OK – so let’s talk about DV2021.
Unless you have been living under a rock you will have heard me saying for some months now that the revocation is not the only hurdle we will have. There are many more concerns for DV2021. So – first let’s lay those concerns out there so that everyone is clear.
- PP10014 was the reason that many embassies were using in responses to applicants to say they were not interviewing any cases. So – their standard replies will change now that is no longer an issue.
- The embassies are in various states of reopening according to the Diplomacy Strong plan implemented by the Department of State. The Diplomacy Strong plan set out the conditions that should exist for each of three levels of reopening. The three levels determined the level of resources at the embassy (Level 1 up to 40% staff, Level 2 40 to 80% staff, and Level 3 80%+). The link I just gave shows what conditions should be in place in the country where the embassy is located, in order to decide which level the embassy should be in. Based on the resources (staffing) the embassy would prioritize which types of cases they would take on. In November, the DoS announced it would now be up to the embassy themselves to decide what cases they would take on. So – they might take some immigrant cases, but perhaps not all immigrant cases. Therefore the embassy opening is going to be different, embassy by embassy.
- The Schengen and similar geographic restrictions remain in force. Hopefully, they will be removed once more effective/sensible measures are in place. But the countries themselves are not helping. The UK for instance is leading the world in its vaccination program, and is seeing a large reduction in new cases as a result. The rest of Europe is not doing as well. While large numbers of cases, or new strains are being seen, the US government would be unwise to remove restrictions without very powerful measures being enforced (mandatory in USA quarantine periods for instance). So – DV2021 applicants will have to consider these restrictions for a while yet.
- Some Embassies are now informing people in some locations that they will not conduct interviews for people affected by the Schengen bans. That is arguably as bad (not legal) as the previous behavior to not issue visas that could not be used. However, as I have said before the 14 day restrictions are less overtly wrong, and couple with the Diplomacy Strong framework and embassy decision making ability described above, I suspect it will be hard to counter their behavior. The lawyers will try, but there is a possibility the restrictions will remain. I have said before many times, no Judge can order embassies to put their staff in danger. So the embassies will retain discretion. They could, however, be asked to find other ways to interview people that would then spend a 14 day quarantine period in a non restricted country.
- KCC is the bottleneck through which all DV cases have to pass. We know that their previous procedures with the documents have been extremely badly implemented and will confuse and confound the situation. But even if that were resolved, KCC have lost a lot of time to do their work, since they reduced their staffing levels during the last few months. Unless KCC increase the workforce dramatically and quickly and/or change their procedures, there is no doubt in my mind they would not have enough time to process and schedule all the cases needed to fill the 55K quota. They work with contract staff, so I am hoping the Anunciato case results in an order that they gear up their staffing to appropriate levels to handle a higher monthly volume of cases than they have ever handled before.
- I have mentioned before the Muslim ban effect. Of the 130k+ selectees this year, 15K were barred by the Muslim ban, now revoked. That adds to the pressure on the system (the system being KCC, background checking agencies, physicians, and the embassies themselves).
- The DV2020 Gomez case continues. If that case is finally won, at least 9095 visas will need to be processed – meaning about 4500 cases. Some of those cases were already moved to the embassies, but still there would be an impact of that win on the embassy capacity. Of course there is a chance that the lawyers manage to secure more visas for issuance to DV2020 cases, and that would add additional strain on the capacity problems.
- If the Gomez case is won, the DV2020 cases previously refused for the sake of the Muslim ban will have a chance to reopen their cases. These are “refused” cases, already at the embassies. Again, that will be additional strain on the system.
- DV2022 will be going ahead as planned. Unless the government delay the announcement of winners (as they did in DV2021) there will be the usual flood of DS260s into KCC during May. I hope they push back the announcement date.
- There are too many selectees in DV2021. Even without any of the above concerns and without having lost half of the year, this was likely going to be a year where we see cutoffs in place at the end of the year – meaning regions don’t go current. Remember we see overselection (therefore cutoff numbers) about half the time. Out of the last 6 years, 3 have been over selected, 3 were underselected. DV2021 would make the 7 year total 4-3. The right number of selectees is around 100k, DV2014 had 140K selectees and was over selected with cutoffs, DV2015 had 125K selectees and again cutoffs. DV2021 is between those two years (although we have a slightly higher quota now, and a more rigorous rule in the passport rule that will likely block many cases). But I think it is still too many.
- Outside of DV there is a HUGE backlog of cases waiting at the embassies. We can’t assume that embassies will only focus on DV cases.
As you can see there are a lot of factors that are looming for DV2021. The lawyers are well aware of all of these points, and are working behind the scenes on some of these issues. They have been clear they cannot reveal their discussions so we have to remain in wait and see mode. But I want people to understand the realistic position. I have been explaining this for months, so this should not be a surprise.
