The “April” visa bulletin has been published. It concerns the case numbers eligible for May interviews. As you can see above all regions have gone current EXCEPT for the four countries identified (see below). It’s a big (and very welcome) surprise to see current so early in the year. What current means is that KCC have determined that there are enough visa slots to satisfy remaining demand for visas. So – all cases are “ready” for interviews (apart from those 4 countries listed individually).
This is particularly good news for the high numbers in SA region, as I was fearing there would not be enough visas for the demand in that region. Essentially it must mean that there has been a low response rate for the 2nd draw cases, particularly in that region. For other regions there may have been low response from the second draw (which would make sense as some people would not have checked). There is also a chance that the EO is having some impact also. If KCC believe they will have a lot of rescheduling work to do later (when the ban is lifted), they probably want to do as much as possible earlier in the year, so that later months will be about clearing up the cases from the 6 impacted countries. That seems like a wise precaution. Well done KCC!
For those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, they can expect their 2NL in about 1 to 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 will be sent in about one or two weeks time – that means the latter part of the month. The schedule is that VBs are published between the 8th and the 15th of each month, and 2NLs go out from the 15th to the end of the month (most typically around the 20th to 24th). This is the same every month, so there is no need to ask me.
As we know the 2NLs for last month were delayed, so that might cause a delay of the 2NLs for this month. KCC must still have a lot of work to do in dealing with the rescheduling of interviews previously cancelled.
It is possible that some people will be current for May interviews, but will not be scheduled in May because they submitted late, or there is a processing backlog that causes a delay. April interviews were based mainly on cases submitted up to early October.
To those new to looking at VBs, let me explain what the “except” XXX country means (for Iran Nepal, Egypt and Ethiopia).
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 or Ethiopia, 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.
Read this link if you are unsure how to read the visa bulletin.
March 18, 2017 at 11:56
Dear Mr simon.
Please make me clear about the differences between a welcome letter and i135 document.
March 18, 2017 at 12:40
March 19, 2017 at 03:51
sorry Mr simon but I have read it many times and can’t seem to find anything about welcome letter. I am from Nepal and here at KTM embassy I have been told that they ask for welcome letter instead of i134 document. is it the same thing or are there some differences?
hope I made myself clear.
March 19, 2017 at 05:35
Sam for the case of Nepal you don’t need I-134. Instead you need welcome letter. Welcome letter is a simple letter written by any of ur relative/friend there stating that s/he knows you well and would support you in any way possible. Simply google “welcome letter for DV” if u need to see the samples.
March 19, 2017 at 14:20
Dear sir, should i take admission in ug here in Nepal or wait for second letter as my case no is 74## and it is quite high. If i dont take admsn now i have to wait for next year to get admitted so sir what should i do
March 19, 2017 at 15:42
I can’t advise you on decisions like that.
March 20, 2017 at 05:01
can u jst tell me sir is there any hope or not and what was the last case number in 2016 from Nepal
March 20, 2017 at 05:22
I have given you a link for the last selected numbers. You can look at old VBs for previous years. Now, wait and see.
March 20, 2017 at 08:30
why four country have not gone current ?
March 20, 2017 at 13:55
Because they want to delay those countries.
March 20, 2017 at 11:28
i have sent message to open my ds260 but i received this message which i got confused,
Your case is not current yet. Please go to the website travel.state.gov and see the visa bulletin. You can write us back when your case gets current.
sir what does that means as my CN is current for may interview.
March 20, 2017 at 13:53
That is the reponse they would send when someone asks when they will get interviewed. So – email again and make it clear you want to unlock your DS260.
March 20, 2017 at 15:41
I got replied from KCC that my case has been scheduled and they no longer can unlock my DS 260 which you have said to me earlier but i have one question that i have submitted my wife and my child DS 260 on last friday will they also be interviewed with me or they will be left behind what should i do to take my family with me brit sir i need your advise.
March 20, 2017 at 17:10
Once the case is sent to the embassy (when 2NLs go out) you can discuss that with the embassy.
March 20, 2017 at 15:58
I am in a big tension. I have lost my passport & going to have a new one. I have a scan copy which I can provide at the time of interview to embassy as an evidence. Should I have to notify to KCC about my lost of passport and provide my new passport no.
Please assist me Sir.
March 20, 2017 at 17:08
If you are not already scheduled you can unlock your DS260. If you are scheduled, just take the new passport to the interview with the scan of the old one.
March 20, 2017 at 18:33
Is there anyone who gets 2NL for May Interview? If yes, which region are you in?
