|Region||All DV Chargeability Areas Except|
Those Listed Separately
|AFRICA||CURRENT||Except: Egypt 42,000|
|ASIA||CURRENT||Except: Nepal 13,500|
|NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)||CURRENT|
and the CARIBBEAN
It’s amazing how the world has changed in the last month. The Global pandemic has already affected so many aspects of our lives, and of course, has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands. Awful, truly awful.
The pandemic has also had impacts on the Green Card lottery process for DV2020. We were already seeing time as a factor in whether people would get a chance or not. And then interviews were cancelled in March, April and May. Some embassies are starting to reschedule some of those interviews
Now as you can see, almost every case number has been made current (the exceptions being in 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, and the effect of the new executive order. It is certain that 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.
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.
For Nepal and Egypt, I don’t know whether we will see an increase in their numbers in the following months. I suspect we will, but I cannot be certain.
It remains to be seen how KCC handle scheduling during the new Executive order. It is possible that they schedule and even conduct interviews during the ban, but perhaps place cases on AP until the ban is lifted. That would be ideal. Of course there is a possibility that the ban is extended, and in that case they would hopefully have time to issue the visas before the September 30 deadline. The deadline itself cannot be moved.
Those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, they can expect their 2NL in about 1 to 2 weeks from now. This is the same every month. VB from the 8th to the 15th of each month (although more recently it has been published a few days later – around the 17th/18th), and 2NLs in the second half of the month. For the last few months there have been 2NLs sent in two main batches, some early (around the 15th to 20th) and then some in the later part of the month. I would expect the 2NLs to have all been sent by the end of this month. The end of the month really means THE END OF THE MONTH. Please don’t waste my time later this month asking about 2NLs. Please. They can be sent right up until the last day of the month.
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.
April 24, 2020 at 22:57
“It is possible that they schedule and even conduct interviews during the ban, but perhaps place cases on AP until the ban is lifted. ”
Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus
24 April, 2020
On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. Routine visas services have been suspended at U.S. posts worldwide, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website
April 25, 2020 at 05:38
Was there some point of this?
April 24, 2020 at 23:46
This was a great news!! May i ask a few questions.
1. My case is EU40***, but yet i have not received the confirm about document satisfaction, so should i ask them again?(how often should i ask if not answered)
2. The Medical document has 1 year of time limit, so is it possible to get medical before interview is scheduled , to save time?
3. I have sent the DS260 in early May 2019, does it mean that is gives some priority? (and if yes – what if KCC will continue not to give answer about documents satisfactory)
Thank you Mr. Simon.
April 25, 2020 at 05:39
1. You can ask them in a few days.
2. NO! Wait until the 2NL arrives.
3. No priority.
April 25, 2020 at 03:25
Hope all is well.
Could you please advise if my case AS27xxx will get interviewed?
Thank you very much.
April 25, 2020 at 05:42
I cannot be certain – wait and see.
April 25, 2020 at 08:53
Hay Brit, my case number is in 13000 plus and I submitted all of my documents in January of this year, do u think I am or will be included in the interview process this time around?
April 25, 2020 at 14:06
I don’t know.
April 25, 2020 at 11:41
Thank you for you job.
Just a question, for us who had an interview on the begin of April, and also sent the documents three weeks before the interview( before the lockdown) do we have any chance to have another date?
If yes i really hope that the embassy did not lost our file 🙂
Best Regard and stay safe
April 25, 2020 at 14:21
April 25, 2020 at 12:00
My case number is AF36xxx.
I had received my 2NL and my interview date was set for May 11, 2020 at 8:15 am but after they sent me a message that my interview was canceled due to COVID-19. Now that they have published this, how will I know that the date of my interview will be sent to me soon?
thank you very much for your help !
April 25, 2020 at 14:23
Communicate with the embassy.
April 26, 2020 at 00:48
when did you get your second letter gbenou?
April 25, 2020 at 14:03
Hi brit i am dv 2020 winner from ethiopia ds260 document &2Nl medical exam finished my enterviw date April 13 embassy close how is next chance please help me thank you
April 25, 2020 at 14:36
Ask the embassy.
May 2, 2020 at 06:09
Thanks brit for help!!!
