***Update*** it is now confirmed that immigration related orders will be moved to TUESDAY next week. The reason is because of the delay in confirming Secretary Mayorkas.
OK so I thought I would recap where we stand with the immigrant bans – mainly focussing on PP10014 which is the most damaging of the bans, at least from a DV Lottery perspective.
I discussed this just now on a YouTube Livestream, but I am capturing the information here to allow translations.
I have speculated before that Biden would remove PP10014. Of course, the COVID situation is evolving, and in fact new strains represent more risk over the coming months, but PP10014 was never a sensible COVID measure. It purported to be saving US jobs during the COVID crisis, but it clearly wasn’t about that, and missed the point of immigration anyway. So – based on the lack of logic for the ban, comments made by Biden when the ban was introduced, and just the general evidence based approach that I knew Biden would apply, I reasoned that Biden himself would lift the ban.
When Biden laid out his timetable to work on various priorities, he set January 29th as the day when he would take some actions on immigration. Up to now he has not shared any information about what steps he would take, and although I felt hopeful, I was by no means certain that he intended to remove PP10014. Chuck Kuck took a view that it would not be included in the actions, but he also was extremely confident that other legal action would succeed if Biden failed to remove the ban (more on those other efforts later in this post).
However, Reuters is now reporting there are some plans to remove 10014 by executive order, as I had hoped. The article is based on comments made by a Biden official, Esther Olavarria, deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council. So these comments are not official, but obviously are from someone within the administration and close to the topic.
She said “that Biden would rescind several Trump proclamations. She appeared to reference one that barred certain visa applicants who could not prove they had health coverage and two others that banned the issuance of many work and immigrant visas, which Trump said would protect American jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.”
The two others would refer to PP10014 (immigrants) and PP10052 (work visas). So this is the clearest indication yet that Biden does understand the issue and intends to do something about it. The article also mentions that some of the announcements will be delayed a few days, BUT it is not clear whether that only refers to another issue related to the Mexican border.
So, I also prefer to “wait and see” what the actual official decision is, but in this case I wanted to be able to explain in advance what might happen.
Now if Biden fails to take down 10014 tomorrow (or after a few more days), what else is going on that might bring relief. Well there is a lot actually.
First, the challenge to PP10014 in the Gomez appeal is still to be decided. That is from the appeals court, meaning a court of three Judges above Judge Mehta. I would expect to have a decision on that in the next week or two. There is also a status hearing planned for tomorrow with Judge Mehta himself.
Next, the Annunciato case was heard last week and as many of you will know, Charles Kuck argued against the PP10014 extremely well. I think that is very likely to succeed if Biden doesn’t lift the ban, but that case also includes protections for DV2020 cases that need re-issuances.
The Jacob case had an initial hearing this morning, so that case is a little behindz, but again will seek the same remedies with another Judge (Judge Chen).
So – PP10014 is being fought in many battles. I strongly believe it will go – the only question really is “when” not “if”. The when is important to give DV2020 people time to travel and of course to help get DV2021 going.
January 28, 2021 at 20:20
If Biden removed PP10014, would that mean anything to DV2020 people who never got a chance for an interview, neither their documents in KCC were looked at?
January 29, 2021 at 00:57
We would still need to wait for the Gomez case outcome.
January 28, 2021 at 20:22
Thanks for all
January 28, 2021 at 20:37
Do u think with all those fight consering the removal of the pp10014 it can go early February my worry was initially they never mentioned pp10014 now we have some soet of confidence that we can use our visa before expiring
January 29, 2021 at 00:58
I don’t understand your question.
February 13, 2021 at 07:36
thanks all lawyer thant advocate right of immegrant. i think its right of every guy thant have visa especially dv lottory becausa they have a chace to travel usato let them i thing its good to revoke trump ban and every passanger test covid19 and have anegative resul is enough.
January 28, 2021 at 20:39
Thanks Brit for everything you are doing for us and our families. Tomorrow will be a new hopefully day. God… is blessing us everyday and will help us to win the tomorrow’s battle.
January 29, 2021 at 00:58
It looks like we will need to wait until next week.
January 28, 2021 at 20:44
Thanks for the updates. Our fingers remain crossed. We wait and see like you often say.
But this gives a lot of positive energy to all. I think most of us will sleep well today.
Once again,thank you.
January 28, 2021 at 23:08
Thank you for your effort.
I’m a DV2021 and actually, I’m facing some challenges with my documents.
I’ve sudmitted all require documents twice after receiving an mail from KCC but still they are saying that I’havent submit all the documents.
