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  1. Excellent point indeed. On that assumption, then we might see a slight increase for DV22. From what I’ve heard, it’s still planned (one such embassy has even given dates. But I’d consider that tentatively). Also, some partial good news for some DV20 selectees (who are outside the US). Judge Mehta issued an order that DV20 visa issuance should continue. This, however only seems to favour the listed plaintiffs and possibly the people who had already interviewed/have expired visas. The argument is that DV20 should have been considered “mission critical” given the time constraints. We’ll know more about the possible extension for DV20 on 25 September. But I wouldn’t hold my breath because it’s clearly addressed in the INA.
  2. For what it’s worth, the visa bulletin is out. The number of entries is much lower (probably the passport requirement). Of the 132,404 selectees 510 are South African.
  3. I know that this isn't a political forum, but that's a really obtuse thing to say. Partisan opinions aside, but the current US president is nothing short of Jacob Zuma. They're both accidents that should have never happened.
  4. Further to [at]Malamute's point, it's a bit worrying how this proclamation will affect people who've already submitted their DS-260 forms/were in the process of interviewing. This will likely make it more challenging to prove ties to your home country when applying for a NIV. It's one of the reasons I haven't bothered submitting my DS-260 until I'm certain that no further EO's will be imposed on immigration. And of course the lockdown.
  5. Thanks SJ! That makes a lot of sense. I haven't paid much attention to the immigration numbers lately. I'll claim ignorance on my part. Strange enough, I know at least seven people who immigrated last year. None to the US though. We'll see how this (DV21) pans out. I know DV20 selectees in other forums are the most anxious right now. The fiscal year is drawing to a close and not much has been happening.
  6. 😄 That doesn't seem so far off. "Year 2020" already sounds like the worst chapter in a modern history textbook. Thank you, JumpingJasonFlash. I think the universe timed this perfectly for me because I'm turning 27 soon. It's like I was not meant for the Selective Service System. 😅 Yeah, at the rate things are going, I can't be certain. But given past DV bulletins, it seems like my case should go current around May. Of course I can never be sure, espicially with COVID-19.
  7. Thanks, Oscar! It seems like there hasn’t been much activity on this forum. Makes me wonder if people have sought out different approaches.
  8. I haven't frequented this forum much, I've been using a different one. But I finally got selected today. The website was surprisingly easier to access than other years. My case [previously wrote “confirmation”] number is 24xxx. It will be interesting to see how DV21 will look like during the pandemic, and the new orders. Good luck to everyone else.
  9. Delo

    President Trump

    I think you're missing the point that everyone is addressing here. By the way, I qouted that because I found it ironic. Religious laws (which usually infringe on other people's rights) shouldn't form part of any constitution. This applies even if 97% of the population is religious. "Irreligious" laws have never stopped anyone in believing what they believe in. Whereas religious laws have done the opposite. If abortion is legal, religious and "irreligious" people have a choice. As SJ27 said, the burden of choice lies with the person rather than having the laws choose for you (which goes against the whole idea of freedom). The same argument can be applied to many things religion has ostracized. The freedom to marry any sex of one's choosing and the freedom to attend any public academic institutions regardless of religion. "Irreligious" laws accommodate both parties' views, whereas religious laws are one sided. By your logic, if 97% of the people at a dinner table hate the smell of seafood, then that means the 3% that love/don't mind seafood (or the smell) shouldn't dare order it. Ask yourself who's the fascist in this situation.
  10. Delo

