This visa bulletin covers May interviews.
For those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, they can expect their 2NL in about 2 weeks from now. I know I am going to get a lot of people who will ask me this exact question – so let me say that again. 2NLs for May interviews will be sent in about two weeks time. They will include interviews for cases that have been made current in this latest visa bulletin AND backlog cases that were already current last month but the DS260 was submitted late.
The backlog seems to be massively reduced now so progress from now on can be largely due to new VB numbers, not backlog.
Read this link if you are unsure how to read the visa bulletin.
People should also read my analysis posts over the last week or so, and catch up with the CEAC data that I have published.
AFRICA – 28300(Last month 23800)
ASIA – 6850(Last month 5800)
Except Nepal – 5525(Last month 5100)
EUROPE – 28,000(Last month 24500)
OCEANIA – 1,050(Last month 950)
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN – 1020(Last month 925)
**** Update about EU and OC regions ****
The numbers published for EU and OC are somewhat ridiculous. In EU the highest case number in CEAC is 24517. There are NO CASES between 24517 and 28000. Same story in OC – highest number is 959. It seems like KCC are avoiding giving the impression that EU and OC have gone current while other regions are still going through the process. Why would they do that? Well I can only imagine it is to avoid numerous questions from regions still limited about allocating wasted visas from EU and OC to the other regions. There is a tiny chance that they could release some additional winners in EU and OC, but as of now there is NO evidence to support that hypothesis, and it is quite late in the year to inform more winners. Please Note – this would ONLY affect EU and OC, it would make no sense to release more winners in AF, AS and SA regions since there are already enough (too many) winners in those regions.
If you want to check how close these numbers are to my predictions, please check here.
March 15, 2016 at 18:43
What happened exactly in 2003 till 2005 . The African region’s cut-offs were extremely low . is it maybe because of 9/11 incidents or is there an other reason ?
March 15, 2016 at 20:14
It is pointless to compare to those years. The quotas were different, the lack of internet access meant not many from Africa applied and so on.
March 15, 2016 at 21:22
Could you tell me if required annual gross income or net income from sponsor for DV Lottery?
My sponsor is living with his mother. My family consists of four persons where need annual income per 6 persons in total.
In the form 1040 which I received from my sponsor in column 22 says: this is your total income are $ 50,061.
Can you tell me if my sponsor meets the criteria?
March 15, 2016 at 21:27
They use Gross income, so Yes he meets the requirement.
March 15, 2016 at 21:36
Many thanks for your quick response. I have two sponsor where I have received from both these forms: I-134, 1040, W2 and copy off passports.
One of them in column 22 has total income 50.061 $ and the other $ 45,860. Can I present in interview two sponsors or just one of them?
March 15, 2016 at 23:38
Take both to the interview (just in case), present one (the best one).
March 15, 2016 at 23:37
My CN is AF51xxx which month do I have a chance
March 15, 2016 at 23:39
September hopefully. It depends on where the final cutoff falls – and we don’t know that for sure yet.
March 15, 2016 at 23:46
Alright thanks a bunch
March 15, 2016 at 23:55
thank you in advance i got my visa in February but i have a question about my wife data that written in her visa
my wife has 2 nationalities Libyan as an original one and an Egyptian given from her mam we provided the Egyptian passport for her but we noticed that when they issued the visa on the Egyptian passport they wrote the nationality Libyan is it normal or should i contact the embassy to change
March 16, 2016 at 00:33
Correct it if it is wrong.
March 16, 2016 at 00:43
Its not wrong she also have the Libyan nationality but we provide the Egyptian passport we only mentioned in the ds application that she has a Libyan passport i have only 9 days for non refundable flight ticket?
March 16, 2016 at 01:16
Thanks for your unconditional helps!
I arrived to the US on 02-29-2016 and I paid my GC fees on 01-29-2016, it’s almost more than 45 days after the payment. Should I wait the 60 days after my entry or from the date I paid the GC fee which was $165?
If you have any other advises I’ll appreciate it.
Best of regards
March 16, 2016 at 03:01
Wait a MINIMUM of 60 days after your entry. Then wait 30 days more.
March 16, 2016 at 15:24
hi mr, We thank your efforts with us can i ask if you will publishing the mid of march month file CEAC today
March 16, 2016 at 16:25
CN 66XX , is it normal that my visa status still showing at NVC till now ? it should be changed or it is still early till the send the email
March 16, 2016 at 17:36
Dear . Brit
My dv lottery visa interview is scheduled to april. i need to correct DS 260 ..
who is able to unblock the DS260 form to error correction .KCC or Emabssy where interview take place?
If i email to embassy will they unblock for me
thank you for information
March 16, 2016 at 17:50
KCC cannot unlock once your interview is scheduled. So you must deal with the embassy, who may not unlock the DS260, but instead tell you to bring it up at the interview.
