As expected the 2019 data is now available in CEAC. You can check your own case number at this link, by removing the leading zeros from your case number. So 2019AF000012345 would be entered as 2019AF12345. Please read at the bottom of this article to know what the status codes mean.
As many of you will know, the CEAC system is where anyone can check the current status of specific case numbers. This data is interesting regarding one case, but it gives us extraordinary insight into the DV lottery process when we have ALL the case numbers. In previous years we have been able to extract the data by software programs. However, the government implemented some measure to stop software programs overwhelming their system. However, a very smart 2018 winner (Xarthisius) developed a program that harnessed the efforts of many people to solve “captchas”. This was very successful and we were able to get all the 2018 data (here). In the past couple of days the government changed their security measures again, so Xarthisius has reformatted the scraper software today, to allow people to help scrape the data to make this data available to all. So – please get ready to support the community effort needed to get the data. We now need to work together to gather the CEAC data which will keep us informed of progress to date including how many visas have been approved already, denials AP and so on. Using that data we can get a more accurate idea of month to month VB progress and get a better idea about final cutoff ranges.
So – as explained before we need the DV community help to solve captchas. Every captcha solved gets us one more case. Initially, it will take a great effort from many people to solve the captchas, but as we continue over the coming months we will not need to recheck approved or denied cases, so the work will get easier.
This is made easy when lots of people help. So – please get involved and share the work. Give a few minutes every day to solve some more captchas and with that information we will all benefit from better understanding.
This is all made possible by a very smart 2018 DV winner, Xarthisius. He has created the software that facilitates the captcha solving, CEAC scraping and has even produced some really useful tools to allow people to analyze the data. You can take a look at the 2017 data to understand what we will be able to see.
So – to help get the data please read the instructions at this link and do what you can to help. at this site
The charts and analysis tools are available here:
Looking at the data from previous years shows the issued visas per region as well as denials, AP and holes. All essential to understand the VB progress and final cutoffs.
Let’s go and get the data!!!
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 same can now be said for the documents needed to be sent to KCC. If you have not sent your documents to KCC, your case will not be 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.
January 8, 2019 at 01:35
About the tax payment file of the sponsor when should we need to submit? the day of an interview or before the interview?
January 8, 2019 at 01:52
At the interview.
January 8, 2019 at 02:47
Hi brit how are u doing thank you for all your efforts and informations you helped me so much with your articles I’m a DV 2019 winner I had my interview on November in us consulate of Casablanca on the 5th of November and was approved the day of interview and passport kept now it’s more than 2 months of waiting and no response and when I checked my visa status on the internet it’s always ready and last update was the 14 of November please I don’t know what to do I emailed the embassy 3times and they never answered thank you for your time and wish the best for u
January 8, 2019 at 04:41
Only the embassy can tell you what is happening.
April 30, 2020 at 21:19
Hey!! I have the same issue can u please tell me when will embassy issued ur visa or update ur online status?? THANKYOU
January 11, 2019 at 12:01
Hi Brit, thank you for the work well done,teaching and helping people left do the right thing..Good luck to all that won DV 2019
January 13, 2019 at 00:57
Hi birt …my case num af29000
I didtn recei e e mail to send my documents…should i send it any way or just wait
Thanks for all your efforts sir
January 13, 2019 at 03:50
January 14, 2019 at 11:43
pls. i want to ask a question (sorry if its stupid one) my num AF29000 I am from egypt)
Egyptian nationality-birth place LIBYA,, you said to me before that no problem as libya has ban travel
but as iam egyptian so tits OK.
the question is you know VB nub showed with( Except egypt) …., so is my num means i will wait my turn within that egypt except num )
and i think that egypt numbers is numbers among Africans num
so if Africa cutoff num for example is 28000 will that mean that num 29000 from egypt is out?
hope u understand me … and sorry for disturbing u
January 14, 2019 at 15:33
You will be scheduled under AF because of your Libyan place of birth.
January 21, 2019 at 13:01
Hi Brit, I am jeroline K Nuah from Liberia and a winner of the 2019 dv.i submitted my ds260 since August 28,2018 and has not gotten yet. This is my case#:2019AF18564.
February 7, 2019 at 15:18
Hi, I was refused at the embassy but my case is still Reading ready after a week
February 7, 2019 at 15:42
Sometimes they are not so fast to update CEAC.
