|AFRICA||CURRENT||Except: Egypt 23,400|
|ASIA||CURRENT||Except: Nepal 6,275|
|NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)||CURRENT|
and the CARIBBEAN
This is for July 2019 interviews. It ONLY affects DV2019 cases, it has NO IMPACT on DV2020.
In a not totally unexpected move KCC have made all regions current with only some country exceptions on Nepal and Egypt. So this means that ALL case numbers can now be interviewed.
However, as discussed before the issue now will be to get documents processed so your case can be scheduled. THAT is what each of you must focus on now. There are only three more months remaining to get scheduled, and July interviews will ONLY be for cases that have documents submitted at least a week or two ago. That means August interviews will be on cases that have documents ready before early next month. So – time is tight. If you have NOT been asked to submit your documents – submit them now.
Those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, they can expect their 2NL in about 1 to 2 weeks from now. This is the same every month. VB from the 8th to the 15th of each month, and 2NLs in the second half of the month. For the last few months there have been 2NLs sent in two main batches, some early (around the 15th to 20th) and then some in the later part of the month. But given the low numbers that may not be necessary. I would expect the 2NLs to have all been sent by the end of this month. The end of the month really means THE END OF THE MONTH. Please don’t waste my time later this month asking about 2NLs. Please. They can be sent right up until the last day of the month.
To those new to looking at VBs, let me explain what the “except” XXX country means – and you can also read this post on how to read the visa bulletin.
Processing is spread out over the full year. You can see the progress of the two previous years in this post about basic questions. However, some countries have a high number of selectees and those selectees are concentrated in the lower case numbers. For various reasons, mainly to do with embassy capacity, KCC slow down certain countries as compared to the region. So – in Africa, any case with a case number shown as under the new number can be interviewed but for cases from Egypt, that number is lower. That isn’t a big problem, it just “slows down” those countries a little more than the rest of the region. Since selectees from those countries all have lower case numbers, this slowing down does not present any risk. It does not (at this point) mean they won’t allow all selectees an interview from those countries.
To understand why some countries get lower case numbers, read this article about the lottery draw process.