March 16, 2016 at 18:23
Hi Brit ..Thanks Again
At the interview time(cos i cant correct DS 260) ,if i correct some addresses and employment details more than two or three ,will give a negetive effect at the interview ,coz i mentioned present employment only.if i left uncorrected ,will it be traced?
March 16, 2016 at 19:48
Email the embassy with the information….
March 17, 2016 at 11:36
my CN is 2016AF44xxx when will my visa bulletin released
March 17, 2016 at 14:10
You have some months to wait yet. Interview probably around August.
March 17, 2016 at 11:53
I have an interview for April but my i-134 form was filled in by hand and mailed to me with all required document attached. Any problem with filling the form by hand?
March 17, 2016 at 14:09
March 17, 2016 at 13:51
HI brit, when are you going to publish your midmonth KCC files? I know you’re a busy man. Regards
March 17, 2016 at 14:11
Could you, please, explain, what does it mean? My status at Ceac was Ready after the interview has been sheduled for April. Now it is Administrative Processing. I thought that AP is only after the interview. It is still a lot of time before the interview. Why they process me?
March 17, 2016 at 18:27
Are you interviewing in Moscow by any chance?
March 17, 2016 at 18:29
March 17, 2016 at 19:57
OK then it is nothing to worry about – it is something Moscow do that is unlike any other embassy. It is pretty “normal” for them.
March 17, 2016 at 20:01
Brit, thank you so much for the answer! Do you think it is normal even if other cases are in status Ready?
March 17, 2016 at 23:32
Yes. Moscow aren’t 100% consistent. I cannot tell what the difference is between those cases that are in AP before the interview and those that aren’t. I suggest you don’t worry about this….
March 17, 2016 at 20:16
I mean if other cases from Moscow in status Ready.
March 17, 2016 at 23:45
Dear Brit, thank you very much for the answer!
March 17, 2016 at 14:37
Hi Brit, a friend of me has not meet the educational requirement to be qualified for the Dv process. he is an Aluminium Carpenter. I search on the https://www.onetonline.org site but I cannot find the exact Jobzone. Please would you be able to help me? Regards
March 17, 2016 at 23:44
I don’t know what you mean by aluminum carpenter – there is no such thing. Carpentry is about wood. Aluminium is metal. However, if he is a manual laborer (skilled but manual) he probably will not qualify on work experience.
March 17, 2016 at 17:13
Hi, when I have to prepare 1-34 and 1040 ? my case number is AF37000 ,can I start to prepare them now or I have to wait
March 17, 2016 at 23:37
I would suggest you wait until nearer the time.
March 17, 2016 at 18:42
Please sir with nti grade 2 proficiency certificate and two yeas two working experience. Do I qualify?. Thank you
March 17, 2016 at 23:35
As I have mentioned already – I do not know what NVTI is – it is specific to your region.
However, as I have mentioned already, 2 years experience (or 10 or 20 years) in a job that does not meet the requirements is not good enough to qualify.
March 17, 2016 at 19:27
Please mean NVTI ii, with 2years working experience.
March 18, 2016 at 10:53
If by NVTI you mean National Vocational Training institute of Ghana , then it’s not enough to qualify
March 18, 2016 at 17:22
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this comment.
Here is my situation: I am an F1 student in the US, and my parents applied for the lottery and they got it. My name was put in the application, however for some reasons I won’t be able to attend the visa appointment. And I am now in the process of filling the I-824, and I had some questions:
1) should the person who fill this form should be the person who will not attend the appointment, or does it have to be the person who filled the original application.( the person who got the lottery)
2)In section 6 of the form, who is the preparer ?
March 18, 2016 at 17:56
The I-824 can only be filed after the CP interview approval – and BEFORE the selectee enters. So there is a timing that you need to be aware of. You will have to push to get it through – I must admit, I would not have recommended this approach.
1. The principal winner
2. The principal winner, or an agent of same.
March 22, 2016 at 20:48
Good evening sir, please I want know if the instructions and the requiments of all the eligible countries are the same. 2 what is the meaning of work experience?
Because it says you should prove your education certificates or work experience.
Pleas help me. Thank you sir.
March 22, 2016 at 22:18
The requirement is set by the laws that control the DV lottery. Individual embassies can interpret the instructions to match to the law. This should not be a surprise – it waqs explained in the lottery instructions. I have also written a post about it here:
March 22, 2016 at 23:35
Actually iam facing a serious problem that I lost my confirmation number and my interview have been scheduled on april and I can’ confirm my appointment date with out the confirmation number plus I haven’t make the medical examination yet and I tried to get the confirmation number but there is something wrong it seems my email is not the one that the used to apply for me but my own email I can contact the kcc with it and I have my case nuber and i did submit my forms so I am looking for your help
Thanks in advancs
March 23, 2016 at 00:10
So – from what you are saying, you can access your DS260 (because you have the DOB and case number), BUT you cannot access the ESC site to get the 2NL details. Your best bet is to contact KCC, they may be able to give you the exact date and time of the interview. You can print the DS260 confirmation for the medical.
