People started receiving their 2NLs for February 2017 interviews. It will take a few hours – and possibly even a couple of days before all have gone out.
The email itself has no useful information. It simply tells you to check the ESC site for the interview details. Some people that receive the email will find the ESC site is not ready, those people should try again after a few hours. Also, some people find the email itself goes to a trash or spam folder or somehow miss it. So – if you think you may have been scheduled but missed your email, you can check the ESC site, just in case. The 1NL (you have been selected letter) is replaced by a new letter which gives the appointment details.
For those that received their interview notice, now is the time to start preparing for the interview. Gathering documents, scheduling the medical and so on. To learn how to prepare please view my guide on preparing for the interview.
If you have received your 2NL – please take a moment to reply to this post and add your region/case number range PLUS the date of submission and whether you unlocked at any point. This helps me gauge the backlog and DS260 processing times. Last month it was clear that cases submitted later than late June had a chance not to be scheduled because of backlog on DS260 processing. We will see how far that backlog has been handled. Hopefully, this month the backlog will have been reduced.
**** Update ****
Based on feedback received, it looks like the February interviews included cases submitted up to around 23/25 of July.
December 27, 2016 at 11:11
Merry Christmas & Happy new year.
I won the lottery before falling in love with my girlfriend and decided to marry her. I added her on the DS 260 form but the guy that did the adding added her twice. so the entire case has three persons. me, my wife and my wife again, but it was a mistake because the guy added her twice.
how can this be resolve? what can i do? I have already filled up the 260 form for me and my woman, but the other form is still incomplete, and it is the mistake adding of my wife given name by her parents. pls see below:
Applicant: Edqin Z.B Massaquoi (DS form completed)
Beneficiary: Jestina Wilson Massaquoi (DS Form Completed)
Beneficiary again: Jestina Wilson. ?
can i complete the DS form with the same details (Jestina Wilson Massaquoi) as it is the same person?
Merry Christmas & Happy new year.
December 27, 2016 at 16:19
You cannot remove an applicant once created, but you don’t submit the application for the extra person – meaning you leave it incomplete.
December 27, 2016 at 20:03
thanks for your reply.
so it means that i will have nothing to do about it right and will received my 2nd news letter right?
Thanks every so much.
happy New year.
December 27, 2016 at 14:55
Hi my case number 2017EU00012XX
DS-260 augest 29 i send.
When i called viza interviwe?
December 27, 2016 at 16:06
January 10, 2017 at 01:02
I’ve been following up on the conversations here for a while now, I try as much as possible to find answers to my questions from other people’s experiences but you need to help me on this one, Am a dv winner from Liberia… I submitted my ds260 first early September, unlocked and resubmitted on the 26 of September, I figured I might get my 2nl by next month, but then in my ds260 form, I stated that my highest level of education is high school but then on the 7th of Dec I graduated from the University with a bsc in Biology
1. Do you think I should unlock my form and include it (I really dread doing that as I can’t bear seeing my 2nl delayed anymore) also considering the fact that I haven’t changed my name to my husband’s yet on my school documents
2. If I do not unlock it, do you think I should tell the CO my actual highest level of education though it wasn’t included in the form… thanks ever so much
January 10, 2017 at 02:17
1. No need to unlock
2. Yes, discuss it at the interview.
January 10, 2017 at 16:33
Thanks a lot
January 10, 2017 at 07:00
Now I want to ask Grace this question, and Grace it will be
great to hear from you too.
What husband name you said you haven’t change on your school documents??????????????
December 27, 2016 at 20:09
Hey Britsimon i have a question…can someone appeal if they are denied by the embassy for a minor problem for example i gave someone to apply for my dv and they uploaded the pictures in the wrong state..
December 27, 2016 at 20:20
Typically not. There is no official appeal process, and if there is a reason for the denial like incorrect photos, then there is no basis for an appeal anyway.
December 28, 2016 at 07:32
Hello. The Question I Want To Ask Is It That When You Dv Lottery Visa You Pay $165 Online?
