This visa bulletin covers January 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 January 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.
We don’t know how far KCC will have progressed in terms of what submission dates will have been processed. Last month most 2NLs went to people who had submitted up to early July. However, as I always point out – processing times for each case can be different, meaning two cases submitted on the same day may not be fully processed by the same day. As a guess I would imagine most submissions up to mid to late July would have been processed in time – but once 2NLs for this month are out we will see better.
Whilst DV2015 is still processing, this is the first visa bulletin of DV2016. Read this link if you are unsure how to read the visa bulletin.
For those that cannot understand why the pace has slowed down, please read this post from a month ago that explained the backlog effect on the VB.
AFRICA – 15500(Last month 14500)
Egypt – Not limited (Last month 13000)
Ethiopia – 13800(Last month 12200)
ASIA – 4150(Last month 3600)
Nepal – 2925(Last month 2550)
EUROPE – 16425(Last month 14000)
OCEANIA – 615(Last month 525)
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN – 650(Last month 625)
November 11, 2015 at 10:21
now i think nepal backlog is decreasing..will it hit 3500 next month brit sir??
November 11, 2015 at 21:17
November 11, 2015 at 11:26
when will CEAC file be ready?
pls to hear asap
November 11, 2015 at 15:51
Good day the boss player I call you. Please I submitted my ds-260 application on 27th July,2015,my case number is 2016AF000134xx and would like to know from your guest when I will or should I expect my 2NL. Thanks
November 11, 2015 at 21:09
You might just squeeze in to January interviews…
November 11, 2015 at 17:16
HELLO BRIT HOW ARE YOU DOING HOPE FINE.BRIT I CONTACTED KCC AND BELOW IS THEIR REPLY.
Your forms have been received and pending further embassy review for the continuation of your visa processing.
Is this possible that i will get second letter dis month?
November 11, 2015 at 21:03
It is possible if you are current.
November 11, 2015 at 23:12
hi sir from nepal all 3801 winners are under 7000. If so no hope for all whose cn more than 6000 ? What is your prediction sir?
November 12, 2015 at 00:07
I have not made that prediction…
November 12, 2015 at 02:10
“Your forms have been received and pending further embassy review for the continuation of your visa processing”. what does this reply from KCC implies??
November 12, 2015 at 03:59
It means your DS260 is fully processed. If your number is current you will be scheduled in the next batch of 2NLs (at the end of this month)
November 12, 2015 at 09:33
when will ceac file be ready?
pls to hear
November 12, 2015 at 14:29
Last year the CEAC data was available at the end of December…
November 12, 2015 at 10:28
hi sir my name is hayder i am from Ethiopia cn AF214xx when i will receive my 2nls just a guess. i am worried about that.
November 12, 2015 at 14:25
November 12, 2015 at 13:00
I’m a little concerned – I submitted my DS260 late, after my wedding at the beginning of August (CN OC2xx), and I have asked for my interview to be in Paris, but my French visa ends at the beginning of March. Should I tell KCC about this?
November 12, 2015 at 14:23
Why would you tell KCC? There is nothing they can do about it.
November 12, 2015 at 14:27
I don’t actually have past experience with this, so I’m not entirely sure what to do. This is why I am asking. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
November 12, 2015 at 14:31
Simon hi, i think the ds260 are scheduled for the submition date untill july 6 coz am on july 7 and current last month, so for the january interviews the submition date may be bn july 7 and july 25.
November 12, 2015 at 14:50
It isn’t that precise. Some cases as late as July 10 to 15 could have been processed for last month while others submitted in June were not. Cases vary in processing speed.
November 12, 2015 at 17:44
actualy that is for ethiopia, but i don’t believe july 10 and 15 are processed.
November 12, 2015 at 18:04
I know of some cases in that date range that WERE processed and scheduled for December interviews – which is why I said it!
November 17, 2015 at 04:39
Hey sim how u doin, kcc sent me an email which says my case is scheduled for january 11 at addis ababa and with in 2 to 5 days they gona sent the 2nl
November 17, 2015 at 06:09
November 12, 2015 at 17:09
hello brit,thanks for your wonderful advice.i just want to know whether there is a stated rule of visa denial for wrong year of birth in the edv lottery form.please if yes let me know
November 12, 2015 at 18:08
The reason for denial would be for the inaccuracy. They don’t need to specify DOB as such. So – it is up to the CO to judge whether the error was a genuine mistake and can be forgiven or not. That forgiveness is more likely if a selectee corrected the date in the DS260 because that means the security checks would be effective.
