|Region||All DV Chargeability Areas Except|
Those Listed Separately
|NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)||CURRENT|
and the CARIBBEAN
Just to be clear – this Visa Bulletin is about DV2020, NOT DV2021.
Now as you can see, every case number has been made current (with the removing of the exceptions for Egypt and Nepal). That means ANY case number can be interviewed, but of course this will be affected by the status of the embassies in each country. As I have explained, there is not enough time to conduct all the interviews needed, so by making every region current they have at least given cases the best chance possible. Actual cases interviewed will depend on whether people had submitted the required documents, and then embassy capacity. I was concerned that they would retrogress the numbers (reduce them) but I am relieved they have not decided to do that.
This is also very good news for cases wanting to adjust status in the USA as those people can now submit their I-485 packages.
The Executive order that caused a ban for immigration for 60 days is over in a few days and there is no sign of it being extended at the moment, although that is not to see it cannot be extended.
To those new to looking at VBs, let me explain what the “except” XXX country means – and you can also read this post on how to read the visa bulletin.
Processing is spread out over the full year. You can see the progress of the two previous years in this post about basic questions. However, some countries have a high number of selectees and those selectees are concentrated in the lower case numbers. For various reasons, mainly to do with embassy capacity, KCC slow down certain countries as compared to the region. So – in Africa, any case with a case number shown as under the new number can be interviewed but for cases from Egypt, that number is lower. That isn’t a big problem, it just “slows down” those countries a little more than the rest of the region. Since selectees from those countries all have lower case numbers, this slowing down does not present any risk. It does not (at this point) mean they won’t allow all selectees an interview from those countries.
To understand why some countries get lower case numbers, read this article about the lottery draw process.
June 20, 2020 at 01:29
Hlw Brit according to Greg siskind tweet president going to extent April ban is it true.what about view of such disappointing tweet.
June 20, 2020 at 03:24
I dont jump every time someone posts a tweet. Neither should you.
June 20, 2020 at 09:23
My case number is 2020AF39*** I am wondering to ask you if the local field office can process ? if so please guide me .
June 20, 2020 at 17:38
Process what. Be clear.
June 20, 2020 at 20:24
Based on my research, Dept. Of state has instructed the worldwide USA embassy to suspend regular visa services….until US Embassy gets instructions from dept. Of state to resume their services…. whatever the positive situation is in the local country; respective embassy cannot resume the services….
I don’t see any priority for dept. Of state to resume this service before October.
Can we understand that DV2020 is over…
June 21, 2020 at 05:39
Once EO expires on 23rd June; may I request for a video from your end with your thoughts on DV2020.
June 21, 2020 at 18:33
Why? The problem with DV2020 has nothing to do with the EO. The embassies are closed, that is why we are losing time, not the ban.
June 21, 2020 at 18:45
Thank you for the reply.
Any anticipation by when it will re-open?
June 21, 2020 at 20:09
June 22, 2020 at 06:16
Actually, the reply from the embassy of Riyadh says the opposite!!
“As of March 22, 2020, the United States Government suspended routine visa services due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes the Diversity Visa program. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Notification of any interview scheduled will be through the Kentucky Consular Center, not our office. For more information, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-interview.html
Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Embassy Riyadh”
June 22, 2020 at 17:49
The opposite? Opposite of what? I said the embassies are closed (which is because of COVID), the response you posted says the same thing. What is opposite?
June 25, 2020 at 01:03
it’s nor fare. We are all waiting.
June 20, 2020 at 21:12
What your thoughts about AF00062500??
There still any chance?
(Ds260 filled, documents sent).
June 20, 2020 at 21:36
Yours is DV2020 I believe so your case number means NOTHING.
Your chances are based on the reopening of the embassies and whether your documents are processed or not.
June 20, 2020 at 23:50
Another question please.
I have a sister who has an error on her high school certificate.
The error is: there is one more letter on her Last Name.
Should she correct that or it’s ok?
Thank you so much.
June 21, 2020 at 01:00
June 21, 2020 at 13:57
Have you received the confirmation?
June 21, 2020 at 10:37
Trump set to announce new US visa curbs, H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 likely to be affected. Does it mean DV is gonna included too?!
