People have started receiving their 2NLs for October 2017 interviews – meaning the first DV2018 interviews. This 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.
August 18, 2017 at 12:25
Mr. Brit after a long wait , patience and yr great help I received a visa (Nepal) today and my visa expires on January it means I can make ticket for October or I must enter there upto September 30 of 2018 bcoz I m the dv winner of 2017.
August 18, 2017 at 14:21
Enter by the expiry date.
August 18, 2017 at 12:28
Hi I am from nepal i edv winner for 2018 i hope i will get good feedback from you my CN number is AS20018395X when i submit the application it was single status, again i fill the DS 260 also single status now my parent’s want to get married with my beloved person i am agree to marrige we plan to do simple marriage we did and we have marrige certificate. Please advise me how to apply again to get couples or there is a risk kindly advice me what to do there is any chance to go together or not.
Hope you will send me good feedback
August 18, 2017 at 14:20
If you get married you must change your marital status on the DS260 – and add your spouse details. You can also add a DS260 for the new spouse if you decide you want to both get Green Cards.
August 18, 2017 at 14:48
Thank you for your advice what are the document need to submit just we have legal marriage certificate. From the my home town if we unlock the Ds 260 form there will by any deley to process for my visa interview in this year since my husband working abroad just he get visa to work and he went .
Your kind advice will be highly appropriated.
August 18, 2017 at 14:53
You will need to upload the marriage cert.
Delay is unimportant.
August 31, 2017 at 09:59
Hey i have z same case with u send me if any news
August 18, 2017 at 16:13
there are ppl reporting in Warsaw, PL having their interview on October 2nd, with the case number EU00002XXX. just saying
August 18, 2017 at 17:07
That is not unusual.
August 18, 2017 at 16:17
Thank you one more question my CN number is AS20018395X from nepal please advice me when 2NL will out for me then i will call my husband back to home to do the all the requarment..
August 18, 2017 at 17:08
I don’t know – and I won’t predict.
August 18, 2017 at 17:45
Hello sir, when i unlock Dv 260 form and, update some details, it ill delay or take more time for interview
August 18, 2017 at 17:58
Please start using the FAQ
August 19, 2017 at 12:53
I have received my 2nl this Monday
1.I haven’t been able to see it just because, an agent did the entry for me..and he said he give it out unless I pay some amount of money… Plss Hw can I retrieve it
2.plss am in the nursing training school( Ghana) final year..am not having my certificate yet will it affect my chance…..
August 19, 2017 at 14:57
If an agent controls your case, how do you know any of the entry or DS260 has accurate information? YOu are HIGHLY likely to be refused at interview. Think carefully not to waste money on this. 80% of interviews in Ghana end in refusal because of this sort of reason.
1. You have to access your ESC page. You might be able to get the details by contacting KCC and explaining the situation.
2. No. Because that vocational training cannot help you qualify anyway. Do you meet the education requirements without that training?
August 19, 2017 at 17:02
I am from Ethiopia
My sponsor works for world bank in the US he is on G-4 visa.
Do you think he is eligible to be a sponsor for i-134.
August 19, 2017 at 20:47
I don’t think so.
August 20, 2017 at 05:22
Dear Sir, you have noted in your blog “All about Affidavit…” that ………someone already working in the USA on a temporary visa can show existing salary (payslips, tax records, job confirmation letters and so on)…….I was counting on this as my sponsor has an F1 visa but with good professional work background for over two years in USA. Does this mean I am at risk.
August 20, 2017 at 05:39
He has a CPT.
August 20, 2017 at 14:43
A permanent resident is less risky – you can try with the one you have and see what happens.
August 20, 2017 at 19:20
August 20, 2017 at 12:15
Please sir, give me your view on F1 visa I asked below.
August 19, 2017 at 21:05
Britsimon thank you very much for I have follow your blog and have learn more I have Gone for my Senior high result and am almost successful in my subject
Will it be OK if I have this and want to join the USA Army ?
August 19, 2017 at 21:10
Search google for US army requirements.
August 19, 2017 at 22:03
What are the things needed when checking your second notification cn or confirmation code
August 19, 2017 at 22:18
The same things you need to check the original entry. Try it.
August 19, 2017 at 23:54
Do you think the KCC will continue sending 2NL up to the end of August?
My CN is 2018AF49XX with DS260 submitted on 17 july because of children’s passports. I am not sure to be part of october interviews, unless you tell me the contrary!
August 20, 2017 at 04:25
No, I think other cases will now have November interviews.