November 12, 2015 at 17:25
If in a given year the number of winners for a region is smaller than other years. for example we can take Europe.
It can be compared visa bulletin with year that had more winners or visa bulletin follows a trend based on the number of winners in a particular region?
November 12, 2015 at 18:05
I don’t really understand what you are getting at. But let me make it simple. EU will go current this year.
November 12, 2015 at 18:11
i want ask u
when will kcc loaded 2016 case and thanx
November 12, 2015 at 18:19
Last year it was loaded at the end of December.
November 12, 2015 at 18:18
I mean if we can compare visa bulletin for europe (DV-2016) with any other year. If can be compared with dv-2015?
In all probability Europe will go current this year.
Could we have a visa bulletin similar to DV-2015 until May/June as regards increasing the numbers and then current?
I hope you can understand what I want to say!
November 12, 2015 at 18:20
Compare with DV2015.
November 12, 2015 at 19:06
hi brits , some people think that the slow newsletters visas is caused by the new online form filling , do you think that’s true ???
November 12, 2015 at 19:58
I have described that in great detail on my blog. The DS260 is taking a longer time to process, and that delay is causing a backlog. The effect of that backlog is discussed here:-
November 12, 2015 at 19:39
Could you please help me to understand the following.
I received a response from KCC to my recent inquiry about my case status. Here is what they wrote – “Your case number is now current for interview processing. Once the interview date has been scheduled, you will receive notification via email to check http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.” What does this response mean?
For your information, my case number is EU141xx and I submitted DS260 on June 2nd.
Thanks in advance for your help.
November 12, 2015 at 19:57
It means exactly what it says. You will get your 2NL within 2 weeks from now for a January interview.
Note – this is the stage 3 response described below.
November 12, 2015 at 20:03
Got it. Thanks
November 13, 2015 at 09:17
Brit sir, I saw in my DS260 form that its expiration date is 01/31/2016…i think it should be 09/30/2016..isnt it??
November 13, 2015 at 14:47
No that is just a date about the form itself. IGNORE IT!
November 13, 2015 at 16:27
Brit sir,i am a banker and was just promoted yesterday to finance officer with still my maiden name as our institution always frown at changing names form maiden names to married names as the process i time consuming and this is because they have to change the maiden name first in the central system in Ghana before ever we can activate and update our marital name here in sierra Leone.so the institution finds this process very hard and decided to ignore any change of marital status.As a result, my promotion letter is in my maiden name as Ms. Kamara.
1.i just want to know whether i should include this letter in my interview documents.
2.i want to know whether i should unlock my form and include my new position.
3.i want to know if the inclusion of this letter with my maiden name wont affect my interview cos i am thinking that maybe the CO will doubt my marriage as a letter as recent as 12th November,2015. should be in my marital name(Mrs. Kamara) instead of addressing me as Ms. Kamara.
November 13, 2015 at 18:39
As a general comment you are right to be careful because Accra embassy gets a lot of fraudulent cases and denies many cases for name ambiguity reasons.
1. Take it, but it won’t be requested.
2. No need.
3. If you are concerned, don’t show the letter.
November 13, 2015 at 19:02
What are fradulent cases ? can they affect a legal dv winners ?
November 13, 2015 at 19:09
It is real cases where selectees present fake documents and so on….
November 13, 2015 at 20:46
Hi Brit. My case number is 2016EU00000xxx. I completed DS-260 on august. How long time will it take to review it to schedule an interview(approximately) in your opinion…
November 13, 2015 at 20:50
It depends what part of August. I don’t think any/many August submissions will get in to January interviews, so early August could be February and late August might be February or even March.
November 13, 2015 at 20:52
Hi Brit. My case number is 2016EU00000xxx. I complited DS-260 to kcc on august. In your opinion, how long time will it take to review my application to schedule an interview? (approximately).
November 13, 2015 at 21:09
Thank you for answer. And one more question. When will kcc inform me about the scheduling to the interview. So if i filled in the DS-260 on august 27, how soon they can inform me about the day of interview? Thanks.
November 13, 2015 at 21:42
February interviews will be scheduled/informed in late December, whilst March interviews would be scheduled/informed in late January.
November 13, 2015 at 22:03
This Mr. You with CN 2016AF000134XX submitted my ds-260 on 27th July ,2015 last I emailed KFC to find out about my case and had a message that my interview date is on 20th January 2016 and also indicated that an email will be sent to me directing me to load my appointment letter for the interview with 7-10days time which I can load later after 3-5days time. Just for my colleges to also have a feel of my experience
November 13, 2015 at 22:39
Great thanks for letting us know. That suggests they are moving through July pretty well – that is good news!