I went to check on U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country and selected the country that issued my civil documents and it happen that I got all the documents required.
Please could you help me to contact you through email to check where I made a mistake?
I really need your help.
Thanks in advance !
January 28, 2021 at 23:21
I do need to find out why some people are struggling to get their documents approved. So – if you are comfortable doing this, send me all the documents exactly how you have sent them to KCC. Exactly the same way.
I will keep your documents confidential of course, BUT I would use the experience to learn what people are doing wrong.
britsimon3 at gmail.
January 29, 2021 at 01:31
And this turned out to be a missing police certificate.
January 29, 2021 at 02:25
I’m Patricia from African region.my case number is in 58000 , when you think I have chance to get visa for DV 2021
January 29, 2021 at 07:06
I don’t know. You will have to wait and see.
January 29, 2021 at 05:25
Brits, If Biden removes the ban(s) would KCC be instructed to carryout “good faith” efforts and expedite the interview and visa issue process? Personally I would like a court ruling as the the judge would order to do these since DV2021 is running out of time.
January 29, 2021 at 07:12
The lawyers will be asking for that, but we will have to wait and see what that means over an extended period of time.
January 30, 2021 at 12:13
Thank you sir.
January 29, 2021 at 06:26
Dear Simon, thanks a lot for your hard work and I am very sorry about your losses of your Mother and Friends by Covid.
I have some concern and questions please give me idea as usual. Thanks
My case number is 2020AF 74000 and I am in a Curtis M. Case and I was from the Muslim ban Country now as the ban is lifted Hopefully waiting for President Biden to Remove the PP. 10014.
1. As we all DV 2020 are current, do my case number have any changes from the 9095 Visas if Gomez case is a winners because my case number is high. ??
2. Do I have to contact the embassy if the ban is lifted to make appointment for the interview to be on line. Or after Gomez Report. I want to be on line as soon as the Judge ordered. ?
3. Can the KCC have to reschedule for all the current DV 2020 cases. Or they are all gone to the embassy as they scheduled last year. Because I received the email saying ready to schedule for appointment?
4. My main concern is
What is the relationship between DVs and Business Visas. I have submitted my DS260 for DV 2020 and I did not get a chance to interview or to get a visa or else until today. Does these affect in the future to apply for Visas Like B1B2 Visa. Please can you clarify??
I used to travel to the USA by a B2 Visa. And I want to continue if i did not get the chance of the DV.
Thanks a lot for your hard work to help us.
January 29, 2021 at 07:14
1. You may get priority because you are a named plaintiff.
2. Discuss that with Curtis.
3. We don’t know.
4. Submitting a DS260 makes future non immigrant visa applications a bit more difficult.
January 29, 2021 at 07:34
pls remove the names
January 29, 2021 at 08:01
Ohh Sir! Such a good news, there is a light in the darkness, our last hope!!! Thank you Sir!!
I won’t get tired of thanking you for that effort and invaluable help from your side!!!
January 29, 2021 at 13:39
January 29, 2021 at 09:34
Hello Brit, I’m kind of scared they are pushing back the date for immigration if they already know what they’re gonna do about it why the push back.
Anyway my really question is what did you mean when you said “ BUT it is not clear whether that only refers to another issue related to the Mexican border.” cause I was thinking about doing my 14 days in Mexico
The borders are closed? Or they’re thinking about closing all travels from there or you were talking about previous issues from the trump administration?
Hope I’m clear
January 29, 2021 at 17:13
No don’t get confused about the Mexico comment. That is about a task force being setup to reunite children separated from families by the Trump idiots.
The announcements on immigration are now moved to Tuesday, the reason being the delayed confirmation of Mayorkas.
January 29, 2021 at 11:46
Another source …..GREAT NEWS….KEEP PRAYING GUYS https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/biden-trump-immigration-work-visa-limits-rescind/
SIMON thankyou so much for your precious support ! You the best and one of a kind. God bless you
January 29, 2021 at 17:56
That is the best news ever..
May God be with us?
January 29, 2021 at 14:12
President Biden is expected to announce a number of immigration-related executive orders on border processing, legal immigration, refugee admissions, and family separation. The orders had been planned for Friday, January 29, but Reuters now reports that the White House has “pushed back the time line.” The additional immigration orders are still underway and are now expected early the week of February 1. For more information about the orders expected next week, please see the White House early calendar of themed days.
January 29, 2021 at 17:22
Planned for Tuesday.
January 29, 2021 at 15:24
Now live from white house
Immigration for next week
January 29, 2021 at 17:04
Yep – Tuesday.
