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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for August 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (July 2020) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of August 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: CURRENT

ASIA: CURRENT

EUROPE: CURRENT

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT

OCEANIA: CURRENT

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: CURRENT

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

Most U.S. Embassies and Consulates are currently closed which means no visa interviews are scheduled.

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Brazil added to list of Suspended Entry Countries

Starting Thursday, May 28, Brazil is added to the list of Suspended Entry Countries because of the risk for COVID-19 transmission.
“The entry into the United States, as immigrants or non-immigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding, is hereby suspended” announced President Trump on May 24.

As before, the rule does not apply to U.S. citizens and their immediate relatives/family members. It also does not apply to permanent residents of the U.S. Certain categories of non-immigrants are excluded too.
These travelers will be redirected to one of the specially-designated Ports of Entry and are subject to screening. They can be mandated to self-isolate and monitor their health for at least two weeks.

Brazil is the latest addition to the list of countries from which “unrestricted entry would be detrimental to the interests of the U.S.”

On January 31 the White House issued a Proclamation on Suspension of Entry for immigrants and non-immigrants because of the risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Initially the rule impacted foreign nationals who in the last 14 days before the intended entry into the U.S. traveled in China (excl. Hong Kong and Macau). The rule went into effect in February 2.

Travelers from South Korea were subject to extended screening upon arrival in the U.S.

On February 29 the Suspended Entry Proclamation came into effect for Iran, starting March 2.

On March 11 President Trump announced in a televised speech that all travel from Europe* to America was suspended for 30 days starting March 13.
*The ruling pertained to the border-free Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

The written text issued afterwards did not include the 30-day timeline but said the restrictions would “remain in effect until terminated by the President.”

On March 13 the White House issued Proclamation 9994, declaring COVID-19 a National Emergency.

On March 14 the U.K. (excl. overseas territories outside of Europe) and Ireland were added to the Suspended Entry list, effective March 16.

On March 21 all U.S. land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico were closed to non-essential traffic.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for July 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (June 2020) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of July 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: CURRENT
Except:
Egypt 42,000

ASIA: CURRENT
Except:
Nepal 13,500

  EUROPE: CURRENT

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT

OCEANIA: CURRENT

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: CURRENT

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

Most U.S. Embassies and Consulates are currently closed which means no visa interviews are scheduled.

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New Date For Entrant Status Check DV-2021

The U.S. Department of State announced that the opening of the Entrant Status Check (ESC) for DV-2021 is postponed.
The new date is Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The delayed opening will not negatively impact the State Departments ability to pre-process and schedule DV-2021 interviews, which are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2020.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for June 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (May 2020) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of June 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: CURRENT
Except:
Egypt 42,000

ASIA: CURRENT
Except:
Nepal 13,500

  EUROPE: CURRENT

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT

OCEANIA: CURRENT

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: CURRENT

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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White House suspends most immigration into U.S for 60 days

On April 22, 2020, the White House suspended all entry in to the U.S. by immigrants for 60 days starting April 23. The WH stated that “in the days between the national emergency declaration and April 11, more than 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment.” 
Certain categories of immigrants (e.g. healthcare professionals, EB-5 investors, spouses/minor children of U.S. citizens, military personnel) are excluded. Also excluded are Immediate Relatives, according to a person familiar with the situation.

 

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Visa services suspended at all U.S. Embassies & Consulates

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates canceled all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services.

On March 18, 2020, USCIS temporarily suspended all routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centers (ASCs). Some USCIS offices are expected to reopen and resume services on or after June 4. 

 

 

 

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for May 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (April 2020) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of May 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 45,175
Except:
Egypt 39,000

ASIA: 18,450
Except:
Iran 11,550
Nepal 11,700

  EUROPE: 30,000

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 17

OCEANIA: 2,150

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,875

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Coronavirus causes more U.S. travel restrictions

President Trump announced that all travel from Europe* to America will be suspended for 30 days. The restrictions will not apply to the United Kingdom. *The so-called border-free Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. The measure will take effect Friday, March 13, at midnight.

The rule does not apply to U.S. citizens and their immediate relatives/family members. It also does not apply to permanent residents of the U.S. They will be subject to screening at Port of Entry and if necessary to mandatary quarantine or heightened monitoring for 14 days after arrival.

