The new Visa Bulletin has been released. This one would normally be the bulletin controlling interviews in March, but of course we can assume that KCC will not schedule interviews in February because nothing has changed, from their perspective. The ban is still in place.
Even with the new administration it is not clear whether KCC will start scheduling interviews in the remainder of January (for March interviews). The next “changes” that could cause them to start scheduling will be:
- The 10014/10052 ban being successfully challenged in court or removed by executive order.
- A change by the Biden administration of the status of the embassies to instruct them to schedule DV case interviews. Again, this could also come from a court order.
AS I mentioned last month, the Annunciato case is a good opportunity to have the 10014 ban removed. There is a hearing today on that case at 10am Pacific. We will not get a decision today, but the hearing should be interesting. Here are the meeting details.
Webinar ID: 160 659 5725
We are also waiting for the Gomez appeal outcome, which again seeks to challenge the ban itself.
So here are the VB numbers:
|Region||All DV Chargeability Areas Except|
Those Listed Separately
|AFRICA||14,000||Except: Egypt 10,000|
|ASIA||6,200||Except: Iran 3,800|
|NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)||6|
and the CARIBBEAN
Again, we can see the numbers have only increased slightly, and is lower after six months than normal. That should not be a surprise really because this is an abnormal year where NO cases are being scheduled yet. That means the VB should not be increased much as there were already enough cases that were ready for scheduling from the earlier numbers. That is how the VB works, and you should NOT be calculating expected final VB numbers based on the month to month progress. To understand why that means case number increases had to be small this month, watch the video posted below.
To those new to looking at VBs, let me explain what the “except” XXX country means. Some countries have been called out as “exceptions” meaning that selectees chargeable to those two countries (regardless of where they will interview) are subject to a lower VB number for the month than the rest of the region. This is done to slow down processing for countries with a high number of selectees to spread out the workload over a longer time. Please read this linked article on how to read the visa bulletin.
January 22, 2021 at 15:20
From when interview will start of dv winner 2021
January 22, 2021 at 15:42
I don’t know.
January 22, 2021 at 15:20
When can we expect the decision is final anunciato?
January 22, 2021 at 15:42
I don’t know.
February 7, 2021 at 09:06
Will 2021 dv lottery program going to resume ?if yes, when
February 7, 2021 at 15:48
That is the big question. We are waiting to find out the answer.
January 22, 2021 at 15:30
I am from egypt my case number is AF28300 when can u expect my number plz? Or is is big number and i will not meet
January 22, 2021 at 17:09
I cannot predict that. You just have to wait and see.
January 22, 2021 at 15:32
Hi brit thanks for your efforts my case number is AF 30 thousand when do you think there Wil be asking support ducument thanks
January 22, 2021 at 15:55
What I can say is Biden will not remove proclamation. I think he even does not give a damn about it. We 2021 winners will have a chance if only pandemic is over, Rest is nonsense.
January 22, 2021 at 16:21
How sad to live in a world where everything you see is without hope. I would hate to be such a negative person.
January 24, 2021 at 22:21
The problem is not about not having hope. The problem is the blind faith you put in Biden just because you hated Trump. I remember calling you out over that right here.
Did you see your savior Biden imposing additional COVID travel restrictions while ending the Muslim travel ban?
That makes it time to forget about him being a savior and start leaning on hope right?
January 24, 2021 at 22:29
Actually if you had been paying proper attention I had said that I expected additional travel restrictions to be put in place because of COVID. Stop talking like a petulant child.
January 22, 2021 at 15:57
Good work Brit, thank You for your enormous support
January 22, 2021 at 16:15
Thanks Brit, you are wonderful.
Courage to the lawyers who fight for us. I am convinced they will win.
January 22, 2021 at 16:41
Dear Brit ,
Thank you for your positive thoughts.