January 29, 2021 at 17:38
CN is 2021AF2XXX. In line with the calculation derived when a child turns 21 during the process with regard to the CSPA, the gap between the time (October 2,1999) I played the eDV and the time (June 6, 2020) the result came out is 249 days. I added this 249 to his birth day, November 22 and it landed on July 29, 2021, meaning that he ages out on this date. My case number is 2021AF2XXX. Please clear my mind on these following concerns.
. Besides aging out, is there any other explanation or meaning when it lands on this date (July 29, 2021) ?
2. Since indeed he ages out on this specified date, is he eligible to get a visa if the interview is done beyond this date, like say, in August or September 2021?
3. Does the COs check on this CSPA in the case the child is 21 during the interview?
4. Which CSPA documents should one give to the CO in the event where the child is 21 during interview? the calculation derived and exhibited by you in the document captioned: child turning 21 OR the one from USCIS?
5. Is there any new from the lawyers fighting in favor of DV 2020 and DV 2021 with respect to the ban in place?
Thank you and best regards
January 29, 2021 at 17:43
January 29, 2021 at 18:35
Thank you Brit. I hope the process for dv2021 start soon
January 29, 2021 at 18:51
January 30, 2021 at 01:07
I am on H1B. Do you think PP10052 would also be removed or is it only for PP10014? If PP10052 is not going to be removed then are there chances that it would get extended after the Mar 31st?
January 30, 2021 at 05:36
10052 will be removed also.
February 3, 2021 at 18:10
I have an expired visa dv 2020 and I have made all the payments twice but the visa has not been reissued and I am sure that not only BIDEN will cancel the declarations, now our only hope is the lawsuits which I do not think will be useful for all of us. There are many illegalities, please forgive me for being honest
January 30, 2021 at 03:53
Hi Simon. Just want to ask if I need police certification after living in order country for 6 months?
January 30, 2021 at 05:38
Read the instructions!!
January 30, 2021 at 09:34
Hi Britsimon, thanks for everything your are doing. My family anf i are dv 2021 wnners and our case number is 31×××××. We’ve submitted our ds260 form since 6 months ago yet we haven’t gotten an email for the next instruction for documents submission. Is there any chance for us?.
January 30, 2021 at 16:12
So you managed to make your number meaningless both with no region, and by giving no idea on the range. Well done.
January 31, 2021 at 20:25
Hi BritSimon;, I am from Cameroon. My family and i are dv2021 winners and our case number is AF31177. We’ve submitted our ds260 form since 6 months ago, yet we haven’t gotten an email for the next instruction for documents submission. Is there any chance for us?.
Please kindly reply.
January 31, 2021 at 21:14
You will have to wait since your number is not close to being current yet, and no interviews have been scheduled.
January 30, 2021 at 11:38
I’ve three questions please!
1- Is lt possible not to lift the ban and order Embassies to reopen for dv21 interviews so that we can travel to USA after march?
2- Now if the ban is lifted on Tuesday as we’re waiting for, is it possible to start interviews by March 1st?
3- Will the annunciato case always fight to keep the 55k visas even if Biden lifts the ban the next tuesday and the interviews are scheduled?
January 30, 2021 at 16:14
1. I don’t understand your question.
2. Not really.
3. They will try.
January 30, 2021 at 11:59
We are really hopeful that Biden’s administration will remove the 10014 proclamation (travel ban) next week so my question is:
Is it possible to enter the US just to activate our visas and go back to our country the same day not even leaving the airport?
We’ve heard there is another requirement to quarantine on arrival for 7-10 days so ideally we would like to avoid it.
January 30, 2021 at 16:16
Yes you can leave immediately. However, planning to do so would not avoid the quarantine requirement if that is implemented.
January 30, 2021 at 19:27
Sorry, I’m not sure I understood your answer. Will we have to quarantine or not if we want to leave immediately after visa activation?
January 30, 2021 at 21:02
That depends on rules in place at the time of entry.
January 30, 2021 at 21:36
January 30, 2021 at 15:01
If Biden canceled PP10014, can we travel directly or should wait, because I heard that the decision need 100days to be active ?
January 30, 2021 at 16:19
It will be immediate. Don’t listen to idiots.
January 30, 2021 at 19:58
1. So if it was lifted on Tuesday, can visa holders leave on Wednesday?
2. Can the rescinding of the pp be challenged?
January 30, 2021 at 21:01
1. We will have to wait and see.
2. Not likely.
February 2, 2021 at 09:26
Dear Brit, I love when you say “idiots” )))))
January 30, 2021 at 22:12
Hi Brit, if PP10014 is canceled on Tuesday, we from the Schengen area will travel 14 days to Mexico or Turkey. When we enter in the US at the airport, can we activate visas by staying in the transit area, to immediately leave for Europe? this to avoid another 14 days of quarantine in the USA. thank you
January 30, 2021 at 22:40
I don’t know what measures will be in place by then.