December 28, 2016 at 07:41
After approval, usually before first entry. The fee has been raised to $220
December 28, 2016 at 09:23
Hi Simon Sir
Im from nepal
Im worried about my married date
I have filled DS form my and wife details as below
Marriage date 27 january its my ds form (CORRECT of my certificate date )
My wife DS form details marriage date 17 january.
Any problem my interview. Any idea simon sir plz help me. INTERVIEW LAST JANUARY
I have proof merriage photoes and other gathering photoes with family.
December 28, 2016 at 15:51
It’s a simple mistake. Not a big problem. Relax.
December 28, 2016 at 23:34
I arrived in the states about 4 weeks ago, but have not received an official green card yet. I did pay a fee though day after I entered. I am not worried since it is a holiday season, just curious what is a usual timeline? thanks a lot.
December 28, 2016 at 23:40
3 to 4 months. Perhaps a bit longer since you paid after entry.
December 28, 2016 at 23:41
Thanks a lot!
December 29, 2016 at 00:25
Since I am a dv2017 winner I registered in dv2018 lottery just in case , for dv 2018 application I used the same photo I will provide in my interview in february
Do I make a new photos for my interview or its ok with photos I have ?
December 29, 2016 at 00:26
I got a replied from KCC that my form have been received and pending embassy review for the continuation of my case.
Kindly explain to me the status of my case.
December 29, 2016 at 00:46
December 29, 2016 at 06:04
Hello Brit, just kindly requesting u refer mi to yo link of a list of diseases they check for a dv medical.thxx
December 29, 2016 at 07:37
Please try to use the search features or the FAQ. You would have found this:
December 29, 2016 at 19:38
hey Simon: I wrongly mistype my last name in the section where they ask for spouse full name,we put Gary instead of putting gray both to my husband and my own to husband section vice-versa.what’s can we do now? We need your help.
December 29, 2016 at 21:33
Where? On the entry? Are you a DV2017 selectee? Have you completed a DS260?
December 29, 2016 at 23:04
I am a selected for 2017 and Made that mistake on the ds260 form.
December 29, 2016 at 23:08
Request KCC to unlock the form and correct it.
December 30, 2016 at 06:35
I have some worries,I wanted to review my 1) DS260 form which I have being doing using my correct confirmation code.
But this time am trying but my Ds260 can’t get open .it says invalid confirmation. num while my num is correct.
Can this disturbed.me from accessing my interview letter when it’s sent ?
2) where exactly will my 2NL be sent?
Help clear my worries sir.
December 30, 2016 at 07:08
1. The 2NL is sent to the ESC site (not where the DS260 is accessed)
2. See 1
December 30, 2016 at 07:56
Humbly I thkk u sir
U are blex
December 30, 2016 at 09:18
Hey Britt,I don’t get replies from you.Am I missing something????
December 30, 2016 at 15:11
You are missing my replies.
January 3, 2017 at 11:08
Hey Britt, The first time we filled our ds260.my motherinlaw give us the insurance to do so and her name was included.but I don’t know why….she told us after that she won’t be able.so as God could have it a friend of mine decided to send us the affidavit.So I wrote kcc to unlock our case due to what was unfolding but they only opened my case and my husband was case was not.So I removed my mother in-law name and placed my friends name.while my husband affidavit still bears his stepmother name who disappointed us.So now I am a bit worried since we have different affidavit.
But my friend is working on our paper work.And I am already scheduled,I am worried too.Is that a big problem??????? Please educate me sir.
January 3, 2017 at 15:12
It doesn’t matter.
January 3, 2017 at 16:11
Thanks for the quick feedback….It doesn’t matter???so incase they ask I should just tell them what happened.So that won’t affect him????in terms of where his documents will be sent like social security and more???
NCus someone else is sending our affidavit.
January 3, 2017 at 16:33
You can change the addresses for sending the GC at the interview and finally at the POE (arrival airport).
December 31, 2016 at 07:37
Hi Simon,Thanks for your good work,i have two questions seeking on your advise.