March 19, 2019 at 17:35
My interview was on February 20th, 2019 and because my medical report hasn’t arrived at the embassy yet I was put on administrative processing. I have been on AP ever since.
Today I checked my status and it changed to “ready” even though my interview was a month ago.
Is this normal or should I reach out to the embassy? My guess is that something went wrong and I should reach out to the consulate. Just wanted to know if you’ve heard of a similar experience or not.
March 19, 2019 at 18:15
No need to check with the embassy, it does not necessarily represent a problem. Just be patient.
March 20, 2019 at 16:28
You were right. They changed my status to “Issued” this morning 🙂
March 20, 2019 at 16:32
April 23, 2019 at 16:12
April 23, 2019 at 18:18
Yes, they changed my status to “issued” the next day and I received my paperwork the following Monday.
May 2, 2019 at 17:23
Hi Simon I did past my interview last year November on 15. And then they said I must look for another cosponsor and I sent another one but till now I m still in admistration process now is more than 5 months . I need to know if I still have a chance to get
May 3, 2019 at 14:11
I suggest you call them. Your new sponsor must reach the income standards alone (because it cannot be two sponsors below the income limit).
May 31, 2019 at 14:47
May 31, 2019 at 16:26
July 2, 2019 at 14:47
Hi Sir I’m trying to login with my case number but I keep receiving invalid case number. I don’t understand what is going on. I’m AFxxx53. I was put on AP three months ago because of missing document. I now have the documents and I’m trying to reschedule an appointment.
But it is telling me invalid case number.
July 2, 2019 at 17:48
Do you need to get an appointment? Get the document to the embassy!
July 2, 2019 at 18:54
Sir I’m just a bit confused about this because I was given section 221 sheet and on it I was told to schedule an appointment using my case number on Mon., Tues., or Thur afternoon. But if I take my document with without scheduling an online appointment will I be accepted?
July 2, 2019 at 20:03
There are nearly 200 embassies, all with different procedures – so I don’t know.
July 3, 2019 at 06:54
I just wanted to know something…I submitted my docs I was on ap…they checked my case almost everyday since I submitted my docs..and since yesterday it suddenly stopped…wat does it mean they have sent my passport for printing or they just kept my case aside
July 3, 2019 at 17:08
You cannot assume what the updates mean.
July 2, 2019 at 21:21
The embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, sir.
July 15, 2019 at 14:23
I just wanted to inquire, I had my interview on the 25 of June and was given a 221g form, I was told my petition will be sent back to my petitioner. Yesterday when I checked on my case I saw ready and last updated on the 10th of July,
What does it mean
July 16, 2019 at 00:40
I cannot interpret the meaning of a case update.
July 26, 2019 at 14:27
Hi! I want to know what is the meaning of “case FE review note”. My status shows in CEAC Accept.
July 27, 2019 at 03:53
I don’t know.
August 3, 2019 at 06:12
I received 2NL couple of weeks ago but CEAC still shows “ in Transit “
Do I have to worry about this?
August 3, 2019 at 15:32
August 4, 2019 at 13:59
Hi Brit my interview was last week and they asked me to wait for a call for further check, my CEAC has changed to AP, they gave me back the original documents but they didn’t give my my passport, Do they usually keep the passport in case of AP ?
August 4, 2019 at 14:59
August 5, 2019 at 16:12
Well, first how frequent should I mail them for inquiry?
Second, how much it will usually take given that they’re keeping my passport and didn’t ask me to send any additional documents or proofs
In the 221 g paper they’ve written “case review for qualifications” what your take on that sir?
August 5, 2019 at 19:19
You can use your own judgement for this.
I can’t predict how long your case will take.
August 8, 2019 at 22:24
Brits my interview was in june 10 pending with medical result and my case is under AP until know but my medical result is sent to embassy one weeks ago what shall i do? They take my passport in interview
August 8, 2019 at 22:49
August 12, 2019 at 08:02
Thanks brits… my case is under AP for more than 60 days today it changed from AP to READY is it normal? what does it mean?
August 12, 2019 at 12:39
It means it will soon be updated to Issued or Refused.
August 12, 2019 at 20:34
Thanks brits… then changed to AP is it normal?
August 12, 2019 at 23:58
August 15, 2019 at 12:28
FINALLY MY VISA IS ISSUED
BRITS I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORT TO HELP OTHERS…..I FOLLOW YOUR WAY TO HELP OTHERS THANK YOU SO MUCH
August 15, 2019 at 17:15
August 12, 2019 at 14:52
Thanks brits… then changed to AP is it normal?
