The CEAC system has been updated with the case data. Interestingly this was made available at the exactly the same date as last year, and the year before.
This confirms my suspicion that there is a logic switch to only make the 2017 data available from 2017 (in pseudo code, show DV year data where year <= year extracted from sysdate). This is really BIZARRE programming – and as I have stated before the US government really needs some help on their IT side!!!
Anyway – a recap for those that are not aware of what the CEAC data is. CEAC is a government database/web page that allows people to enter their case number and get some basic status information. The site can be access at this link and you can enter the case number without leading zeros. So – if your number is 2017AF00012345, you would enter that as 2017AF12345. If you enter a real case (not a “hole”) a window pops up with some basic case status information. From this, for cases which are scheduled, we can see the number of derivatives on each case, the embassy, the original entry date, last updated date and so on.
So what do the status codes mean.
The first status for every case is “AT NVC”. You can ignore the text on the case – the case has not been passed to NVC. What this status means is that the case is in one of the following situations.
- The case is not yet current.
- The case is current, BUT the DS260 has not be submitted at all, or it was submitted but not processed yet – and therefore not scheduled.
- The case is current, the form is processed, but it is waiting to be scheduled (typically because the cases have not yet been sent to the embassies yet).
This status is shown for a brief period when KCC has scheduled the interview, and transferred the case to the embassy. However, the embassy has not yet updated CEAC to acknowledge they have received the case.
This is the next status after in transit. It means the case has arrived at the embassy for interview. Sometimes a case will continue to show ready even after the interview.
Pretty obviously – this is the status we all want to see! The interview took place, was successful and the visa has been approved/issued.
This is the status no one wants to see, meaning the interview took place and the selectee was denied. A derivative can be refused, while the principal is approved. However, if the principal is refused – all the derivatives are refused also – even if the embassy fails to update CEAC.
This is when someone did not have all the documents at the interview OR some additional checks are needed before the case can be adjudicated. AP can last a few days or several months. The status updates during that time are meaningless.
For cases that are scheduled we can see the related derivative numbers. Case 01 is the principal and derivatives are case 02, 03 and so on.
April 13, 2017 at 09:16
Brit, I had my interview and my visa has been approved 🙂 But I would like to share one strange thing that happened. I am not sure someone else has experienced it or not or you are aware of such cases or not but I am sharing the experience:
I was selected as single and I got married on Dec and got 2nd letter on March for April interview. I had unlocked added my marital status and also locked the ds260 but later I received the 2nd letter on my name only(my husband’s name wasn’t mentioned) . I had seen in ur article that the name of ur husband isn’t that necc there are some cases that 2nd letter doesn’t include the name of the beneficiaries. So i didn’t stress out on it.
Later I went to interview along with my husband and the guard while looking at the list of interview list didn’t find my husband’s name still I thought might be some error and didn’t stress. But at our document submission time right before the interview the officer there told us that my ds260 doesn’t seem to have updated my marital status and it does n;t seem we unlocked and added our marital status. But we had, so we show him our ds 260 confirmation bar code still he said there is no update on ds260 and it is still showing single. But later he took our bar code submissions. Although later they didn’t take out the topic at the interview and granted us the visa.
But we felt so strange, how is that possible? Have you heard such cases before Brit?
April 13, 2017 at 13:41
Not that strange – they don’t know what they are doing sometimes.
April 25, 2017 at 21:47
Hi Brit, I just had the interview and it was approved. But in CEAC I appear like “AP”, I think I read in your comments that sometime is normal, a few day after, the case will change to Issued. Is that correct? And why this happend?
April 26, 2017 at 01:41
It is normal for AP to show briefly (a day or two) after approval.
May 18, 2017 at 19:44
Hello i check my case status online i saw “at NVC ” what does that mean , thanks
May 18, 2017 at 19:46
It means you e is not yet scheduled for interview.
May 24, 2017 at 09:36
Hello Brother how are you . I thank you for all your assistance in providing us with the rightful information. I want to know y is it that my wife case is put on AP while mine is Ready and we did our interview already and the lady told us that our is ok and there is no problem with us , but we have to wait for 2 to three weeks they will contact us to come and drop our visa. I won single but later got married in December 26 2015 and so because of the opportunity i added my wife , ,
I really want to know while is it that i am on Ready is my wife is on AP?
