DV 2022

Protecting Your Information Against Cybercriminals During your Immigration Process

The immigration process can be a life-changing journey, but it’s important to navigate it with caution, especially in the digital age. Cybercriminals are constantly seeking opportunities to exploit sensitive information for illicit purposes. Protecting your personal data during the immigration process is paramount to ensure the safety of your identity and privacy. This article aims to provide you with valuable tips to safeguard your information and mitigate the risk of falling victim to cybercriminals.

  1. Be cautious with online communication:

During the immigration process, you may need to interact with Kentucky Consular Center and/or U.S. Embassy at your local jurisdiction. Exercise caution when sharing personal information via email, messaging apps, or online forms. Verify the authenticity of the recipient’s email address or website before sharing any sensitive details. Use secure communication channels whenever possible, such as encrypted messaging apps or secure online portals provided by official immigration entities.

  1. Strengthen your passwords:

Create strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts related to immigration matters. A strong password should be lengthy, combining uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using easily guessable information like your birthdate or family members’ names. Implementing a password manager can help generate and securely store complex passwords for all your accounts. Kentucky Consular Center and sometimes your local U.S. Embassy might be communicating with you via email and it is important to ensure that your email account is secured by implementing a stronger password. 

  1. Beware of phishing attempts:

Cybercriminals often employ phishing techniques to trick individuals into revealing their personal information. Be cautious of suspicious emails, messages, or phone calls asking for your immigration details or login credentials. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unverified sources. When in doubt, contact the relevant immigration authorities directly through their official channels to verify the legitimacy of any requests. Inspect the sender’s email address to ensure that it comes from a trusted source.

  1. Secure your devices:

Ensure the security of your devices by keeping their operating systems, apps, and antivirus software up to date. Enable automatic updates to ensure you have the latest security patches. Use reputable antivirus software and perform regular scans to detect and remove any malware or malicious programs that may compromise your data.

  1. Guard against vishing attacks:

Vishing, or voice phishing, is a tactic used by cybercriminals to deceive individuals over the phone and extract sensitive information. Be cautious when receiving calls related to your immigration process. Never share personal details, such as your social security number or financial information, over the phone unless you initiated the call and are confident about the legitimacy of the recipient. 

Remember that legitimate organizations will never ask for sensitive information over an unsolicited phone call.

           Verify caller identity:

If you receive a call requesting sensitive information, always verify the caller’s identity before sharing any personal data. Ask for the caller’s full name, department, and a call-back number. Use official sources, such as the official website or contact details provided by the immigration authorities, to cross-verify the information you received. This helps ensure you are speaking with a genuine representative.

     6. Regularly monitor your accounts:

Stay vigilant and frequently monitor your immigration-related accounts for any suspicious activities. Regularly review your bank statements, credit reports, and transaction histories to identify any unauthorized or fraudulent transactions. Promptly report any discrepancies or suspicious activities to the relevant authorities.

Protecting your information during the immigration process is crucial in safeguarding your identity and privacy. By adopting proactive measures such as secure communication practices, strong passwords, and being cautious of phishing attempts, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to cybercriminals. Additionally, maintaining device security, encrypting sensitive data, and monitoring your accounts help ensure a secure immigration journey. Stay informed, be vigilant, and take proactive steps to protect your information, allowing you to focus on your immigration goals with peace of mind.

Want to Study in USA??

Step 1

1. Have a journal to keep track of your journey and the information you acquire throughout this process.

2. First to find a school

3. Find a school that meets your needs and not the other way round.

 4. Use Google, Bing, yahoo to find schools

5. Or you can find schools through recommendations

6. Apply for admission

Step 2: After Admission Acceptance

Get admission Decision

Request for Certification of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant Status (F-1) for Academic or language studies or  M-1 status for vocational studies, Form I-20

Register in SEVIS & Pay your SEVIS fee

**Student & Exchange Visa Program (SEVIP)

Step 3 : Fill Visa Application & Get Interview Appointment

 Visa processing fee is paid in advance before the interview day. You will make the payment either in the local currency at the bank designated as the payment merchant in the country where you will be interviewing at. You can check your local U.S. embassy homepage for the current exchange rate.