The Principle applicant delivered on 11TH dec 2016 and received the 2NL on 20th Dec 2016 which is less than one and a half week after delivery.the scheduled interview is february 28thin an African country,After delivery,we did not unlock the DS260 as we were to receive the 2NL in Dec and thought it was late to unlock.I emailed the Kenturkey consular yesterday 30th DEC updating them on the new born and they advised me to email the respective embassy where the interview will be done.I have already done so.is this okey or would they see a delay in unlocking the DS260 or reporting the new born to the embassy.
both the principal applicant and the beneficiary are graduates but forgot to disclose the primary and high school education because the DS260 requested the highest level of education.Again,we filled that we only attended only one education institution and forgot to consider the primary and the secondary education institutions but we but holds all the original primary,secondary,professional and university certicicatee which we shall present at the intrerview,do you think this is a major problem factoring we can not unlock the DS 260 as we are already scheduled.
Thanks for your credible advise.
December 31, 2016 at 15:38
1. Contacting the embassy was the correct thing to do. Exactly how they will handle it, I don’t know.
2. It won’t be a problem.
December 31, 2016 at 10:58
My interview is on feb. At ds260 i say YES instead of your child is migranting with u? But now i have changed my mind if she is late to go atleast to 3 or 2 years until she is ready for school with my mom if explain to the co its ok or not?
December 31, 2016 at 15:25
That will be OK. Just understand that when you want a Green Card for the child it will take about 2 years, be more complex and cost more money than the DV lottery route.
December 31, 2016 at 19:46
Hey Simon,happy new year.how
Long does it kcc unlock your ds260 when you write them.
I wrote them on December 30,but nothing yet.
December 31, 2016 at 22:10
1 to 2 weeks.
January 1, 2017 at 09:56
Hello. Happy New Year ! Best wishes for 2017 to you and you family. Thanks a for all your help in 2016.
Question: My wife, daughter and I (me being the applicant) have received 2NL for interview in February. In the CEAC site I have status ‘Ready’, whereas my wife and daughter have ‘Administrative processing’ and ‘Ready’ respectively. What can this mean in your experience ? The DS260s were filled out completely a long time ago. Thanks
January 1, 2017 at 15:15
You are interviewing in Moscow – right. They, unlike any other embassy in the world mark some people as AP prior to interview. I have never been able to correlate/understand the implications because of lack of feedback. So – I know it happens but don’t know what it means.
January 1, 2017 at 10:15
Dear Brit , no comments no questions. Happy new year and best wishes for you and your loves ones. You are the truly the symbol of a good human being spendig your valuable time to help people with no expectations. You deserve the best. Be safe man.
Massoud from Iran
January 1, 2017 at 15:14
January 1, 2017 at 11:37
Hi Brit happy new year 2017 wish you have a good year.
January 1, 2017 at 15:11
January 1, 2017 at 14:33
Happy new year Brit to your familly and to your freinds
Happy new year to all dv 2017 winners. Let God makes this yeae success to all of us
January 1, 2017 at 15:09
January 2, 2017 at 08:53
DV2017 Visa bulletin published in this year very fast specially in Africa , but Ethiopian case number is not that mach very fast now Around 17800 my case number AF29XXX in Ethiopia, I think i don’t have chances for interview b/c my CN far from the current number, in my opinion after a few month from now visa will finished.
January 2, 2017 at 16:37
Happily, your opinion is incorrect.
January 3, 2017 at 06:46
thanks Simon for your fast respond, Happy new year for you and your Family, so when i expect birt?
January 4, 2017 at 01:09
Do you think DS submission on August 17 and case number AF39xx is still likely on track for a March interview or is it leaning towards an April date instead?
January 4, 2017 at 01:12
Both months are possible.
January 5, 2017 at 16:43
Am cryingggggg help help me my interview was today at johannesburg in south africa they denied my application that women officer said because i didnt list my child from the day i applied but when we are filling the forms there is a place to add but why why mee pliz help
January 5, 2017 at 17:04
This is a fundamental rule when applying for the lottery. The entry form makes it clear that you will be disqualified if you fail to list a spouse or child on the original entry form. I cannot understand why you didn’t follow that rule. The embassy had no alternative – they had to disqualify you. There is no appeal, no way to fix it.
