*** Update: there may be a hearing later today on this report – details to follow ***
The governments lawyers filed their report as instructed by the Judge. AS I understand it they filed it a few minutes before the midnight deadline!
The report itself contains a lot of information for a person interested in the DV lottery process. Sometimes people assume I have inside information and must be a government employee, but in fact I have in the past used similar court testimony to piece together the puzzle of understanding how they work, and this latest report/declarations has similar revealing information.
But to the substance of the report. The numbers given by the government are somewhat “odd”. They make it sound like they have been working tirelessly and have done all they could have done. As we know, that is not the case.
They say they have issued 1009 visas since the order and scheduled over 700 interviews. I suspect a large number of those 1009 are simple re-issuances which took little or no effort. The 700+ scheduled interviews ties with the data extract Xarthisius took on Saturday night.
They claim there have now been 12,641 visas issued in DV2020. Oddly they claim that by March they had only issued just over 11,000 visas but we actually know they had issued 12,611 visas by March and 12,850 by July (using their official data). So – something isn’t adding up because despite adding 1009 visas in the last two weeks, they year to date number is 200 visas LESS than it was in July. I have already emailed the legal team with that information because I know they are looking to analyze the report provided to the Judge.
I’ll continue to study the report and look for inconsistencies.
If you would like to look at the report Curtis kindly made that available here.
September 22, 2020 at 13:38
Thanks Brit. Hopeful this can save the situation ?
September 22, 2020 at 14:05
Thank you so much Mr. Brit Simon!
You know I am DV2020 winner with the high case number from EU, and have asked you a lot for already a year about DV2020!!!!
Just Thank you for all you have done for us! God Bless!
September 22, 2020 at 14:09
Kuck posted on his Twitter that today is hearing an 4 o’clock. Is that a hearing which was supposed to be held at 25th of September?
September 22, 2020 at 15:53
Thank you mr Britsimon judges and THE aila for your info guys you all are making it POSSIBLE for us to be with our family we all are hoping praying that everything work out for US DV lottery 2020/ 2021/2222
September 23, 2020 at 00:02
September 22, 2020 at 14:11
Am from Nepal. I have not received any calls from embassy about mu reschedule. Previously my interview was on 08 April 2020 which was cancelled due to covid.
September 23, 2020 at 00:02
Call the embassy.
September 26, 2020 at 04:14
I called 3, 4 times and mails more than 10 times but the response is normal. In Nepal thye re-scheduled upto 25 September, 2020 then remaining days thye didn’t schedule. Now the remaining days are 28, 29 and 30 on that interview can be taken on 28 and 30 but they did not called and mails. Now they will not take any interviews. Nepal embassy is doing wrong and inequality. They reschedule cancelled interviews which was previously scheduled on 06 April 2020. My appointment was on 08 April but they did not reschedule.
September 26, 2020 at 23:18
I have been explaining this already. They could not fit over 2+ months of interviews into 3 weeks. The cutoff had to come somewhere.
What you must now hope for is an extension.
September 22, 2020 at 14:14
Thank you sir
September 22, 2020 at 14:20
Thank you so much Mr. Brit
September 22, 2020 at 15:22
Thank you so much for your info
September 22, 2020 at 15:34
Hi brit …i had my interview today and my prison record letter wasn’t at embassy. i have the recipe for the record off the prison.
they keep my passport byt my status says refused. can you please tell me what does it mean and what should I do
September 23, 2020 at 00:05
It means they are waiting for the missing document.
September 22, 2020 at 15:40
Thank you so much for the update, Simon! Lies, damned lies and statistics? One of the consular officers mentioned at the end of the interview yesterday about the Presidential Proclamation, and I asked her if the Proclamation were to be extended past Dec. 31st, whether we would have the option of possibly having the visa reissued, along with ensuing medical exam; she didn’t seem very optimistic. However, according to http://www.travel.state.gov, it states, “Requests to reissue or replace(immigrant) visas are considered on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants are required to re-establish their eligibility”, and many of us would be on the same boat, if that were to happen.