I am a Visa holder expiring in March hoping for the American dream for more than 1 year
I left my apartment in december for contract issue hoping that the ban will be lifted in december, my wife left the job for the same reason, me too. I left all I had believing the american dream and hoping from the American justice and decente of the new president. Anyway I still hope that every thing will be better and waiting and seeing hoping not forever.
January 22, 2021 at 17:12
Let’s hope this gets resolved soon.
January 22, 2021 at 17:17
Based on the current events, is there any possibility the VB become current? i mean real possibility, not just hope
January 22, 2021 at 17:54
I don’t think so – but who knows what else this year has in store for us.
January 22, 2021 at 18:03
Sir but if they want to give visas as maximum as possible before the end of the FY the only way is to make all regions current in summer. Because with only six months and covid situation in some countries it’s almost “impossible” to process more than 50%. And people in countries with less covid impact cannot just wait because the VB progress is impacted by the closure of ambassies in some countries. It’s my opinion.
January 22, 2021 at 19:04
Yes, I understand your point – but that would lead to an unfair situation where rank order doesn’t matter anymore, and chaos disorganization. So – as I have said to others, they might go current, but that should not be the outcome according to how the lottery process is supposed to operate (as written in the law).
January 22, 2021 at 19:33
Yes I understand sir. But why for dv2020, with only about 12k issued in March, they decided to make all regions current? I know that there is more selectees for dv2021 than dv2020, but if we take dv2014, there were about 140k selectees but all regions go current in summer. Why?
If all regions are not current in summer, it means only more less 20k visas might be issued. It’s so sad to wast another 35k visas for dv2021 too.
January 22, 2021 at 20:07
Last year had far fewer selectees, so they were able to determine that remaining visas were higher than remaining demand and there was time to get through the cases.
2014 had very different conditions and is not comparable, but it is NOT correct that it went current in ANY region. There were cutoffs for all regions.
January 22, 2021 at 20:16
True,sorry sir not all region went current for dv2014.
We will just wait and see. Watching the great Charles Kuck arguments in Anunciato case. Hope the Judge Seeborg will ordee the issuance of visas.
Thank you sir.
January 22, 2021 at 18:48
Thanks, so in my case with CN EU20K i should see for any trial with the advocates 🙁
January 22, 2021 at 17:50
really brits we are all in the same situation, we cling to the hope and efforts of the new government and may God be by our side. thank you very much mr brits
January 22, 2021 at 18:54
my question is the following . why publish a new visa bolletin if things have no changed? i think things are moving in our favor.
January 22, 2021 at 19:38
Hello Brit! Whats going to happen with dv2020 visa reservation(55000)? Do we have a chance for that? Thank you!
January 22, 2021 at 19:57
We have to wait and see.
January 22, 2021 at 20:45
When do we have a date for a decision towards dv2020 visa reservation? Thank you!
January 22, 2021 at 21:45
January 22, 2021 at 21:15
Is there any chanses to cancel whole Dv2021 ?
January 22, 2021 at 21:45
No. People are getting visas in DV2021 right now – AOS cases.
January 23, 2021 at 00:17
What is AOS?
January 23, 2021 at 00:26
Adjustment of Status (people already living in the USA on a non immigrant visa)
January 24, 2021 at 18:14
Can I adjust status if I just entered the country a few weeks ago on a non immigrant visa?
January 24, 2021 at 18:22
If you are a DV case, there are some risks associated with doing that. If you think it is somethbing you want to try – read the link below.
January 22, 2021 at 22:03
Hello! Is it possible to get more than 9095 visas based on your opinion???? Dv2020 29k here . Thank you sir!
January 22, 2021 at 22:59
The lawyers will argue for that. Whether it happens or not – I can’t predict.
January 23, 2021 at 00:07
Simon, I need your help with something… I know this year is very different and all but, with a EU6XXX case number, if I want to be interviewed in June or July; when should I submit my DS260? (I have not submitted it yet).