May 24, 2017 at 13:42
I can’t speculate on that. Just be patient.
June 1, 2017 at 11:28
I’d like to share a little problem I had. In my first entry I didn’t include my son because the rule says I don’t have to as he’s already an american citizen. When I unlock the ds260 form, I included him as he also has my non us citizenship and didn’t want to get in trouble in case their background checks said he’s only european and disqualified me for omitting him in the form. When I received the appointment letter he was included as an applicAnt so I emailed the consulate because he shouldn’t need to apply. They answered “no problem, we’ll take him off the list once you come”. Upon the interview, they wanted to disqualify me but then I mentioned the rule that I could either include him or not with no consequence. Thankfully I had a document proving he’s American (his CRBA). If anyone has a similar situation, either include him or not but don’t exclude and then include him like I did. anyway bring the crba and a photocopy. My visa was approved but now fallen into AP but I read it’s normal.
June 1, 2017 at 12:37
It seems very obvious that you would have needed to show proof of his US citizenship.
June 1, 2017 at 14:37
Thanks Simon. I believe that when they say that I could either include or omit his name, they should add that I have to bring proof of his citizenship. I had it with me by chance since I am no longer with his mom 🙂
June 1, 2017 at 14:51
Well OK – but if you think about it, you are required to show proof of everything else (birth certs, passports and so on) – so again – this *really* should not need an instruction.
June 1, 2017 at 15:39
Fair enough. This is the first time in months that a comment of mine goes through so I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you on the amazing job you’re doing. Your website was very useful to understand when I would have had my interview vs CN. My case just went from ap to issued. Thanks, mate
June 1, 2017 at 17:30
Glad the site helped. Well done for not freaking out when you saw AP after the interview!
June 13, 2017 at 15:55
HELLO sir how r you i have one question about CEAC my interview was june 8 at addis abeba and the co told me that my visa has been approved but now when i check my status today it answers invalid case number last night it was on AP is that bad
June 13, 2017 at 16:17
No. It’s normal. It’s described in the FAQ, which you are welcome to read.
July 10, 2017 at 16:03
Can we assume after receiving EAD , DV visa is sure to receive for 017 Dv lottery
July 10, 2017 at 17:15
August 5, 2017 at 22:18
I did interveiw since 5 days ago and visa has been approved by consular officer but when i check my visa i find it still ready … is that normal? And when i being to be worried?
August 5, 2017 at 22:29
Nothing to worry about.
August 8, 2017 at 13:48
Thanx sir .. but is that normal or what?? as there are families in the same day and next day and they received their passport with visa
And am still ready till this moment. . Now there r 8 days and my visa still ready
Please your advice
August 8, 2017 at 15:06
Like I said – NOTHING to worry about.
November 21, 2019 at 21:01
Hi, I know this is old message but how long after did you get your passport? is it normal? I have the same issue and I’m so worried.
August 8, 2017 at 13:28
My case is currently under AP and my employer’s attorney has submitted(emailed) the documents on my behalf. I have the following questions.
1. The attorney misspelled the case ID on the email subject and does not want to resubmit the email again thinking it may restart the process. WIll that be an issue?
2. What is the frequency of the case update date in the CEAC website? My documents were submitted on Aug 2 and there has been no updates yet.
Thanks in Advance.
August 8, 2017 at 15:07
I only answer questions on DV lottery cases.
August 22, 2017 at 14:14
I had my interview on feb 7, 2017 for DV and the CO told me that my document was OK but need to do some background check and return my passport and told me they will call me in two weeks and put me on AP since then I have not receive any call and we are in Aug am so worry, my question is should I call or email the embassy or DOS, or do you know a number that I can call, am from Liberia.
August 22, 2017 at 14:16
Only the embassy can advise you. Contact them.
August 7, 2018 at 23:54
Would you please update what happened next?
August 22, 2017 at 16:25
Hi, I had interview on 20 July 2017. My case is in AP last one month. My passport in embassy. But no calls and email receive from embassy. I am waiting since one month please help me.
August 22, 2017 at 16:46
All you can do is wait.
