The July visa bulletin contains the data on how many selectees have been notified for DV2017. It’s a LOW number – 10,000 less than DV2016. So, considering DV2016 has just gone current, it seems certain (at first glance) that DV2017 will be current for all regions also – so that takes away a worry that has plagued the DV lottery over recent years. There is no need for “high case numbers” to be worried (apart from maybe a few cases in Nepal).
To be clear, there will be enough visas in DV2017 for all. There is no country (other than Nepal) that can hit the 7% country limit at these levels.
Regional breakdown (plus 2016 numbers):
AF – 38500 (45034)
EU – 28500 (27011)
AS – 13499 (15002)
SA – 1954 (3000)
OC – 1450 (1500)
These numbers represent winners and family members.
This low number should reduce DS260 backlog times.
The country breakdown can be seen at
One last point. 84000 is a low number of selectees. There may be a plan to release a few more selectees later in the year (sometimes referred to as a 2nd draw), but it is not certain. If it happens it may be something like 5000 to 10000 more winners in the world (so a small number compared with the initial draw). Now, I do not know if that will happen! It has happened in some previous years, but we can’t be certain. So – for those not selected they can check again around October.
May 14, 2017 at 13:36
Hi Simon I’m a 2018AF00049xxx is my case number low? Is it safe
May 14, 2017 at 14:37
June 4, 2017 at 17:40
Hi sir I am a winner of 2018 DV lottery from Ghana but i have been tested hepataties B positive and my DNA results says that is under the low limit of detection please can that one call rejection my visa. Please respond to my case before i begin the process thank you
June 4, 2017 at 17:44
You could have read the FAQ
June 4, 2017 at 18:01
Hi sir again my two brothers live in U S A please can the process all my things over there to get me the visa? If no then what impact or support will the have in my case apart from monetary issue.
June 4, 2017 at 18:54
Follow the process. Read the guide above.
June 13, 2017 at 04:07
My case number is AFxxx179XX its a possible that it will alang time to reseive a vissa
June 13, 2017 at 14:07
June 14, 2017 at 04:22
Dear simon current iam form four i don’t have certificate of high school can i fill my without it
June 14, 2017 at 04:51
You keep repeating questions. You must read the instructions, use your own common sense, and if you want to ask me a question ask once and read the answers I give.
June 18, 2017 at 23:13
Hi mr BritSimon. My case number is 2017EU1229x. I have not receive notification yet. What should I do.
June 19, 2017 at 05:07
June 19, 2017 at 19:39
They said that you will receive notification these days. But after this letter a month left. I’m from Uzbekistan. You wrote article. There was written about uzb. I cannot understand. Uzb added to exception list. What are you going to mean. I cannot take visa
June 19, 2017 at 19:42
June 19, 2017 at 22:27
If your case number is ABOVE the number listed for Uzbekistan, you must wait for the next visa bulletin.
June 19, 2017 at 22:52
Is it possible that they don’t interview? How long I should wait? Thanks for your answers
June 20, 2017 at 00:43
I would expect you to get a 2NL this week. Wait and see.
June 20, 2017 at 00:40
My brother winner dv 2018 but he have problem in countryof eligibility he is sudanes and borne in libia …he write the country of eligibility is sudan …whats your advice and he have chance to get the visa or not
July 2, 2017 at 06:10
Hi! I have recieved notification letter. My interview will be on 7 th August. Thanks a lot for your consultation!
July 12, 2017 at 06:51
My cn is AF 2018xxx21xxx it’s a possible that it will along time to receive a visa ?
July 12, 2017 at 06:55
July 23, 2017 at 18:58
Hi brit, i’ve a us visa but am changing my birth date on my passport, will that be a proble to get a new visa knowing that i already entered the states but didnt over stay or anything. Thanks