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  1. Kallas

    DV-2019

    I've just received a letter from the JHB consulate with a list of what documents are required for the interview. The only concern I have is that they clearly stipulate a non-abridged birth certificate (with both parent's names on) - I've got this for my wife and kids, but mine is still the old original birth certificate which doesn't have my parent's names on. The original document request from the KCC only mentioned "birth certificate", hence I thought mine would be fine. They also never mentioned anything when I sent them the scanned copy. I'm worried now, since applying for an unabridged birth certificate would take at least a month, and my interview is in two weeks. Does anyone have any kind of experience regarding abridged/unabridged birth certificates??
  2. Kallas

    DV-2019

    That's really helpful, thank you [at]Heidi556. I'm about to pull on a few strings that I have in the US regarding job opportunities, which will then help with the financial "guarantee". Just a bit difficult applying with not yet being a permanent citizen. But I'm sure I'll make a plan Wow, so you'll be out of here pretty soon!? I'm dreading (if all goes well obviously) the admin side of things - e.g. selling furniture, cars, putting house up for rent (we won't sell just yet), etc.
  3. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 congratulations - very exciting indeed! So what is the next step(s) for you now? Quick question regarding the financial part of the interview - I've read through the information on the web pages from both the state.gov and the Joburg embassy, but cannot seem to find any request for financial documents (e.g. the I-134 nor the bank statements). How did you know to take this along with you?
  4. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks for the great info [at]oscar and [at]SJ272, I'll definitely use these sources when we're more certain of where it is we'll be staying (which obviously depends on where I find a job - I'm a mechanical engineer, and at the moment things look best for either LA or Houston). I'll also definitely try take a chance with the medical claim, let's see what Discovery says...
  5. Kallas

    DV-2019

    So I've received the mail with our interview date, which will be the 2nd week in July. Now it's the $$$ part of the story where I have to take my family and myself for the (very expensive) medical, book flights up to JHB etc. Nonetheless, feeling some excitement (and also a bit nervous at times)... I'm trying to find out what the best option is for help with a 3 year old and 6 month old children in the States. I know that I read something of the sort somewhere on this website, but can't seem to find it now. I'm assuming it will differ from town to town, city to city, state to state - but would just like to know what the "norm" is for getting day care help with kids of this age? Obviously living in SA, day care tends to be a lot more affordable than in most first world countries, so this is one of our "concerns" that we'd like to get some direction on. If anyone can help
  6. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Not yet no. Apparently they schedule from the 15th of each month. So hopefully I'll hear from them sometime from this Wednesday... Have you received your PCC yet?
  7. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Agree with SJ272 - I scanned the originals to the KCC, which they accepted. I'll then take originals + copies to the interview.
  8. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]FranetteM - that's good news Not sure when you're expecting to receive your PCC's, but I got a gentleman's number that helps fast track it. Not sure what his name is, but his number is 076 375 6931 (I actually got his details on one of these forums). He helped me get ours processed much quicker.
  9. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 we've got a short list of cities we think we'd like to settle in, but as you say, the country is so massive that we're hoping to get a proper feel once we're there. At the moment it's between Southern California and Texas... The aim is to go for good... Yourself? BTW - once the interview is scheduled and all in order for the interview, what's your take on the chances of actually getting the green card?
  10. Kallas