March 23, 2016 at 04:07
Dear Brit .
Hope you are doing well !
My Cause number is 2016AS00005925 , according my cause number my cause is current .
and still i don’t received my second notification .
Can you please advice when can i expect my interview date ?
My Medical Checkup has been scheduled on 21st of April 2016 . Should i postpone my medical examination ?
Waiting for your nice response .
March 23, 2016 at 05:20
2NLs will go out within in a few days….
March 23, 2016 at 05:22
Thank you sir !
So i should not postpone my Medical Examination ?
March 23, 2016 at 05:24
Your interview will be in some time in May, so the date you have is not too bad.
March 23, 2016 at 05:26
Thank you !
March 23, 2016 at 06:22
Is it true that 2NLs for may interviews will be out by today
March 23, 2016 at 10:10
Dear Mr. Birt ,
i have a question . i have not mentioned my District number on my DS-260 this will be any problem ?
March 23, 2016 at 13:58
I don’t know for sure.
March 23, 2016 at 12:03
One Last question .
Can you list that which forms we should fill before our Immigrant visa Interview . ?
Please that is very important for us .
Please answer that Mr.brit.
Thanks Once again .
March 23, 2016 at 13:58
You only complete the DS260 – there are no other forms to fill by the applicant. Some may need an I-134 filled in by a sponsor.
March 23, 2016 at 14:39
Thank you so much sir
March 23, 2016 at 14:03
I haven’t predicted that – but it is possible.
March 24, 2016 at 10:46
I have been thinking on submitting my ds260 because of my case # which is AF50100. Do you think it is late to submit? And if I submit, do you think kcc will reach my #? What is your advice simon?
March 24, 2016 at 14:03
Your number is in a risky range, but we won’t know for sure until July, and of course, waiting until then will be too late. So – if you want to take your chance you may as well submit now.
March 25, 2016 at 06:48
Is 2NL has been released for May Interview? I wonder what’s going on, it’s been too late.
March 25, 2016 at 14:03
It has been as later or later in some previous months. Relax.
March 25, 2016 at 11:05
THANKS FOR YOUR ADVICE SIMON. I WILL SUBMIT BY NEXT WEEK. CAN YOU PLEASE PREDICT ON THE # OF WINNER YOU HOPE TO SEE BY MAY ON THE 2017 RESULT? I MEAN FOR AF.
March 25, 2016 at 13:58
I have no way to predict their strategy this year – so no.
March 27, 2016 at 11:03
Dear Mr. Brit ,
I just received my Second Notification my interview is on 10 Of May 2016 . Thank you so much for your help and support .
Your website is such a good and helpful website for us .
I have one question .
Do we need to get our financial or account statement to the interview .because that is not mentioned on DV Instruction ?
and i have already send Form I-134 To my sponsor to fill it , He is my older brother he will send the filled form to me soon .
If we need to get our account statement how much i should show to CO that will be acceptable to them .
I am only single applicant .
Thanks In Advance. . ..!
Waiting for your nice response.
March 27, 2016 at 14:35
It is better to over prepare. The financial information could be requested – although an I-134 is usually enough.
March 25, 2016 at 15:24
Hi brit my case number is current AS52×× but when I check my ceac visa status,it’s still showing at NVC.am worried that will I get my 2nl or not.thank you so much for all the support and information.
March 25, 2016 at 17:29
The 2NLs have not been sent yet – should be in the next few days…
March 25, 2016 at 20:48
Brit just now I recieved my 2nl letter for may 16 interview.thankyou so much.really without your support I could not have reached here………
March 25, 2016 at 20:53
April 5, 2016 at 18:53
Here’s my situation, my dad won the DV lottery, and as I am a student in the US, I won’t be able to go back, and be in the interview. So I decided to fill out the I-824 form to petition to have the interview in the US, however I am not sure to what address I should send it to, there are many.
I would really appreciate your help.
April 6, 2016 at 00:35
You can only file the I-824 once the DV case is approved. If that is late in the year, you are likely to not complete in time. I think you file through Chicago, but I suggest you research more via the USCIS site.
April 6, 2016 at 17:06
I was wondering, what do you mean when the DV case is approved, because my dad was already elected.
April 6, 2016 at 17:22
Being selected does not mean approved. He must be interviewed and approved before you can file.
April 12, 2016 at 10:38
The Visa bulletin is normally released on the 8th or 9th of each month. Today is the 12th and yet the bulletin is not yet out. Could there be any reason for this slowing down or delay?
April 12, 2016 at 14:52
The VB is usually released between the 8th and 12th – but they have until the 15th before it is considered late.
April 15, 2016 at 20:29
hi brit ,
regarding copies of bank statements ,is it okay for them to be in local currency or they should be in us dollar ?
thanks brit .
April 15, 2016 at 20:54
Local is fine.
August 15, 2017 at 16:35
Please what about NVTI certificate steel bending are they also not qualify for dv lottery
August 15, 2017 at 18:08