January 23, 2021 at 00:16
June interviews would normally be arranged in April, based on cases ready for interview at the end of March. So – arrange to submit your DS260 in February, and submit documents in mid March.
January 24, 2021 at 18:12
Thank you sir. I certainly hope we will have a chance to get our visas processed. I am trying to remain hopeful but I am starting to fail at it.
January 23, 2021 at 00:27
Hi Brit, let’s say if Biden removes the PP ban on the 29th of this month,
1.do you think the VB will move fast than usual considering the few months left.
2. Will there a be cut off should VB don’t go current for the few months left?
3. If let’s say the lawyers are able to fight for all 55k visas to be issued and we got just two months for the FY to end thus DV21, will there be an extension for?
January 23, 2021 at 00:28
Will there be an extension for us?
January 23, 2021 at 06:30
I dont know
January 23, 2021 at 02:21
Dear Mr. Simon,
What becomes of people whose case numbers were placed on January Visa Bulletin? Will they be scheduled for an interview before March people?
January 23, 2021 at 06:27
Once interviews start, any current case could be interviewed.
January 23, 2021 at 07:55
Hello mr the state travel web they removed the pp10014 if u do any search u will not see they are only talking covid19 negative test haw can u describe this tnxs
January 23, 2021 at 10:37
Nope its still there and in effect. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/extension-of-presidential-proclamations-10014-and-10052.html
January 23, 2021 at 17:06
I describe it as being your mistake.
February 26, 2021 at 15:09
hi Brit thanks for your kind gesture if ur on case number AF79xxx will u be schedule for the interview too or you might be slated out since they need just 55000
February 26, 2021 at 22:42
It’s a high number so there is a risk.
January 23, 2021 at 09:18
I am current since 2 months and have not received ready to schedule email, if the ban lifted this month there will be any chance for me to be interviewed in March or April my Case number 2021AS00004xxx.
Thank you in advance.
January 23, 2021 at 17:09
No interviews are being scheduled yet.
January 23, 2021 at 11:31
Dear Brit namaste,
Once the KCC starts the DV processes, is there any possible that they will do the remaining process and interview in faster rate. As we have lost more that 5 months???
January 23, 2021 at 17:10
I don’t know.
January 23, 2021 at 13:02
Good afternoon Brit, hope you are doing great.
I was a dv2020 selectee. For some reason I didn’t submit the ds 260 last year. Since there is a case going on, and we may win the 9000 visas, can I submit the ds 260 now for gods sake and see how it goes? Any chances there?
January 23, 2021 at 17:13
January 23, 2021 at 13:25
DV2021 entry was with passport information, It should be international travel passport.
What if somebody used local passport (ID card) number and has been selected?
And also for DS 260 it should be international passport.
Could it lead to rejection on interview?
Is it possible to request KCC about passport info you used in first lottery entry form,
and if it with mistakes update it ?
If it not possible, how can we act on the interview?
January 23, 2021 at 17:16
2. No. I suggest you wait until interviews have started, if they are refusing cases like yours, you will know to not waste the money on the interview.
January 23, 2021 at 21:18
I am 2021AF26*** I studied in India for 3 years and came back to my country Burundi. I´ve tried to obtain the police certificate from India, in vain.
I already submitted my Ds260 and the documents with an explanation for the missing police certificate).
I read this:
« Unobtainable police certificates
If your police certificate is unavailable per the country-specific guidelines above, you do not need to submit one. If you cannot obtain a police certificate for another reason, please submit a written explanation when you submit your other documents. »
From reciprocity page
Comments: « Police certificates are only available for Indian nationals and non-Indian nationals currently living in India. Indian police certificates are not available for foreign (non-Indian) nationals applying outside India. »
What would you suggest me to do?
January 23, 2021 at 22:49
The instructions are saying you do not have to provide a police cert for India.
January 24, 2021 at 00:16
Did you received the email grom KCC asking for documents?
January 25, 2021 at 20:05
No, I didn’t. I just sent them like that.