August 20, 2017 at 04:27
My name is mireteab and i was DV 2017 winner, i have finished all my process and its been 2 weeks after i arrived in the United States!. It would have all been so much difficult with out your valuable help sir!. Cant thank you much sir!. Hoping for the day that i can do much for this Web/blog. thanks
August 20, 2017 at 04:29
Congratulations and welcome to the US of A!
August 20, 2017 at 09:09
what do u think numbers of november interviews:)) thanks simon…
August 20, 2017 at 14:33
Wait and see.
August 20, 2017 at 12:02
I read in one of your comments that the information from the old DV sessions is not erased. Please I would like to know with your extensive experience in this area, do you think that, during the interview, the consular officers are often very concerned about these information, which contains errors most of the time, in view of the inexperience of the participants and the awkwardness of certain agents in Africa ?
August 20, 2017 at 14:24
Previous entries provide a database of information. I imagine KCC/embassies use that!
August 20, 2017 at 12:21
Hello Brit sir,
I would like to ask you about the sponsorship. Does the sponsorship must be green card holder or a normal person also can do sponsorship ?? . My sponsor is my friend and he is student. I am little bit confused about this question. Does it create any problem for 2nd letter ? If then i will unlock my DS260 to change the sponsor.
August 20, 2017 at 14:22
If you are talking about a financial sponsor (for I-134) that person has to show sufficient income.
August 20, 2017 at 12:24
Hi Brit , I m from srilanka my case number 2018AS85xx .
Is the number is safe zone? Please
August 20, 2017 at 14:20
August 20, 2017 at 14:21
Hi Brit,I hv selected for 2018 dv lottery and my cn is AF000047xx and here comes my questions
1.what is my chances of getting the visa?
2.I couldn’t pass the high diploma well so I re-registed again before I won dv lottery with better grades so which one should I provide during the interview time?
3.what are the civil documents
4.And if I submit the 260 form in Dec wen will the interview date comes?
August 20, 2017 at 14:46
1. I don’t have a prediction.
2. Take both, show the better grades first.
3. Read the instructions!
4. Same answer as 1.
August 20, 2017 at 14:59
Hello Brit, I hv selectee dv2018 . My CS no 2018AS89xx . I seen your articles safe selectee number AS8xxx. Its meaning upto 8999.pls answer me
August 20, 2017 at 17:07
It is an approximation – but the final numbers are almost 1 year away – so I cannot be accurate in the final numbers – and I am not trying to predict the final numbers.
August 20, 2017 at 18:24
hello mr brit thanks for your help im liban from somalia i have already submitted my ds260 on june 4th in the ds260 i filled as single now im going to mary my gf so could it be possible to add her my ds260 to follow with in usa what to do
August 20, 2017 at 18:26
August 20, 2017 at 19:26
I can’t check the status via ESC , i followed the instruction mentioned in the blog i removed the leading zeros… but in vain
Please guide me or if you have any advise let me know. Thanks
August 20, 2017 at 19:48
Use your CONFIRMATION number – not case number.
August 21, 2017 at 08:07
I tried with confirmation number that i copied from pdf file but it did not work. I am not sure why.
August 20, 2017 at 22:52
First thanks for you helpful blog
I am a EU winner and waiting for my case to be processed.
I just realized that the address that I provided last October when entering the lottery is not where I was living at the time. It was the address written on my passeport. I found it more logical that way but now I am staring to think that the KCC could disqualify me for not providing the correct address. I wrote the correct address where I was living when entering the lottery on my ds260 form.
I filled the DS260 perfectly with all correct informations.
What do you think?
August 21, 2017 at 00:47
It doesn’t matter.
August 21, 2017 at 09:56
Thanks for this quick answer.
One last thing; I am going to the US on vacation at the end of August.
When I come back from this trip, should I open again my ds260 and add this US stay as they ask to write all our previous US trips?
Cause I should have my interview around October and I’m afraid to open the ds260 the month before. Even if it shouldn’t change anything
August 21, 2017 at 13:29
No need to unlock.
August 21, 2017 at 09:19
Thank you for all your help.
I’m a selectee of DV2018 CN : AF19***
I posted the DS260 form for me and spouse at the beginning of June.
I’m working in a multinational IT company, and since the end of the month of July, I’m on professional mission in France, it will last at least one year. so I live temporary in France (alone , my spouse is still living in our Home country).
Do you think that I Should, for that kind of information, ask to unlock the DS form and add my adress in France even if it’s not permenant ?
Thank you in advance for you advice.
August 21, 2017 at 13:33
Yes, but your spouse will have to go to France for interview with you.
August 21, 2017 at 19:13
Thank you for your reply.
Is changing the address means that I will be obliged to pass the interview in France ?
My first plan was to go back to my home country for the interview period, especially that my wife is working there and can’t join me in France.