March 20, 2017 at 19:37
2NLs for May have not been sent yet.
March 21, 2017 at 02:32
March 20, 2017 at 18:34
Thank you for your suggestions. Previously, I had unlock my ds 260 on may 25. My CN : 69XX from Nepal. I will do as per your suggestions.
one last question, hope u will assist this time also.one of my friend is also a winner.They r in a confusion that they did not write their spouse name on close relatives at the back page of passport ( both of them ). Instead, they have written their own parents name. Does it make any difference? Their CN 59XX. Plz assist them as well also.
Thanks & Regards
March 20, 2017 at 19:37
I don’t know whether not writing the spouses name will impact processing – that is a country specific procedure.
March 21, 2017 at 04:47
Dear Mr. Brit,
Thank you for all your help for DV applicants. I have a question. My CN 2017AS000067XX , is current for interview processing. If I requested, Can the Embassy unlock my DS260 for me. I have to make a revision. will it cause any delay for my interview by making unlock request
March 21, 2017 at 13:11
KCC unlocks, not the embassy. However, they won’t unlock once you are scheduled. Unlocking doesn’t usually cause delays.
March 21, 2017 at 13:56
Dear Mr.Brit.I sent unlock request to KCC. They replied ”your case is current for interview processing. If you need to make changes to your DS 260 you should contact the consular section where you will be interviewed or bring the information about your changes to your interview appointment.
March 21, 2017 at 14:48
So that means you are scheduled.
March 21, 2017 at 05:16
Hello, I’m from Egypt with case number 41XXX (2nd draw ) what’s my chance to win
March 21, 2017 at 13:09
I don’t know. Wait and see.
March 21, 2017 at 16:02
I Really need your help
My CN is 2017AF00029xxx and been current since April interview but I never receive a 2NL, today i just Phone the KCC they told me that my CN still under process and i asked when am i going to get my 2NL she said she can’t tell me a prediction she doesn’t know i asked again if i might have a chance to be interviewed in May she said NO, now i’m confused because i submitted my form since 18 august unlock 3 times and he last one was on 25 January resubmitted same day.
There is one thing i remember when i filled my form on education side i only put my latest high school where i passed my High school degree i didn’t mention the previous high school or primary school. this is what is affecting for not getting a second letter because i’m totally confused now.
March 21, 2017 at 16:40
Nothing is affecting you getting the 2NL. It’s just a matter of patience. Relax.
March 21, 2017 at 17:14
March 21, 2017 at 21:42
We have lost our passport what should we do once we get a new one one coming weeks ????
And we have not even a copy of it are we going to have problem on the interview days???
March 21, 2017 at 22:08
Normally that would not cause a problem.
March 21, 2017 at 23:12
Hello Brit How ya been Hokding Up??
When is ethiopia going to be Current??
Are they gone start sending 2NL’s at the end of this month?
March 21, 2017 at 23:14
I don’t know when Ethiopia will be current. 2NLs should go out in the next week or two.
March 21, 2017 at 23:42
Hi Simon , how are you ? Please can you tell me how time before I’ ll get 2nl , visa status will become READY ?
March 21, 2017 at 23:43
Read the article above.
March 22, 2017 at 13:40
Hi Mr. Brit.
I’m Medical Technologist in Venezuela (Byoanalist) and I recieve recently a new work offer to start in two months. Should I change jobs before the interview? Can this influence badly in my probability to obtain the visa? Let me know your opinion please!
I want to know if I shoul unlock my DS-260 form to change my current job for the new, or only inform the change the day of the interview?
My case number is SA11*** and I haven’t recieve my 2NL
March 22, 2017 at 13:45
It’s no problem.
March 22, 2017 at 13:48
Thanks a lot.
So It isn’t necessary to unlock the form for this?
March 22, 2017 at 18:51
Hi Simon: I am current in May like everybody else, and I want to file AOS on May 1. I am a little worried that I may not be granted a GC because of the 7% country limit? Is it possible?
March 22, 2017 at 22:50
Why are you waiting until May 1. Under the early filing policy you can file now.
About the 7% limit, I would need to know the country wouldn’t I….
March 23, 2017 at 13:20
I am waiting until May 1 as some FO are rejecting packages because of early filing.
I am from Poland… would you advise me to file as oon as possible?
March 23, 2017 at 13:42
Yes. There is plenty of time, but more time is always better and the chance of rejection is VERY low.
March 23, 2017 at 15:15
Are you saying that the chance of rejection due to early filing is low, right?