January 23, 2021 at 23:09
Hi brit hope you doing OK I just have a problem like my name is changing it my name is
mohamed Osman Yusuf so the sistem is registered
Mohamed Yusuf Osman ist gona efectin it my chances and how I cane make corrections blz give me advice thanks
January 24, 2021 at 00:25
You are unclear, but the DS260 should have the correct legal name and you can also list other versions of your name in the other names section..
January 24, 2021 at 05:48
Dear Mr. Brit, i write this with A LOT of surprise Am even still shaking. I just checked my status, and i have been SELECTED for DV 2021. Imagine i was so used to not being selected since 2011 that this time around, i took 6 months without checking…
Please advise me. When do you thiink 2021AF00026xxx will go current for processing. I intend to to ADUSTMENT of status.
Thank alot Brit. May God bless you lots
January 24, 2021 at 05:50
I meant ADJUSTMENT of Status…Like i said, am still shaking…
January 24, 2021 at 05:54
This year is a strange year. AOS cases aren’t blocked by the ban, but consular processing cases are, so that is slowing the visa bulletin numbers. I suggest you read some of my recent articles to catch up.
January 25, 2021 at 04:02
Thank you Mr. Brit.I read your articles. Its interesting since KCC are not scheduling cases, you would expect them to rush through the cases quicker, since nothing to slow them down.
January 24, 2021 at 07:01
Greetings sir Brit
From Africa 2021AF00019**
I submitted my ds260 since the 7 September and until tesfitnow I haven’t received any email concerning submitting documents
Wanted to ask if I can email KCC to verify what is happening or for any updates from them?
January 24, 2021 at 17:14
You can email them.
January 24, 2021 at 16:27
When Trump took of the Schengen ban from 26 January, then Biden staff said they are against that, but no word when trump extended pp10014. Until that day I was very optimistic that Biden will lift it, but this silence from his staff, I guuess they want to stop
immigration at least until April. And on Friday on court, they defended. It’s wierd to me. My hope is court or goverment to reissue visas. Even though on me there is still little hope for 29 january ose february 6 anuciato case.
January 24, 2021 at 16:29
Loosing hope everyday on this year’s dv . As we loosing more more months this year than last year and many were not given visas last year. So, obviously no chance that many will be issued visas this year when we already loosing 4 to 5 months.
Interviews should highly started than still waiting.
Let them make the hopes come true.
January 24, 2021 at 17:50
what is the best scenario for DV 2021, and worst scenario…Do we have a chance to get interview?
January 24, 2021 at 17:59
I’m certain that at least some interviews will happen, but cannot predict how many.
January 24, 2021 at 18:38
Thank you. Fingers crossed.
January 24, 2021 at 18:28
Hello sir, what are the chances of Biden administration not only not removing the ban but extending it?
January 24, 2021 at 18:33
You don’t mention which ban, but I’ll assume you mean PP10014. Unlikely, but possible.
January 24, 2021 at 19:16
You dont feel very optimistic that Biden will remove the ban after friday conference.Things changed for bad, I guess. Hoping for visa reissuance.
January 24, 2021 at 19:41
That’s not true at all. I remain very optimistic that Biden will remove PP10014. But it doesn’t harm to have a backup plan.
January 24, 2021 at 19:59
Brit i am following you for almost 2 years, and followed all your advices, feeling optimistic like you but these days, since Biden took office and none of his staff talked about the ban, doesnt make me optimist now. Based on the news that i’ll be reading, usa is gonna start to normalize after early weeks of april, and i guess that is the reason why biden is not removing the ban, since pandemic is his priority and i am ok with that. One thing which would feel right, is this administration to have a deal with aila or other immigration laweyrs that people to get a reissueance of visas if expired and to let people to
immigrate in usa during the summer or after april. Everyone would be happy in this deal.This way, they are making us anxiouns for almost 1 year, and its going on and on and on.