Is it possible to request the unlock of my DS260 form and only add the new address (just in order to keep it transparent for the KCC ).
Based on your vast experience ,Do you think that this kind of information , if missed in the form DS260, would be diqualifying for us in the interview ?
Thank you again for your valuable help.
August 21, 2017 at 19:23
If you want your interview in your home country, then leave the address as the original address in that country. That is justifiable if that is still your permanent address. The work address is therefore just temporary to perform your work duties.
August 22, 2017 at 20:35
Thank you Brit
August 21, 2017 at 10:00
Am writing on behalf on my friend who is a lottery 2018 winner with a case number AF3XXX. She submitted her DS260 back in late May and she didn’t receive any appointment date yet.
Our questions (As am also a winner), are:
1. how frequent does winners get their 2NL during the same month?
2. does ppl with African numbers get their 2NL on different dates or they all get their 2 NL on the same day.
On a group of lottery winners from our country Sudan we have noticed that only appointments were scheduled on the 2nd and 4th of October, but rest of ppl with case number less then 8500 still didn’t get their 2NL despite their early submission.
3. Does that makes sense or is it because of the travel ban?
August 21, 2017 at 13:23
1. One batch of 2NLs per month
3. THe batch can take a few days to be completed.
3. Not the travel ban, no. Patience.
August 21, 2017 at 15:53
i from Algeria , my case number is AF00004xxxx
i m current now for october, i dont receivce my 2NL yet , i send my ds260 in 2june 2017
my question is to you think 2 june is enough early ?
ANd do you think my date will be in october
August 21, 2017 at 15:55
sorry case number 4xxx
August 21, 2017 at 16:15
Your case probably needed longer to process – so you should expect a November interview.
August 21, 2017 at 17:06
Is it true that winners whose case number is under 2000 have not got their second letter. We have a group in whatsup and i am a winner from morocco. Nobody in the group whose number us less than 2000 got the second letter. If it us a problem what should they do? Thank you very much your prediction are ofter correct( visa bulletin) thank you
August 21, 2017 at 17:31
Some winners under 2000 haven’t got a 2NL, some have. Not all cases are submitted at the same time and processing times vary from case to case. PATIENCE.
August 22, 2017 at 06:37
Hi Brit thanks for the help please kindly help me I am filling my ds260 my question is can I chose a different embassy with my family because we are not leaving together so if possible I want us to have separate interview in different embassy’s me as a principal applicant. Thanks
August 22, 2017 at 13:29
No. You interview together (the family will be scheduled with the principal)
August 22, 2017 at 09:26
I have gone through your posts and found that you advised some to upload their marriage certificates.
As far as I know, we do not have to upload any document to ds260. Right? As I couldn’t notice any field of attachment in the form.
August 22, 2017 at 13:22
That is for people who married after the original entry
August 22, 2017 at 12:25
That is applicable to those who got married after dv entry or after the results.
August 22, 2017 at 16:57
consider this : Hello,is there any chance that high case numbers above 39000 can receive 2NL before January 2018 for DV lottery 2018 winners of course ?
August 22, 2017 at 17:27
August 22, 2017 at 19:52
Hello Brit, i wanted to ask about sponsor
1.is a problem that he is self-employed because some told me he cant send w-2
2 are 63 $ income to sponsor 2 persons..his family is with 5 persons
4. His wife has to send w-2?
August 22, 2017 at 19:53
63 000 $ not 63 sory
August 22, 2017 at 19:55
1. No – that is fine – he should send the 1040 (tax return)
2. That is OK
3. That would help (but the 1040 is important).
August 22, 2017 at 20:49
Need your advise, i have received my 2NL and in 2NL my interview date is 2nd October. When i checked US embassy guidelines as per 2NL it is requested for a registration with US Embassy for delivery details.
When i try to register in US embassy website its asking for type of visa, K Visas or returning residents. Any idea which one should be selected.
Thanks in advance for your kind support.
August 22, 2017 at 21:06
I don’t know the systems of each embassy. But generally you look for immigrant visas, and sometime DV lottery is mentioned.
August 23, 2017 at 08:32
Peaceman how many your CN and the date of you sent your DS please ?
August 24, 2017 at 13:01
1.what are the information/contents to be checked during ds 260 processing?
2.unfortunately If I made mistake on ds260 especially required documents like education, saying vocational course but Having university degree,does this mistake make my case number not to be scheduling for interview?
August 24, 2017 at 13:17
1. Background checks.
2. You will get scheduled regardless of that mistake. But correct the error by unlocking.
August 25, 2017 at 14:52
Hi birat I’m dv winner from Nepal and my interview is in 5 th Oct the problem is that I had suffer from tb in my childhood n I hv scar in chest so due to this it can reject my interview and visa. I’m really worried
August 25, 2017 at 18:35
It will be considered at the medical, but it is not likely to cause a problem.