January 31, 2021 at 07:45
Hello Brits. My Visa is due to expire on Friday the 5. I have already packed my luggage, preparing to take a convid test on Monday to travel on Wednesday in order to arrive US before the Visa expires. I am in Cameroon. Please any advice or I should proceed with my plans. I have not booked a flight yet but planning to do that on Tuesday. Thank you
January 31, 2021 at 15:59
You can’t book Tuesday until late in the day because Biden is expected to revoke PP10014 on Tuesday, but we don’t know whether that will be effective that day. You can enter the USA up to and including the 5th itself. So maybe you can plan around that.
Also, be certain your travel does not connect through any banned country.
January 31, 2021 at 10:12
Did the winners of the random lottery for the year 2017-2018-2019 not benefit from the decision to cancel the travel ban on Muslims and our parents did an interview at the US embassy in their countries and were refused a visa because of Presidential Decree No. 9645
January 31, 2021 at 16:00
No they cannot benefit. Their cases cannot be reopened.
February 1, 2021 at 09:58
Are there data to make you sure that the previous case is not considered?
Is this confirmation not to consider previous cases irreversible?
There are some pages on social media that follow private human rights organizations in the United States of America that say that the US State Department is considering reviewing previous cases that were rejected with the possibility of an increase in fees and procedures.
February 1, 2021 at 14:51
I am certain. The law is clear that DV visas cannot be issued after the year end = which is why in the Gomez case the judge had to order some visas to be “pre-approved”. The case is different with other cases such as family based because the family relationship still exists and there is no deadline.
January 31, 2021 at 17:03
If the ban removed Tuesday:
– Do you think KCC will resume sending ready to schedule emails and 2NL for current cases immediately or they will wait till embassies open?!
– Will KCC will start to take call and reply emails ( not just sending standard reply to all selectee)?!
– do you think KCC might be selective in terms of scheduling interview, I mean are they going to schedule people in countries where embassies open and not to send to other selectee where embassies not working at this time ?!
– is there any website to know if US embassies working and accepting immigrants cases or we have to check US embassy in your country?!
Thank you in advance.
January 31, 2021 at 17:38
1. I don’t know for sure, but I doubt we will see full scale 2NLs in February unless ordered by a Judge.
2. The standard replies are all they send anyway. In time, hopefully they will staff appropriately.
3. Yes – again, unless ordered.
4. The best way is to check with the local embassy. But being partially open does not mean they will schedule DV cases.
January 31, 2021 at 19:00
How could be the probability that Biden will revoke the pp10014.
Only reuters and nbc has published this rumors but not other sources including AILA .
January 31, 2021 at 21:04
If you don’t want to believe what I have said, wait for Tuesday.
January 31, 2021 at 19:10
If PP10014 is going to be revoked, does that automaically mean that the embassies will open? N other words, is this the main reason why the embassies around the world are currently closed? Also, will they be opening as soon as the proclamation is revoked?
January 31, 2021 at 21:05
No – it won’t be that simple. I’ll be writing about that later today/tomorrow.
January 31, 2021 at 19:13
Do you possibly know how much time roughly it would take to get the visa activated at the airport in the US? 1 hour? 2 hours? I’m just wondering how much time I need if I want to fly back home the same day.
Also can the green card fee be paid a few days after visa activation?
Thanks for all you do!
January 31, 2021 at 21:05
Allow 4 hours to be sure.
January 31, 2021 at 21:59
I was a winner of dv2020 but in the interview in February 2020 i get rejected due to muslim ban.
My number is very small, AS3xxx and i am not sure what should i do now. Can you please tell me what should i do. I didnt join any cases.
January 31, 2021 at 22:10
There may be a chance to reopen your case – but only if the Gomez case is won. We won’t know about that until late March.
January 31, 2021 at 22:12
February 1, 2021 at 13:26
February 1, 2021 at 17:04
So Anna tom president will announce the executive orders?
February 1, 2021 at 17:10
As I understand, it may be postponed again due to confirming Secretary Mayorkas.
February 1, 2021 at 17:18
Every source says something..
Just asked on ask questions and S.M sent me this article
In this one it seems they’ll confirm tomorrow and sign immediately..don’t know
It’s like someone is teasing us ?