January 24, 2021 at 20:14
It is January 24. 4 days since Biden took office. There are massive problems in the USA left by the previous administration. People are dying. It is far too soon to be complaining that they are doing enough to solve the DV lottery problems – surely you can see that?
January 24, 2021 at 20:23
That is why I am saying to have a deal for reissuance of visas and not deal with DV people, and we can immigrate in usa after april or in summer. I agree that, even I, if i was in place of Biden, that last thing in my mind would be to deal with dv program. Usa and world is suffering with something bigger than dv program, but Biden staff for immgriation and aila can have a deal to assure people that can immigrate in usa, but not now. That would be the deal to benefit to all.
January 24, 2021 at 19:23
Yes, I meant that one, I am sorry for not specifying. That breaks my heart, thank you for answering. DV2021 needs a win soon.
January 24, 2021 at 21:33
Biden to reimpose the Shengen ban and expand it to include South Africa. I hope he will have exceptions for immigrant visa holders. Otherwise only the Court can save DV2020 visa holders.
January 24, 2021 at 22:14
January 25, 2021 at 00:23
Was just watching a video stating your case number is hole I did not understand properly what it meant does that mean I am disqualified or my case number is still good to go.
I checked on ceac data my case number is say hole can you kindly confirm again please what it meant 2021OC0162
January 25, 2021 at 13:50
In this case it means you didn’t follow instructions. You should remove the leading zeros.
January 25, 2021 at 05:16
Dear brit if youdont mind can i get you personal email please thank you
January 25, 2021 at 13:52
I ignore emails that do not need to be sent by email. britsimon3 at gmail
January 25, 2021 at 06:09
“the numbers have only increased slightly, and is lower after four months than normal”
This one is the sixth bulletin for 2021
January 25, 2021 at 13:55
January 25, 2021 at 10:32
Hi BritSimon. I would like to first and foremost thank you for all efforts you put in to help us .I am a DV2021 winner currently living in South Africa but my country of eligibility is Congo . I filled my DS260 since July 2020 and my interview location is Johannesburg/South Africa. I have seen that Biden has extended the xenophobic ban on countries like UK, brazil, and he has added South Africa . My fear is that this ban can take long and affect my case processing as the Embassy might still be closed due to Covid19 which is hitting this country so badly . Do you think I could unlock my DS260 and change my interview location to Congo ?Please I need your advices on this matter
January 25, 2021 at 14:07
First, it is not a “xenophobic ban” – people saying that are trying to wind up anger. The truth is that is a sensible measure – and one I warned would be implemented. SA is included now because there is a new even more deadly variant appearing there. But, the measure is a 14 day quarantine period, that is all. So as long as they don’t refuse to process because of that restriction, it really should not be a problem.
For now the more difficult problem is 10014. Wait and see if that is removed, then decide whether to move embassies or not.
January 25, 2021 at 16:23
Hi brit. I am also a victim of the now SA added to the shengen ban. So i i understood your earlier response to flame,
1. You meant its subject to the 14day quarantine meaning as long as one gets the visa and quarantines for 14days in a non-Shengen-Sa area, they are good to fly subsequently to the usa.
2. So by estimation, for about how long should one consider switching embassies if conditions remain unchanged?
3. Is it legal for KCC not to process cases in the shengen-sa area should pp10014 be removed.
4. Kindly provide a link so i can read more about this shengen-sa ban.
January 25, 2021 at 18:10
2. Well, everything is held up by the 10014 ban and also embassies being closed. So – you would have to consider those factors and also your case number.
3. That is debateable. But that has been their policy and procedure in the past. So we might have to sue.
4. I expect it will be announced/published later today.
January 25, 2021 at 17:33
What concept about dv2020 winner who don’t have second letter. Whose case no. Is so high.any expect from biden .
January 25, 2021 at 18:10
All those people can do is wait and see what happens with Gomez.