    President Trump

    I couldn't have said it any better.
  11. Delo

    President Trump

    Oh wow. Honestly, I think every person in this world should be very fearful of Trump's Philosophy, especially people who went as immigrants (legal or not) to other countries. That lack of empathy is quite saddening, honestly. ...and building a wall? It's not any different to the Berlin Wall. Look how that turned out. Hilary and Trump were neither great candidates for presidency. But Trump's thinking is dangerous to society (the US and the rest of the world). Low taxes and affordable medical insurance won't matter when people are being blown to bits in war.
  12. Disclaimer: I only plan to use my tourism visa for tourism purposes only (although I'll keep applying for the DV lottery, in hopes of finally getting selected and migrating legally/properly).
  13. Reading this thread a little too late. For anyone wondering about a tourist visa, here's my experience. Went for my tourist visa today and the interview process felt like a mere formality. The whole process lasted about 4 minutes after checking in through security. I have never traveled outside of SA. I don't have any relatives/friends in USA. I'm 23 and have only been employed for a few months since graduating. I own NO property. I had a few negatives against me but nonetheless the VO said the visa was approved (took my empty passport) and I'll receive an SMS. I recieved a blue slip stating how I should collect my passport (and a sticker on the back of my passport) before I'd even interviewed... (found that very weird). They took my fingerprints then they scanned a picture I'd taken myself with an iPhone (I know). Questions: -Tell me about your trip to the US. -Why those dates specifically? -Who are you traveling with? -Do you have any relatives or family in the US? -What do you work as? -What do you do in said profession? -How long have you worked there? -[All in one question] Do you own property, have a family or kids? -Your Visa has been approved. No documents were asked (to be honest I didn't even bring anything other than my bank statement so phew to that). It feels like 90% of the decision is made before the interview. The other 10% is to verify that you really exist and are telling the truth in your application form (just an opinion). So I think having really specific and short travel plans helped my case. Also, don't lie... I could see that she was examining my every expression and body language (I didn't realise that I was leaning forward on the counter throughout the whole process).
  14. Delo

    We Want To Go Back

    Wow. I had to read that very unfortunate post more than once to try figure out why the interviewer was being so unreasonably rude. I had no idea that having relatives with a GC (while applying for a non-immigrant visa) could result in that. Sounds a bit too weird - though I understand why (too many people not migrating the right/legal way). My Jamaican friend says that most Jamaicans get a tourist visa and never return home. As someone who's around your daughter's age (23) and also planning to leave SA (love the country but I could say I'm trans"national") I'd suggest that she seeks other countries to migrate to in the mean time. She could also, as Malamute suggested, apply for the GC lottery. Other prospects for her are to enroll at a university here or elsewhere and just keep studying. Extremely educated people possessing rare skills (Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering) are sought after. The weak rand will make it easier for you to cover her tuiton if you earn dollars (considering that she enrolls at a University in SA). I don't know what her qualifications are but with an honors degree in something very sought after, she could make immigration prospects much easier. There's Australia, Canada and European countries. It might not be something she wants but if leaving South Africa ASAP is her 20-something goal, then those are temporary options too. I hope that she finds her feet and gets better. Struggles are only temporary if you're willing to fight back. All the best.
  15. Haha, I almost read that twice. That's a great sign, the session timed out aspect. I think it's possible that those cases are indeed the winners. A problem may have occurred (keeps reoccurring) while trying to retrieve the HTML file that contains the "winning" information. I sincerely hope that your husband's error results in your selection. "Not selected" will probably still be "not selected." I'm almost positive, but the "session timed out" looks fruitful so hopefully that turns out well. Have you ever checked the source code? That might have some code that explains what went wrong.
  16. "@TravelGov: [at]pierre_vannier No glitch! Several thousand have confirmed selection thru the site. As w/ any lottery, only small % of entries are selected." This is a statement from their official Twitter account, so hopefully that answers everything.
  17. Hi, hope this helps. (Not experienced just and idea) I think you shouldn't limit your choices to just 3. They have 52 states or something? Gradually adjusting to their economy is a safer option, especially with children. Look at states with a lower cost of living (for now) and pick one that goes according to your interests. After a year or two then you could perhaps consider moving to bigger and "better" cities. Earning 500k per annum in SA is like 50k there; that's going from quite wealthy to lower middle class (depending on the state you pick, but I know in New York City that's very little for a family of 4) www.bestplaces.net This site gives a guide on where the best places to live are. You can search for places, based on: real estate, schools for your children (which I'd imagine is one of the reasons for your move; better life for the children), climates, crime (another reason probably, haha) and the cost of living. OH and it includes places where there aren't many/any natural disasters (you don't want to end up posting videos to Extreme makeover: home edition). This is a decision you really have to think through by yourself (and your husband); we all have opinions based on personal taste and often go for the known cities (like how most people here go for JHB, CPT, DBN) when there are cool places like PMB, Stellenbosch and Centurion. Rather browse the web for places because we are South Africans who only know about publicized cities like NYC, LA and W, DC; nothing about other cities that are just as good. You are quite lucky to have family affairs sorted, so I would imagine you would like a place to settle and raise your children; while also having a bit of fun yourself? I hope this helps and hope everything works out well for your family. Do share your decision ,if you do not mind , and how you experience(d) the place you picked. Take care.
  18. Delo

