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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for December 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (November 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of December.

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: 9,800
Except:
Egypt 6,200

ASIA: 2,900
Except:
Iran 2,200
Nepal 1,500

  EUROPE: 6,600

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 11

OCEANIA: 290

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 475

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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DV-2020 Entry Period: October 3 – November 6

Just published: DV-2020 Entry Guide

The Entry Period for this year’s Diversity Visa Lottery – DV-2020 – was from Wednesday, October 3, 12.00 p.m. EDT, till Tuesday, November 6, 12.00 p.m. EST. 
Only during this period was registration possible. 

Natives of the following countries were not eligible for DV-2020 (unless they qualify for an exception): 
Nigeria, Bangladesh, China mainland-born (Macau SAR, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan qualify), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Great Britain/U.K. (Northern Ireland does qualify), Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru. 

To be eligible for a Diversity Visa one needs a high school degree (diploma/certificate) OR two years work experience in a qualifying profession/job. People who cannot meet the educational demand and also cannot qualify by their work history, are urged not to participate.

Results for DV-2020, the Entrant Status Check, will become available on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

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DV-2020 announced – on Twitter !

An Official Twitter on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, was issued with the following message.
“We will release information as soon as it becomes available. DV 2020 Lottery will open to the public for entry October 3, 2018.”

October 3, 2018, is a Wednesday.
The DV Entry Period (Registration Period) usually lasts about four weeks.
Mark your calendars !

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for November 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (October 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of November.

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: 6,400
Except:
Egypt 4,000

ASIA: 1,600
Except:
Iran 1,550
Nepal 1,100

  EUROPE: 4,400

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 9

OCEANIA: 200

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 355

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 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (September 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of October.

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: 2,750
Except:
Egypt 1,900

ASIA: 1,000
Except:
Iran 800
Nepal 600

  EUROPE: 2,000

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 4

OCEANIA: 100

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 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 September 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (August 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of September.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 39,500

ASIA: CURRENT

  EUROPE: 25,775

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT

OCEANIA: 1,450

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,715

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 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (July 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of August.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: CURRENT
Except:
Egypt 21,325

ASIA: CURRENT

Except:
Nepal 6,950

EUROPE: 23,325

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT

OCEANIA: 1400

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,585

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 July 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (June 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of July.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 38,000
Except:
Egypt 19,700

ASIA: 10,500
Except:
Nepal 6,325

EUROPE: 21,900

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 18

OCEANIA: 1,200

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,425

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 June 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (May 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of June.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 28,300
Except:
Egypt 18,150
Ethiopia 26,000

ASIA: 7,800
Except:
Nepal 5,900

  EUROPE: 20,300

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 16

OCEANIA: 1,100

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,275

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 May 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (April 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of May.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 24,800
Except:
Egypt 16,400
Ethiopia 23,600

ASIA: 6,425
Except:
Nepal 5,300

  EUROPE: 18,050

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 14

OCEANIA: 1,025

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 1,10

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 April 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (March 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of April.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 21,100
Except:
Egypt 14,500
Ethiopia 20,100

ASIA: 5,300
Except:
Nepal 4,550

  EUROPE: 15,950

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 10

OCEANIA: 875

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 925

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 March 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (February 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of March.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 17,700
Except:
Egypt 12,400
Ethiopia 16,600

ASIA: 4,400
Except:
Nepal 3,875

  EUROPE: 13,800

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 8

OCEANIA: 800

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 800

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 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (January 2018) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of February.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 14,300
Except:
Egypt 10,300
Ethiopia 13,500

ASIA: 4,050
Except:
Iran 3,700
Nepal 3,225

  EUROPE: 10,700

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 6

OCEANIA: 615

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 625

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 2018

The latest Visa Bulletin (December 2017) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of January 2018.

A Visa Number is available for each DV-2018 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.

AFRICA: 13,000
Except:
Egypt 8,300
Ethiopia 9,200

ASIA: 3,400
Except:
Iran 2,800
Nepal 2,650

  EUROPE: 8,200

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 5

OCEANIA: 475

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 500

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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DV Lottery re-starts October 18: ALL so far Submitted Entry Forms INVALID

Electronic registration for DV-2019 will re-start on Wednesday, October 18, at 12.00 p.m. EDT.
ALL Entry Forms submitted before that date are INVALID and need to be submitted again!
Closing date for DV-2019 is now Wednesday, November 22, at 12.00 p.m. EST.