January 5, 2017 at 16:46
Can i email kcc to reopen my case and remove my son i dont want to miss this opportunity i need your help what can i do now am desperate why meeee
January 5, 2017 at 22:35
I was expecting my 2nl for February interview but was not yet due.My case number is 2017Af00008***And I submitted my ds260 on 5th September,2016.
Please can I receive 2nl for march interview?
January 6, 2017 at 01:19
Possibly, but April interview is more likely.
January 6, 2017 at 13:08
my name elorm i submitted ds260 1/08/2016,my case no is 2017af0001328.when will my estimated interview be?
January 6, 2017 at 15:04
Most likely March, but maybe April.
January 6, 2017 at 13:40
I was expecting my 2nl, my case number is 2017AS000041##
Please can I receive 2nl?
January 6, 2017 at 15:02
Nepal is not yet at that number.
January 7, 2017 at 06:31
How many chances of 2nd letter case no 2017AS000041##
January 7, 2017 at 16:58
Read the visa bulletin.
January 8, 2017 at 01:49
Good day Mr brit
sorry for my worries.I just hav one question to ask
If in the process of filling my certificates I filled advance level certificates as my highest qualification instead of my teachers training certificate.only this small misadjustme can it cause a prb durx my interview w the CO given that my num is current and can’t unlock any longer.
January 8, 2017 at 05:13
That is not a big problem.
January 10, 2017 at 02:45
Any update on the latest DS-260 submission dates that were part of the latest 2NL batch for February I/V?
I have 2017OC00005xx but didn’t submit the DS-260 till the 20th of September.
Trying to figure out from your helpful blogs whether there is likely to be a speed-up in DS-260 processing now now they seem to be hitting their grove.
Thanks for information and everything you do on here.
January 10, 2017 at 05:43
The VBs and interviews are done in monthly batches. So, the next time we will see progress is when the March 2NLs have been sent.
January 10, 2017 at 10:49
hi n happy new year Brits.thanks for all your ans I appreciate it.
January 10, 2017 at 16:40
Cy, I have my maiden name on my bsc…
January 11, 2017 at 22:44
Hi brit! This is KCC reply to me: Your forms have been received and pending further embassy review for the continuation of your visa processing. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on case numbers that have completed processing.
4×× more for me to be current, does this mean that I will receive my 2NLs in this month???
January 11, 2017 at 23:59
If you are not current you won’t get your 2NL yet.
January 12, 2017 at 08:16
Hi Brith, i submitted my forms on 19 September and reopened it twice but i have changed my work that i stated on the dv forms. Do i have to unlock and do the necessary correction or my 2NL will come soon?
January 12, 2017 at 14:59
You don’t have to unlock for job changes.
January 13, 2017 at 12:44
Just wondering in preparation for my interview in 3 weeks do I need to translate documents (vetting, diploma, vaccine info etc) into English from my native language (French). Interview is in France
January 13, 2017 at 14:45
Documents can be in English or the local official language (i.e. French in Paris)
January 13, 2017 at 14:04
I am the winner in the dv-American lottery 2016-2017..Isent ds-260 to (July/ 29) & Case number24000..When he sends me the date of interview?
January 13, 2017 at 14:37
Probably in March.
January 16, 2017 at 23:24
I apply for iast year visa lottery,but my country is not eligible but my wife country is eligible so i claim are country.where by i stand as the principal applicant.fill her as my spouse in my own dv form.and secondly i fill her own dv form making her as the principle applicant.filling me as her spouse in her form.hope i didnot break d rule of law.pls
January 17, 2017 at 04:03
THat is fine.
January 18, 2017 at 20:02
January 20, 2017 at 11:24
when i appling the dv i was pregnant and donot officialy maried with my boyfriend and afer 3 months we have got mared and born our daughter then after around 5 months later the result came and i won the dv 2017 then i added my husband and my daughter on ds 260 form and our interview is first February so
Q1 may they give us the visa separetly?
