We have many DV2018 selectees with very basic questions. Let me try and address the most frequent ones here in the hope that people will read this. If you ask a question and I give you a link to this page, it is to indicate that your question can be answered by reading this page and using some common sense. Please use the links in the title at the top of this page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and the DV lottery guide. There is LOTS of information available on my site – so a look through the FAQ and guide will take care of most questions.
By the way. VERY IMPORTANT. You can ask questions on any blog post I write. If you have to ask me a series of questions – please NUMBER the questions to make my work easier.
First – two links to help those still not able to check their entry:
And for those that cannot submit their DS260
Is there a deadline to submit my DS260?
There is no official deadline to submit your DS260. People will continue to submit DS260s for DV2018 cases well into 2018. Submissions as late as April or perhaps even May of next year will still get processed in time.
How long does it take to process the DS260?
Based on the past years (since the DS260 was introduced), we can be pretty confident in the following info.
The actual processing time of the DS260 is quite short – probably 3 to 4 weeks. However, because of the volume of DS260s that are received starting at the beginning of May, a backlog builds up very quickly. You can think of this as a queue. In the two past years, that queue or backlog has meant that DS260s were taking 4 to 5 months to process (obviously most of that time being spent waiting). So – for those that submit their DS260 in the first week or two after the initial draw, the processing time will be quite short. Then a backlog will build and processing times will build up to 4 or 5 month delay. Then, early next year, processing times will reduce again to being a few weeks.
Does every DS260 take the same time to process?
No. There is some background checks required on each case that vary according to the situation of the selectees. The precise details of the checks are not published, but we can guess they are mainly about ensuring security of the USA. That means they communicate with agencies and foreign governments about the details you provide on the DS260. Some countries co-operate with the USA, some don’t. In countries that don’t co-operate you can expect DS260 will take longer. So, some cases are very simple, and some not so simple. If a selectee was raised in Western Europe, works in an office and has never travelled to certain high risk countries we can expect the DS260 processing (once the case is ACTUALLY processed, not queued) to be quick. If on the other hand someone has travel history around certain countries in the middle East or lists their work as “Nuclear weapons specialist”, well they can expect the US government to take longer over those checks.
So – never assume that all DS260s submitted on the same day will complete processing on the same day. There will be variations.
When will I be interviewed? Is my number safe?
OK, first of all. Processing timing is mainly based on your case number, and where that number is ranked within each region. So – if you are case number 2000 in OC region for example (where the highest case number will probably be around 24XX) you are near the back of the line and can expect a long wait before being interviewed. However, that same number in AF region (where the highest case number could be 50,000 to 60000) would be very low. So “low or high” is relative within the region.
As it is very early in the year, I don’t currently know the highest case numbers in each region. Based on numbers I have seen the highest number in each region are at least these
So -= there is no need to ask me if your number is low or high. Compare your number to the highest numbers here – and apply some logical thinking.
Cases are called for interview in case number order, so a low number means the case could be interviewed earlier in the process *IF* the DS260 is processed.
HOWEVER, if a selectee with a low case number submits their DS260 late, it is possible their case will not be scheduled until a later month than their case number would suggest. No case will be scheduled unless the DS260 has been processed. In the case of someone with a low number who missed their “current” month because of DS260 backlogs, their case will be scheduled once the DS260 is processed. In some cases people might actually want to use this delay to cause a later interview (for instance if someone wants to get married prior to interview).
UPDATE: After this article was first published the government published data on how many selectees there are across regions. That allowed me to do some analysis, and I published some thoughts (INCLUDING NUMBERS THAT ARE VERY SAFE!) here: DV2018 Selectee Numbers
When will interviews start and how will I be told of my interview date?
No DV2018 interviews will happen before October 2017. DV2018 interviews will continue until September 30th 2018. So stop packing your bags. It’s a long process. Interview scheduled are notified in month batches about 6 weeks before the interview month. The notification is called the 2NL.
When will KCC send the first 2NLs?
The first 2NLs (the interview notification) for DV2018 will go out in late August. That will be for cases that have been processed AND are current for October. Then 2NLs will come in a monthly schedule, also late in each month. So – late in September for November interviews and so on.