June 21, 2020 at 15:56
How do u know THat???
June 21, 2020 at 17:29
Trump mention yesterday, and it was all over the news. But it seems for non immagrant visa. It does not say nothing about DV
June 21, 2020 at 19:07
I can’t read his mind.
June 21, 2020 at 11:32
Case EU31xxx (DV2020) – I’ve read a few cases in a similar situation to me so just posting this timeframe incase it helps. I submitted DS260 and emailed docs on May 2nd then waited 6 weeks. I emailed [email protected] on the 7th week saying I would like to confirm DS260 and all documents have been received, and got the standard “Your forms have been received and are currently processing…” response a few days later (As Brit mentioned on another post, this is a go away and leave me alone type message!).
It’s my understanding that if the forms aren’t processed by the end of June in time for the Sept schedule then that’s it, game over – but could be wrong there. I could call them at the end of this week but I guess that’s just me trying to feel like I’m doing something when it’s in the lap of the Gods at this stage with so little time remaining. The number of applicants for the country I selected for interview is usually around 20 but again I’m not certain if this affects anything here, anyway hopefully will get news in the coming week.
Thanks for your stellar patience and work with this site Brit, it’s an invaluable resource for all!
June 21, 2020 at 17:01
The Case Number entered is currently unavailable. Please try again later or contact the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) by email ([email protected]) or by phone (Public Inquiry Phone Number 606-526-7500 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT Monday – Friday) for further assistanc
June 21, 2020 at 20:26
Hey Simon. Happy Fathers day if you are one, and if not I hope you’re spending a nice day with your loved ones. 🙂
My question is this. You say that the main issue that can eliminate the chances for DV 2020 winners are the embassies clases, not the EO. Could you ellaborate on that? Could the embassies give visas even with a ban on immigration? And if they do, how do you use them to enter to the US if there is that ban. Thanks for all your help.
June 21, 2020 at 22:27
Remember I am talking based on the ban currently in place. It ends very soon. In May, KCC should have been able to schedule July interviews. They could not because of the closures, not the ban. So we “lost” July for interviews. Same thing could happen in June (for August interviews) unless the embassies are reopened VERY soon.
Of course if the ban were extended or a new ban introduced that could then have an impact, but at the moment that is just speculation.
June 21, 2020 at 23:38
my case # is 2020AS25xxx
I didn’t receive the email confirming my document has been processed yet.
I have valid B1/B2 visa, and my little daughter 8Yrs is US citizen, we are currently living out side USA.
can i travel to the US before September then submit my document for adjustment of status?
June 22, 2020 at 17:35
No – that would be against the terms of the visa and will most likely get you disqualified.
June 22, 2020 at 05:24
If a pregnant and married woman passed her interview and got the visa then born in her original country before entering the USA. Can the new born baby travel with parents or they can move with their baby?
And if they can’t, is there a possibility to make the children follow them after a few years?
Thanks for answering me and have a good day.
June 22, 2020 at 17:46
Yes – I have an article in the FAQ about how to add the newborn.
June 22, 2020 at 15:35
Brit, have you talked to anyone from KCC? Today my friend called them and the lady told him that documents sent in November and January are just lost. I’ve also called to check out my resented documents and operator told me that they can’t see whether KCC received it. Also, what frightens me is the fact : lady told me that maybe they aren’t processing DV2020 documents anymore. Why are they answering different sh*t to everyone? Do you think I should send it third time?
June 22, 2020 at 16:14
Hi, I called KCC today to ask if I should send my docs again and they told me: “It is not necessary, we received them. You only have to wait till we process them”.
June 22, 2020 at 16:45
What the f%^&? Why are they telling me that they cannot see whether documents are received or not? What’s your case number?
June 22, 2020 at 16:47
EU35 … best wishes for all of us .. me too .. today I called KCC .. I received a weird reply .. as the lady mentioned that she couldn’t find my documents I sent last October despite of The fact that I received the auto reply mail confirming that they received my docs and That they are under process ..
Brit .. need your advise ..
June 22, 2020 at 16:51
They also can’t see my documents, but lady told me that it’s normal as there are two different departments. But why they see another people’s documents which aren’t processed yet?