February 1, 2021 at 17:34
That is not what that link says. The press briefing is just starting, they might discuss it then. Patience.
February 1, 2021 at 18:07
“ Biden on Tuesday is set to announce immigration-related executive actions, ”
From the link that’s why I thought so…
Waiting to hear of any updates!
February 1, 2021 at 18:17
You didn’t continue reading past that point.
Anyway – Press Secretary Psaki just said they are still hoping to do the immigration announcements tomorrow.
February 1, 2021 at 18:06
She just answered about executive orders for tomorrow
February 1, 2021 at 18:08
What did she say?
February 1, 2021 at 18:10
Finally she declared tomorrow no postponed for immigration executive orders
February 1, 2021 at 18:17
February 1, 2021 at 18:21
Really Sir you are a great person
God bless you
February 1, 2021 at 18:22
Looks like we will get some specifics on the actions planned for tomorrow this evening.
February 1, 2021 at 19:30
Do they by any chance disclose around what time we would know?
February 1, 2021 at 20:21
February 1, 2021 at 23:37
1.Where would they release them?
2. Would you update us once they do? ??
February 1, 2021 at 23:54
2. No – I’ll keep it a secret. 😉
February 2, 2021 at 00:01
February 1, 2021 at 18:13
Tomorrow he will announce EO for immigration , he will not postpone there immigration actions
February 1, 2021 at 18:19
Fingers crossed! Hope he doesn’t let us down!
February 2, 2021 at 19:09
Well guess what he just did!
February 1, 2021 at 18:45
Hi Si ! Thanks for being our leader and our ONLY GUIDER ! All these months what you have said has become true! God bless you and your ‘wait and see’. You are our only genius !
A quick question : If Biden rescinds PP10014 tomorrow …. by your perspective how much time does it require to be implemented to DOS,airlines, IATA etc or simply can we fly after 2 or 3 days .
Thankyou SIR SIMON
February 1, 2021 at 19:59
I would gues 2 or 3 days – but let’s wait to see that the order is immediate.
February 1, 2021 at 22:16
we very much hope that it will be like that tomorrow. otherwise, it’s not good
February 2, 2021 at 12:46
Good morning Mr. Simon,
In the light of recent news and reports, do you still feel hopeful they will lift PP10014 today?
Somehow Reuters seems to be backtracking a bit and the fact sheet from the WH does not even hint at it. I’m worried
Thank you sir.
February 3, 2021 at 04:42
February 2, 2021 at 13:29
It is like there is no PP10014!!
February 2, 2021 at 13:50
wait and see
February 2, 2021 at 14:06
Not really much to wait. PP10014 won’t be lifted today.
February 2, 2021 at 19:07
You can wait all you want but mark my words, Biden will not revoke the PP he will just let it expire on March.
February 2, 2021 at 18:58
Only prayers will help us
February 3, 2021 at 04:42
February 2, 2021 at 17:27
Buna este un rezultat ???
February 2, 2021 at 19:39
Please Mr Brit can you help us explain if what happened today is in our favor? We are waiting sir
February 3, 2021 at 05:04
February 2, 2021 at 20:41
Are we going to celebrate tonight??
February 3, 2021 at 05:04
February 2, 2021 at 21:56
Does anyone know if embassy in Canada is doing interviews or they are closed as well? We are DV2021 winners currently living in Canada as permanent residents. Thanks!
February 3, 2021 at 05:11
They are not taking DV cases, no embassies are at this point.
February 2, 2021 at 22:49
Unfortunately Biden, hasn’t taken away PP100014, we can only hope on the lawsuits now
February 2, 2021 at 23:02
It just feels like all odds are against us.
February 2, 2021 at 23:15
And unfortunatly lawsuits are going very slowly and not sure if they will cover everyone.
February 2, 2021 at 23:38
I should have took lesson from DV 2020 anyways it has been an honor to be with you all international people and good lick for the ones who have a small case number ?♂️?♂️?♂️
February 2, 2021 at 23:44
Although I’m very frustrated at this point I’m not going to lose hope. We still have a chance.
February 2, 2021 at 23:50
At this point only God can change things since biden is concerned on more urgent things like Covid 19
February 3, 2021 at 13:34
Yes and things like legalizing illegal immigration.
February 10, 2021 at 04:13
Mr Simon could you please start out your posts with the date that you are making your post. It helps put everything into perspective.
February 10, 2021 at 16:34
There is a date on every post at the bottom of the page. There is also an archive link in the tope navigation bar that lists all of my articles in reverse date order. Really – what more can I do???