Things You Must and Things You Must Not Lest You Risk Visa Approval

This guide will explain those things you must and must not, lest you risk your DV visa approval.

As we are approaching the date of the results for the DV Lottery 2024, many questions are coming up.

Questions like;

  • If I get selected, what should I do?
  • If I get selected, what is the next step?

Also, this guide will explain one important thing about the results and what you’re supposed to do.

If you applied in the DV Lottery 2024 and you are waiting for the result, and you have this question about adding a person into the DS-260 form who was not added during the DV lottery application.

To answer this question, let first discuss into detail if it is illegal to add another person in your DS-260 form or is it legal. The answer could be yes or no.

For the yes, what are the people or which people can you add in the DS-260 form even if they were not in the initial entry? The people that you can add include a newly born baby.

For example you are waiting for the DV result, and by the time you are applying, you are expecting a baby and after application you got the baby.

Even if you applied in the month of October, let’s say for example, October 15 and you got the baby a day after, on the 16th of October, that baby is eligible to be added as a derivative in your DS-260 form.

If you had gotten the baby a day before but when applying you said this child is too young to be added and you decided not to add, that child is not eligible and if you add that child, you are likely to get visa refusal.

So if you got the baby in the waiting period for the result, the baby is qualified to be added as a derivative. So you go ahead and add the baby in the DS-260 form.

The other yes, the person that you can add to your DS-260 form who was initially not added is a newly married spouse and he or she must be legal spouse and legalized by the certificate of marriage.

The certificate of marriage approves that this is your spouse, then you can add that spouse.

So in between the waiting period, if you get married, that spouse you are confidently supposed to add in the DS-260 form.

The other yes is about the step-children. If you got married in between waiting for the DV results and your spouse came in with other children, and they become your step-children. These children, they also qualify to be added as the derivatives in the DV process.

These categories of people are the only ones who are qualified to be added in the DS-260 form if you are selected.

Which people, even if you love them and you like to go with them, will not be qualified and if you add them, they will cost you your visa?

  • Your girlfriend or your boyfriend

If you are in a relationship, i.e your boyfriend or your girlfriend, he or she does not qualify as a derivative.

  • The spouse that is legally married to you, but you did not add him or her in the DV lottery application. That does not qualify.

All the kids that you have, either step-children, adopted children or your biological children, but you did not add them. Even if you are a single parent, and you did not add your children in the initial DV lottery application, those children don’t qualify to be added as derivatives in the DS-260 form.

If you do add them, you risk the visa refusal. Also, if the Embassy of the United States government come to realize that you had left out your derivatives, you had lied, then that is a total and instant disqualification.

You cannot add your brother, you cannot add your mother, you cannot add any of your siblings or your relative. They don’t qualify. Even if they are ailing and you are the custodian, you are the caregiver to your parents or to your people, and you are selected, you’ll have to leave them behind and go alone.

I wish you success and I pray for you to be selected for the DV interview.

DISCLAIMER: This post and content is designed for general information only and is NOT legal advice. This site is not offering any Diversity Visa and is not the official site for DV Lottery program. The information presented in this post should not be construed to be formal legal advice.

If you have any questions about the DV lottery, please contact an immigration professional/officer or a licensed attorney.