Q2 what types of mairage documents should we have submit on interview date?
Q3 what expect to do from our sponsor? Like form to be filled and other
January 20, 2017 at 18:27
1. You will all get visas
2. Your marriage certificate, and I suggest you take other proof of the relationship.
January 21, 2017 at 06:20
Thank you brit for your answer but i heared that the l-134 form is donot asked in ethiopia and our sponsor is my cousine so she do not fill the form is that necessary in our country ethiopia?
January 25, 2017 at 23:15
Hey Britt,please I need your advice, sir my sponsor only provided her 2013,2014 and 15 tax income following an I _34form which was filledin.
Please sir is there anything missing???please tell me my lapses.
My husband and I are worried.
She said that’s all she have….no bank statement too, please guide us.
January 25, 2017 at 23:17
Current payslips and photo ID
January 20, 2017 at 18:20
Hi Simon ,
I just received my 2nl.
Interview date march 14, 2017
Submitted September 6
Thanks for the guidance.
January 20, 2017 at 18:23
Case number AF22****
January 31, 2017 at 05:04
EU29XXX, DS260 filed in September. Do I have a good chance to make the selection? if yes, should I expect the 2NLs in February or March?
January 31, 2017 at 06:25
I don’t want to predict when your case number will become current. Wait and see.
February 1, 2017 at 15:47
Helloo brit .have they started releasing 2nl for April
Or when will they be releasing them
February 1, 2017 at 18:52
Just like every other month. The VB is released between the 8th and the 15th, and the 2NLs go out from about the 18th to the end of the month. Every month.
February 10, 2017 at 06:20
I have recently been in the interview and my visa was approved. Financial sponsor was not indicated in the check list of embassy. But they requested it during my interview. I had bank statement, as you strongly recommend to be over-prepared. Thank you very much for very good job and supporting the people for free.
February 10, 2017 at 06:25
I’m glad you were prepared. Which embassy was that?
February 10, 2017 at 14:21
February 10, 2017 at 15:16
February 10, 2017 at 14:38
Sir sorry for distributing u.I wish to ask question
1)following ur VB progress for AF region I hav anticipated my case 4145* to be current in May or June.
Can my prediction be correct ?
I ask bc am in a foreign country to make police record.
Thks say .only say a word sir and my prb shall be solved
February 10, 2017 at 15:11
Once again. I do not have a prediction.
February 24, 2017 at 15:32
Hey Britt,thanks ever so for your instructions and guide.
As God could have it my husband and I got our visas five days ago and and I just bless God for you!!!!my counselor didnt ask for affidavit only our police record,marriage certificates,birthcertificates,medical report.
No marriage pictures at all!!so we are so grateful to God.
February 24, 2017 at 16:23
February 25, 2017 at 12:21
I have an interview with the Embassy in three days time under dv lottery,i have heard that the embassy requires certified copies by the respective academic institution despite having all the original academic certificate,is this the case,please advise.
February 25, 2017 at 15:21
THat is not a normal requirement, but may be required at your embassy. Check their web page or specific embassy instructions,
February 25, 2017 at 17:53
hi simon, my wife(principal winner) and i got our visa valid till mid of july 2017, but we plan to travel in mid of june. so my question is it’s a good idea to pay the 220$ for green card now or should i wait one month before traveling? the second question is for paying the 220$ we need to open an USCIS account so should i open one account for the DV1 and pay the fees for both or should i open an account for DV2(myself) and pay separately?thank you.
February 25, 2017 at 17:57
It doesn’t matter whether you pay it now or nearer the time. As to “how”, simply follow the instructions.
February 28, 2017 at 20:04
Hi Brit. Simon
I have followed all your directives and i finally got my visa. If it wasn’t by your website i was not gonna know that if u have lived in another country more than 6 months u need to provide the police clearance of that country as well. God bless you and keep doing a good job.
February 28, 2017 at 23:05