November 13, 2015 at 22:07
Please from Mr You again in fact I was to write KCC instead KFC
November 13, 2015 at 22:57
Please again from Mr You. Please I will like to suggest something based by the message I had from KCC. It suggests that after one gets the message directing that one should go to their site or it only be opened for an appointment letters within 3-5days.I mean one can have access to their site within or after 3-5days time. I mean looking at the content of the message that I just had from them, kcc. Thanks
November 13, 2015 at 23:28
No, that is not normal. 2NL letters are released, and generally people have access to those letters within an hour or so.
November 14, 2015 at 08:50
Okay sir. Then nice to hear. Thanks Mr Brit of Simon.
November 14, 2015 at 10:03
brit sir, we can see that other asian countries are progressing in VB pretty well..why arent they suffering backlog till now??
November 14, 2015 at 18:59
Because Nepal has a huge percentage of the winners, so the volume of interviews is limited for KDU embassy.
November 14, 2015 at 12:04
hi brit, pls i schooled in Ghana but wrote WAEC private candidates examination in 2014 so my high school diploma does not necessarily have the name of my school on it. have taken an introductory letter from my school. pls will it be a problem.
also, i unlocked my ds 260 to make changes like year of completion which i mistakenly made it 2013 and also captured my former school address too on it showing my previous address when schooling. my cn is AF10***. did my initial submission on 4th september, have no travel history and single. when should i expect my 2nl.
November 14, 2015 at 18:58
The education issue is up tot the interviewing CO.
Your interview will probably be around March.
November 15, 2015 at 09:28
Hi Afia,I am also from Ghana and a 2016 dv winner.pls can I get your email to asked u something.thank u n waiting for ur respond.
November 14, 2015 at 13:33
hi brit, i have completed high school but wrote WAEC private candidates exams so the name of my school will not appear on my certificate. will it be a problem. have gotten an introductory letter from my school.
November 14, 2015 at 18:55
It might be a problem – it is up to the CO.
November 14, 2015 at 15:10
Hi simon , how are you . I have a question. Does these terrorist attack affect the process of lottary, specially in asia ? We are worried that they may accept less from asia due these attacks .
By the way i really wanna help your daughter for her house tree , but can’t cause i dont know how to send . Because we dont have credit card .
Thanks for the time you are spending for us
November 14, 2015 at 15:29
No, there will be no impact.
Don’t worry about the donation!
November 14, 2015 at 18:53
the Consular officer sent an Email in 12/11 requested me to bring a New Sponsor with his tax 2014
i set my interview 28/10 in Khartoum and my sponsor income in 2014 is 22,000
What do you think the problem ?
and please advise me
and when do you think I have my passport back
November 15, 2015 at 11:53
Mr. Mj is Khartoum Embassy for America is also open for DV winners?
I have never had that before now.
November 16, 2015 at 01:32
It reopened a few months ago.
November 15, 2015 at 04:49
my interview was done on 6th November and CO told me that your visa is approved and you will get email when your passport is ready to pick up. But its 15th November but still i have not got any mail. How much time does it take to get the passport back?
November 16, 2015 at 03:24
Depends on the embassy – I can’t guess that.
November 15, 2015 at 11:01
Good day sir. This is Mr You . Please which group of people need to go to the interview with form1-34,affidavit of support, supponsorship form and also Bank statement? Thanks
November 15, 2015 at 17:47
hi britsimon how you doing?i always appreciate your analysis and pray to God to live you longer.i have one question to tell you about my interview date is scheduled for the month of dec 3,2015 but the doctor told me that my medical result will not be ready for the scheduled date he told me that it will take two months to make ready,so,what do you advice me?are the embassy going to disqualify me if i go with out my medical document or are they going to re appoint me.pls tell me i need your help.am from Ethiopia
November 16, 2015 at 01:31
Attend the interview. You will be placed on AP pending production of the medical report.
November 15, 2015 at 20:35
GB.Hi, mr.brit I am dv 2016 winner my CN 2016AF201600013***submission date 26 Sept.2015. When will I have my interwiew
November 16, 2015 at 01:28
November 16, 2015 at 04:49
Can you please advise what is the validity date for each of the supporting Documents?
there is no place showing the validity of each Doc. Please advise.
November 16, 2015 at 14:51
police reports should be less than 6 months old. Medical is done just before the interview. Other than that documents don’t have an expiry.
November 16, 2015 at 07:27
Dear britsimon sir,
Nepal has 3801 winners in 2016dv,is that 3801 is counted for(principal applicant+derivatives) or principal applicant solely?
