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DV 2017 AOS Only

Dec 4th 2017
Well, I've been reluctant to create a DV 2017 AOS Thread as I wanted an actual selectee to have the honor of doing that. However, it looks like we may end up with individual Threads being created if this isn't done soon.

So here's an AOS Thread for the lucky selectees already based in the U.S. and planning on processing AOS. Please go through the attached spreadsheet, (it will do you a world of good), and post subsequent questions regarding the processing on this Thread....

DV 2017 AOS Only

2017 Visa issuance number released

Nov 30th 2017
49067 visas were issued at foreign service posts. AOS would at at least 1000 more - probably closer to 1500. So - they exceeded the 50,000 limit, but not the 55,000.

Since they treated the 50,000 as a panic stop, I suspect they have always wanted to enforce 50,000, but have exceeded it in some years either as a deliberate decision (to use some NACARA visas) or simply through a lack of good controls/timely data. Going forward, I expect we will see 50,000 as the limit....

2017 Visa issuance number released

DV 2018 Kenya Selectees

Nov 30th 2017
I'm starting a DV 2018 Kenya forum for those who will be interviewed out of the US Embassy Nairobi, Kenya..I went through the process in 2014, successfully resettled here and my experience might help a soul somewhere as I was helped on this forum..

Gabam here again

Nov 26th 2017
Hey my dear friends, I am pretty sure nobody remembers me. But I just came to this forum to encourage you guys. Please stay strong and hopeful, you will make it eventually. My well wishes for everybody specially the ones going through Administrative Processing.

DV- 2019 Reg Period is over !

Nov 22nd 2017
As of 12:00 noon EST today, the DV-2019 registration period has ended thankfully without any further hiccups,, otherwise the whole process might have to be run for the third time !

All eyes are now on May 15, 2018.

Best of luck and Happy Thanksgiving day !

Supreme Court allows Trump's travel ban to partially take effect

Nov 21st 2017
"The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear arguments on President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order — and will allow parts of the directive to take effect in the meantime. ...
The high court’s action means parts of the order Trump re-issued in March will likely go into effect until the court decides on the legality of the measure, although the court limited the order’s impact on international travelers with clear ties to individuals, businesses or organizations in the United States."...

Supreme Court allows Trump's travel ban to partially take effect

Dv entry question

Nov 20th 2017
i am single, and at question 14 number of children...
Should I leave it empty or what?

Thank you

Mailing address.

Nov 18th 2017
I have a problem.. My nationality is Polish, but I live in Scotland. There is no Scotland on the list for mailing address.. the same 9. Country Where You Live Today. There is no UK also.
Can anyone help ?

Green Card for New born ?

Nov 16th 2017
Dear All,

We had the chance to receive our GC in June this Year. We went to the US for 1 month and came back to France so that my wife can give birth here (late August).

We are moving to the US (final immigration) this December with our baby. We didn't came back to the US before, so this will be the first re-entry for us (and the 1st for the baby).
What do we have to do for our son to have his GC ?

Simon, I read your excellent blog post about this topic but I was wondering if, in term...

Green Card for New born ?

Questions about DV Visa.

Nov 14th 2017
1. If during this year submission I will indicate that my address is in UK (I am not a UK national, I am a EU national living there and I was born in a qualifying EU country), and afterwards I will move to another country, will it affect my eligibility or not?

2. I also plan to change my first and last name. It's most likely to occur later this year. If I will submit a certificate that verifies my name change it will be fine?

3. Once DV visa have been issued and green card is received,...

Questions about DV Visa.

December 2017 Visa Bulletin

Nov 13th 2017
AFRICA: 13,000
Egypt: 8,300
Ethiopia: 9,200

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

EUROPE: 8,200



and the CARIBBEAN: 500

Where on the form I can indiciate that I qualify by my work experience but no high school diploma.

Nov 13th 2017
Hi There;

I hope I am posting on the right forum here; I am applying for DVL 2019 and no where on the form it is asking for my work experience, it is only asking for my education level, so will I be disqualified if I check "High school, No Diploma".

I do have a number of years of qualifying work experience in business management that will qualify me for the Visa.

so, should I just check "High school, No Diploma" and do not mention anything about my work experience ? or there is a part on...

Where on the form I can indiciate that I qualify by my work experience but no high school diploma.

December Visa Bulletin?

Nov 13th 2017
Any idea when it's coming out?

DV 2017 OC Selectees

Nov 13th 2017
With the draw results being imminent, I thought I'd start the next OC thread in preparation.

Good luck everyone, and may the CNs be forever in your favour.

Two Years On

Nov 12th 2017
Greetings fellow DV applicants! I hope by the grace of God that your applications are going smoothly and those who have been selected have been successful. My sincere apologies to those who have messaged and have received tardy or no response from me as I haven't logged onto the forum for quite some time.

I thought since I have a week off from training, I would log in and update you on my story thus far.

After coming into the US back in 2013 (and going through my brother's marriage), I...

Two Years On

A question regarding the photo

Nov 9th 2017
Hello everyone. Sorry if this has already been asked, but is it true that the system automatically disqualifies the photo if it has been modified using Photoshop even in the most insignificant way?

For example, my friend just registered, and he took his application picture at a photo studio, where they merely edited the photo so it had correct pixel ratio, "tilted" it a tiny bit to make sure the face is 100% straight at the camera etc. After that it shows, in the picture's description...

A question regarding the photo

how to edit dv lottery application

Nov 8th 2017

i'm mohammad nazmus sakib chowdhury susan. i just submitted and application for dv lottery 2010 and got the confirmation number as well.

but the problem arised is i just have got to know that my father has decided to shift our present address. whereas i have submitted my current address. if i somehow got selected i wont be able to get the notification by mail service as my current address will be changed and i would be residing in a new address.

so what can i do in this...

how to edit dv lottery application

Claiming eligibility based on spouses country of birth

Nov 6th 2017
I was born in a country thats elegible for DV lottery. My spouse was born in an other country thats elegible too. Going by statistics there are much more people drawn from my wifes country than my country each year but they are of comparable size. I heard that its possible to claim elegibility based on spouses country of elegibility. I just wonder if that works in the case where I was born in an elegible country?

Can someone do the photo for me?

Nov 4th 2017
i took a picture by a professional here in Egypt and was with glasses (he told me it is okay, that was the case last year) then after reading the rules i went back and had to do another photo (he made me pay again!).
anyways he editted the photo using photoshop and croppee (idk what he did but i won't risk it) so i asked for the original photo.

Can someone check with me and help with the cropping? Can do it using conversation or something (the background is also not pure white)....

Can someone do the photo for me?

photo: foreign object

Nov 2nd 2017
Hi all,

Yet another picture confusion: i've had a photo taken in the studio, and accidentally a corner of a lamp glareshield came into view. It covers about 15 percent of the field way outside my head, i.e. it only obscures a spot of the background. I've ran my picture through the photo tool, but it's still there.

The photo requirements say that the picture be taken against a white background and not enhanced. I could cut out the piece of shield using Photoshop, but then under careful...

photo: foreign object