I have been planing to file May 1 but now I am kinda worried…. I still have to wait for the results on the medical exam about 2-3 weeks from now… Do you think I can be rejected because of 7% country limit??
March 23, 2017 at 17:21
Well I don’t know. Because AGAIN – I don’t know your country!!!
March 22, 2017 at 20:13
Hi Simon and thank you for what you do. CN AF41xxx
I submitted my DS 260 on June 17th.
In December 2016 I had written to the KCC to move my interview site. 2 days later I told them to cancel moving my interview.
I would like to know if this will delay my 2Nl? Help me am worried.
March 22, 2017 at 22:47
March 23, 2017 at 01:33
I sent an email to the Consulate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to ask about some documents and they sent me a file DV 2017 Instructions package.pdf
At the begging of this file say:
” VISA INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANT
This office has received your immigrant visa case. Please get prepared for the appointment by following the steps described below:
FIRST: Complete and return IMMEDIATELY to this office:
1- Confirmation page of Form DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application available at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/
2 – One recent color photograph 2×2 inches (5×5 centimeters), front view on a plain white/off-white background without a hat or other head covering, and
3 – A copy of the1st page of your valid passport where it includes your personal information.
If a question is not answered, it is incomplete or the photograph does not meet the requirements stipulated it will be returned to you and your case will be delayed”
What is the meaning to “complete and return Immediatly”? It means that I need to sent by email the points 1-2 -3? Or I need to wait for my 2NL , that probably receive in May or June?
I was thinking to go directly to the interview, but I dont know if I need to send by email that points or its an example about the documents and steps that I need to complete at the moment of the interview .
I am not sure if my interpretation of the email is the correct.
Thanks for your help.
March 23, 2017 at 03:04
Once scheduled, follow their instructions.
March 24, 2017 at 12:53
sould we expect kcc to send the 2nl within the weekend or just next week
March 24, 2017 at 15:12
Don’t “expect” anything – just wait.
March 25, 2017 at 12:43
Before i started with my medical, I asked you for your help before I email consular embassy, three weeks later they reply me this: Medical instructions are attached. The Kentucky Consular Center manages the Diversity Visa program and is responsible for processing the applications. You will need to contact them regarding the error in your husband’s last name.
Please go to their website at the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) for information on how to contact them with questions or concerns.
But what make me confuse is that my last name don’t have error but my full name changed and correction was done on my DS-260 form before I got my appointment later. My name changed to that is the name in all my documents;
I’m done with my medical.
Right now I’m confuse, should I contact KCC or what do I do please your help!!!..
March 25, 2017 at 14:32
If you are scheduled, you deal with the embassy. Other than that I don’t understand your question.
March 25, 2017 at 15:39
I’m scheduled already and embassy should be the one to contact if anyou problem but they asking me to contact KCC. Really I don’t get it
March 27, 2017 at 22:50
I am waiting for my 2NL, my case number is SA18XX and I have a question.
When I complete my DS-260, I put to the name and US address of my cousin to receive my green card and social security. Unfortunately, he passed away 3 days ago ;( but her wife still continue living there.
1- Do you think that I need to open my case and change this information in my DS-260?
2- Or is it enough if I explain the situation in the interview?
3- At the moment of the medical exam I need to give to the doctor again the address and name of the person, Do you think I need I to repeat the name of him or change for the name of her wife?.
Thanks for everything
March 27, 2017 at 22:55
1. No. Not if the address is still going to be valid.
2. No need to explain.
3. That won’t come up in the medical.
March 28, 2017 at 11:15
3. We were asked to provide name and address in US at the medical exam.
March 28, 2017 at 18:06
Yes DAvidFilip, in the instructions of my country said that we need to provide name and address in US at the moment of a medical exam. I think that it’s better if I put the name of her wife or ask directly to the doctor. What do you reccomend?
March 30, 2017 at 12:32
Hello Ariel, I’m also argentine and have gone through same process 2 years ago. If you need anything contact me. However my interview was not in BsAs as I was living overseas. [email protected]
March 28, 2017 at 14:52
Seems like nobody has received their email yet.
Simon, do you think his may be due to he fact all he world is current, and therefore lots of numbers, or is the new ravel ban tto blame again?
March 28, 2017 at 15:40
Lots of interviews to arrange for both reasons.
March 28, 2017 at 16:36
March 28, 2017 at 17:48
Thank you very much for everything you did and you will be doing!
I just received my 2NL and scheduled for May.
Case Number: 2017AF00026***. DS-260 submitted on May, unlocked 2 times and Last re-submission was on last week of October.
