There are people who for one reason or another have not yet submitted their DS260. AS I have posted before, the window to safely delay your submission is closing fast. It might be the case that processing times speed up, but so far we have not seen evidence of that. We might see some increase in the next batch of 2NLs, but I wanted to send this warning now, just in case times have not reduced.
IT is probably helpful to understand the current processing times.
So far each month that goes by they have bundled up another months worth of DS260s. So – most forms submitted up to the end of July got 2NLs in December (assuming they were current of course). Most forms submitted in August got 2NLs in January (March interviews). In a week or so we will start to hear from people who get February 2NLs. If those people are submissions only up to the end of September it will mean there has been no increase in speed. If however we see some October submissions in there it will show there has been a small increase in speed.
However, if we assume there is no increase in speed at all the table of DS260 submission date to interview date would look something like this (this is in general – there will be cases that are exceptions to this timeline).
Now this table includes pretty much all submissions in a given month. By now the majority of cases will have been processed – so I don’t think a reduction in the waiting time before processing starts is unreasonable – but that is common sense talking and KCC don’t seem to work under the laws of common sense. We know that KCC haven’t even been looking at DS260s for 3 to 4 weeks up until recently.
Then the last point is the complexity/speed of the DS260 processing. Not all DS260s process at exactly the same speed. A simple case of an unmarried person from a English speaking cooperative country with limited travel history is going to need less processing time than someone from somewhere such as Iran and with a spouse and 2 kids over 18.
So – as I mentioned before – submitting your DS260 is a gamble. I would expect to see an increase in speed soon – at least until the May 2016 influx of work BUT I would not want to bet my own case on that gamble!
July 6, 2016 at 03:17
I have a worry that has being troubling me.
My case num 2017AF41***
1) in my original registration form my date of birth is 26 /07/1988
But the cyber cafe man interchange the month of birth mistakenly putting ,26/08/1988
But when filling my Ds 260 form i used my original date of birth 26/7/1988.
Hope this wont cause an issue.
Thks waiting ur responds
July 6, 2016 at 14:31
It might cause an issue if they suspect it was an attempt to conceal your identity, but submitting the DS260 was the right thing to do. So it depends on the CO.
July 6, 2016 at 14:46
1)But all my certificates carry my original date of birth 26/7/1988 as submitted in my ds form
2) when can I expect my 2nl w cn af41***
Help and guide me sir
August 12, 2016 at 21:04
hey sir,Thanks it finally went. Do you think submittion date will be a problem? Because my date of submittion is different from my husband’s date all because i did a revision.And since it was done on my phone i didnt sprint it out.so can i still print it out after it has been completed?
August 12, 2016 at 21:24
No there should not be a problem and yes you can print it out still.
August 24, 2016 at 13:18
Hi BritSimon. My case number starts with 2017AF0****** MY question is My surname has an apostrophe but on my ID I didn’t include the apostrophe so to my passport but some of my certificates have the apostrophe will this bring a problem during my interview or after I send DS -260 and should I get an affidavit over the same please help
August 24, 2016 at 14:07
That should not matter
August 24, 2016 at 17:01
Brit thanks but again I have another question when is the deadline for submitting the DS-260 form for my case number that starts with 2017AF00**** I hear it is a low case and hence submission should be done early enough
August 24, 2016 at 20:43
There isn’t a dealine as such. People can delay until April or even May with no problem. Of course, late submission delays the interview….
August 24, 2016 at 14:28
I wish to ask if the 2nl for dv2017 has started going out as inducated that its by the end of august 2017.
Bc this ur site is hlpful to many of us
As we are bex current w what is gox on w our cases.