How can this be fixed? Well a preservation of visas (or more processing time) at the end of the year may be the only way forward. But that is not easy. The lawyers are asking for that in the Anunciato case, but the outcome on that decision (the preservation bit, not the whole case) may be months away.
There is no doubt a lot of damage has been done. The legal work done for DV2020 will be enormously helpful for DV2021. The lawyers we have are good and they have been getting good practice at winning these cases. But legal remedies don’t always get us everyone we want. Just because we want something “really badly” doesn’t mean we will get it. We must remain positive and hopeful, but as adults we must also be aware of how difficult this situation remains.
Covid sucks. It caused problems. That would have been bad in any situation, but it was made worse by the previous administration. I hope things will be better going forward.
March 2, 2021 at 10:45
Thank you for a detailed write-up! 2021EU18k here, I’ve just been asked to send the documents to KCC, my embassy (Warsaw) is not processing DV cases. With embassies around Schengen area in different states of reopening, do you think it would make sense to submit documents translated to English, just to enable quicker transfer to an open embassy in another country as a last resort if the fiscal year will be almost over and my embassy will still not resume services?
March 2, 2021 at 19:51
Probably a good idea, yes.
March 2, 2021 at 12:14
Thank you very much for your hard work.
Please could you give me your opinion? I am a DV21 winner with CN EU20XXX, I have not received the email requesting the documents, however, someone with a CN EU23XXX said that he has already received it. Visa Bulletin for April is EU12XXX. Would you recommend sending the documents or is it too early?
Thank you very much in advance.
March 2, 2021 at 19:56
I have said I think people should send their documents. I published a video/article a few days ago, saying that.
March 2, 2021 at 13:11
Hey Mr. Simon, thanks for your continue assistance in helping DV winners around the globe. My name is Matilda from Liberia. My CN is AF2021000187+. I saw your post the people in 22000 plus will be scheduled for interview in April. Surprisingly, my CN falls below the 22000 and I have not received any communication from KCC. What do you have sir? Thanks again !
March 2, 2021 at 19:59
No one has been interviewed yet. If you have received your “ready for scheduling” email, then you could be interviewed in May, depending on the opening status of your embassy.
March 2, 2021 at 13:28
I am EU8xxx
I have submitted my ds form and documents as well. Still I didn’t get scheduled for my interview.
But my question is since submitting DS260 lot of things have changed in my life I started university got a new number,new job,moved to uk for school. In that situation obviously those things aren’t mentioned in my ds-260 form.
Should I send an email to KCC to reopen my form and update my information and send new documents. Or is it too late to do that after sending my documents few months ago? What would you do in my position? And if reopening woudl be possible will it affect the time of my interview?
Thank you so much for help in advance
March 2, 2021 at 20:11
A single change doesn’t need updating – but yours sounds pretty significant. You should consider the address change though. If you tell them you live in the UK, they will try and schedule you there. That might be better or worse than your current embassy. Think about that first.
March 3, 2021 at 20:01
Thank you for help Simon!
I think the covid situation looks better in my country and I could attend the interview over there without an issue.
1. Would you reopen ds260 form and update everything in my position though?
2.Or do you think it would make my case take too much time since they would have to process it again?
March 2, 2021 at 13:37
Many thanks for keeping us posted on the on goings on various fronts, I appreciate. I’m a current DV 2021 Low case number in Africa and keeping a positive mind set and hoping for a successful process for DV2021.
I decided to mail the US consulate in my country Kenya regarding opening for interviews and only got below feedback. I’m really hoping they open up soon as I have seen the consulate in Algiers is doing. I will keep it here for more updates and guidance as time ticks.
“Thank you for your email.
Diversity Visa 2021 Applicants: DV applicants for the 2021 fiscal year (DV-2021) should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview in accordance with the phased resumption of visa services framework.
Customer Representative 2
Immigrant Visa Unit”
March 2, 2021 at 13:57
Hi Britsimon,if many of the selectees entered the lottery without valid passport,and their cases are now current,will it affect those who follow them with valid passport and will they be issue a visa?,if the time
will not be extended due to the pandemic we encounter globally?
March 2, 2021 at 20:13
Well people are asked to provide documents being being scheduled. So someone that cannot provide their passport will most likely not be scheduled.
March 2, 2021 at 14:08
Brit, Hey. European here. Dv21. We have a group in telegram. More then 300 people now. People are affected by ban. Can you please write about this group? Thank you https://t.me/dv2021schengen
March 2, 2021 at 20:15
The lawyers are working to resolve the issue for embassies refusing to interview people in restricted areas. There is nothing more I can say at this time.