When are the visa bulletins published?
The visa bulletins are published around the 8th to the 15th of each month. If you call KCC they will always respond that it is released on the 15th. They are not “late” until the 16th. Usually I get people lamenting “the sky is falling” and “why are they so late” around the 10th or 11th. That will happen every month – and no matter how many times I explain, people are impatient.
How do KCC schedule the cases?
Roughly speaking all interviews are spread out over the year, starting in October and ending the following September. KCC release numbers via the visa bulletin to say which case numbers can be interviewed. Check out this article to understand how to read the visa bulletin.
KCC will increase the number made current on each region at a pace that ensures they have enough interviews to match the embassy capacity during each month.
So – to take an example. If OC had a highest case number of 1000, we could roughly expect to see that number increase by 100 each month. However, due to DS260 backlogs (remember no case can be scheduled UNTIL the DS260 is processed), KCC might release a higher number to start with (for October and November for instance) and slow down later. So – we might see OC start at 200 in October, be 350 in November and then increase by 50 to 75 each month for a while.
The same thing will happen in each region. This effect is going to be particularly pronounced in AF region where selectees typically take a long time to submit their forms. So – AF will start with a high VB number. Many will rejoice and say how fast things are moving and then those same people will be confused when the pace decreases later on. I have tried to explain this many times, but people just don’t seem to understand the point. It ends up being mysterious and frustrating. So – people need to be ready to be patient.
You can look at the historical visa bulletin numbers from previous years to get an idea how things work. However, every year is different, so I would suggest only taking a look at DV2016 or DV2015 to try and anticipate when your number will be scheduled for interview. Please do that rather than asking me to predict your interview date. Use some judgment and common sense to allow me to spend my time on people that need help with more critical questions.
To encourage people to look for themselves I have taken the 2015 and 2016 numbers and plotted them onto charts. So – look for your number in your region and you can guess roughly when your case will be ready for interview.
June 15, 2018 at 12:19
Good day Brit just to pls confirm if we are to receive the VB today as promised
June 15, 2018 at 22:20
Good day Brit pls why is it that its only during the month of August that everything is current no specific number as before pls just want to know why the changes now font be mad at me
June 15, 2018 at 23:18
July 2, 2018 at 00:22
Hi Brit I guess my sponsor does not meet the qualifications 1.can I change him?I did my interview 5 months back and was asked to submit an affidavit of support which I did immediately but my case has remained AP
July 2, 2018 at 04:50
It is too late to change. Tghe wise thing would have been to check his income before presenting it. I don’t have a suggestion of what you can do now.
July 2, 2018 at 06:46
I have a family of 5 and my sponsor can only accommodate two can I then request 2 visas and the children follows me later?2 can I have a joint sponsor I once read such a stuff
July 2, 2018 at 13:42
1. Your family must enter within the expiry date on their visa – which is 6 months after the medical.
June 16, 2018 at 06:50
Hi Brit thanks for your helpfull
I am from Ethiopia I Made interview on this May
C o put me on AP After one month the US Embassy called me &as ked me to send them my passport Via DHL
Can I expect my visa ?
June 16, 2018 at 13:21
Until the visa is in your hand, nothing is certain, but think about it – do they need your passport to refuse you?
July 2, 2018 at 21:30
Once again brits How bout if I get a job offer for the both of us would the embassy grant us visas
July 3, 2018 at 18:40
Mr Brit can a sponsor in USA be sponsored by another sponsor incase he doesnt meet the requirements so as to achieve the required in order sponsor immigrants
July 3, 2018 at 18:44
June 16, 2018 at 09:18
June 16, 2018 at 18:38
June 20, 2018 at 11:50
Ayimen could you tell us the outcome of your case as my case is the same like you. I will share mine as I sent already my passports to embassy via dhl. I am from Addis.
June 17, 2018 at 08:43
How do i get notifications for my interview is it via ema
June 17, 2018 at 18:38
Read the FAQ
June 17, 2018 at 19:44
Brit,im.bit concerned,I cannot see my number in all the Xarius charts,my number is supposed to be current for july interviews but its not on 2nls batch for July interviews.Where do I look next,pls advise
June 17, 2018 at 20:02
Check CEAC directly.