June 22, 2020 at 21:21
You should immediately resend the documents.
June 22, 2020 at 19:27
It’s difficult for me to respond to all the secondhand reports of KCC said this or KCC said that – we don’t know how much of the reports are true, or misunderstandings or whatever. So – as I have advised before, wait for news, not rumor.
June 22, 2020 at 19:45
I agree, whenever I call KCC, I get a different answer. Including this one: “What the lady told you was wrong, it does not work this way…” 😉
June 23, 2020 at 02:23
Brit, should I resend it again or it doesn’t make sense anymore?
June 23, 2020 at 02:27
June 22, 2020 at 15:46
Hello #Brit . persons who have a valid visa from dv lottery will be affected by this new order ?? or will be allowed to fly in June or July
June 22, 2020 at 19:55
What new order?
June 22, 2020 at 19:58
what will happen to those who have a valid lottery visa will be allowed to fly in June or July
June 22, 2020 at 18:33
Do you think its time for us to start the mandamus case ?
June 22, 2020 at 21:13
No – wait a couple of days.
June 22, 2020 at 18:46
Do you think this is the right time to apply for the Mandamus case?
June 22, 2020 at 19:12
There is no chance for Dv 2020 And it is so unlikely. It is waste of time from now on.
So Brits just advice everyone that no to waste time anymore and we all appreciated but this year is not so good.
June 22, 2020 at 20:01
Why would I say that??? You must think I am very unwise if you think I would give that advice. All you are showing is a link about a proposed ban on some non immigrant visa types – nothing to do with DV. DV lottery is not mentioned. So –
1. Wait for the order, not speculation by news outlets.
2. Look to see whether DV is included in the order or not.
June 22, 2020 at 19:55
Trump Order to Temporarily Suspend New H-1B, Other Visas
Walls streets journals reports
June 22, 2020 at 21:57
If I am a lottery winner
In USA alresdy
Before even it’s all started
And I sent all to aos
As I am presented in USA
This order does not effect me right , Brit ????
Thank you for your Reply in advance
June 22, 2020 at 23:11
June 22, 2020 at 22:03
Is it over yet?
June 22, 2020 at 22:45
Omg what is happening with dv lottery2020? ??
June 22, 2020 at 23:30
June 25, 2020 at 19:30
I think DV lottery was build by US government showing their trust and considering US as a big and kind heart nation in front of world public. It considered all the people equal opportunity to come USA rightfully by their luck. DV lottery is considered as a fortune for most of the people so yearly more then millions people fill their form to test their luck and form a millions of stars some of small groups of stars gets opportunities. Consideration US DV program has help many peoples through out the world, but question arise as DV lottery winners has also given their lives for the sake of USA cause DV program was established to diversify the immigrant population in the United States as well as the population in USA.
As talking about the 2020 dv program- i m a winner of 2020 dv lottery program after i was selected i had great hope that i will go to USA as my aim was also to go to USA after my bachelors degree for the further studies(i am a student of IT). My family were also very happy as i recently completed my bachelors degree and at the same time i won dv lottery,so they let me spend as much as money i want and also i have spend lots of my money for the procedure of DV visa such as – passport ( i make my passport in one day form passport office which charge me lot of money) for notary (to translate my birth certificate in english) and for many other purposes, Similarly others like me who were winners of DV lottery 2020 are selected along with their family and If whole family were selected they make mind to sell there properties, they try to sell their properties thinking of that they will be settled in USA and try to sell in very less amount (less then market price to that it can be sold fast).
After Trump administration has extend the ban most people are frustrated and are going to the path of depression. They are been depressed in such a way that it will be very hard for them to be recovered from this catastrophic moment.
This same depression situation is happening to me, not only me but my all family members. Its not that i cant go to USA by my ability but it make me fall down and made me doubt on my luck and fortune. And my inner sole tells me am i an ominous person.
June 25, 2020 at 20:00
June 25, 2020 at 22:32
Good day. My wife is a selectee of DV 2020. Our son was 19 years old, ten days prior to his birthday (November 22nd), when she submitted her DV entry. Now that the result is out and he’s 20 years old and will be 21 on November 22, 2020. My questions are:
1. Will he be eligible or stand a chance of getting the visa when he turns 21 years prior to the interview or issuance of visa?