August 25, 2016 at 02:01
Thanks alot Brit you are helping us a great deal I have another question please in cases where all my parents are dead what am supposed to do because I don’t have their birth certificates all I can access is the death certificate Wil just use it alone what will I write on their birth details please
August 25, 2016 at 05:17
Use your best judgement about their birth dates. Ask relatives. But it won’t matter if you are inaccurate…
August 25, 2016 at 17:05
Hello Brit other than Ds-260 is there any other form we are supposed to fill? another question on the education part they were asking about the number of institutions that I have attended starting with secondary education currently am in university and am yet to complete my bachelors degree should I write one since I don’t have university certificate to validate my university education or should I write two institutions
September 1, 2016 at 18:49
Thank you for all your time and help that you provide. Father’s birth place written with a typo (he is dead), two letters has changed places, wrote Kahrkiv, instead of Kharkiv. It is written correct everywhere else. Will it be a problem? Second, I have submitted the form 260 in June 18. I guess I can expect an e-mail by October or November, described in your time line above. Is my assumption correct?
September 1, 2016 at 19:17
No problem about the typo.
Read this link for timeline.
September 1, 2016 at 21:47
Thank you for all the help.
September 1, 2016 at 19:12
I have just noticed one more thing after reading the other comments; please help me. I have filled in my previous last name as it is in my previous passport in “other names used” line (the one before getting married). Now the problem is; we use three names in Ukraine. We carry our father’s last name as well after our last name, and our birth certificate is of course with three names. But the passport carries only name and last name as it is international documentation. So the birth certificate has name, last name and father’s last name, but the “other names used” line has two names. Example: birth certificate Svitlana Natalie Alexandriavic, but wrote Svitlana Natalie according to the previous passport, the one I had before marriage.
Will it be a problem?
September 1, 2016 at 19:15
Not really a problem – enter one version as the legal name, the other version under other names used.
September 1, 2016 at 21:52
Thank you again. I really do not want to unlock DS-260 if that will not be a problem. I can still provide evidences that I am not hiding my information. What do you suggest? Do you think it is better if I unlock and provide the long name? Best regards.
September 2, 2016 at 01:30
I suggest it is better to unlock and get it right (so that background checks are trusted by the CO).
September 2, 2016 at 04:45
Sure, I will do that by checking the link you provided above in the blog. Do you think this will delay my answer as it will be a September entry?
September 2, 2016 at 05:04
No, but it doesn’t matter if there is a delay…
September 2, 2016 at 02:45
How long is expected to a foreigner in a strength ctry to make a police clearance?
September 2, 2016 at 04:47
It took me 4 months to receive papers from home country, and 1 week in residing country.
September 2, 2016 at 05:02
It’s a shame you don’t read the instructions. You are going to miss some simple piece of information that could be dangerous to the Green Card.
The instructions say you need a police cert for a foreign country if you were there 12 months or longer.
September 9, 2016 at 05:01
My supporter for I-134 forgot her Certificate of Naturalization number. Do you know how to learn it? She had received it 29 years ago and as you know you do not use it in USA in daily life and she forgot. She is going to ask a lawyer. By the way thank you for you all help, I have unlocked and included another “other name” to my 260 as you have said.
September 9, 2016 at 05:07
I don’t know…
September 9, 2016 at 05:35
Thank you Simon for your quick answer.
September 20, 2016 at 16:38
Dear Great Simon,
As i move on preparing my docs please help me know;
i am the principal Applicant,my spouse elder sister is in the US -that is my immediate in-law.
Do we need an affidavit?we are a family of 4 and applying from Cameroon.
thanks again. BRIT
September 21, 2016 at 03:40
I answered this a few minutes ago – please ask one time and wait.
September 23, 2016 at 07:55
I am a Liberian. Check the internet three days ago and was selected as a DV-selectee. Is it late for me to do my submission (DS-260 Form)?
September 23, 2016 at 13:15
Not too late, no. What case number range do you have?
September 25, 2016 at 16:20
Hi simon I have a question please help me when I feel that application for 2017Green Card Lottery I feel as married with 2 kids and my wife but I only was married as a traditional marriage and I’ve been selected for 2017but before I submit the ds 260 I got married as a legal and I had that marriage certificate that shows we only been married a couple weeks before what date should I put in ds260 thank you very much for your advice
September 25, 2016 at 17:32
Put the Traditional marriage date. If the CO has an issue with that, at least you will be able to show the legal marriage documents also.
September 25, 2016 at 23:49
Thank you very much god bles you
September 26, 2016 at 04:30
But I don’t have any documents to prove traditional marriage besides some pictures from the wedding the main proof is my 2 kids
September 26, 2016 at 14:06
That’s OK, do what I said.