The Department of State issued a statement:
We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those concerned, however, we must restart the entry process for this year (DV-2019).

If you entered before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, that entry will NOT be considered, and you will need to submit another Entry Form during the new registration period.
You may submit one new entry without being disqualified for submitting multiple entries. Individuals who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified.

The Department will send an automated email notification to each Diversity Visa Entrant from whom an entry was received before October 18, 2017, using the email address provided on the lottery entry form, directing the entrant to check the website dvlottery.state.gov for an important announcement.

DV-2019 also has a new date Entrant Status Check becomes possible: May 15, 2018.

Nota Bene. Everyone who submitted an Entry Form before the eDV website went off-line (Tuesday, October 10) must enter again. No exceptions possible. Please keep the NEW Confirmation Number safe for your Status Check next year ! The photo(s) previously uploaded for the now invalid DV-2019 submission can be used again. To re-enter go to www.dvlottery.state.gov 

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Diversity Visa Lottery Entry Form taken off-line

Part of the official Diversity Visa Lottery website was taken off-line on Tuesday, October 10. People wanting to access the DV-2019 Entry Form found they were unable to so so.
Entrant Status Check for DV-2018 continued to be possible.
The Department of State gives maintenance of the Electronic Application System (AES) as the reason. It is at this moment unclear when the site will resume accepting DV Applications.
The 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery program started last week on Tuesday, October 3, and will end on Tuesday, November 7, at noon.

As of Thursday, October 12, the problems are ongoing and the Entry Form can still not be accessed.

 

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New Travel Ban announced, 4 countries added, 1 removed

The Trump administration today announced new list of countries restricted under the travel ban. This is the third version of the controversial executive order. It will go into effect on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela are added to the list of banned countries.
No longer on the list is Sudan.
The remaining banned countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia.

The imposed restrictions differ per country:
– North Korea, Syria: no entry for immigrants and non-immigrants.
– Chad, Yemen, Libya: no entry for immigrants as well as for non-immigrants traveling on business and tourist visas.
– Somalia: no entry for immigrants. Non-immigrants will face enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
– Iran: no entry for immigrants and for non-immigrants. Holders of valid student and exchange visitor visas are for now excepted from the ban.
– Venezuela: no entry for certain government officials and their immediate family members on some business and tourist visas.

Currently immigrants and non-immigrants from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan are banned unless they can prove a bona fide relationship with a person or with an entity. Individuals eligible for this exception can apply for a visa until October 18.

The new executive order is not limited time-wise, but “indefinite” and “condition based”.

The order gives Consular Officers the discretion to waive restriction on a case-by-case basis.

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DV-2019 program officially announced

The US Department of State announced today the dates for the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery, also called Green Card Lottery or DV Lottery.

The Entry Period for the DV-2019 program will run from Tuesday, October 3, until Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

On October 3 the starting time is 12:00 pm (noon), EST (GMT-4).
On November 7 the closing time is 12:00 pm (noon), EDT (GMT-5).

Participating in the Visa Lottery is free.
To enter go to the official eDV website
dvlottery.state.gov

The Entry Form that must be submitted will become available on the eDV site on October 3 !
Pre-registration is not possible.

Entrant Status Check becomes possible on the eDV site May 1, 2018.

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Hurricane Irma: USCIS offices closed in FL, the Caribbean

USCIS Field Offices and Support Centers in Florida and in the Caribbean will be closed temporarily because of Hurricane Irma.

USCIS Offices in Houston, TX, are expected to resume normal operations on September 11.

People who have appointments are advised to check and to reschedule if needed.

For more information https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings

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DACA phased out; Trump asks Congress “to do their job”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today plans to end the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Applications for DACA will no longer be accepted.
For current recipients the program will be phased out. The government will only continue to renew existing permits during the next six months.

DACA was created in 2012 through an executive order by Prez Obama. The program shields from deportation about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. It did not provide legal status to the so-called Dreamers but allowed them to have work permits.

Prez Trump urged members of Congress to come together and reform the immigration legislation. Preferably before the six months are over. “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” he tweeted.

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