August 22, 2017 at 18:34
When will my visa issue. Who should I contact. Daily I check my status at ceac but status is ready and message appear interview will schedule at consular section
August 22, 2017 at 18:49
Like I said – all you can do is wait.
September 23, 2017 at 05:35
I was email to Embassy after completeing 60 days. US Embassy reply me.
Your immigrant visa case has been refused under INA Section 221(g) for administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication and issuance process that can neither be expedited nor waived. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict the amount of time the processing will take and timing varies based on the individual circumstances of each case. The visa application will be reconsidered when administrative processing is complete.
September 23, 2017 at 14:05
That just means AP is not finished.
October 7, 2017 at 09:13
5 time change my Case last updated last in 5 oct 2017. My case in AP from 20 July 2017
October 7, 2017 at 12:47
It seems like your AP did not finish before October 1. Therefore you will not get the visa.
May 13, 2018 at 00:43
Hi Rizvi. Did you get your bisa?
September 17, 2017 at 17:35
Hi Brit,I am 2018 winner but my original high school cert will be ready on Dec/Jan can I still submit the 260 while waiting for the original cert from waec or wait until I get the cert be4
2.My case number is 2018AF000047×× if I submit the 260 form on Oct for how long should I expect my 1&2 letter and also my final interwiev date ?please be specific cos I need the accurate result which will help me to submit my 269 form so by the time the interview date is ready and my original cert has also come ,in other not for my case to delay tanks you
September 17, 2017 at 17:52
Wait until late October/early November to submit. That will ensure an interview date once you have the certificate.
October 5, 2017 at 17:25
Hi, I applied for Non Immigrant visa for USA, Lady said i provisionally approving your visa but we are putting in AP. Today its status updated (Date changes with new update nothing else) what does it means? does the Embassy grant the VISA even if the date of the event we are going to attend is passed. what is the next expected status change?
October 5, 2017 at 23:29
I only answer dv lottery related questions
October 9, 2017 at 15:43
My husband shifted in new apartment how can I change address after interview and my case is in AP. It’s suitable time for changing address or waiting for visa?
October 9, 2017 at 18:04
Wait for the visa
March 1, 2018 at 14:52
Helo ,can you guide me please
March 1, 2018 at 14:54
Your case was a 2017 case. It seems like your AP was never resolved, and you cannot get a Green Card from that DV lottery win. There was a deadline. No DV2017 case can be approved after September 30, 2017.
October 18, 2017 at 10:16
Hi I am Samuel from Liberia and 2017 dv winner and had my interview may and was put on AP and my case show ready since August 25 but I have not gotten any call from the embassy
October 18, 2017 at 12:59
You won’t get the visa. DV2017 is over. In due course the embassy will return your passport.
October 18, 2017 at 13:23
Helo brrit simon, I know i have questioned you many times i feel shy to ask you but no one else i ask about this .i have one problem and i dont know if that is normal or not.
Question is:when i want to check my status and i put my case number it says
invalid immigrant visa case number even i removed the four zeros
please what is the solution
October 18, 2017 at 13:35
2018 cases are not loaded in the CEAC system yet. You cannot check the status therefore until January 1.
November 8, 2017 at 12:36
Dear Britsimon, I got approved at my interview a week ago and as you explained here, CEAC systems won’t be updated till January. Now my question is: Does that mean in case I got my passport within 2 weeks, I won’t be able to travel to US before January 2018?
I know it seems like a weird question, but it really worries me
November 8, 2017 at 14:31
No – the CEAC system doesn’t affect your case. You can enter the USA as soon as you have the visa.
November 20, 2017 at 20:13
Hi gave the interview visa was approved but I was asked by email for more documents ,its ben 3 weeks the status changed three times and the past 2 days it changes from pa to issued but the date says October 2014when it says issued and again I ap November 16 2017
November 20, 2017 at 20:42
I only deal with DV lottery.
November 23, 2017 at 11:42
Thanks for your all support, here I would like to ask you again that if the CEAC data is not available, how to check the visa status whether the embassy inform us via an email or how to know about the visa issued or not. I had my interview on 5th November 2017,
November 23, 2017 at 14:49
You don’t check. You just wait.
November 23, 2017 at 16:45
Thank you for your quick response, I can wait, but just want to know how i will be informed about the approval or denial of the visa?
