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  1. Britsimon

    June VB released (covering July interviews) - No change on the numbers.

    Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately AFRICA CURRENT Except: Egypt 42,000 ASIA CURRENT Except: Nepal 13,500 EUROPE CURRENT NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN CURRENT...
  2. Britsimon

    All about the new DS5540 form for Public charge

    http://britsimonsays.com/all-about-the-ds-5540/
  3. Britsimon

    About the documents incomplete email sent yesterday...

    http://britsimonsays.com/update-regarding-documents-not-complete-email-sent-yesterday/
  4. Britsimon

    February 2020 VB for March 2020 interviews published

    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-for-february-2020.html Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately AFRICA31,500 Except: Egypt 22,000 ASIA 12,500 Except: Iran 7,600 Nepal 8,800...
  5. Britsimon

    2NLs being sent already for Feb interviews

    2NLs are already going out, but not all 2NLs will go out today - there could be some sent later this month. They will ONLY go out to cases that are current AND had submitted their documents BEFORE December. You can read about that here -...
  6. Britsimon

    December 2019 Visa bulletin for January 2020 interviews released

    Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately AFRICA19,000 Except: Egypt 10,000 ASIA8,200 Except: Iran 5,100 Nepal 6,500 EUROPE10,300 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 8 OCEANIA1,200 SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN1,075 Good progress I'd say!
  7. Britsimon

    Cairo embassy reached limit in DV2019??

    Someone on AP from Cairo embassy got this today from the embassy_ " We regret to inform you that the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) Program has reached its mandated numerical limit for DV applicants. The Embassy cannot issue any more DV 2019 visas even for those who were initially selected and who...
  8. Britsimon

    How the lottery draw process works, what are the holes and so on...

    This video seems to be easily understood (judging by audience reaction), and is a simple explanation of the draw process itself and explains why case numbers have HOLES in them... So - if you are case number 20,000 for example, this explains why there are NOT 19,999 cases in front of you!
  9. Britsimon

    VB for July 2019 interviews released

    AFRICA CURRENT Except: Egypt 23,400 ASIA CURRENT Except: Nepal 6,275 EUROPE CURRENT NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN CURRENT http://britsimonsays.com/vb-for-july-interviews-released/
  10. Britsimon

    CEAC data scraping help needed.

    The CEAC data is now available at the CEAC site. The government pulled a last minute tweak to try and stop their servers being overwhelmed by "bots" and malicious activity, but Xarthisius rapidly implemented a change to our scraping process to get us back in business. All the scraping is...
  11. Britsimon

    New document procedure being implemented

    KCC are sending emails to some (or perhaps all) cases asking the selected to scan and email the main documents to KCC. I assume this is an attempt to improve processing speed and perhaps help in assisting the embassies make good decisions. I see it as a positive improvement. So - if you receive...
  12. Britsimon

    October 2018 Visa Bulletin (November interviews)

    Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately AFRICA 6,400Except: Egypt 4,000 ASIA 1,600 Except: Iran 1,550 Nepal 1,100 EUROPE 4,400 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 9 OCEANIA 200 SOUTH AMERICA,and the CARIBBEAN 355...
  13. Britsimon

    Travel Ban upheld by SCOTUS

    5-4 decision on party lines. The Gorsuch appointment paid off for Trump.
  14. Britsimon

    March 2018 Visa Bulletin

    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 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 10 OCEANIA 875 SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN 925
  15. Britsimon

    CEAC data is available and we are scraping!!!

    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...
  16. Britsimon

    2017 Visa issuance number released

    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...
  17. Britsimon

    DV2017 data available

    Courtesy of @Xarthisius and a small army of incredible volunteers!!! Some early analysis here - more to folow. http://britsimonsays.com/dv2017-ceac-data/
  18. Britsimon

    Let's get the CEAC data!!!

    @Xarthisius and I want to invite you to a party!! We need help to get the CEAC data for DV2017. Xarthisius has written a tool, and we are already seeing the results. We just need some "crowdsourced" fingers on keyboards. http://britsimonsays.com/ceac-extraction-tool-help-needed/
  19. Britsimon

    Possible early announcement of September VB numbers

    I'm cautiously optimistic that these will be the numbers for October interviews... http://britsimonsays.com/possible-early-notice-first-dv2018-visa-bulletin/
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