March 2, 2021 at 14:17
Hello Brit! Thank you for your effort in helping us.
I renewed my passport and put the new one on the DS-260. Now im about to send the documents. Should i send both of them to KCC on email or should I just bring it to the interview if the time comes? Thanks a lot
March 2, 2021 at 20:16
Send both to KCC
March 2, 2021 at 14:48
Hello Brit, following your advices, I contacted KCC a few days ago, when the ban was lifted, to inquire if I can send my documents. My case number is AF23xxx. And this is their response :
“Thank you for your inquiry.
Your forms have been received and are currently processing. Allow several weeks for processing. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on case numbers that have completed processing. Once the Kentucky Consular Center has finished processing your DS-260, you will receive an email from the Kentucky Consular Center giving you instructions to complete in order for your case to continue processing.
Collect and submit your documents promptly. Your case will not be scheduled for a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate until KCC has received and processed all required documents. Missing or illegible documents will delay processing of your case. If you cannot obtain a particular document, send a scanned or photographed explanation in of why you cannot obtain the document, as an attachment in .jpeg or .pdf format, to [email protected], with your case number in the subject line. Diversity visas are numerically limited and there is no guarantee a visa will be available. Only a consular officer can determine, at the time of the visa interview, if you are qualified to receive a Diversity Visa.
In order to continue processing your case, all documents should be submitted as attachments to your email to ensure they are properly received. We ask that you use the following method to name and attach your files:
• Your DV case number;
• The full name of the applicant whose document you scanned; and
• The document name or form number.
You and each family member immigrating with you to the United States should collect the civil documents that are required to support your visa application.
Passport Biographic Page: You and each family member immigrating with you must submit a photocopy of the biographic data page of a currently valid passport. The biographic data page is the page with your photograph, name, date, and place of birth.
Birth Certificate: You and each family member immigrating with you must submit a scan of an original birth certificate or certified copy.
Marriage Certificate: If you are married, you must submit a scan of your original marriage certificate or certified copy.
Marriage Termination Documentation: If you were previously married, you must submit scanned evidence of the termination of EVERY prior marriage you have had. Your scanned evidence must be of an original or certified copy of one of the following documents: FINAL legal divorce decree, death certificate, or annulment papers.
Military Records: If you served in the military of any country, you must submit a scanned copy of your military record.
Police Certificates: If you are 16 years of age or older, you must submit a scanned copy of a police certificate from all countries you have lived. Please refer to travel.state.gov for more information.
Court Record: If you have been convicted of a crime, provide a certified copy of each court record and any prison record…”
I’m a bit confused because they said at the beginning of the message to allow a few weeks, and then they continue by asking me to send my documents. So I want to send them, but I wanted to inquire from you, if this message is asking me to do so. Thanks.
March 2, 2021 at 20:18
They are asking for documents. Send them.
March 2, 2021 at 15:51
Hello Britsimon, I read that Interviews will begin in April, according to Department of State counsular website.
March 2, 2021 at 20:19
That means “some” interviews. Maybe DV, maybe not. We will have to see what KCC does.
March 2, 2021 at 16:29
After sending support documents to Kcc I got a automatic reply from Kcc saying
“The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) has received your email and is currently processing your documents. This email address, [email protected], is only used for applicants to provide the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) with documents required to continue processing Diversity Visa applications. [email protected] does not respond to inquiries. If you have any Diversity Visa related questions, please email [email protected] with your case number, complete name, and date of birth, as entered on your original entry.
Document processing generally takes 3-6 weeks. Please give us time to complete that process before sending questions about your application.“
Is this The email does everyone gets after sending documents? Is there anything wrong ?
March 2, 2021 at 20:19
Standard email. Wait at least a couple of weeks, then ask again.
March 2, 2021 at 16:38
I can’t wait for the 2021 DV interviews to begin. We’ve been waiting for a long time
March 2, 2021 at 19:01
Because of this Schengen ban that is still in place, I really start to think what my next move should be at this moment. I am just in need of your advice. My case number is 2021EU4XXX and it has become current a while ago.
At the moment, I have set Amsterdam as my interview location. I def am going to call them to see if they are thinking about starting to process DV cases.
On the other hand, I’m thinking about changing my interview location to Moscow (since I’m originally from there). I own an apartment in Russia where I’m registered too (if that matters in the field of current address etc.).
My questions are:
– Does the process of changing the interview location take a long period of time?
– How I can start that process? I tried to call KCC and NVC, but they are not available via phone. Do I need to mail them?
– Do I need to fill in my DS 260 again if the location has changed? Or do I just need to unlock it at KCC?
I don’t know what I can do to thank you enough for everything that you do for us. ??❤️
March 2, 2021 at 20:22
Call Amsterdam first. You could be jumping out of the frying pan, and into the fire.