June 17, 2018 at 20:06
Thanks I did,thanks,at nvc it says
June 17, 2018 at 20:29
OK – so that is normal until the interview is scheduled. Now – some patience….
June 17, 2018 at 20:41
July 2, 2018 at 21:26
Hi Brits how bout if I get a job offer ie the both of us would the embassy give us the visas
June 18, 2018 at 03:58
Our CN is current in June.
June 02 – AOS Package sent
June 05 – Delivered to Chicago lock-box
June 12 – Check cashed
But we didn’t receive the acceptance text or email yet. Do you think it’s something to worry about?
June 18, 2018 at 05:05
June 18, 2018 at 15:22
June 18, 2018 at 04:18
Hello I am a 2019 dv lottery winner from Asia .my case Id is 150**.Have I chance to getting a visa??
Thank you for your valuble time.
June 18, 2018 at 05:07
When you quote your number, include the year and region.
June 18, 2018 at 18:21
Hi Britsimon, would like to inquire about this case no when is it due for visa interview NRB2016588005 from Nairobi Kenya
June 18, 2018 at 20:10
I have no idea – I only answer DV lottery questions.
June 20, 2018 at 08:42
Hi Britsimon, Im in cameroon, actually my case number is below 38000 but my appointment letter has not been sent and I’m confused because my confirmation letter was sent after my entry in May 2017, according to the bulletin for July I was supposed to be included, moreover I’ve seen some one’s letter whose case number is above mine, so I don’t know if I still need to have hope?
June 20, 2018 at 14:52
Some embassies (Cameroon being one of them) have delayed schduling. I don’t know why, nor what will happen next.
August 7, 2018 at 11:55
Book your appointment here
June 20, 2018 at 17:08
Hello brit,my wife and I played and was selected together in dv 2018.Our case number is 34xxx and we are from Liberia but have not yet receive letter while our case number is part of july interview according to the VB.Please advice sir.
June 20, 2018 at 17:56
You just have to wait for your interview – others are finding the same delays.
June 21, 2018 at 07:10
Good day sir,I please want to ask this why is it that people with greater case numbers are receiving their 2NL while others with lower case numbers haven’t received yet how do we explain this .
June 21, 2018 at 14:12
Once a range of case numbers are current, the rank order within that range no longer matters.
June 21, 2018 at 17:32
Hi Brit when you say the rank order does not matters it looks a type to confirm this because am disturbed they won’t be able to satisfy everyone before September 30
June 21, 2018 at 19:03
I have been dealing with DV since DV2013 – I am certain of what I said – and the recently reported scheduled interviews, plus all the data we have confirms what I am saying.
June 21, 2018 at 18:44
Hi again Sir,
Could you please tel me what are the documents to fill by the sponsor and if there any link in details for it please let me know. thank you.
and ambassy says to bring the documents to proof the connection between i and the sponsor. what does it mean? is there any official format or any documents?
June 21, 2018 at 19:08
For proof – use your imagination.
June 21, 2018 at 19:26
vihanga are you a sri lankan ?
June 21, 2018 at 19:31
sorry again Sir,
In your letter it says I-134 is required. but U.S. embassy of South Korea in Soul says We must Submit like this””’
* The appropriate Form I-864 Affidavit of Support for each financial sponsor along with a photocopy of the sponsor’s IRS transcript or most recent U.S. federal income tax return, and any relevant W-2s.
* Proof of your U.S. petitioner’s status and domicile in the United States (photocopy of a U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, or lawful permanent resident card).
* Evidence of the relationship between the petitioner and visa applicant (such as photographs, letters, or emails).
this is complicated. please help
June 21, 2018 at 19:44
It isn’t complicated. Use the I-134. If you want to know why – read the FAQ.
June 22, 2018 at 11:35
I hope you are doing great!!!!!!!
My interview date is 18 July 2018.
Due to delay of my police clearance so do you think that I have probability to change my interview date!?
Thank you in advance!!!!