August 25, 2017 at 14:54
1.Is Asia is safe below 11000?
2.Whats was the last case number of Asia 2017?
August 25, 2017 at 18:35
1. I don’t have a prediction
2. Above 11000
August 25, 2017 at 16:15
Hi Brit thanks for the help.
you have answered the question of BRTKN above,saying ‘Background checks’ what does it mean? what are the back ground checks to be done?
August 25, 2017 at 18:37
Various security checks, the detail of which are not disclosed.
August 25, 2017 at 17:23
Kindly I submitted ds260 on may, may passport will be expired on july 17 2018, which mean maybe before yhe interview date, do you advise me to renew the passport and unlock the application to update the passport info? Or leave the application as is and renew the passport and at the time of the interview inform the consulate officer to update the passport info?
August 25, 2017 at 18:39
I recommend you unlock and update the DS260.
August 26, 2017 at 07:26
Am a dv 2018 winner from Kenya, I have been staying with my husband since 2012 we have been staying with him under Advocate sworn in affidavit of marriage which was legal form of marriage in Kenya.we have a child 3 years. We recently did our civil marriage since the process requires civil marriage document proof.while filling ds260 we indicated the customary marriage date.
Do you think I should request kcc to unlock ds260 so that I update the civil marriage date or should I wait for 2nl and walk to embassy with both sworn in affidavit plus civil marriage certificate to defend the different dates.
August 26, 2017 at 13:57
No need to unlock. Just discuss at the interview if asked.
August 28, 2017 at 05:58
Hi Brit, My request was granted by unlocking my ds26o form to make some revisions and was submitted. Advice please, Doing the interview, should I carry with me a copy of the previous form and also a copy of the current form-the revisions copy.
Blessed working Day.
August 28, 2017 at 14:30
August 28, 2017 at 08:32
what is the highest case number in Asia
for 2017 August visa bulletin?
August 28, 2017 at 14:28
August 28, 2017 at 16:45
I want to know for prediction!
What was the highest case number in Asia for 2017 july visa bulletin?
August 28, 2017 at 20:38
Asia was current in DV2017.
August 28, 2017 at 19:59
have you heard something from somewhere about november to europe :))
August 28, 2017 at 20:40
August 29, 2017 at 12:22
I’d like to know when i’ll receive my 2nd letter, i’m from africa, my case number is 460XX
August 29, 2017 at 12:36
It won’t be until mid 2018 – wait and see
September 5, 2017 at 09:55
am i safe with AF460XX case number??, thnx very much brit for all.
September 5, 2017 at 13:17
August 29, 2017 at 12:37
1.After medical in how many months it expires ?
2.I have done my medical on july 25 and my visa was approved on aug 18 now in my visa it is written that it expires on 2018 Jan 25 it means my medical will not expires upto Jan 25 am I safe for travelling USA on October 25, 2017?
August 29, 2017 at 18:52
You are safe to travel in October no problems as long as you land in USA before January 25th you all good.Best of luck
August 29, 2017 at 15:06
iam from Senegal Africa my case is 28xxx .when can I haave my interveiw .merci brit
August 29, 2017 at 15:43
I don’t know exactly – wait and see.
August 30, 2017 at 00:44
Dear Mr Brit
I want to ask if i want to apply without a affidavit of support how much the minimum bank balance should i have .
August 30, 2017 at 03:20
An I-134 is safer, but some embassies would accept around $10,000 per adult.
August 30, 2017 at 14:18
Does the current hurricane Harvey in Texas has any influence on our interview on 02 October 2017 since we are planning to move to Houston Texas where our sponsor is living.
August 30, 2017 at 14:30
I don’t think so.
August 30, 2017 at 14:27
I received my 2NL. After that when I entered again in DS-260 form on the website I noticed that there is unlocked second application form which can be completed.
My question is why there is second DS-260 application form and should I have to fulfill it and submit it again.
August 30, 2017 at 14:32
It is happening in a lot of cases. Just ignore the second application.
August 30, 2017 at 15:53
what is the meaning of “Asia was current in DV2017”
please explain it
August 30, 2017 at 16:25
All case numbers were eligible for interview (apart from Nepal)
August 30, 2017 at 15:54
Any idea about AF 2018 highest case #?
August 30, 2017 at 16:13
August 30, 2017 at 16:42
All case numbers were eligible for interview (apart from Nepal)
its meaning “all of pending case ” ill schedule to interview?
August 30, 2017 at 17:14
It means what I said.