January 25, 2021 at 20:30
Is the case Anunciato to reserve 55k visa regardless of time? Or is it possible to continue visa processing after September?
January 25, 2021 at 22:56
Processing does not normally continue after the last day of September. So – if the Annunciator case is won, that might be something the lawyers add on.
January 27, 2021 at 16:46
Hi Brit, with a case number AF23***, when is it recommendable to submit the ds260? I haven’t yet submitted it.
January 27, 2021 at 18:13
Personally I would wait a couple more weeks, because interviews are not happening right now anyway – so it would be wise to see if that gets resolved.
January 28, 2021 at 16:45
Hi Brit, my case number is around AF23***. I haven’t submitted my dd260 form yet.
Please, am I late with the submission. If the answer is no, when is it recommendable to submit it?
January 29, 2021 at 00:11
You are not too late. You could submit that anytime in the next few weeks.
January 30, 2021 at 15:00
Mr. Brit, Hi my case number for DV2021 is about AF43XXX! So do you think that I will be scheduled to interview although this high case number? Second was it very early to submit my DS260 January 27, 2021?
January 30, 2021 at 16:19
I don’t know whether you will get a chance or not.
February 2, 2021 at 05:51
Good afternoon brits. What sense does it make when visa bulletins keep coming out little when interviews are not even being conducted? So far, no case has been handled .
February 3, 2021 at 04:32
I have explained that before. AOS cases continue.
February 2, 2021 at 10:42
Hi Brit, Thank you for your valuable advices. I am DV2021 winner of AS36K. already submitted my 260 in Oct 2020 and hope to get the document submission letter. Do we have a chance to get the visa as high numbers? Does president Biden give the chance to extend the time of visa processing? Is there any possibility to ignore high numbers?
February 3, 2021 at 04:41
Your number is very high as you know and therefore is very risky, but I can’t offer any accurate prediction.
February 9, 2021 at 18:17
Hi Brit, Thankyou for all your effort. My case no is AF294** and I submitted my DS260 in September 2020. I am worried that I haven`t received email asking for documents until now. Is this normal or I should contact KCC? Do you know anyone with the same or higher case number, that received the email requesting for documents? AGAIN THANK YOU for the info and guidance you provide.
February 9, 2021 at 21:07
It’s not unusual that you have not been asked. You must remain patient.
February 12, 2021 at 15:18
I am DV2021 Case number AF6XXX.
I sent the documents last September, but I didn’t receive confirmation till now. is that normal.
Other thing I want to join Greg Siskind’s case for DV2021 or to be in the waiting list. how can I join?
February 12, 2021 at 20:20
Email KCC to ask about your documents.
Greg is maintaining a waiting list if Anunciato does not become class certified. You can email him.
February 14, 2021 at 00:16
i am winner dv2021 what is the greg email please .
February 14, 2021 at 01:53
February 13, 2021 at 18:45
Thanks Brit, for the effort you are putting into helping DV winners. Since COVID19 has caused all these problems relating to DV processing, why should they allow new applications for DV2022? Why won’t they hold on, to process DV2020 and Dv2021 cases affected by all these bans, then resume the DV program when things normalize globally? Thanks
February 13, 2021 at 19:54
Because the process is carefully described and controlled by laws made over 20 years ago, not what we think is smart today.
February 17, 2021 at 23:15
Hi boss brit I want to ask you about visa additional for dv from 55k to 80k is it true?
February 18, 2021 at 05:14
It is just a suggestion.
February 19, 2021 at 21:00
my number was in the 4000 range for Africa but i have never been asked to send my documents for verification should i keep waiting? i already filled my d260 form
February 19, 2021 at 21:10
I suggest you email KCC and ask if you should send your documents.
March 18, 2021 at 07:42
Is it possible to receive a migration visa if was denied a non migration Visa?
Can non migration Visa denial affect the migration Visa acquisition ?
March 19, 2021 at 04:01
Depends on the reasons for the previous denial, but usually it is not a problem.