AND USE REPLY!!!
September 26, 2016 at 16:15
Thank you for your time . I will do that I’m going to follow your advice hopefully they’re not going to deny my Visa
October 7, 2016 at 22:50
Hi my case numb is 2017OC…….95 and i would like to know if there is any problem since the principal applicant ds260 has been lodged but but rest of the family members yet to lodge…will do it soon.please advice.
October 8, 2016 at 00:41
You should get the other DS260s submitted asap!
October 8, 2016 at 07:13
Sorry l am writing again since you were not able to get my reply.thanks again for your fast an efficient reply.I just wanted to know that I have done trade certificates and also incomplete university degree and currently I am a mechanic so I chose highest qualification as university…no degree is it correct.and second question do we need to write all high school external examinations well as degree or diploma or only territory qualification will do under institutions completed.
October 8, 2016 at 05:50
Thank for ur reply I would like to ask again two more questions I have done trade certificates and I was also enrolled with degree units at university but didn’t complete so right now I am a mechanic with trade certificates so I would like to know what I should right for highest level of qualification achieved…i wrote university…no degree,is this right.secondly number of institutions completed attended should be from high school or only university studies will do.please advice with thanx
October 8, 2016 at 06:35
You haven’t clicked REPLY so I don’t have the context. Your choices seem correct though.
October 8, 2016 at 22:20
When I was filling the edv form last year, I put “High school no degree”. Now, i am selected but my réal level is “Some university courses ” 1) Can I use my real education level in the DS260 form ? 2) If I do that what may happen ? 3) Can I fill the ds260 form with my ID card ? 4) Can I. save the form from time to time before i submit ? REPLY
October 8, 2016 at 23:31
1. Yes, you must.
2. Truth is safer than lying!
3. Yes, unlock later to add a passport
October 10, 2016 at 03:09
Hi I just want to know about education part do we have to write from primary school ,high school ,is it important to mention yr 12 and also university degree diploma n trade certificates.in ds260 because I have not mentioned high school.please advice.
October 10, 2016 at 04:04
The instructions ask for secondary school and above. That means age 12 and above.
October 10, 2016 at 16:19
When filling the EDV form last year I put “High School, no degree”. Now, I am selected for further processing. Or, my real education level is “Some university courses”. Then, my questions are:
1) Can I use my real education level (Some university courses) while filling the DS 260 FORM? If I do that what will happen?
2) My united adress is not for the time being in US. He will go back to US in February. Can I give his adree all the same?
October 10, 2016 at 16:31
October 10, 2016 at 18:36
Thank you very much. How can I contact doctors for the medical exam?
October 10, 2016 at 20:16
Don’t do the medical until you receive the 2NL. There is lots of time for you to learn how to schedule the medical and follow other instructions.
October 11, 2016 at 12:35
Ok. Then, if I understand well, they will send me the the 2NL in my mail.
1) What is the 2NL first?
When I was filling the DS 260 Form, I sam a place where I should put my principal occupation. If I fill it and I put after my real education level (Some university courses), 2) What will they consider?
October 12, 2016 at 08:21
I did some university courses but I got no degree at the university. My question is:
1) What should I put at the place (“Degree, Diploma or Certificate Received”)?
October 12, 2016 at 18:19
Highest qualification completed.
October 12, 2016 at 20:42
Hi…Thanks for helping us I have e questions
1- my case number is 2017AFxxxxx38x and submitted the DS for me and my family last week…I don’t believe it is late,right?
2- for me and my wife, we don’t have needed vaccinations records but I have for my kid, would that be an issue and does the medical examination will solve this issue?
October 12, 2016 at 20:47
1. It is late, but not “too late”.
2. Any needed vaccinations will be administered at the medical.
October 13, 2016 at 15:52
I have just come to submit my DS 260 FORM. But I filled the form with “Other Documents”.
1)What is next?
2)How can I put my passport reference when I get my passport? I mean how to modify the form once I get the passport?
3)Can I participate in the 2018 EDV Programm again?