September 23, 2020 at 00:07
Well the lawyers plan to bring this up on Friday/Monday because the normal procedure is that re-issuances are only done during the fiscal year, so we would need an extension for re-issuances too.
September 23, 2020 at 03:10
Ah, I see. Thank you for the clarification. Fingers crossed, hope for the best.
September 22, 2020 at 16:11
Hi Brit !
You are a ROCK !!!!! man !!!!!!! What a so great job you are doing to help.
Question 1: how do you paid to get all these stuff so well done for “poor people” seeking to come in this country to make their lives a “better bet” ?
Question 2 (Brit, you may not have the answer to this !): Will judge Mehta EXTEND the Spet-30 deadline for 6 or 7 more months (6: the same number of months the DV-2020 has been stopped – since April 2020; actually since March, so 7 months) ? So EXTENSION granted by the judge until March or April 2021 ?
September 23, 2020 at 00:13
1. This is an unpaid hobby. Some people have generously donated small amounts which is money I have spent on things for my daughter.
2. My thoughts explained here: https://youtu.be/0kwRnXBgQYY
September 22, 2020 at 16:25
thank you sir Simon
September 22, 2020 at 16:45
Very nice Brit! Thank you!
September 22, 2020 at 17:09
Visa issuance or AP? Visa’s have not been issued. Interview’s have simply been conducted pending medicals. In my country we were one of the first to be interviewed but no one has been issued a visa just yet
September 22, 2020 at 20:22
Which country are you from?
September 22, 2020 at 17:11
Thank you so much Mr. Brit Simon!
September 22, 2020 at 17:16
t is impressive like the KCC when they called in June-July-August they said they were working on dv2020 and now in September they say they haven’t been working since the pandemic. I am from SA, there are almost no winners in my country and they did not call ANYONE, and they do not process my documents. It’s really frustrating that they want to see your stupid face
September 22, 2020 at 17:22
Thank you for your email regarding the scheduling of a Diversity Immigrant Visa interview appointment.
Consistent with the court order in Gomez v. Trump, the Department of State is making a good-faith effort to adjudicate as many Diversity Visa applications as possible notwithstanding Presidential Proclamation 10014. Please note, however, the DV-2020 Program expires on September 30, 2020 and, in accordance with law, diversity visas may no longer be issued after that date. The Department expects that, due to resource constraints, limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and country conditions, we will not be able to adjudicate applications for all Diversity Visa selectees by that expiration date.
As ordered by the court, we are prioritizing individual named plaintiffs in the court case Gomez v. Trump and its companion cases who are applying for Diversity Visas. Beyond that, we have established priorities based on statutory standards and categories of cases most likely to result in timely issuances for eligible applicants. Accordingly, we are prioritizing applicants who have already been interviewed and who either have been determined eligible for a visa or may be determined eligible for a visa with additional information. We will also prioritize applicants with appointments that were cancelled in March, April, or May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide suspension of routine processing. Diversity Visa Selectees who have heard from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) that they are documentarily qualified, but awaiting an interview date, will be scheduled in accordance with their rank order and post’s capacity, consistent with our standard processes. For more details, see
September 22, 2020 at 20:24
I am from Ethiopia. KCC replied to me that I was documentarily qualified and read to scheduling in February 26-2020.I have not scheduled until now. Totally USA government has not given chance to we Ethiopians. What shall we do Brit?
Thanks for everything you do for us.
September 23, 2020 at 00:21
The only chance is the extension.
September 22, 2020 at 21:03
I’m 2020EU28k, Group 4, not a plaintiff.
Wanted to share my latest experience with KCC and contradictions of their answers.
Side note – my embassy which is not busy with DV cases at all (less than 70 cases in total in DV2020) has already TWICE reconfirmed me that they have the capacity for interview scheduling and that they HAVE NOTIFIED KCC about it. They are willing to schedule my interview as soon as KCC forwards them my case.