Edit: The U.K. (excl. overseas territories outside of Europe) and Ireland were also included in the travel ban. On May 24 the ban was once more amended, this time to Brazil.

 

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for April 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (March 2020) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of April 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 41,000
Except:
Egypt 30,700

ASIA: 15,800
Except:
Iran 9,800
Nepal 10,500

  EUROPE: 21,200

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 16

OCEANIA: 1,975

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,560

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Six more countries on “banned” list

The Trump administration announced that the number of banned countries will be expanded with six more. The rule takes effect on February 22.

Citizens from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Nigeria, will be banned from obtaining immigrant visas, known as Green Cards.

Issuance of immigrant visas to DV Lottery selectees from Sudan and Tanzania will also be suspended.

Students, temporary immigrants and visitors from the six countries will not be affected. Nor will refugee processing. Also not impacted will be nationals of the six countries already in the U.S. as well as those who have a valid visa to come to the U.S.

 

 

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for March 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (February 2020) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of March 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 31,500
Except:
Egypt 22,000

ASIA: 12,500
Except:
Iran 7,600
Nepal 8,800

  EUROPE: 21,000

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 9

OCEANIA: 1,625

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,300

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for February 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (January 2020) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of February 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 25,000
Except:
Egypt 16,000

ASIA: 12,000
Except:
Iran 6,500
Nepal 7,575

  EUROPE: 14,000

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 8

OCEANIA: 1,350

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,150

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for January 2020

The latest Visa Bulletin (December 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of January 2020.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 19,000
Except:
Egypt 10,000

ASIA: 8,200
Except:
Iran 5,100
Nepal 6,500

  EUROPE: 10,300

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 8

OCEANIA: 1,200

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,075

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for December 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (November 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of December 2019.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 12,000
Except:
Egypt 6,000

ASIA: 6,000
Except:
Iran 3,000
Nepal 5,000

  EUROPE: 8,600

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 7

OCEANIA: 800

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 850

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Changes in DV-Lottery Entry Rules

Requirements to enter the Diversity Visa Lottery will change with the coming lottery, DV-2021. This was announced in the Federal Register (a publication of the US Government about changes in regulations of federal agencies).

Entrants must now include on the Entry Form the number of their passport, the name of the country/authority that issued the passport and the expiration date.
The requirement only applies to the principal petitioner, not to his/her derivatives (spouse, child/children) listed when entering.

The requirement is waived is the entrant is stateless or a national of a communist-controlled country, unable to obtain a passport, or the beneficial of a passport-waiver issued by DHS and DOS.

Furthermore it is now explicitly stated that individuals who enter but not provide all required information on their Entry Form will be immediately disqualified.
“Current instructions are not clear that failure to provide that information results in mandatory disqualification” according to the US Department of State.

What does this new rule mean ?

Until now a passport was not needed to enter the DV Lottery. It became only necessary when an entrant was “selected for further processing”, which means allowed to apply for a Diversity Visa. But starting with DV-2021 a valid, unexpired international travel passport is required to submit the Entry Form.

Why is this rule implemented ?

The State Department encountered more and more fraudulent entries each year. Criminals even submitted Entry Forms for individuals without their knowledge, then blackmailed them when they were selected.

Will this effect DV-2020 Selectees ?

No. The rules for DV-2020 will stay as they were.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for November 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (October 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of November 2019.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 5,600
Except:
Egypt 3,000

ASIA: 3,500
Except:
Iran 1,450
Nepal 3,100

  EUROPE: 6,000

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 4

OCEANIA: 400

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 600

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for October 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (September 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of October 2019.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2020 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 2,500
Except:
Egypt 1,500

ASIA: 1,300
Except:
Iran 750
Nepal 1,000

  EUROPE: 2,100

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 2

OCEANIA: 175

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 225

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for September 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (August 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of September 2019.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2019 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: CURRENT

ASIA: CURRENT

  EUROPE: CURRENT

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT

OCEANIA: CURRENT

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: CURRENT

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for August 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (July 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of August 2019.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2019 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: CURRENT

ASIA: CURRENT

  EUROPE: CURRENT

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT

OCEANIA: CURRENT

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: CURRENT

CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.

AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.

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