April 25, 2020 at 14:47
My case no is 2020AF40xxx and i got congragulation letter for documents on march. But my 2nl does not arrived. What do you advise me?
April 25, 2020 at 14:55
April 25, 2020 at 16:27
Thanks a millions for this good news hopefuly everyone will get his interview then Embassies will decided.
Guys let us be patient and things will be alrighty the time will come where we are going to forget about this Virus plz be strong.
God bless you all
April 26, 2020 at 04:34
Hi Brit, Appreciated for your effort to help others! My case number is 2020AF58xxx and I’m hoping my interview until the deadline sep 30, 2020. However, I have a question from your text above you wrote
“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.”
Is it possible to submit I-485 packages and receive visa now so that I can adjust my status after my arrival in USA?I don’t have any clue on this approach, please help me ideas! Thanks Sir!
April 26, 2020 at 04:47
Adjustment of status is a completely different process, and only of concern to those that are already in the USA. If you are outside of the USA you do not use the I-485 process.
April 26, 2020 at 07:41
I don’t want to be happy ahead of time, but it means I have a chance Mr. Brit at Euro 52×××(Armenia), I sent all the documents in November.
April 26, 2020 at 14:15
You should check whether they are satisfied with your documents.
April 26, 2020 at 15:59
April 28, 2020 at 09:58
Before days I aske u about new baby
O aske kcc to unlock my ds260
Till know kcc didn,t send me maill they open my ds260
The bad news is my baby was die after 6 days form birth .
What I shoud do
1/ send kcc again aske them not unlock the ds260?
2/ do I need to provide any docmnte to died baby ?
3/ any advice from u related to Q 1-2 and maybe I miss to aske aboute ?
April 28, 2020 at 18:21
Sorry for your loss.
1. You could contact KCC to explain, yes.
2. Whatever is normal in your country.
3. Nothing I can think of.
April 28, 2020 at 22:01
Sorry for your loss.
April 28, 2020 at 22:20
So sorry for your loss, May Allah grant you babies as your wish.
April 28, 2020 at 23:53
Do not you think it is rare that in the midst of a pandemic they put “current” in all regions? do you think this will continue? I don’t speak English and I don’t understand your video. I am SA
April 29, 2020 at 02:40
It is the best thing they could do. But the remainder of the year is unpredictable…
April 30, 2020 at 11:00
i m wondering about the public charge. i have a friend in usa, he is retired and i saw that the i134 is for who currently work, which form that i m friend can fill as my sponsor to help me.thank you
May 1, 2020 at 00:49
It’s still the I-134. He must be able to show an income.
May 1, 2020 at 14:36
Can he fill the I-864 form ,with the W2?
May 1, 2020 at 15:01
DV cases use the I-134 NOT the I-864.
May 1, 2020 at 21:24
Hello Brit.Is this a real announcement? And if so how should we act.Yhank you
IstRegister the date of the interview! All DV2020 winners who have received an interview date (March-April-May) before the process is suspended by canceling the interview, register without wasting time a new interview date on the US-VISA portal: https: //ais.usvisa -info.com/en-al/iv It is reported that there are active dates at this time and the closest dates are the end of July.
May 2, 2020 at 00:48
You paste the announcement without telling me where you saw that. There are 200 embassies – am I supposed to guess where you saw it??
May 2, 2020 at 00:57
I think she saw it here. I don’t know where is she from but in Albania is the same thing. For now the earliest dates for an interview are in the end of July according to this Website.
1- Is the website official?
2- Why would they not start from 1st July?
3- Does it mean that they are only gonna schedule the interviews from March April May in August September and the rest of the numbers don’t get a chance?
May 2, 2020 at 13:40
I saw Paola there. I don’t understand what’s going on. And how true it is.
May 2, 2020 at 18:13
It is true.
May 2, 2020 at 15:14
2. I don’t know. Maybe they did but appointments were quickly taken.
3. No – it does not mean that.
May 2, 2020 at 15:32
I am in Albania too and this site doesn’t show me any date available, it doesnt even show me July dates.
states: there are no dates available at this embassy.
May 2, 2020 at 18:23
It’s not strange at all – the interview slots are booked very quickly!
