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  1. Good luck all of you !
  2. You’re lucky it got there. When I lived in SA I literally only had half the stuff ever sent to me from overseas arrive...and that’s stuff I knew about. There was a much better success rate for things that got sent via my work PO Box number so I’d also suggest that if it is an option for people. Clearly they are less eager to mess with businesses than individuals.
  3. Either is technically fine, with #1 you can’t add him to the entry as such later but only after the fact to your case if you win; , #2 will be less hassle if you do get selected so it probably makes sense to wait and do it then. Still more than a week till entries close after that.
  4. Lol yes indeed. It takes over your life even when you’re trying to ignore it because so many decisions have to take it into account - no point in buying new car tv whatever for example, not sure when to plan holidays because you don't know when your interview might be. And, most people don’t say anything to most of their friends or relatives until they know they’re approved after the interview so you constantly feel like you’re biting your tongue ...
  5. 1. No, it’s a computerized random draw. 2. If you get selected, then you get assigned a case number which determines your interview date. 3. Yes (I won on iPhone photos). You can use a professional if you want of course, just make sure you find one who does US photos regularly as they differ to most other passport/visa photos.
  6. Disastrous for the people who were mistakenly selected, not the real selectees like you!
  7. Sadly (if you read the full link they explain the problem) just seems to be yet another IT glitch. Becoming more rare to have a year without one now... hopefully nothing as disastrous as Dv2012 happens again.
  8. Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those concerned, however, we must restart the entry process for this year (DV-2019). The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at 11:00am, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at 11:00am, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. If you entered before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, that entry will not be considered, and you will need to submit another entry during the new registration period. You may submit one new entry without being disqualified for submitting multiple entries. Individuals who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified. Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website,, during the registration period. DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s public webpage at All other eligibility requirements remain the same. Beginning May 15, 2018, DV-2019 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at to see if their entry was selected. Entrant Status Check will inform successful entrants how to apply for DVs for themselves and their eligible family members. The Department also will confirm visa interview appointments through the Entrant Status Check.
  9. That’s odd, but anyway I’d be certain the photo places in sandton City would know - they’re right across from the US consulate and probably do loads of them. Btw we took ours on our iPhones and they were fine. As long as you meet the specs, no problem.
  10. At that stage it will usually depend on the age of the kid which grade they get placed into. You'll be arriving for a new school year so they will begin whatever grade in August - it may be either half a year "ahead" or half a year "back".
  11. It changes at various times. When we moved over, the average was 1-2 months. Then at some point they changed a system or something and everything got delayed and that's when it was taking 3 months or so. The last year or so I've seen a lot of reports that it's arriving within a month.
  12. Bank of America usually will open with just a passport. You'll need an actual credit account to get a credit score, not just any bank account, so you'll need to apply for a secured credit card - you won't get an unsecured one with no history and no US address. i can confirm that Chase will require proof of residence so don't waste time with them
  13. Great to hear it's all going well!
  14. I believe all DMVs tie DLs to the length of the validity of the document, hence if the stamped visa is a valid I551 for a year, the license will expire in a year - I guess that's why the original post says the current passport/visa will give them a DL valid for one year. But a 10-year GC will allow them to get the max validity of a Pennsylvania DL, which appears to be 4 years. (i know someone who had a 2-year conditional GC (marriage) and DL was therefore valid for 2 years only at first.)
  15. I believe it currently takes around 4 weeks after entry, assuming you've already paid the uscis immigrant fee.