October 13, 2016 at 16:20
2. When you get the passport you email KCC to unlock your form.
October 13, 2016 at 16:49
Waiting till when?
October 14, 2016 at 01:31
Until your DS260 is processed (3 to 5 months) AND it is your turn for interview according to you case number.
October 13, 2016 at 23:09
i just wanna ask you one questions my case number AF00009XXX Submitted my DS260 Form june 20 I was expecting to find 2NL in September and November interview please when we may find 2NL.
October 14, 2016 at 01:11
Maybe December interview, maybe January.
October 15, 2016 at 23:47
Hi Brit I stayed in NZ for seven months on visitors visa do we need to state in ds 260
October 16, 2016 at 14:11
Yes. That is longer than a vacation.
October 16, 2016 at 10:07
My Name Abdirsak my case number 2017Af00009xxx Submitted Ds Form June 20 People who are Sent their Form On June 14 or 15 Got their 2NLS But still I didnt Found my 2NLS and As U said on your page it takes Hours or common of days to get everyone on their Interview Letter. Should they sent the Second one On Mondey.
October 16, 2016 at 13:38
I think your DS260 was too late for December interviews. So – January interview is my guess.
October 20, 2016 at 12:10
I Received call from the KCC they told me “ Your Application finished on middle of this month and check back middle of November” So Also Received letter from the KCC Said “Your form have been received and pending further embassy review for the continuation of your visa processing.” So when I Should Found the 2NL.
Thank You for Your Help BritSimon.
October 20, 2016 at 17:21
October 20, 2016 at 18:45
“Your form have been received and pending further embassy review for the continuation of your visa processing.”
What does Mean That Statement Still I didn’t Understand Brother
Waiting Ur Respond BritSimon
October 20, 2016 at 21:02
November 22, 2016 at 10:48
Todays date is 21 November 2016
After the i526 is aproved. How much time do i have to submit the ds260 to the nvc. If i submit the ds260 late to the nvc, what are the penalties of disqualifications to be expected
November 22, 2016 at 15:33
I don’t advise on that type of case.
November 30, 2016 at 10:55
Hello, how much time do they allow you to submit a DS-260 application? My category (F1 on the back of an approved I-130) became current this month November (2016) and I need some time to put everything together. Is there a deadline or maximum length of time they accept applications for your case? Note: I have paid the required fees (applicant and AOS). Thank you!
November 30, 2016 at 15:01
I don’t advise on cases other than DV lottery.
March 9, 2017 at 08:58
Hey Brit,please I need you guide me on this situation.
Actually my husband and I booked to travel together but he won’t go with me because he has to settle something’s so I will leave without him but the question is can he follow two days after I leave???And can I wait for him to our final destination in one of the hotels arroui the airport???CU’s he will be flying from different country.please tell me the best way sir.
March 9, 2017 at 14:26
As long as you are the principal selectee he can travel after you.
May 6, 2017 at 09:13
Hi Mr britsimon ,
I appreciate what you are doing, you offer a lot of valuable information.
I wanted to ask you, what are my chances this year for DV-2018? My case number is like this :
May 6, 2017 at 17:46
It is too early to know. Your number is high, so you will have a long nervous wait.
May 8, 2017 at 08:41
Hi Dear BritSimon. Many thanks for your helpful information, I have three questions:
1. My case number is : 2018AF00049081 and some of my friends are telling me that the selectees with the first and middle case numbers have better chances than those with last case numbers like me, Is that right?
2. What are my chances this year for DV-2018?
3.I’m Somali and it’s difficult to have affidavit documents, Is there any special consideration to people, who couldn’t access to such documents or courts?
May 8, 2017 at 17:10
1. Yes. Lower numbers will be called before you.
3. No. It is up to you to gather required documents.
May 9, 2017 at 23:34
Hi.i want to ask about my children.i have 2 ,one he is us citizens. In the dos 260 they ask about how meany kids you have.should I but both of them or only who doesn’t have the green card,can you help me please
May 10, 2017 at 00:01
The instructions and my DS260 guide cover this. You list the citizen child on parents forms but don’t create a DS260 for the child.