June 22, 2018 at 13:52
Don’t delay your date – you cannot be sure when/if they will reschedule.
Just follow up with the police cert when ready.
June 23, 2018 at 05:04
* how we got notified the 2NL.By email? over the call from selected embassy? by postal ?
June 23, 2018 at 05:20
Read the FAQ
June 23, 2018 at 11:19
We received the 2NL without my baby’s name on it, so we contacted the embassy. They asked us for the BC and passport of the newborn, reviewed it and asked us to please fill the ds260 for the new born before we come to the interview.
We informed them that ds260 of the new born was already filled and submitted along with our ds260. But they did not respond to this.
Now that we login to check, there are now 3 ds260 forms filled and completed of me, my wife and new born and another form for the new born to be submitted.
Should I fill the newborn form again.
June 23, 2018 at 15:03
I would say no.
June 23, 2018 at 17:14
Thanks Brit…now that my interview is next week and I m going through my ds260 forms… I realize that:
1. I have had 3 jobs, but only inadvertently mentioned the latest 2 jobs. I have although happen to list both employer because my 1st employer is also my current employer…
2. My wife has listed all her name combinations ever used except one (face palm moments of my life).
Hope I can sort these out in the interview…
June 23, 2018 at 19:08
Would you relax!
June 23, 2018 at 11:28
I am aware that the 2nls for August interview have been released. However I wish to know if the 2nls are actually the first batch. If yes, when should we expect the second batch of 2nls to be released. Thanks!
June 23, 2018 at 15:03
I don’t know.
June 24, 2018 at 22:59
Is there any way to stay out of the US for 2 years while having a green card
June 25, 2018 at 01:43
Yes – you can apply for a re-entry permit which gives UP to 2 years. Look up I-131.
June 25, 2018 at 00:58
Hello sir do I need to register in aramex before the interview or after it
June 25, 2018 at 01:44
Do you not read any posts by other people? Follow directions from the embassy.
June 25, 2018 at 21:24
Hi Simon Im2018 Dv lottery winner, my case number is 2018Af 31xxx, I submitted my Ds 260 in october 2017, I did not receive the 2nl yet. I know their is a delay for all African region applicants. my question is; do I have just to wait for the 2nl, or I had to make other steps before recieving the 2nl?
June 25, 2018 at 22:32
Nothing you can do but wait.
June 26, 2018 at 08:18
Good day Brit I please want to ask this what is the issue when you enter the CEAC status check and your case shows NVC what could this imply
June 26, 2018 at 18:45
That you have not be scheduled yet. Just that.
June 29, 2018 at 14:25
My brother win a DV 2018, before he DV, he was denie student visa in 2016, and he win DV 2018, he had an interview on may 29, he’s case it’s AP, until now, I lived in US, I’m the one who did everything for them, play DV lottery for them, submitted DS260, give them my adress to use, but I didn’t know they will need affidavit, so I didn’t gave them, ambassy didn’t ask neither.
So I want know
1.if he still have a chance to get a DV visa, 2.or because student visa was denie before make him illegible to enter US.
3.he can be denie because of missing affidavit
June 29, 2018 at 14:48
3. Possibly – but if they didn’t ask for it, they don’t want it.
June 30, 2018 at 05:44
Hi brit I have one qeustion
1.I had responded my DS 260 for dv 2019 on June 26.for how it processed?
June 30, 2018 at 05:59
Your interview is based on your case number.
June 30, 2018 at 12:24
I been uae in 2007 and returned home country nepal in 2009 …that time i did not take uae police report ….is it necessary to show on interview ?
June 30, 2018 at 15:00
Read the instructions INCLUDING the reciprocity page for UAE
June 30, 2018 at 18:02
my case 2019AF59xx
I had summitted ds260 on June 26
At what time is my interview?
June 30, 2018 at 18:38
Let rise again my question
my case number 2019AF59XX
I had summited ds260 on June 26
How long it takes for processed?
June 30, 2018 at 18:39
Interview late this year. Patience.
