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New Changes to Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form

The Department of State submitted request to make the following changes to the electronic diversity visa entry form which will be available to diversity visa program for 2024 fiscal, DV2024.

An obvious change to the CURRENT eDV form is the absence of the Passport requirement.

In February this year, a federal district court vacated the regulation by Department of State which required  entrants to submit a valid and unexpired passport information.

The agency had not followed the rulemaking process of 30 to 60 days for comments before making the changes according the the court hearing.

Subsequently, Department of State removed the passport requirement in response to this judgment.

 

[CURRENT]

#1.  Last/ Family Name                        First Name                      Middle Name

This current version allowed applicants to check the box last name unknown, first name unknown, and middle name unknown.

[PROPOSED CHANGES] Require Last Name on all entries

Last/ Family Name                        First Name                      Middle Name

[CURRENT]

    #13. What is your current marital status? 

  •  Unmarried
  •  Married and my spouse is NOT a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
  •  Married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
  •  Divorced
  •  Widowed
  •  Legally Separated

Legal separation is an arrangement when a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, your spouse will

not be able to immigrate with you through the Diversity Visa program; however, you must include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the

Diversity Visa. Failure to list your eligible spouse is grounds for disqualification. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do not list him/her in your

entry.

[PROPOSED CHANGES] Revise language in question #13 regarding legal separation and allow optional spouse entry.

  #13.  What is your current marital status? 

  • Unmarried
  • Married and my spouse is NOT a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
  • Married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)   
  • Divorced
  • Widowed
  •  Legally Separated
    • Enter Spouse Information

Legal separation is an arrangement when a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, your spouse will not be

able to immigrate with you through the Diversity Visa program. You will not be penalized if you choose to enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally separated.

If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the Diversity Visa. Failure to list your

eligible spouse is grounds for disqualification.

If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do not list him/her in your entry

 

Overall, these changes have resulted in few questions on the form. There are 14 questions now instead of 15.

Not all entrants will have to answer all the questions,  only those that are applicable. Check out my video explanation of these changes.

 

Single Applicant Interview Checklist for Diversity Visa Lottery

 Interview Appointment Letter

Bring your  second notification (2NL) or interview appointment email or letter to your interview.

DS260 Confirmation Page

Don’t forget to bring the confirmation page of your DS260 application.

Two Color Passport size photos 

Bring (2) color passport photos . You should write your full name and date of birth at the back of the photos.

Valid and unexpired Passport 

Bring a passport with at least (6) months expiration and at least (2) unstamped pages

Original Birth Certificate 

Bring your original and (2) photocopies of your birth certificate.

School Certificate(s)if applicable 

Bring all your school certificates from secondary school and up, if you have this education.

Work Experience Documents- if applicable 

Bring your employment appointment letter typed on company letterhead. Anything documentation that could help support that you are employed or have been employed.

Visa Fees

Don’t forget to bring your visa fees of $330 or equivalent in your local currency. This fee will be required to be paid before interview begins.

Most important of all is to bring your confidence and say a prayer!

Goodluck !!

How to Send an Effective Email to Kentucky Consular Center, KCC – Green Card Lottery

Throughout your diversity visa journey, there might come a time when you might need to send an email to KCC to unlock your DS260 application to make important changes to your case or general inquiry about your case. General inquiries about diversity visa, DV, or case update must be sent to kccdv@state.gov

This article has already been explained in a video available on my YouTube channel Wofoy TV 

With over 100,000 selectees in the DV lottery, it is expected that KCC would be dealing with enormous number of emails. Therefore, you want to make sure the important details in your email doesn’t get swept under the rag with automated response which sometimes do not address the issue.

I have come up with a more effective way to send an email to KCCto get an effective response.

1. Why do you want to contact KCC?

You need to ask yourself why it is necessary for you to contact KCC because contacting them over unimportant matters will just be waste of resources.

2. Your concern must be relevant to KCC.

We get caught up in our own stories and what detail we think will sweetened our stories but at the end of the day, KCC can only assist you with issues that are under their jurisdiction. So, make sure your issue is something KCC can help solve.

3. Keep your message simple and short.

Keeping your message simple and short will keep the KCC contractor reading to respond to your email engaged. Long and winding stories get boring, and no one wants to read a boring story. Besides, you are not the only one emailing KCC, but you want to make sure, you get the resolution or answer you desire, and this will help get you that.