May 10, 2017 at 00:13
Thank you so much sir.so I but the answer no,no,for is this child immigrating to us with you, and is this child immigrating to the us at later date,….?..
May 10, 2017 at 01:01
The child isn’t “immigrating” – because the child is a citizen already.
May 12, 2017 at 09:18
Hi and thanks a lot for all this info provided.
My case number is 2018EU000145xx. Is it a risk for me to submit my DS-260 form as late as November? I would like to marry my boyfriend before I receive my 2NL.
May 12, 2017 at 13:49
No risk – it just means you won’t interview as fast – but that is no problem and better to do it all after marriage.
May 12, 2017 at 14:17
Thanks a lot! If I understand everything well:
1. there is no official deadline to submit the DS-260
2. with my case number (2018EU000145xx), until which month can I submit the form without taking a risk not to be called for the itw? The later we can marry each other, the better.
Camille from France
May 13, 2017 at 05:03
Don’t leave marriage too late – but you could safely submit up to early May next year.
May 12, 2017 at 17:27
Hi dear.i want to ask about I was living in dubai from 2005 till 2010.and after that I go to my country from 2010 till present do I need the report police from dubai even im not living there any more or just need only the policy report from my country. Thanks by edvance
May 13, 2017 at 04:48
Yes. Read the instructions!
May 14, 2017 at 02:09
Thanks for your help but im still confused. So I need the report from dubai even im not living there any more. And how I can get it.????
May 14, 2017 at 04:32
ON your selected letter there is a link to the instructions. Use that. Read the reciprocity page for Dubai.
May 14, 2017 at 19:49
Hi dear I do what you told me. I found this.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available, only if applicant is physically present in the UAE.
Police certificates may be obtained by any person, regardless of nationality, by personally appearing at the Central Police Headquarters located in the emirate of residence or former residence. When appearing to request a police certificate, the applicant should provide recent photographs, a letter from the requesting authority, the date of residence in the emirate, and their passport.
So it means they cannot give this report just only if I still there. It is right.
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May 15, 2017 at 01:10
May 14, 2017 at 12:04
Hi, BritSimon thanks for answering all these questions in an advance
1. should I fill the ds 260 now I was selected in may 2 2017 for 2018 Dv lottery or I could fill later 1 month later , my case ends 2018xxxxx33500? When Will i be interviewed
2. should I fill ds 260 separate for me one and my spouse and my child?
3. ds160 is not immigrant visa application and I had interviewed in Winter 2016 for b2 visa and was denied, how will this react for my interview in the future for Dv Visa with CO what your suggestions? so my ds 260 app Information must be the same as ds160
Or CO will not look at old Aplications like ds 160 to compare them for answers?
4. my brother also won Dv2018 and his case number is 2018xxxxx6590 so who will be called for interview first ?
5. my brother is only 20 years old and whom can he put in his Ds 260 to take with him he is single? Can he apply for his Parents The Greencard ?
5. If i Travel to Turkey for work should I indicate it in the 260 because it was in different Pasport and now I have new one?
Because it is complicated to take a police record for me from Foreighn country.
That is why I just not write in to Ds 260 about Turkey what you think?
By the way my country citizenchip is Kyrgystan.
Thanks for taking time with us for responding answers !
May 14, 2017 at 15:44
2. Yes, one each.
3. No problem. Just be HONEST!
4. See 1
5. No – he is single. He cannot take his parents.
6. Again. Honesty. Follow the instructions (link in your selected letter).
May 17, 2017 at 14:53
I m a winner dv2018,my case number is like this 2018EU00003xxx.my question is if am I late to complete es260.
May 18, 2017 at 04:10
No you are not too late
May 18, 2017 at 07:56
May 18, 2017 at 22:59
I’ve submitted ds260 .
My question is that,when they ll email me.
May 20, 2017 at 20:33
hi, again Brit so as i mentioned before i have been interviewed in january 2017 for visitor visa and was denied, so on my ds 160 the agency filled wrong information about my education dates and school, so it was filled that i have been studied at the university and on reality i have not attended the University so on ds 260 comes this question again and i am confusing what to write ? will Co will look old ds 160 and my ds260 and may compare them ? thanks
May 20, 2017 at 21:43
Just answer truthfully and accurately – what is confusing about that?
