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Earthquake in Nepal

Apr 25th 2015
As you probably know by now, sadly a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Nepal has caused extensive damage in the capital Kathmandu, bringing down walls and buildings and killing many people. This may have a significant impact on the Asia DV if the Embassy is unable to function properly or selectees are unable to attend medicals or interviews. Too early to tell if this would mean the RoA will be held up to wait for Nepal, or speeded up to compensate or they go on as normal. My guess is they would hold...

Earthquake in Nepal

DV 2017 Winners

Apr 25th 2015
It is never too early to be a winner!

DV 2016 Oceania winners

Apr 24th 2015
So with a matter of weeks until DV-2016 selections are released, I though I'd start a new thread for fellow DV 2016 Oceania winners (or those who missed out) to share thoughts, stories and progress.

Fingers crossed for all Oceania applications, and may your CN be low (but higher than mine).

6 Months In

Apr 20th 2015
It's been six months since I've moved down to the US after my interview in early October. I'm not having as much time as I thought I would to visit here regularly. But I just wanted to stop by and re-thank all the big regulars and everyone else who helped me with all my questions back then! This board is truly a great resource!

Receiving the Green Card in The U.S

Apr 20th 2015
Hi everyone,

I won the Green Card thru the annual Lottery. In my case, I am still in my country of origin and I am waiting to pay the final fee for the Green Card to be sent to the American Address.

My question is about who can receive the Green Card envelope? Is it mandatory that I receive the envelope or someone else can? It is a really good friend of mine... but I was wondering if the Embassy needs me to be in the US to be the one receiving it. I was planning to pay the fee now but not...

Receiving the Green Card in The U.S

2015 WINNERS FROM CAMEROON

Apr 19th 2015
Hello Cameroonians let share ur experiences here

Minimum residence period before applying for a visa from Abu Dhabi US embassy

Apr 16th 2015
Is there a minimum residence period in a country (for example the UAE) before a family can apply for a DV immigrant visa?

We are currently living in an European country as a family holding European passports, except the spouse. The spouse is on a visit visa and having her status changed by the local immigration authorities, but this may take some time.

Just in case we get selected, we are planning to withdraw our status adjustment application and move back to the UAE as legal residents...

Minimum residence period before applying for a visa from Abu Dhabi US embassy

FYI about Unlocking DS-260

Apr 16th 2015
Since the online DS-260 is new this year for DV selectees, I thought I'd post this info here in case anyone was curious as to the procedure and timeframe.

Five days ago I emailed KCC to unlock my form (my email included my name, case number and date of birth, as per instructions).

I wanted it unlocked because I was able to get exact dates on a few places I've lived in -- I initially remembered the year/season but not the exact month -- and wanted to update those.

Today they sent the...

FYI about Unlocking DS-260

Protecting against increasingly strong US Dollar?

Apr 15th 2015
Has any of you with substantial savings been buying US Dollars (or options to buy), due to ever weakening currencies compared to the USD? We are all cashed up, mostly in AUD (and some in EUR).

Currently, 1 AUD buys only 0.76 USD. Not all that long ago you would be getting 0.90 and we could even experience parity and beyond! We could've...should've...

I've been reading a lot lately about the markets and analysis, and I am seriously considering protecting our cash savings from a declining AUD...

Protecting against increasingly strong US Dollar?

Passport and birth certificate - different spelling

Apr 15th 2015
Hi guys !

My number is now current and my interview is coming soon !

I am a French citizen and applied as such.

when entering the lottery (on the eDV website), I followed the guidelines, and copied the informations exactly as written on my passport.

I was selected for further processing and filled my DS260, carefully copying my passport again.

unfortunately, when I started gathering my supporting documents, I found out that my middle name "Henry" was actually spelt "Henri (with...​
Passport and birth certificate - different spelling

Following a lottery winner as a spouse.

Apr 15th 2015
If the kids join the principal DV lottery winner to apply for immigrant visas at a U.S. Embassy in North Africa, and the spouse is unable to join them due to work commitment in the UK. Would the spouse be able to apply for the same immigrant visa in London say a month or two later and if so, what is the usual procedure and paperwork required? Thank you.

Denied boarding on flight to US - with I-551 stamp

Apr 14th 2015
I've just been denied boarding by the airline company on a flight from Budapest to NYC via Oslo. I had my passport with visa stamped on November 7th, which should have counted as a Green Card. But they denied me boarding for the reason that I also need to present the physical Green Card. I haven't yet payed it and it hasn't been issued.
Urgent help appreciated.!!

Visa Bulletin For May 2015

Apr 14th 2015
Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 34,150 Except:
Egypt: 24,675
Ethiopia: 30,000
ASIA 5,950
EUROPE 34,125
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 6
OCEANIA 1,175
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN 1,075

MAY VB

Apr 13th 2015
Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 34,150 Except:
Egypt: 24,675
Ethiopia: 30,000
ASIA 5,950
EUROPE 34,125
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 6
OCEANIA 1,175
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN 1,075

Health insurance for new immigrants (senior/older) folks

Apr 13th 2015
Hi everyone,
This is my first time posting in this part of the forum. I'm wondering how do lottery winners deal with health insurance issues. A US citizen can sponsor their parents but looks like parents when they get to US with green card, they (or USC sponsor) have to buy their private health insurance which can be expensive especially if the parents have hepatitis or diabetes kind of issues which at older age say close to 60 is common place in other parts of the world.

I'm in MA and...

Health insurance for new immigrants (senior/older) folks

STARTING A BUSINESS AFTER IMMIGRATING ON DV VISA

Apr 11th 2015
Hello forum!
Just want to invite any entrepreneurs out there who relocated on DV and went on to establish businesses. All are also welcome to chip in
please come on board and share your journey experiences here.

Dv2016 entry date

Apr 10th 2015
hi, thought if everyone can submit there date of entry and everyone can write down his info , in order to see who will be lucky! Hope everyone will get lucky!

Entry date: 20 october 2014
Country: lebanon, AS
Ya rab

F1 visa holder and medical absence.

Apr 10th 2015
The International student advisor once told me that the only exception that allows one as an F1 visa holder to stay in the United States without transferring to another school or changing to another non-immigrant status is a medical leave of absence. Could somebody please point to me where this is officially written, and for how long is this exception can take once granted? if she was granted this permission lets say for 7 months without attending classes and travel out of the country, will she...

F1 visa holder and medical absence.

dv Tanzania 2015 meet here

Apr 9th 2015
Hello guys

40 and applying for DV

Apr 8th 2015
Hello everyone ,

After applying more than 10x and with no luck, I forgot all about it and decided to live @ home (Africa) with my wife and 3 little kids. Four years passed but this time (I dont know why) I tried again: ) The question is what if Im lucky this time? Im already 40 with 3 kids under 10 and established my own small company. I have Msc but I dont think it is accepted there unless its Americanized. Shall I give it a try? Any suggestions?

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