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Trump attacks Diversity Visa program

Feb 19th 2018
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He continues to attack it in a string of tweets..... I wonder if that would have an effect on the discussions for a new immigration system...

March 2018 Visa Bulletin

Feb 12th 2018
Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except
Those Listed Separately

AFRICA 21,100 Except:
Egypt: 14,500
Ethiopia: 20,100
ASIA 5,300 Except:
Nepal: 4,550
EUROPE 15,950
and the CARIBBEAN 925

URGENT HELP Needed - OC Interview mid Feb

Feb 10th 2018
Hi all,

I was one of the lucky winners of DV2018 and I actually have my interview at the Sydney consulate sometime this week!

I understand that the visa must be activated within 6 months of it being granted OR before the medical expires, now I completed my medicals about a month ago (mid January), so in theory I only have about 5 months to go before I must make a trip to the US to get it activated (sometime in July 2018 at the very latest).

I recently received an offer for a job...

URGENT HELP Needed - OC Interview mid Feb

New Definition of Public Charge Proposed

Feb 9th 2018
The government is looking into expanding the current definition of what constitutes a public charge. Things such as enrolling a child in government pre-school programs or receiving subsidies for utility bills or health insurance premiums will constitute being a public charge under this new definition.

Some of the benefits being targeted (not limited to these):
  • some “educational benefits,” including use of Head Start for children
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...

New Definition of Public Charge Proposed

credit history for someone living abroad

Feb 7th 2018
Hi everyone,

hope yall doing well its been longtime since i got my green card and i got advise from some of you guys to apply for reentry permit to not abandon my green card as im planning to move to us permanently by end of this year

after i came back and i was already got my (SSN-GC-DL-bank account) i decide to get my self credit card from our local bank, and when they know im gc holder and i have to file my tax every year just like US citizens they told me i have to bring my SSN to get...

credit history for someone living abroad

Please, everyone who got SSN automatically, let me know

Feb 7th 2018
hello everybody in the forum, i wish everyone a good health
Dear Maddam/Sir(s)
I need to aprove something, the thing is, I have answered "yes" to the Social Secuirty Number to be issued in my DS-260 case, and as i read from social secuirty administration website, my SSN card will be Sent to to my mailing address automatically after 3 weeks of my arrival, without filling any Special Application or going to SSA office myself,
but after 2 weeks, one of my friends asked me to go to SSA office in...

Please, everyone who got SSN automatically, let me know

When to submit DS-260 form to get an interview in July 2018?

Jan 31st 2018
Hi guys,

I am so excited to be selected for DV2018 with a case number EU000035xx. The winning the lottery has changed our plan very much, as we have never expected to be selected nor planned to move to the U.S.

I'd appreciate if you could answer to a very important question to us. Due to some reasons we want to delay our relocation as much as possible, preferably until July 2018.

1) Can we delay our relocation by submitting DS-260 forms at a later time?
2) What is the average time that...

When to submit DS-260 form to get an interview in July 2018?

DV 2018 EU Selectees

Jan 29th 2018
Thread created on request for DV2018 EU Selectees to share ideas and encourage each other.

DV 2018 South america and the Caribbean Selectees

Jan 26th 2018
This thread was created specifically for selectees of the DV 2018 South America and Caribbean region to potentially ask questions about processing. All the best to everyone

Diversity Visa Lottery entry and J1 Visa application

Jan 20th 2018
Hello all! Long time no 'see'!

First of all, I apologise for the nature of this thread, I know there are many out there on the same topic but most of them are fairly old (as far as I could tell) and I was hoping to get some insight from anyone who may have come up against this or has any ideas about this issue from recent years (particularly in light of Trump-ism and anti-immigration laws).

I have entered the GC lottery I think 4 or 5 times. I was successful in 2014 (when they selected far...

Diversity Visa Lottery entry and J1 Visa application

Which part the of states all you winners mostly settle in?

Jan 18th 2018
Just wondering where mostly settled in? It looks like WA economy is booming with lot of tech jobs out there. I've been considering WA,ID,CO & UT in that order.

February 2018 Visa Bulletin

Jan 17th 2018
AFRICA: 17,700
Egypt: 12,400
Ethiopia: 16,600

ASIA: 4,400
Nepal: 3,875

EUROPE: 13,800



and the CARIBBEAN: 800

After filing DS-260...

Jan 14th 2018

I'm one of the lucky ones in the DV-2018 lottery. I have submitted the DS-260 form a while ago, and I have just received the paperwork (i.e. birth certificates, police certificates etc.) Do these need to be emailed to KCCDV (at) state.... ? Is there anything else that needs to be done to complete the paperwork?

Thanks in advance.

Regarding the 12 month period prior to moving.

Jan 14th 2018
My wife and I would like to thank everybody on this forum, for your help and information that you share with us! - It has been a great help!

A quick question, we went for our activation trip 30 of june 2017. We plan to move this year in end of may or early june 2018, which would make it 10-11 month outside US borders. We will of course buy a 1-way ticket, have proof that we have sold our apartment.

I am quite conviced that it won´t be any trouble, we are decent people.
My wife is quite...

Regarding the 12 month period prior to moving.

Interview location and DS-260 questions

Jan 9th 2018

I have a few questions regarding my application. I am EU 15XXX. I have submitted my DS-260
in May 2017 while I was still living in Country A. Since then I moved back home to my home
country B starting July 2017 and now I am working in Country C since January 2018.
My interview was set for Country A.
1. Can I have my medical done in a different country than my interview?
I am considering to leave my interview for country A but do my medical in country C.
Is that possible?...

Interview location and DS-260 questions

CEAC data is available and we are scraping!!!

Jan 1st 2018
The 2018 CEAC data became available as soon as the year turned to 2018. Gotta love the USCIS IT guys!

We are now scraping the data which will provide much anticipated insight into how DV2018 will proceed. Please take a few minutes to solve some CAPTCHAS and spread the word. Many hands makes light work.

Dv2019 Issues, Any Help?

Dec 31st 2017
Hello guys
join this great forum a couple of days ago but i had gone through the trends for than 2 hrs each day. The moderators and avid contributors are doing an amazing work. y'all are awesome.
Having a confusion over my EDV entry i made on Dv2019.
1.My place of birth on my relevant documents is not the same as the birth place i entered On Edv though every important document has the same place of birth,i realize this after i printed out the confirmation page of the Edv form(i entered...

Dv2019 Issues, Any Help?

The "been there done that" thread: life in the US after DV

Dec 30th 2017
Maybe mods can make this sticky. I think it'll be worthwhile- it's always interesting to see the progress other people have made when you are on a similar path. The idea is to add links to blogs etc here rather than fill this thread with posts. The ones below are the ones I am aware of/can remember ... Apologies if I forgot anyone but please add on.

CrawfinUSA - an Aussie in Maine:

Guriix - a Kenyan...

The "been there done that" thread: life in the US after DV

Dv 2014 Kenyan Selectees report here

Dec 24th 2017
I have created this new thread for the Eastern Africans to use as we pray and hope this new soft ware will work this time round. lets cross our fingures hoping the old forums can be recovered and some how link them to this thread.

DV 2015 Selectees from Ghana

Dec 21st 2017
2015 winners from Ghana, kindly share you thoughts.