4. Ready to Compose your email

Make sure you have the correct email address, put your case number in the subject line and identify yourself or the applicant who is the subject of this email to that KCC will provide the appropriate solution.

 

5. Offer options on your expected solutions

Most of the time when people contact KCC, they want their cases to be unlocked or some changes to be made to their cases. If you are unsure of what appropriate solution to apply to your case, you could ask KCC to make the changes is possible or unlock your case for you. This is a better way because you could avoid unlocking your case if KCC can effect the changes on your behalf.

 

6. Put steps 1-5 together

You are now ready to put everything together. You could start or end with step 5.

And don’t forget to end your message with appreciation or a kind message. They say, “you attract more bees with honey than vinegar”.

Congratulations!! You have successfully completed your lesson on sending an effective email to KCC.

Good luck to you on this journey!

OFFICIAL GREEN CARD LOTTERY REGISTRATION| DV2023 Green Card- Opens!

The official Green Card lottery registration for the Diversity Visa Lottery 2023 fiscal year opens on October 6th at noon Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) to November 9th noon Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5).

Each year the United States government makes available 55,000 immigrant visas to people from countries with historically low immigration rates to the Untied States of America. Selection is a randomly done by computer.  The number of available diversity visas are distributed amount the six regions by State Department: Africa region(AF), Asia Region (AS), Europe Region (EU), Oceania Region (OC), North America (NA), South America and Caribbean (SA).

Selected applicants must complete immigrant visa application, complete medical exams and pass their interview at a U.S. Embassy post to obtain a visa.

DV2023 Instructions for the application has been published to help applicants understand the requirements and the FAQs

It is FREE to apply and there’s no need to pay to apply. You can easily do it yourself by watching my YouTube video explanation of the process available on Wofoy TV channel

Click this link to take you to the official application>> DV2023 GREEN CARD LOTTERY APPLICATION

On October 6th, these will be some of the local times that you can begin gaining access to the website:

Ghana 4pm local time

Liberia 4pm local time

Kenya 7pm Local time

Uganda 7pm Local time

Cameroon 5pm Local time

South Africa 6pm Local time

Ethiopia 7pm Local time

GOOD LUCK to you all

 

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Is Green Card Lottery DV2023 Cancelled? Diversity Visa Lottery

Rumors have been going around on the internet about whether the diversity visa lottery will be cancelled for the 2023 fiscal year. The many hiccups by the U. S. State Department in dealing with  visa processing and interview backlogs for the DV2020 and DV2021 has led many to this speculation. Which is, if it is even worth continuing the program if the State department cannot handle interviewing all selectees and approving visas for  the qualified selectees who are able to pass their interviews.

These assumptions make sense but they are not facts!

The diversity visa program’s 2023 fiscal year application in October 2021 will not be cancelled due to various reasons I will explain below. You can watch my video discussion of this issue.

It would take an act of congress to cancel the diversity visa a.k.a. green card lottery program because the program was established by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 (INA 1990). This was passed by both houses of congress and signed by George H.W. Bush. Therefore, for the diversity visa program to be canceled, it will have to go through similar process.

U. S. State Department as a branch of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not have the authority to cancel the diversity visa lottery program.  However, the State Department can petition congress to review the program. Even so, that would still be in the hands of congress.

Republican senators Tom Cotton, of the Senate Judiciary Committee (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) introduced legislation in 2017  called RAISE Act , that sought to eliminate the diversity visa program. Republican representative Bill Posey, of the Senate Judiciary Committee(R-Florida) also sponsor a bill called SAFE for America Act  to end the diversity visa program in 2017. Recent attempt has come from Republican senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana). Sen. Kennedy introduced Visa Lottery Repeal Act . So far, these have been some of the attempts to end the program.

The diversity visa 2023 application period is few days away for such a dramatic end to the program to take place. As I have explained above, it will need the act of congress to end or eliminate the program and few days to a new fiscal year is too short for this to happen.

Immigration proponents in the congress are fighting for an increase in the number of diversity visas from 55,000 to 85,000. Rep.  Grace Meng (D-NY) voted to include an amendment  on the House Appropriation Committee Infrastructure funding of Department of Homeland Security, that would rollover any unused diversity visas from 2020 and 2021 fiscal years to the subsequent years.

For these reasons, diversity visa lottery  will continue for now! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos and also, watch my prediction for DV2023 application start date!

Long live Green Card Lottery!!

 

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