May 2, 2020 at 15:39
I try at the same website and it doesnt give me that information.
May 2, 2020 at 13:36
I saw it on an official website dealing with the American Lottery in Albania.
May 2, 2020 at 18:12
Read my answers to another person on the same question.
May 1, 2020 at 21:32
Monica from Cameroon
My case number is 33xxx since I received a message from kcc that my case is current for interview and that my ds 260 cannot be unlocked any corrections should be made at the embassy since then I have not received any message from kcc for my interview and my case number was in visa bulletin for APRIL but I heard others whose case number are also in April Visa bulletin saying they have been scheduled for an interview in May ,so I don’t understand if it’s country by country scheduling as a result of covid 19 or why kcc did not send my own message. Thanks
May 2, 2020 at 00:47
May 1, 2020 at 21:34
Plis answer me sir I’m worried
May 2, 2020 at 00:46
You have to wait for more than 2 minutes!!
May 3, 2020 at 21:20
hello brit i hope you are ok, we already sent my wife’s DS260 (she is the winner) and now i must send my DS260 (beneficiary), at the end to sign and send she asks me for a case number (i know it’s the number) but she asks me for a passport number (here is my wife’s or mine?) it is important to note that it is MY DS260
May 3, 2020 at 23:35
I think you should use the case number without zeroes. For example, AF0005555 you just type AF5555.
May 15, 2020 at 16:36
Hi Simon, my SA37xx number. Do you think I can send the AOS? I lived in the US with F1, thanks
May 16, 2020 at 00:22
Yes – if you live in the USA now and have not been out of status you can submit the I-485 now.
June 8, 2020 at 22:05
You have my admiration for the effort and my appreciation for the time you spend in answering all those questions thus helping all those DV-lottery applicants. So, first thank you.
My case number is EU 48XXX. I have done some calculations, on which I would like to have your opinion.
For Europe there are 30794 winners of a total 83884 winners. So, following that proportion we could estimate that 20062 visas of a total of 54650 will go to Europe. 30794/83884 times 54650. Being generous and setting the mean derivative number to 1.75 per each winner, which means there could not be more than 2000 winners for any given country that will obtain a visa, because no more than 3500 visas or 7% of the total can be issued to any given country. 3500/1.75. Unfortunately, this is bad news for Albania, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, which exceed that number, meaning that a total of at least 6738 winners of those countries have no chance of obtaining a visa. That does not necessary mean that they cannot be assigned an interview date. So, 30794-6738=24056 winners with a probability of being issued a visa. We have estimated that 20062 will be issued for Europe, which should be divided by the number of derivatives, 20062/1.75=11464. 11464/24056 or 0,47 is the mean estimated probability of being issued a visa for DV lottery 2020. It is higher for low case numbers and lower for high case numbers.
I know the odds are against me, nonetheless I filled my DS-260 and I have sent my documents.
After 6 weeks from the date I have sent my documents, having had no reply from KCC and following their own suggestion, I sent an e-mail requesting information about the receiving of my documents. Their reply was as follows; we received your documents and their processing follows the rank number. The cut-off numbers for May were 30000, which indicates that the density of visa issued for that segment of case numbers was low, and it is probable that the density above that number will increase.
How could they process all those documents in a month in order to send to every remaining winner a 2NL?
June 8, 2020 at 22:26
The math is completely pointless. There is no way we can get anywhere close to hitting those limits on countries in the scheduling time that remains. July is gone. We need embassies to reopen very soon otherwise August will also be lost. So forget the math, it’s all now a matter of when the embassies reopen and how they determine who should get the remaining interview slots. It’s going to be a mess.
June 9, 2020 at 08:12
Thank you. What happens if 54650 visas planed for DV-lottery 2020 could not be completely issued? Could the 30 October limit date be postponed, or the laws of US fiscal year do not permit it?
June 9, 2020 at 16:00
Laws do not permit it. The visas certainly won’t all be used – there is simply not enough time remaining.
June 9, 2020 at 08:17
Sorry, 30 September.
June 23, 2020 at 12:08
Will DV2020 winners have any priority or favourablility in the DV2022?
June 23, 2020 at 17:18
No. The draw is always random.