    DV-2019

    That's correct - I mailed all those documents (passports, PCC's etc) to the KCC. Ok great, so if I understand your mail, I've already received the 1st NL. The 2nd NL - does it have the interview date, or do you have to log in to the Entrance Status Website to check your date?
  11. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 you must be so excited, I hope all goes swimmingly! I eventually received my newborn's passport (her photo is hilarious), and have subsequently submitted all required documentation to the KCC. I then received a mail from them yesterday, stating that their records indicate that I have successfully submitted all DS-260 and required documentation for all applicants. Could I ask more or less how long, after receiving this confirmation mail, did you wait before receiving your first NL?
  12. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks [at]FranetteM - you were correct. I phoned the KCC (who were very helpful), and they instructed me to enter "other" on the DS-260 form for our newborn's "travel document", just so that we can have the DS-260's completed. They said that, only after all of our DS-260's have been completed, the KCC will mail me requesting a copy of the passport biodata page - at least this buys us time whilst we await our daughter's passport.
  13. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks [at]Heidi556. Yes I've already asked them to unlock the relevant DS-260 forms, and also added a profile for our daughter. I'm expecting the passport to arrive in the next 2-3 weeks. I'll give the KCC a call and see what they say. Perhaps I can persuade them that I "complete" my daughter's DS-260 without the passport info, and then provide the passport info at the interview. Let's see what they say. Thanks again and good luck with everything on your side.
  14. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 - so exciting! What happens now?? Do we wait for a mail from the KCC? I'm a bit unsure whether I should be excited or stressed, since I had to re-open our DS-260 forms to add our newborn daughter, and on top of that, we're still waiting on her passport from Home Affairs... I hope the passport's done soon so that I can complete our DS-260 forms. I'm guessing nothing is going to happen (we won't be scheduled for an interview) until we complete these. But does this mean we're missing out at all, or do we simply get scheduled as soon as we've completed the DS-260? Hope someone knows...
  15. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks [at]SJ272 - I've dropped them a mail. Will post whatever happens in case someone else ever find themselves in this situation 😊
  16. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Hi All I've posted before, but could not get a certain answer on our current situation. I was fortunately one of the lucky few that was selected for further processing for the DV draw. My case number is 25xxx, so according to the bulletin, we should be scheduled for an interview in June Currently on the list is myself, my wife, and our first born son (now 2 years old). At the time of processing all the documentation, my wife fell pregnant, and we have subsequently had our second child (she's now 2 weeks old). We have submitted all required documentation, and received a confirmation mail from the KCC confirming that all of our documents are in order. However, due to our daughter not being born yet at the time, she is not on the list of dependents. So our current status is that we're waiting for an interview date. The big question is - do I now add my daughter to our DV-260 list? We're in the process of getting a passport for her, but obviously don't have one yet - therefore I can't complete her DV-260 form without her passport number. I've done a bit of research, and according to britsimonsays.com, the following scenario is where we sit (below). Any advice, that anyone could shed, would be MUCH appreciated... Thanks in advance! " Scenario 1: If the birth is before your case is current or scheduled. In this scenario, as soon as possible after the birth do the following. Obtain the birth certificate and the passport for the child. Unlock the DS260’s of both parents (you need to include both parents details in the email to KCC). Add the child on each parents form. Create a DS260 for the child. If you have time to wait for the passport number, that’s ideal, if not put the passport number frokm one of the parents. If you have time to correct this before the interview that is ideal – if not you can correct that at the interview. The child will need to attend the medical appointment with the rest of the family and should attend the interview also. The interview and medical fee will be payable for the child. Note, adding a child will not normally delay the case."
  17. Hi all, Funny enough I'm sitting in this exact boat - my DS-260 has been finalised, and I would hopefully be hearing about my interview date soon. My wife is due in about 4 week's time, so I can't go back and add the newborn before the interview. So my question is whether Tarka's strategy is the best way to go about this (informing the interviewer that we have a newborn that wasn't included on the DS-260)? Thanks in advance!
  18. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Hi all, Can't explain how relieved I am to have found this site. Felt so "alone and lost" with all my unanswered questions My family and I have "been selected for further processing" for the DV 2019 lottery (second time lucky), with case number 25xxx. I completed all our DS260 forms on the website successfully. On 31 December I received a mail from the KCC requesting some documentation. I've managed to get all the documentation, except for the police clearance certificate (PCC), which I have applied for. My concern is that the police station where I applied (Wynberg police station, Cape Town) told me that it takes a minimum of 8 weeks. I read some discussions on this website where people advise to rather use a courier service as it goes quicker, however, this is not allowed anymore (I saw a notice at the station communicating this). Where I'm hoping for some advice is - do I (a) wait for my PCC to arrive before sending anything to the KCC; or (b) send the KCC all other documentation and some form of proof that I've applied for my PCC? I hope someone can shed some light based on their experience. Thanks!
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