Another side note – from the CEAC extracted data (from dvcharts website) I saw that in May my case number was less than 150 numbers away from the latest case which got their 2NL.
Called to KCC last 2 days in a row.
On Monday, September 21 (before the DoS report was issued) they told me that they are still working on plaintiffs. As it turned out later from the DoS report, they have finished work with most plaintiff cases as of September 18 (contradiction #1). I was also told that if I would get my embassy to request my case to KCC, they would transfer them my case.
Called again today and referred to that report and asked since plaintiffs are processed to forward my case to the embassy, stating that I am documentarily qualified long time ago already, my rank number is relatively low and most importantly – referring to DoS guidelines prioritization plan section 4:
“For posts that have additional capacity to process applications and are not exhausted by the three categories above, applicants whose cases are pending with the Department’s Kentucky Consular Center.”
They really were avoiding talking about the latter one every time I referred to that making different excuses about the process to follow and their workload.
Then again they mentioned that embassy must ask for my case to KCC. When I asked them is that’s some kind of new process, they suddenly changed their narrative stating that embassy should not request the case (contradiction #2), but just provide the scheduling availability. I answered that my embassy has done it already.
Then they said that they cannot drop all their work and forward cases just because some applicants call and ask them to transfer case or because some embassy is not busy. I said I am not asking to stop their work, but just asking to follow the DoS guidelines. Again they were avoiding that stating that they are working as hard as they can and I should wait and see if I get the scheduling email.
To every email I have sent KCC I always get the very same copy-paste answers. I don’t think they even read them.
I have a feeling that after the DoS report they have stopped processing the remaining cases any further.
Can someone confirm that their case has moved further since September 21?
September 23, 2020 at 09:16
Hello brit .thank you for your great work.I am in group 5 .I dont receive my 2nl.if time is extension.there have a chance in my case? Agai thank you so much.
September 23, 2020 at 17:02
Let’s see if we get an extension and what terms there will be.
September 23, 2020 at 10:04
Thank you, Brit for this good job! Let God bless you and your family. You are a good guy. I hope to see you one day
September 23, 2020 at 16:27
Thank you brit
September 23, 2020 at 17:21
How is it possible that I sent documents 6 months ago and kcc told me that they could not see if they received or not, and today they tell me never to send anything and that is why they do not process my case !! I cant believe it
September 23, 2020 at 18:01
It is possible that you sent an incomplete set of documents, or the wrong email address, or the filesize sent was too big. LOTS of reasons.
September 24, 2020 at 23:14
Good afternoon Mr. BirtSimon. Once again I thank you for your great work. I would like to know what happens when the case number is skipped in the CEAC data summaries. What I think is that since I’m from Cuba, I won’t have a chance. Thank you very much again. Have a nice night
September 25, 2020 at 03:46
Look up my holes theory posts to understand the case numbers.
September 25, 2020 at 16:31
Mr.Brit I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.We had our interview today and our visa were approved. I was in group 3 in Japan and not plaintiff. I asked you some questions before and your blog helped me a lot! Japanese embassy is working good. Of course I understand this is not for all people due to the deadline. But they are doing great for people in group3 In here. Shout out to the immigrants lawyers who have pro bono cases with their all effort! If without them we couldn’t make it! Once again Brit san I really really appreciate that what you are doing for dv selectees. You are the best!
September 25, 2020 at 22:11
March 31, 2021 at 10:02
Judge Seeborg has extended the briefing schedule on the government’s motion to dismiss the Anunciato case.
It is frustrating for me that Anunciato plaintiffs do not voluntarily dismiss this doomed lawsuit, because when the court dismisses it, it will be used as precedent against all DV lawsuits that follow.
March 31, 2021 at 11:49
But the new lawsuits are based on delays of State Department, KCC and Consulates. Isn’t it a whole different issue? How can the dismission of the Anunciato case affect future DV lawsuits?
April 1, 2021 at 03:33
STOP COPY PASTING STUFF!!!