  • Get Interview Appointment
Step 4 : Preparation for Interview

Preparing for interview can be both exciting and nerve-racking. In order to help you prepare for interview, there are some of the documentations you may need to gather for your D-day: 

  1. Passport : Valid and unexpired passport and with minimum 2 fresh pages.
  2. Confirmation page of the Nonimmigrant visa application form, DS-160 
  3. Certification of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant Status (F-1) for Academic or language studies or  M-1 status for vocational studies, Form I-20
  4.  Academic documentations such as : transcripts, admission letter, degrees/diplomas/certificates, proof of financial sustainability, and evidence to  show your intent to return after completion of your program.
Step 5: Interview Day

On your interview day, arrive early to avoid unnecessary. Bring your documentations and be prepared to prove your eligibility to the consular officer. You may not get a second chance so be ready to do your best.

Some questions to think about
  1. Why did you choose this particular school?
  2. What program will you study?
  3. How long will you stay?
  4. Where do you plan to live, -off campus or on campus or with friends/family?
  5. What are your academic goals or what you intend to do with this education?
  6. How will the education help you in your home country?
  7. How will education in the United States help your career goals?

Which Drug Abuse Can Make you inadmissible to the United States?

The United States has some of the strictest drug laws in the world, and those laws extend to foreign nationals who wish to enter the country.

Under Section 202 of the Controlled Substance Act, individuals who have engaged in drug abuse or drug trafficking may be deemed inadmissible to the United States.

Specifically, Section 202 lists a number of controlled substances that are illegal under federal law. These substances include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, among others. If an individual has used or possessed any of these substances, they may be denied entry to the United States.

But it’s not just recreational drug use that can cause problems. Section 202 also covers prescription drug abuse. If an individual has abused prescription drugs or has a history of addiction, they may also be deemed inadmissible.

Section 202 of the Controlled Substance Act has broken  them down into (IV) schedules: Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV. Here are some of the drugs listed under each schedule:

Schedule I:

  • Heroin
  • LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • Marijuana (cannabis)
  • Ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA)
  • Methaqualone
  • Peyote

Schedule II:

  • Cocaine
  • Opium
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Adderall (amphetamine)
  • Ritalin (methylphenidate)
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone)
  • OxyContin (oxycodone)

Schedule III:

  • Ketamine
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Testosterone

Schedule IV:

  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)
  • Tramadol
  • Ambien (zolpidem)

The above is not a comprehensive list. Please refer to Sec 202 of Controlled Substances Act

Monthly IV Issuances by U.S Embassies & Consulates per Region for 2023 DV Lottery Winners

It’s the beginning of a new fiscal year, 2023 and interviews have already begun at many posts/embassies around the world. In October 2022, a total of  1,356 visas were issued to Diversity Visa applicants by 62 U.S. embassies around the world.

This is a breakdown of the number of diversity visas issued  and where they were issued.

The 5 top posts in Europe based on performance in the month of October 2022 (FY2023)

  • Algiers
  • Cairo
  • Yaoundé
  • Addis Ababa
  • Lomé

The 5 top posts in Asia based on performance in the month of October 2022 (FY2023)

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amman
  • Bangkok
  • Kuwait City
  • Doha & Hong Kong


The 5 top posts in Europe based on performance in the month of October 2022 (FY2023)

  • Warsaw
  • Tashkent
  • Tirana
  • Frankfurt
  • Ankara

Top performers in South America Region in the month of October 2022

  • Lima
  • Georgetown

U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji is the top performer in Oceania in the month of October 2022


Only Montreal issued visa in the NA region in the month of October 2022

We hope that many more embassies will increase their working capacities and more interviews will be scheduled for DV lottery winners. Please check out Wofoy TV YouTube channel for more info.


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What Grades Qualify for the Diversity Visa aka “Green Card Lottery”?

For Ghana, you must have  a “C” average on the WASSCE or “D” average for those who wrote SSCE, with  credits (A1-C6) in at least six subjects including Core English, Math, Integrated Science  and three Electives.

For Kenya, you must have passed the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) with a minimum average score of D – (minus). For those who wrote the examinations before 1986, the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) score must be a minimum of Division IV

For Burundi, you must have a Diploma D’Etat or Diploma A2

For Eritrea, you must have a minimum of five “D” grades on the Eritrean  Secondary Education Certificate

For Uganda,  you must have the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) “A- Level” or “O level” certificate with a minimum of one principal pass (Grade A-E) and at least one subsidiary Pass (Grade O) out of four subject exams or secondary pass out of four  total subject exams.

For Togo, you must have Diplome de Baccalaureate

This list will be updated as more embassies make this information available and accessible.

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