers to do the interview but Algiers don’t allowed to yemenis travel . Can you try to locate country to us like last year when you transfer yemeni s winners from Cairo to Algiers . what can we
April 14, 2016 at 21:33
I am one of Yemeni winner who choose Algeria for interviewing but as the others I couldn’t travel.
So I immediately send emails to US embassy in Algeria asking them to transfer my file to Malaysia. After one week they have replied me and told me that your file is now with us embassy in Malaysia.one day later us embassy in Malaysia contacted me and gave me a new appointment in Malaysia .
So for brothers who have the same case like me ,don’t be afraid and contact us embassy in Algeria asking them for transferring to Malaysia.
April 14, 2016 at 21:40
That is what I have been advising. BUT Before anyone does that, they must consider whether they will be able to travel to Malaysia for the interview. You must also realize that a foreign embassy outside the region may have different language issues, and may not be aware of education or other documents produced from Yemen. That in particular is why the “official” advice was to transfer Yemeni cases to Algiers or Cairo.
April 14, 2016 at 21:50
For Yemeni people entering Malaysia ,no entry visa is required from them.My friends already booked and traveled to Malaysia and find no issue with travel trip.
April 17, 2016 at 22:36
Hello I have the same problem what email address for Algeria did you use to get your case transfered to Malaysia?
April 20, 2016 at 18:56
You can use this email address [email protected]
and it need about one week to get their response
May 11, 2016 at 18:19
the embassy that I will do my interview there .they send me that my case is ready for interview two weeks for this massage. But I did not receive my appointment for my interview .how long it take to receive appointment for interview.
May 11, 2016 at 18:37
I don’t know. Be patient.
May 20, 2016 at 15:48
The document for interview
I-134 and taxes paid just this paper or
they need for w2
May 20, 2016 at 16:09
I-134, 1040, W2, Payslips and ID
January 6, 2018 at 16:04
My interview appointment was scheduled in Djibouti January 31,2018. When i contacted to counselur of US embassy in Djibouti requesting a change of date, explaining the reasons why it is hard to show up on time, then i have recieved an automatic reply telling me that i should be present in Djibouti 2 weeks earlier before the scheduled date of the interview and that medical exams should be done and served in Djibouti before they can reschedule the interview appointment. It was a long message that i was unable to understand fully. Can i send it to you via email?
January 6, 2018 at 16:53
It sounds like you understood enough to know what to do – but if you want, send it to britsimon3 at gmail.
January 6, 2018 at 17:54
In fact i am lost. I thought it was just as easy as it is over once the request is sent and all i could do is wait but the response was overloaded with a lot of instructions. I am going to send to you the response to your email right now