November 23, 2017 at 19:19
I don’t know how they will contact you. But they will.
December 18, 2017 at 20:21
Hi . I am from algeria . Cr1 visa. My interview was on 6 december .the co aked for citizenship proof of my husband and i send it in the same day…then when checking my status i find last updated change twice but still READY…PLEASE I WANT TO UNDERSTAND I AM ANXIOUS BECAUSE OF THIS SITUATION
December 18, 2017 at 20:25
I only answer questions about DV lottery.
December 23, 2017 at 15:11
I had a spouse visa interview on 11th September 2017.On interview day I was told to provide a joint sponsor.I submitted additional documents on 26th September 2017.My case status is showing READY from 18th October 2017.I emailed the embassy through email and I was told If I dont get any update from the selected visa center by 23rd december 2017 I should remind remind them through email.My case is getting checked regularly but never got issued.Today is 23rd December 2017.I had no update from the visa center. Should I contact them now,and what could be happening with my case.
December 23, 2017 at 15:27
I only answer DV lottery questions
December 25, 2017 at 22:57
When an immigrant Visa is refused but your status dates still updating what does that mean and what do I do after refusal
December 27, 2017 at 01:26
If it is a 221(g) refusal, then follow their instructions, otherwise, it is time to think about something else.
December 30, 2017 at 11:08
If it’s refused and they haven’t email or call me plus they keep my passport and documents over two weeks when I called the NVC they said it’s pending processing what must I do
December 30, 2017 at 14:56
January 22, 2018 at 05:15
I had my interview on 11th jan with positive response from CO but still the status is showing AP !!!!
Do I need to worry or it is normal because it’s already more than a week….
January 22, 2018 at 06:26
January 28, 2018 at 13:18
Thanks for your precious help.
While checking my status (DV submitted in Dec. 2017, Case Number 2018EU145XX), the “At NVC” message appeared. I did read your article meaning it is perfectly fine as my number is not current yet, but the message also said “Please follow the instructions you received from the National Visa Center (NVC) that list the six steps you must take before NVC can schedule your visa interview appointment.” But I did not receive any email or instruction.
My question is: the only thing I have to do is wait until I receive the email? Nothing to pay or to submit?
The message is indeed confusing.
Thanks a lot for your help
January 28, 2018 at 15:17
My instructions also say to ignore the NVC instructions.
February 13, 2018 at 20:44
went for interview with mu husband and my husband is on Ap and my status is still on ready. am the main applicant. should i contact them to know my case so that i decide what to do next or should i wait. its more that 30 days but the update the date weekly.
February 13, 2018 at 20:59
February 23, 2018 at 16:16
You talk about “In Transit” and “READY” status but mine does not show any of them of the website.
It just stays that my application is “COMPLETED” and that my “case is currently in Paris” (my case is current).
Can you please confirm I do not have to pay a fee to get my interview date / receive my 2NL?
Thanks a lot
February 23, 2018 at 17:05
No – you just need to be patient.
March 2, 2018 at 22:03
I applied for my kids for B2 visa and process was without interview as they are under 14. I already have a 5 yr B2 visa running . today I checked status and it says Administrative processing. please advice.
March 2, 2018 at 22:16
I only answer DV lottery questions.
March 7, 2018 at 22:11
It’s 60 days after my interview and status is till on ready while my husband is still on AP.
What should I do
March 7, 2018 at 22:54
March 26, 2018 at 07:00
hi mr simon my interview was on 18 march and my case is Administrative Processing
and There are a lot of updates on my case last updated is on 19 . 20 .22 .25
what that means ?????
and administrative processing means refusal ??
Thank you mr simon 😀 😀
March 26, 2018 at 17:53
The updates don’t mean anything as far as we can tell – so don’t read meaning into the updates.
AP means they are doing additional checks. The outcome is not decided.
March 27, 2018 at 06:15
Thank you Mr Simon 😀 😀
October 22, 2018 at 12:54
When did you end up getting your visa?
April 10, 2018 at 19:54
My husband is still on ap and I as main applican’t still ready since January 4th 2018. More than 90 days. Do I still wait or
April 10, 2018 at 20:53
You have no option except to wait.