2. Should in case he listed for the interview and is not considered eligible as result of this scenario explained above, will this affect our chances?
3. When should we start the process since indeed she just saw her result?
Thank you very muh for the reception and I look forward to hearing from you.
June 26, 2020 at 00:05
I assume you mean DV2021, not DV2020.
2. See 1
3. It all depends on her case number.
June 26, 2020 at 00:38
First of all, thank you so much for helping others and sharing your knowledge! I have been reading your articles and watching your videos for hours now. I think a lot of people are grateful to hear/read all the things you say/write!!
I have been selected for the DV Lottery 2021 with a case number below 5,000 for Europe. I was born in Russia, but because I have lived almost my whole life in The Netherlands, I decided back in February 2019 to apply for the Dutch nationality. This whole process of getting the Dutch nationality takes like one year in total. However, after I did an internship in the US in 2019, I registered for the lottery of 2021 for the very first time in October 2019 (with my Russian passport) and I have been randomly selected. Around February 2021 and perhaps earlier I should receive my Dutch passport, but now my concern is whether this can cause any problems, because I applied with my Russian one (which is still valid for like ten years tho). What should I do? Could you give me some advice, please?
Thank you in advance for your response and keep up the good work!!
June 26, 2020 at 00:47
Correction: I applied for the Dutch nationality THIS year, so in Feb 2020, not in Feb 2019. My apologies!
July 8, 2020 at 22:46
Hi my name’s valery I wish to know how did you apply?
June 26, 2020 at 02:29
June 26, 2020 at 02:43
Thank you for your time and answer! 🙂
June 26, 2020 at 05:19
Dear Brit. Please how can I write to you privately in your email? Have some personal worries to seek your opinion please
June 26, 2020 at 15:01
I only respond to questions that NEED to be asked privately.
britsimon3 at gmail
July 8, 2020 at 22:56
Thanks for the help through this trying time of DV 2020
I am a selectee for dv2020 and I was already due for interview
My appointment was scheduled but later cancelled due to the pandemic
Till date I haven’t heard anything from the embassy when I try following up I just get the same email telling me routine visa services are still not available.
The year is already coming to an end and it’s really bad for me because all my hopes my family and my savings was on this lottery
I wish to know if there will be a way forward and if there is a positive response on the law suit filed by the lawyers.
Thanks very much.
July 8, 2020 at 22:58
No news on the lawsuit yet.
June 26, 2020 at 16:23
What is Mandamus please?
June 26, 2020 at 16:27
June 26, 2020 at 22:37
Thank you Mr. Britsimon for the info. I asked you in my previous post when should we start the process since indeed my wife just saw her result, DV 2021? You indicated that it depends on her case number. This is her case number: 2021AF00002061. With this number, what does it mean? kindly explain.
Secondly, do we have to get a link from KCC to access the DS-260 form or are we to just go ahead and access and complete the form on the internet? Please advise me here; what are we suppose to do?
Thirdly, what is meant by the “Case is current””?
Looking forward to hearing from you. Best regards
June 27, 2020 at 05:17
Your number is low so you can complete fairly early and get an early interview if you want.
You need to take this seriously and put in some effort. Read the link below,
June 27, 2020 at 08:51
Is there any new information about lawsuits what is going on in America
We dv 2020 winners were very worried
June 27, 2020 at 17:13
Read my recent articles.
June 27, 2020 at 11:13
China made Corona virus to kill the people
Nd trump made immigration ban for edv2020 winner to make ill the people .wow trump proved that the usa is more powerful country in the world.nd gift us permanent bioweapons (depression ).
Thank brit for your support and guidance.
M dv2020 winner nd I know dv2020 is over .
Its changes our life in worst situations. I left my job, rejected many job offer for dv2020 nd in the end I got nothing .. its really depressive year for me ???..
June 27, 2020 at 11:18
I tried doing the calculation regarding my son who will turn 21 comes November 22, 20202, this year. He was 19 years when we submitted the original entry on October 6, 2019 and is now 20 but will be 21 on November 22. The entry began on October 2, 2019 and the result was announced on June 6, 2020.