May 20, 2017 at 15:47
Please I need a quick help.
I didn’t submit ds260 up to now.
I miss some information like address where I want to send correspondence.
1-am I late.
2-can I compete ds without the address,when I ll get the address ,I ll come back and complete it?
Thanks for yr help.
May 20, 2017 at 20:16
2. No. You need the address.
May 21, 2017 at 21:53
May 22, 2017 at 12:51
i have been selected in dv 2017 and submitted the form for me and my husband (very late) on 15 may 2017 … and i have added a form for my baby but still did not complete it (waiting her passport to be issued).
I have 2 questions:
1) Does it mean that my application is delayed and they will process it when i complete and submit my baby’s form?
2) Is there still a chance to get an interview even with applying too late (almost 1 year after announcing the results) ?
May 22, 2017 at 17:13
1. You should submit it now – write your passport number on your child’s form.
2. You have a chance – but hurry and submit.
June 11, 2017 at 12:39
Thanks a lot for your reply.
I have submitted all forms (on 25 May) and called the KCC some days after that, and they said that my forms are finished processing and waiting the interview date, does it means i will be able to get the interview by next month, my number is less than July cutoff (less than 28,290)?
actually my number were less than the cutoff since May 2017 but i have completed and submitted the forms on 25 May… is the priority for the people who’s number between the cutoff between this month and the previous month and i am considered a backlog or they take all with same priority ?
June 11, 2017 at 15:05
May 24, 2017 at 01:50
hi, please i am selcted in dv2017 my case number is 2017Af2**** and i sumbted in dv260 in 11may2017.
1)- i have chance for selcted??
2) how much time needs kcc for answer a my dv260?
thanks for your information
May 24, 2017 at 02:02
1. Yes – although you were very late to submit.
2. About 2 months.
May 28, 2017 at 13:52
is still visa avaliable for morroco?
now i see curent in africa a vissa bultin.what does mean?
May 28, 2017 at 14:37
Current means enough visas for remaining demand.
May 28, 2017 at 15:01
i have – in my first name. but when i want write my name in dv260 not accepted –
its a problem?
May 28, 2017 at 15:03
i write my name in dv 260 without –
i dont know its a problem
May 28, 2017 at 15:05
May 24, 2017 at 22:43
Hi.thanks brit you help us.
I’ve a few questions
I’m a dv18 winner.
1-how many form do I have to submit.
2-what are the condictions of my correspondence in USA should be or,should have.
3-I’m a student what is the required documents should bring to the interview.
4-my cn AF3xxx.if i submit ds260 in June when will be my interview.
Thanks for yr help.
May 24, 2017 at 23:56
1. What a strange question. If there was a lot of forms, would you not want to apply??? Read the lottery guide.
2. I have no idea what you mean.
3. Read the instructions!
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you want it – put some effort in!!
May 26, 2017 at 00:22
I’ve a question help pls.
Is there anything which is required from your US correspondence?
May 26, 2017 at 21:18
I have no idea what you mean.
May 27, 2017 at 22:33
Please I ve a question.
I’m a winner dv18,and I’ve submitted ds260 today.
My cn AF3xxx
I wanna know which month they ll email me.
May 28, 2017 at 14:22
Probably September for a November interview.
May 29, 2017 at 05:11
Thanks for guiding us Mr. Brit Simon, I hve 2 ques:
1. Am I late if I submit DS260 form on July whose case no is AF84900?
2. where can I follow, see current africa vissa bultin?
May 29, 2017 at 14:22
1. I assume your number is incorrect and also don’t know the year. Check your number again and quote the year.
May 30, 2017 at 01:23
I would like to thank your support.
I am Kenyan and won DV 2018
Currently I work for a dinish company on a one year contract in uganda on a road project
My contract will end by the end of next month .
I normally travel back to my country every 3 month.
Should I mention on the ds-260 the Ugandan info
or just say my current address as my Kenyan address
I appreciate your support
May 30, 2017 at 03:31
If it was just a temporary work assignment, no need to list it.
May 30, 2017 at 05:27
My case no 2018AF00049000