August 12, 2019 at 19:22
You did not click reply…
August 25, 2019 at 15:16
So my case has been in AP for more than a month right now. There has been missing documents which I have provided about 4 weeks ago. There is only about 5 weeks left before the cutoff date of September 30. I have seen one person here staying that it took them more than 60 days in AP. Does that mean that the visa may not be adjudicated before the cutoff date? Is that something than happens pretty often? KCC doesn’t have any visibility to case and consular automated email reply states that it’s not in their hands when it’s in AP. NVC also don’t have any visibility into case. So not sure which black hole the case went into. Ideas?? Thanks
August 25, 2019 at 18:04
THe length of AP varies, some much less than 60 days, some much more than 60 days. Your 4 weeks after you supplied the missing documents suggests there may have been other reasons for the AP in addition for the documents.
If your case cannot be approved by September 30th your chance will be gone.
August 25, 2019 at 19:34
What is strange is that neither KCC nor NVC have visibility on to what is going on. The automated email from the embassy stated that once it is in AP then they don’t have control over the case. So not sure who can provide any update as to what is going on! Very frustrating..
August 25, 2019 at 21:38
Not strange at all. KCC passed the case to the embassy. That is how it works.
The reality is – they don’t provide updates. You wait. That’s it.
November 8, 2019 at 01:33
My husband had his immigrant visa interview in Guatemala on 10/31/2019 which he was told by the Consulate Officer that he is Approved. CEAC still shows Ready “that they are ready to see him for the interview.”
I emailed the embassy today and they said it’s “under processing” that CEAC doesn’t update frequently as it should. Does this mean he’s in Administrative Processing? Can something be wrong? They told him his passport would be available within 1 to 2 weeks.
November 9, 2019 at 04:41
Possibly in AP. Patience.
November 26, 2019 at 05:59
Hi Brit, I am trying to view the status, but the system returns an invalid Case Number. Any idea on what I could do?
November 27, 2019 at 22:52
Wait until the data is available (January).
December 2, 2019 at 16:21
Hi BritSimon, I attended the interview for immigrant visa and was told my case was approved once the medical records were received. The medical records were sent the following day. Since then, the status has been Administrative Processing. It briefly changed to Ready but now back to Administrative Processing. I need to travel soon and would need my passport before that. Any idea what I can do please?
December 3, 2019 at 02:24
You could contact the embassy and explain your need to travel. They would either say your visa will be issued soon, OR they would say they cannot predict when the case will be ready, and in the latter case they can give your passport back.
December 9, 2019 at 22:43
what dose Ready means? because on ceac my case was in administrative processing for 64 days after that it went to Ready? it is so confusing can anyone please answer to my question? I would really appreciated Thanks Guys!
December 10, 2019 at 04:25
No DV2020 case can be seen in CEAC, so I assume yours is a DV2019 case. If that is correct your case ended on September 30th. So – what is your case number?
December 21, 2019 at 07:03
What is the reason for not being able to see the case status of 2020 on CEAC? or it will be available after Jan-2020?
I am under AP from the past 45 days, and have no updates and getting this message “Invalid Case Number while checking my case status . Should I wait for an e-mail? Please advise?
December 21, 2019 at 17:25
Only checkable from January 1.
December 25, 2019 at 09:57
Thank you, Happy new year.
February 8, 2020 at 07:41
me and my spouse filled the dv 2020 Form Mentioning as I have married on March 2017 my spouse name but the person who is working on the Internet failed to encode my spouse claiming that it takes time when there are two people , after I filled the form they issued me and giving them my photo and that of my spouse we left the place believing that they were honestly encode our status when we came after two days they gave us the Confirmation paper being filled on October 27, 2018 we left them and when we check the 2020DV we found it that we are lucky enough that as we have known that I have win the lottery but when we went to the person whom we believed will Fill the Form Correctly but when he opened CEAC Immigration site or DS-260 form he told us my spouse name is not there this means he was not encoded at 2020DV Entry, and told us that I must Fill mine and of our child. As we are living together we have at last got a baby boy on 10 June 2019 and he is being filled the form. I am writing an email to kcc this to let them now the isue and they answer
Please complete the DS-260 form with the correct information. Once received at KCC, the information will be included in your case file for review.