    Dv2016

    Thank you for your inspiring wisdom janneman. I honestly agree with you, people shouldn't move if they're going to complain about the environment they are surrounded by. I find it strange that people don't like the food in America, I mean we literally have a static palate, there will be a point where you've tried every South African cuisine.They have a large variety, our McDonald's menu is their "sides" section (one example). I can't say I've always wanted to move to America, Japan was always my first choice. I get the concept of people being crazy in love with an idea without considering the things that could happen. I think those people fell in love with the America they see in movies (don't we all). If your reasons are superficial then you won't enjoy any place you go to, but if you want to learn about new people and try new things I doubt you would ever regret leaving, once you have settled down and established yourself (Your plans worked out and you can sleep at night).
  19. Delo

    Dv2016

    The greatest challenge, I think, is getting a paying job that goes with your qualification(s) and will pay for your essentials, rent , medical care etc. (before you become stranded of course). Asking all these questions after you've been selected would lead to rash decisions, hence I think it's better to plan before you actually enter despite not being guaranteed to win( we all have some Plan on what we'd do if we won the national lottery despite knowing the odds of winning are low). I admire superkruz for doing this successfully with no plans.
  20. Delo

    Dv2016

    Thank you Superkruz ; It was a bit of a "stupid" question but I needed some idea. (I like your avatar). It always seems like people who enter the DV Lottery have some plan already put in place for the prospects of winning (move with family, friends or enough money to get them through until they find a job), I have neither of those currently, lol, so you could imagine. Thanks again.
  21. Delo

    Dv2016

    Hello everyone, I hope someone could guide me with this dilemma. I'm currently a university student (should be done in 2015, year end). I wish to enter the DV lottery this year BUT should I get chosen (low chance) I might run at a financial crisis. If I don't enter and my subsequent attempts are "not selected" you could imagine the remorse of not entering for the first time. If I enter and get selected, I end up getting stranded in a foreign country or denied a chance to move AND I never win the DV lottery again:you could imagine how that would feel like. Which option do you think is more practical? Saving isn't an option because nothing is guaranteed. Thanks.
  22. Sorry about the late response but malamute already gave the link. Try having a look at h1base too, I would confirm their legitimacy first since money is involved, but some people have said it helped. They have different memberships. Some that transform your CV to an American résumé and just give you a list of H1b vacancies or the expensive one where they claim to search for a job until they find you one, in the places you requested. Searching the internet for h1b jobs in the USA is a cheaper/almost free option, I recommend indeed. Hope this helps and you get what you are looking for.
  23. Are you permitted to work in the USA? Janneman covered most of the stuff/ if not everything. If not start looking for visa sponsors [H1-B], you should easily get one, as you are "second preference" (Holding a master's degree). There's a company called H1base, that assists, don't know how well though. They require some cash though. If you are permitted to work, legally that is, Search on indeed, you don't always have to do the work you're qualified for, if you struggle to find something specific to you, look for anything doable that pays. Craigslist is also a place to look for jobs, apparently you can find anything that's everything on there. You could get someone to sponsor you? Maybe your husbands boss or something? All the best, hope she gets into that school, you're a great Parent it seems.
  24. Delo

    Dv2015

    Congratulations to all the people who got selected. I only found out about the DV Lottery a few months ago. So I'm hoping it continues so I can enter for 2016, probably going to need to apply until I go grey, or get the H1-B visa after a year of work experience after graduation. (Sorry about the ramble) H1-B -> Employment PR was always the plan. But that seems less probable than winning the lottery. Lol. I read these posts because I love seeing people win, it gives great hope. For those who've given up, keep trying, maybe winning will come at the time best suited for you, we are all eager but don't look at how this will affect us. Things happen at the right time, contrary to what others believe.
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