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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 in a televised speech this evening that all travel from Europe to America will be suspended for 30 days. The restrictions will not apply to the United Kingdom. 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.

Entry into the U.S. was already denied to foreign nationals who in the last 14 days traveled in Iran and/or in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau).

Travelers from South Korea will also be subject to extended screening upon arriving in the U.S.

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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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Travel ban expanded, six more countries included

The Trump administration announced that the travel ban will be expanded with six more countries. The rule is expected to take 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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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for July 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (June 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of July 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
Except:
Egypt 23,400

ASIA: CURRENT
Except:
Nepal 6,275

  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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Entrant Status Check for the 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery starts on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Entrant Status Check (ESC) for the 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery starts on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

For ESC go to to the eDV website:  dvlottery.state.gov

Click Check Status, on the next page click Welcome. 
Follow the instructions for Enter Entrant Information.

You will need the 16-digit Confirmation Number that you received when you entered.

Lost your Confirmation Number ?
 Click the line in blue that says so.
 You will then be asked to also give the email address you used on your Entry Form.

Because so many people want to see if they won, it is possible the eDV system gets overloaded. Just wait a few days. No need to check the first day, it does not give you a better chance. You are either are selected or you are not.

UPDATE May 9: the eDV website was off-line for most of the day on May 8 and is still experiencing server outages on May 9.

If you are selected: we just published our DV-2020 Winners Guide !

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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for June 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (May 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of June 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: 37,200
Except:
Egypt 21,100

ASIA: 10,000
Except:
Nepal 5,775

  EUROPE: 26,800

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 14

OCEANIA: 1,025

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 May 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (April 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of May 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: 24,500
Except:
Egypt 18,400

ASIA: 7,800
Except:
Nepal 4,925

  EUROPE: 21,900

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 13

OCEANIA: 900

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 900

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 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (March 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of April 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: 18,900
Except:
Egypt 15,100

ASIA: 6,400
Except:
Nepal 4,200

  EUROPE: 18,500

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 12

OCEANIA: 725

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 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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Selectee Cut-Off Numbers for March 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (February 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of March 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: 15,300
Except:
Egypt 12,600

ASIA: 5,000
Except:
Iran 4,600
Nepal 3,400

  EUROPE: 13,500

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 12

OCEANIA: 550

SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: 750

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 2019

The latest Visa Bulletin (January 2019) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of February 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: 13,800
Except:
Egypt 9,500

ASIA: 4,400
Except:
Iran 3,400
Nepal 2,800

  EUROPE: 10,000

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): 12

OCEANIA: 450

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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