November 16, 2015 at 14:49
It includes family.
November 16, 2015 at 09:52
Please sir my issue ohhhhhhh. I mean which kind of people goes to an interview with affidavit,, Bank statement, sponsorship package etc? Thanks
November 16, 2015 at 14:45
November 16, 2015 at 10:09
when will i have please my interview, here is my case number 2016 AF000285**?
November 16, 2015 at 14:44
November 16, 2015 at 16:49
I unlocked my DS on 24 of July and submitted same day. I have sent KCC about my 2NL because I have case no as2XX and felt worried about that. they replied as follow
An interview for this case has been scheduled at the American Consulate/Embassy of Mumbai on January 4, 2016. You will receive a notification letter by email within the next 7-10 days, from [email protected]. Within 3-5 days of receiving the letter
just wanted to inform you.
Thank you so much for your great information
November 16, 2015 at 17:13
Do I need to inform KCC for changing my last name and nationality or do I only have to change it in my DS-260 and bring all the papers of proof to the interview?
November 16, 2015 at 17:29
You just take proof to the interview.
November 16, 2015 at 21:35
i had my interview from 2 weeks and the consular accepted the visa . but i didnt recieve the passport yet .
when i called the embassy they said no info for my case number and on ceac visa status say invalid number
what do u think is the problem ?
November 16, 2015 at 21:59
CEAC is not loaded with 2016 data. Don’t worry about that. Wait another week or so….
November 16, 2015 at 22:56
i understand sir . but what made me worry. that the agent of call center told me that my case number not activated and i should contact with iv section by email
November 17, 2015 at 01:02
November 17, 2015 at 14:49
Hi, are you lebanese ?
November 16, 2015 at 23:03
Hi brit how r u
I just sit and reviewed my ds-260. As you know that my number af240xx from egypt so still have long time wait and some time reviewing my documents and form. Anyway, i found one difference between me and my wife in previous addresses stay that i put for my self july.2007 and my wife june.2006. That time was just after married. Do i need to unlock and adjust or will be a big issue? Thanks
November 17, 2015 at 01:01
It is trivial, no need to correct it.
November 17, 2015 at 05:18
My CN: 2016EU00011xxx
KCC replied me: Your forms have been received and pending further embassy review for the continuation of your visa processing.
Does it mean January interview .. hopefully?
Thank yoy Simon!
November 17, 2015 at 06:09
Hopefully yes. It means the forms have completed processing. However, the forms had to have completed processing in time to be included in the January batch.
November 17, 2015 at 15:12
HI Mr Simon
I’ve made a mistatke on my DS260 form. instead of Male, I Put Female. Do I have to write to KCC to correct it? for I’m not yet current, AF 401XX. I’ve send my forms on 17th June 2015. thanks.
November 17, 2015 at 18:22
I wrote yesterday to KCC asking about my interview date. I submitted DS on may 21, resubmitted july 30 (CN EU112xx). I’m current since october visa bulletin…
Guess the KCC answer?! “Your forms have been received and are currently processing. Allow several weeks for processing. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on case numbers that have completed processing.”
What’s happening. Waiting, but since when??? I can’t understand…
November 17, 2015 at 18:39
Hey Simon and other followers,
Started to receive email notifications from KCC regarding status change. Possibly January interview dates. The webpage has not yet updated.
November 17, 2015 at 18:58
Yes – they are being sent now.
November 17, 2015 at 18:45
I have received an email from [email protected] for checking entrant status check page now, but there is no update, is that problem? Or more hours i should wait?
November 17, 2015 at 18:54
November 17, 2015 at 18:58
November 17, 2015 at 18:51
I just received my 2NL for January interview my case No AF154xx application completed May11 never unlock status not updated yet i will inform you with the date once its done thank you wish me luck
November 17, 2015 at 18:58
November 18, 2015 at 05:26
Updated 26th ofJan
November 17, 2015 at 20:18
My number is AS71XX, I have 2 questions:
1- do u think that chances are good that the number will be current ? And when ?
2- if current for example in August and my passport does expire in September , is it better to renew the passport before or after the interview?
If I renew before the meeting, do I have to immediately inform the state dep or only tell them during the interview ?
Thx a lot
November 17, 2015 at 20:22
1. There is some risk – your number won’t be current until the end of the year.
2. Renew before, well before.
November 17, 2015 at 20:38
Thx dear… I’ll renew ASAP .. Shall I inform KCC about the renewal and ask to unlock ? Note that I am not the main principle, my wife is .. and her passport is valid till 2020
November 17, 2015 at 22:14
No need to correct that then.