As per the calculation in line with what you have previously explained (CSPA), the gap between these dates is 248 days. I added this 248 to his birth day, November 22 and it landed on July 28, 2021. My wife case number is 2021AF00002061
1. Does this suggest that he will be treated as under 21 between now to July 28, 2021? And that he will age out after this stipulated date (July 28, 2021)?
2. With this, does he stand the chance of getting the visa should the interview be done on or prior to this date? I am just surmising
3. What does this scenario means? Please make this issue clear to me.
4. Again please, do you have to hear, or get a link or be authorized by KCC before you filled in the DS-260. Or you just go ahead to fill it in and submit? I asked this question before but you did not respond to it.
Many thanks for your help and clarification.
June 27, 2020 at 17:20
3. Please make questions clear.
4. You can submit before being asked.
June 29, 2020 at 15:34
Good day. I won DV 2021. I played with my son and he`s 20 now but will turn 21 by November this year. I did not include my other children on the original entry as they have aged and are above the age required for inclusion on the entry. My first son is 27 years old and also a permanent resident. My daughter is 24 years old. On the DS-260, there are two questions pertaining to children:
They are: 1. Do you have any children? 2. Number of children.
Regarding the question relating to number of children
1. Should I say one since indeed I played with my son which is under 21 or should I say three even though I did not include my first son and daughter on the DV entry because of their ineligibility but these are the number of children I have. Which answer should I take Sir?
2. Moreover, if I say three, should I listed list all of them on the DS-260 despite the fact that two are not eligible and will not be immigrating with me.
NOTE:, my son who is a permanent residence included me on his documents as a his mother when he was completing documents for the green card and that information is at the embassy
Kindly help me out on how to respond to these two questions in view of the condition explained in this stead.
Thank you as I look forward to hearing from you.
June 29, 2020 at 23:08
1. The question does not ask the number under 21…
2. Yes your DS260 should list them all.
June 30, 2020 at 01:04
Absolutely there will be no effect on my chances when I list all of them.
July 7, 2020 at 11:16
I have a question here: I am DV2020 winner. I am married, I am a physician and I have a valid B1/B2 visa. Can I somehow save my case through the adjustment of status? My wife doesn’t have a valid visa (actually she has, but it expires in 12 days), so can I come to the US and submit I-485 at USCIS for both of us?
July 7, 2020 at 16:16
No. There are several technical limitations, including that you cannot enter the USA with an intention to adjust status, the wording of the ban, and of course, travel restrictions.
July 7, 2020 at 16:47
Hi Brit, if we disregard someone’s intention of aos, and if one could enter the US with b1/b2 visa despite the ban, would it be possible to do it?I know it is not recommended and somewhat unlawful. Thank you for your opinion.
July 7, 2020 at 17:08
Well the ban exempts people that were already in the USA on the date of the proclamation, but it applies to people that were outside the USA on the effective date. So even if there were no concerns with standing law, the ban itself would still apply – and therefore should be applied by the IO..
(i) is outside the United States on the effective date of this proclamation;
July 8, 2020 at 15:52
Good day. My wife is a selectee of DV 2021. My passport expires June 6, 2021. I want to fill in the DS-260 this month July. The question that comes to mind is:
1. Should I use my current passport that expires on the time indicated above or should I get a new passport and then complete the DS-260?
2. Kindly provide me the link or “form ” or “document” that is required and normally used for Affidavit of Support.
3. Kindly show me the supporting link, memo or document of the “Child Status Protection Act” that one needs to show to the Consular Officer in the event where your child is 21 years but was included on the original entry (DV) at the age 19 and in the DS-260 at the age of 20. Perhaps, the consular could request for a provision that support this case of child turning 21.
Thank you Sir and I look forward to hearing from you.