August 8, 2018 at 00:01
Would you please update what happened next
May 1, 2018 at 14:19
Hello Brit, two questions:
1.how long does it takes for your CASE STATUS to change from READY to Approve?
2. which case number you think they are going to stop this Year for Africa?
Awaiting for comment Sir.
May 1, 2018 at 14:24
1. It varies case by case.
2. I don’t know.
May 8, 2018 at 10:21
Hello, yesterday my immigration visa status changed from AP to READY and back to AP, on the same day. Today it is still on AP. What does that mean?
May 8, 2018 at 13:56
May 30, 2018 at 13:37
Looking at the ceac data; there are two different dates which I want to know their meaning:
The submit date and the satus date
Thank you for your time and consideration
May 30, 2018 at 19:42
Submit date is the date of the entry into the lottery.
Status date is the last update to the case (which could be for ANY reason).
June 11, 2018 at 22:52
Hi Brit!my case was under process. After 60 days, I sent a message to my us.consulate and i asked them that my wife is pregnant then later they called me to bring our passport and pregnancy paper. Now it is 5 weeks after that and still didn’t get any answer and my wife has less than 2 weeks for make my baby ,and they knew that from my last call for them last week. What is your suggestions for my case just wait until get a call for them and my wife makes baby here. I’m so confused. I want my baby born there.
June 11, 2018 at 23:24
Are you telling me your wife is due in the next 2 weeks? In that case you absolutely CANNOT get on a plane at this time!
Have the baby at home in a healthcare system you know. When the child is born, it is easy to process the GC for the child, and the child will automatically get citizenship when you do.
June 12, 2018 at 00:19
So you suggest only wait without bothering them with my emails about upcoming baby.
June 29, 2018 at 21:44
my case is under AP im from somalia i have been waiting one month what can i expect
June 29, 2018 at 22:21
Are you affected by the ban?
August 31, 2018 at 18:47
I got married an American citizen since October 2015, I had my first interview on March 2018, the OC asked me to send him our WhatsApp and messenger’s call and messages. I did. After 1 week I received a letter from the embassy asking me to come to the embassy for another interview with my husband together (Stokes interview). We did on June . We we’re interviewed separately and all answers were the same except one. A male said to my husband to confirm that our marriage is a fraud. It isn’t. We got married for love. After the interview, he said to me that I won’t go no where because he thought my divorce wasn’t real. He gave me back my passport and Said he will contact me after 2 weeks. Ever since we don’t have any answers. My husband wrote to them on July and they requested the copy of my passport and after that no answers. Please bhelp me
August 31, 2018 at 19:25
I only deal with DV lottery cases.
September 12, 2018 at 08:31
My interview was held at 25 june 2018. After 2 weeks i was in ap, that ap changed into ready after 60-65 days. On 30 august my status changed into ready and up till now it’s same. Kindly help me.
September 12, 2018 at 14:09
You can contact the embassy if you want – or just wait to see if they are able to allocate you the visas.
September 21, 2018 at 06:34
I had a interview on september 11 2018 and they refuse my visa becuase they told me i need to get another joint sponsor and add that joint sponsor online on ceac website. now i got another joint sponsor but when i go to CEAC website to add a joint sponsor i don’t see the option under AOS to add a joint sponsor or household member.
September 21, 2018 at 16:21
There is some confusion – I don’t know what they asked you to do.
September 25, 2018 at 17:23
Hi sir. I have interview 31 July for eb3 visa from India I got 221g for submit additional document after I submitted all documents at 14 August. After 15 days my passport track website said that there is no status update available for this passport. Cease website said that AP. It’s all ready 55 days passed not get any email. Can you please tell me what is problem and what should I have to do
September 25, 2018 at 20:44
I only answer DV lottery questions.
October 26, 2018 at 10:55
I had applied for my 6 yo kid for B2 Visa on 16 October. I have valid B2 with 10years and my husband has L1 which is valid and he is currently in USA. Case was created on 17 October as per ceac tracker. But from 23 October it says application received status. Today it showed change in last updated date but no change in status. How long will it take from here. Today is 8th business day from submission.
October 26, 2018 at 13:48
I only answer dv lottery questions.
July 4, 2019 at 22:06
Hi everyone my status change from ready to ap is it normal
July 5, 2019 at 01:52
Yes. Read the FAQ.