March 3, 2021 at 08:00
Can you please let us know what Amsterdam’s answer is of possible. I have not see restrictions on visa processing on their webpage but they might say otherwise.
March 2, 2021 at 20:14
Hello Brit in september 2020 the embassy sent me the appointment for the interview i could not go since i am in a third country and the borders were closed by the covid currently in nvc status i appear as ready if the 9095 visas are won there will be the opportunity to to go?
March 2, 2021 at 20:24
Maybe. We have to wait and see.
March 2, 2021 at 21:46
Hi Simon! First and foremost thank you for your work!
I am a DV2021 winner with Russian citizenship and currently live in Germany.
Also I have my US tourist visa opened.
Do you think would it be possible to ask KCC to move my interview to the US, so I could avoid Schengen ban restrictions?
March 3, 2021 at 03:09
It doesn’t work like that. KCC handle CP, not AOS. You could try and move to the USA, but because you have to wait around 90 days before you can even file, you would be slower than processing CP.
March 3, 2021 at 04:13
hello dear simon we hope you are all fine.may friend is dv 2021 winners and he received confirmation from kcc and his case number become current on October 2020 but his passport date of expiry is 22 November 22 he is worrying please advise me i will tell him
March 3, 2021 at 23:41
He has plenty of time left before his passport expires. No need to do anything.
March 3, 2021 at 04:23
sorry his passport date of expiry is 22 November 2021 in your view no problem
March 3, 2021 at 23:41
Ahhh – OK – he can renew the passport and take both new and old passports to the interview.
March 3, 2021 at 05:43
Brit, has your SSL certificate expired? https://https://britsimonsays.com/ does not load?
March 3, 2021 at 17:20
Hi Dear Britt,
I am DV-2020 winner. My visa expires on 15th of March and i am from Kosovo.
I will be traveling to US on 13th of March and my flight is Albania-Frankfurt(Germany as Transit) and then frankfurt to New York. Is this affeacted by 14 day ban? Am i allowed to entry if i have my transit through Frankfurt?
Thanks a lot!!!
March 4, 2021 at 16:24
Thanks for all the efforts you have been appling to update us on DV cases. My friend won DV2021. But at the time of entery he didn’t recognized which passport number he used, valid or expired at the time of entry. What will be the effect if he had used the expired one? And what shall he do? He has worried a lot.
March 4, 2021 at 18:45
I believe he will not get scheduled for interview unless he can show he used a valid passport at entry, or proves to KCC that he had a legitimate reason for not following the instructions.
March 5, 2021 at 05:35
Thanks for you support and fast response. what legitimate reason can he raise for KCC for the mistake he has done?. He also filled DS260 late June with the valid passport number. what is your advice.
March 5, 2021 at 17:11
He probably has no legitimate reason. That’s the point. He obviously imagined the rules did not apply to him.
March 5, 2021 at 05:40
BTW he has had valid passport at the time of entry but the number was wrong, number of the expired passport.
March 4, 2021 at 02:06
A big Thanks to you.
I’m a winner of 2021 from Asia and Sri lanka.
My passport is greeting expired in August 2021
Can you advise me on this please
March 4, 2021 at 18:25
You can renew it now, then take old and new passports to the interview.
March 4, 2021 at 09:30
DV2021 OC13XX. Expect to go Current in June. US Consulate Sydney seems to be operating as usual. Do you think it would be safe to submit my DS-260 in March or should I wait a month or two before doing so? I intend to move to the US in August. Thanks 🙂
March 4, 2021 at 18:37
I would submit if I were you.
March 4, 2021 at 11:30
hello mr simon you have told he can renew the passport if he renew his passport .must he unlock his application ds 260 or no need for unlock . dear simon you mean renew his passport and take bothe old and new passports to the interview . his case number is low and his case number has become current. i mean if he renew his passport does he put the new passport derails on his application or no
March 4, 2021 at 18:40
No need to unlock.
March 4, 2021 at 11:56
hello dear simon if my friend renew his passport . does my friend reopen his ds 260 form or no need to reopen ds 260 form
March 5, 2021 at 07:53
I am in Cameroon, I was born and never moved out of here.
please do I need a police certificate?
March 5, 2021 at 17:13
For Cameroon, yes.
March 6, 2021 at 06:05
Dear Brit am from CAMEROON,am a dv2021 winner and my case number is high AF82k. what do you advice me to do because I already have my documents ready but KCC has not yet responded to my ds260 because my case number has not yet become current
Should I go ahead to submit my documents or should I wait for their email
I submitted my ds260 since August 2020
March 6, 2021 at 14:41
Your number is very high as you know. It is certainly risky, but there is no need to rush. Wait a few weeks to see if they ask you.