March 28, 2017 at 18:09
I have received my 2nl for may interview my case number is AS201700090xx.
March 28, 2017 at 18:13
Got my 2nl for 3rd MAY Nairobi
Case number: 2017AF37***
First submission 17th May, 2016, unlocked on 6th February and resubmitted on 7th Feb 2017.
March 28, 2017 at 18:21
Dear Simon , AS52xx DS 260 May 28th never opened just received second NL now. Just for all members update. BTW from Iran.Thanks Brit
March 28, 2017 at 18:31
Just received the new mail
Case number EU22675
Interview date: May 17
ds 260 filed first half of May, never unlocked!
March 28, 2017 at 19:16
Nicola, I guess you are from Italy… am I wrong?
are you able to register (first step) or not?
we aren’t yet, even if we have received our 2nl and appointment for May 30th (EU227xx).
I suppose we have to wait tomorrow..
please let me know!
March 28, 2017 at 22:03
I have the same problem here in paris
March 28, 2017 at 18:37
just wanted to inform you and the whole community.
I am a 2nd draw selectee from Europe, my CN is 2017EU00029xxx and i just got my 2NL.
Interview is scheduled for end of May.
March 28, 2017 at 18:46
Just received 2NL:
2017EU00025xxx – 2nd draw selectee from Turkey
Submitted Septemper 8th
Unlocked to add aditional secondary school info and resubmited December 31th
Appointment scheduled in Ankara – May 11th.
Thanks a lot for all the support
March 28, 2017 at 18:52
Hi Mr Brit, this is inform for everybody, new interwiev date so appointment day announced. Good luck everybody.
March 28, 2017 at 19:04
My Mom is waiting for her interview date. Her case is EU00027xxx. Would she get in in her email or should she check it on the website. She is worried she might miss the interview date. Please advise.
March 28, 2017 at 19:13
March 28, 2017 at 19:17
Thank you Brit. We just checked her email and she got it scheduled for end of May. Thank you
March 28, 2017 at 19:12
Good afternoon, Simon. Thanks for all your help. I am just letting you know that I just received my 2NL. I am from EU region. Beginning of May. Thank you for every post you wrote, Hug.
March 29, 2017 at 01:28
Do you have any idea why the dating files for category F2A have not been moving in the past 6 months? I am a little confused. Thanks,
March 29, 2017 at 02:24
I only advise on DV lottery cases.
March 29, 2017 at 02:43
Dear simon . how about police clearance certificate , is it issued from may changeability country or from any country i used to stay for a while ,
March 29, 2017 at 03:23
Read. the. instructions.
March 30, 2017 at 09:48
Hello Brit i got my interview appointment Yesterday i will be interviewed on May11 … Thanks for everything ?
April 5, 2017 at 14:09
i dont know how can i register for the DHL service please mr britsimon can you tell me how
April 5, 2017 at 14:20
I don’t know the process
April 6, 2017 at 02:40
Hi Brit, Yesterday our case was approved and we will get the Visa in two weeks. My wife is the main applicapant. I and my first son are beneficials. I have other two kids who are US citizens. As per your guidlines next step we need to activate the immigrant visa by entering US even for one night. The 3 of us who applied for DV will travel without the 2 US citizens kids. … would that be an issue with CBP or cause any issue? Since we are planning to stay a week only for visa activation
April 6, 2017 at 05:44
April 10, 2017 at 08:54
Dear Mr Simon ,
Is there a possibility to get `Dv Lottery visa denied` feedback , if I got approved feedback after interview ?
The Interview Officer said my visa is approved ,but my Visa still under `Administrative process ` and `Ready` status.
I had my interview 22.Feb.2017. Today 10_April_2017.
April 10, 2017 at 13:41
Yes, some AP cases get denied.
April 10, 2017 at 14:00
Thank you for your reply.I have 2 more questions.
1) Do you how long max. it can take to know if my Visa denied or approved ?
2) If they will deny ,will they give me chance to provide any proof or additional document ?
April 10, 2017 at 16:03
1. No. AP is difficult to predict.
2. Typically not. Denials are final. But if they want additional documents they will ask for them before denying the case.
April 10, 2017 at 15:38
Mr Britsimon, Greetings to you and i need your guidance please
I have got a new babyboy, would it be safe now to unlock and ad my new born baby my case number is arround AF41000 from ethiopia.
April 10, 2017 at 15:59
Yes. Do it ASAP.
April 11, 2017 at 04:02
Where is the June VB, for egypt and ethiopia.
April 11, 2017 at 14:49