Your answers on the DS-260 application should be as accurate as possible in order to minimize the potential for confusion and delay in your case. Once submitted, a DS-260 cannot be deleted or removed. If there is an error in your DS-260 application form or if you need to make changes, the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) can unlock the form for you so that you can make any changes required. If you would like us to unlock one or more forms in your case, please reply to this address, including your case number, date of birth (MMDDYYYY) and the names of the applicants whose forms you would like us to unlock, and an explanation as to why you need the DS-260 unlocked.
Once unlocked, if you would like for KCC to process your application, you must resubmit it. A DS-260 will not continue processing unless it is re-submitted. Unlocking an application is the only way to make changes, or to prevent a form from being processed.
We can provide you with the following general guidance, which is also included on the http://www.dvselectee.state.gov website:
In general –
• If your family circumstances have changed after you entered the lottery, for example, if you have very recently gotten married or had a child, you will need to add your new family members to your case when you and your family fill out your DS-260 application forms. (“Family member” refers to a spouse and/or unmarried children who had not reached age 21 before you entered the lottery.)
• If you had a spouse or children prior to submitting your original entry, but you did not include them on your original entry form, then your case will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview. Neither you nor any of your family members will receive visas. Any fees you pay will not be refunded.
Further information can be found in the Diversity Visa Instructions. Please read the information in this message and all instructions carefully, and decide whether you wish to pursue your application further. If you have additional questions, you may contact KCC by e-mail at [email protected].
In order for the Kentucky Consular Center to assist with inquiries regarding a specific Diversity Visa (DV) case, you must provide the Principal Applicant’s full name, complete case number, and date of birth in the following format (MMDDYYYY) as entered on the original entry. Please remember that the Kentucky Consular Center does not have the authority to tell you whether or not your specific case will be disqualified. Only a consular officer can do that at the time of your visa interview. Do not send any paper documents to the Kentucky Consular Center.
i need ur advise pls
February 8, 2020 at 16:10
You would be wasting your time and money to proceed any further with this case. You are 100% certain to be disqualified at interview because your wife was not on the original entry. There is no possible fix, and the whole thing about it not being your fault is irrelevant.
March 4, 2020 at 00:46
My son & daughter immigration case (family visa, over age of 21) was in AP since August, 2019. This week, in CEAC for both it changed from AP to “Refused”. I’m the applicant and I haven’t received any explanation on why it changed and what’s the reason? I emailed the local consulate but no response.
I’m so concerned…. They have been in the queue for a visa for almost 8 years now. Have you seen such CEAC update & what does it mean?
March 4, 2020 at 22:52
I generally only answer DV lottery questions. However, there appears to have been a lot of cases updated from AP to refused. AP is a type of refusal, but one that is temporary and means there is still some decision to be made. I think there may have been a system error or perhaps this is a new way they are reporting AP cases. It is doubtful in my mind that these cases have actually all be refused.
March 12, 2020 at 03:15
Thank you, Simon for your prompt & kind reply. I believe due to the recent changes in CEAC processes, it’s still under the AP process, but they changed it to refused. we are hopeful for a positive outcome. I will update you once we get an case update.
God bless you!
March 17, 2020 at 20:00
My husband’s case was in AP and just like all the other cases it changed to refused. I just checked today and it says ready. Though he already had his interview. What does that mean and how soon after will it say issued. Also, do you know how COVID-19 will effect this?
March 17, 2020 at 20:38
It should change status again in a few days. Be patient.
COVID-19 will have various effects, depending on where you are travelling from.
March 17, 2020 at 22:19
Okay thank you for the info.
October 10, 2020 at 15:39
I went for the interview on January 8, 2020, and the officer told me I passed the interview, and I just need to wait three weeks for administrative processing. They have kept my passport from January, and in February, my visa status changed to refused. I believed it was because of a pandemic. Last month they asked new medical exam and Police clearance, and I sent them within ten days. Now my visa status is changed, and it shows ready.
I’m totally confused; what does it mean?
October 10, 2020 at 19:57
Ask the embassy.
October 12, 2020 at 16:53
October 19, 2020 at 11:08
My CEAC status status has been in ready for 8 days after interview
October 19, 2020 at 22:37
DV2020 has ended, if you did not get issued before the deadline, that would normally mean you have no further chance of getting the visa. With the lawsuit still going on you might get a chance later.