Global mar 1 2016


Today I am publishing the end of month file for March 1, 2016. Remember this is the status of the lottery after 5 months of processing – there are seven more months of processing left, even though we only have 5 months of visa bulletins left. I’m sure some people will look at these numbers are start speculating that the pace of visa issuances is slow, but below I am including the same point from last year so show how we are actually ahead of last year in every region except OC. So – no need for people to panic about pace of visa issuances. This is normal…

Global mar 2 2015


Please take a look at the file and use filters on the file to work out specifics on any country/region you are interested in – I don’t have time to do that for everyone that requests specific data to their interest. You can learn how to filter here.

To explain what 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.

  1. The case is not yet current.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

“In Transit”

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.

“Administrative Processing”

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.

Here is the file itself.