July 8, 2020 at 22:10
1. That partially depends on your case number. If you have a high case number anyway, there is no need to rush.
2. You should have been able to find this in the FAQ. britsimonsays.com/all-about-public-charge-affidavit-of-support-i-134/
3. Again. Searching the FAQ would have helped. https://britsimonsays.com/child-turn-21-can-heshe-get-visa/
July 8, 2020 at 16:40
Hello. My name is Emily. I won DV 2021. I have a little doubt and want you to please clarify things for me. My passport carries my full name Emily Davies Johnson. My birth certificate carries my Emily name as the given name and my father`s name Davies as the surname. I was told and learned that only my father`s name should be on the birth certificate not my husband`s name. According to the authority that how it suppose to be.
My school documents (Diploma & Certificate) and Marriage Certificate carried my name as Emily K. Davies as this was the name I was using before I got married. During the signing of the certificate at the wedding, I signed as Emily K. Johnson because I was now married to Mr.Johnson.
In the area of the DS-260 that calls for full name, I wrote my name as Emily Davies Johnson as it is reflected in my passport.
In the area that calls for other names, such as maiden, professional, religious and name used in the past, I wrote all the other names precisely Emily K. Davies & Emily K. Johnson that I used in the past and prior to my wedding in the space provided for as they are reflected in documents I currently possessed and will be needed like my school diploma and my certificate.
For the purpose of clarity please see below:
1. Full name: Johnson, Emily Davies
2. Other names used in the past: Johnson, Emily K. & Davies, Emily K.
Please advise me as to whether I am doing the right thing or on track in responding to the questions that call for full name and other names: Will this be a problem?
Thanks for your assistance and I would like to hear from you.
July 8, 2020 at 22:14
Yes that’s fine.
July 9, 2020 at 01:02
My case number is low as indicated by you in previous communication. With said low case number, Should I use my current passport that expires on June 6, 2021, having a 10-month validity or should I just get a new passport and then complete the DS-260?
Please advise and thank you for the patience and reception.
July 13, 2020 at 16:44
Hi Brit, Hope you are doing well.
1. Isn’t it unusually late for Visa Bulletin this month? It’s 13th today and it’s not yet published.
2. Does Visa Bulletin get published online on the same date which is mentioned at the bottom of the bulletin?
Thanks in advance!
July 13, 2020 at 17:00
2. It varies each month.
July 13, 2020 at 18:31
Thanks for the reply.
Regarding #2 – what I mean is, does Visa Bulletin published online on the same date which is at the bottom on that bulletin? For example, date at the bottom of the Visa Bulletin for July 2020 is ‘June 9th, 2020’. So, was this bulletin visible on 9th June itself or it takes them some days to upload copy online?
July 20, 2020 at 14:00
Hi Brit, VISA Bulletin for September 2020 interviews is published. This bulletin does not provide statistical country & region wise breakdown for DV-2021 results. So I guess, we will have to wait for next month’s VISA Bulletin for the same.
July 20, 2020 at 14:03
July 27, 2020 at 15:06
Hi,Brit i had sent my all document. My cn 2020af619** .my email [email protected]. when my interview time and date. Pleas help me.
July 27, 2020 at 19:18
You might now get an interview. The immigrant ban and embassy closures have affected your case. If the ban is blocked, then maybe something can happen for your case, but since you don’t mention that you received the ready for scheduling email, I would say that it is likely you will NOT get an interview.
July 28, 2020 at 11:27
I just would like to ask a question. I’m not very familiar with all the rules but I know my mother-in-law she has a dv-2020 here in Japan but I believe the embassy still closed she has a pretty low number and we’ll really believe that she would have made it. My question is…. is it possible for someone currently outside the country to actually go to Hawaii for example and getting interviewed there? TIA
July 28, 2020 at 19:53
There are various reasons why she cannot do that.
August 1, 2020 at 07:12
I understand. Can I ask you…..so if the bulletin says CURRENT what does that mean???
August 1, 2020 at 14:55
Please always check the FAQ
September 24, 2020 at 03:35
Greetings sir. Please I wish to know if the ESTA(electronic system travel authority) is compulsory if I have to travel to the US from Africa given that I will transit through Paris??
September 24, 2020 at 04:56
If you have an immigrant visa you don’t need an ESTA.
Be careful about travelling through Paris as doing so causes a problem with the Schengen area ban.
September 24, 2020 at 10:45
Alright thanks so much for the prompt response sir.