July 2, 2018 at 07:44
Hi Brit once again my sponsor has acquired a property which was not included in the i-134 when we submitted can we add it to achieve the required qualification to sponsor us 2 if so can we still get the visas from Nairobi
July 2, 2018 at 13:46
The property doesn’t make any difference.
July 2, 2018 at 21:19
How bout some amount in his account
July 2, 2018 at 06:31
An a Ghanaian .My case number is 2019AF157**. I wanted to ask if affidavit of support will be needed? . Because i dont know anyone there. A friend only want to give me his address as to where to post my green card later .but does not meet the requirements for the support. Does the ghana us embassy emphasise on the affidavit of support??
July 2, 2018 at 13:40
They look for a relationship with your host.
July 2, 2018 at 15:44
Hello Brit ?
I am DV Lottry selectee to 2019 and my question is :
I hope to immigrate with my wife and we don’t have a baby yet.now we have submitted our 260 forms. When we have to going to interview if we had a baby what is the situation ? How we add our baby to immigration?
Should we get a visa for little baby like 7-8 months ?
July 2, 2018 at 17:01
The procedure depends on timing of the birth – but in *ANY* case there is a solution to get the child a Green Card. Read the FAQ about that.
July 2, 2018 at 21:10
Hi Brit I please want to ask if two or more persons can use a particular address for their green card interview ,within same year .secondly if the DS260 has been submitted and nothing else can be done at this level what advice can you give such persons .DV 2018 pls don’t be offended.
July 2, 2018 at 21:16
That represents some risk – I don’t know whether an embassy will check or not.
July 2, 2018 at 21:39
But can the persons go to the embassy with another address for benefit of doubt should in case they ask for another ?
July 2, 2018 at 21:53
July 2, 2018 at 22:01
OK thank you .
July 5, 2018 at 14:53
Hey sir, I made a mistake while i fill the ds260 form. Is to unlock have a risk?
July 5, 2018 at 15:09
July 6, 2018 at 07:29
Hi brit on my original entry I wa send my qualication by doctorate but on my ds260 I enter university degree.but I graduate from university by degree of doctor of veterinariy medicine.I have already submitted my ds260.have this change from first entry to ds260 summit count as a mistake?if it is a mistake is it possible if I open DS and correct to initial entry?
July 6, 2018 at 14:10
It doesn’t matter, no need to change.
July 16, 2018 at 22:31
Hi there. I asked you here last year about this case number 2018AF00043XXX and you tole me it could be this summer. We are in mid July now and haven’t heard anything. Doesn’t mean I shouldn’t wait anymore, or there is still a chance?
July 17, 2018 at 00:54
Your number was made current in August, but the numbers have gone backwards for the final VB. That means you will not get an interview. There is no chance.
July 16, 2018 at 22:35
Brit,good evening pls i am from Ghana and won the dv 2017 and june 2018 i fill the entry form.and want to know when it will come.and when it comes and how long will they give me
July 17, 2018 at 00:54
July 17, 2018 at 16:49
My husband is a DV winner of 2018. Our interview is successful and the visa is issued. Our visa expiry date is November 15 2018. We are planning to enter the US on November 1. I am currently studying and 1 year still remaining, I want to complete my study at my homeland. My question is
1. Can we( me and my child only) return after few days of entering Us?
2.Is it possible for me to return after expiration of visa?
July 17, 2018 at 17:30
Please read the FAQ – this question is already answered there.
July 17, 2018 at 22:09
1. I want to ask about how much bank statement should be. Next month i have an interview in embassy.
2. I am working with my father from previous 6 years. Their requirement is submit 5 years experience letter. How i make it.
3. My education is 10 year. Should i attach my experience letter.
July 17, 2018 at 23:07
You should be reading the FAQ.
Check these articles.
July 18, 2018 at 14:42
I’m edv winner 2018 and faced to interview february 2018 and my visa is not complect in this time, becoz I did not found strong sponser in united states,now hardly I got sponser and he send me some documents next month (august ) but my medical examination reach to end of six month (august ).my question is that
1. how much medical examination valid?
2.and my visa is not complect in this date, do I need re- medical exam?
July 18, 2018 at 15:22
1. 6 Months.
2. IF they decide they can approve your case, you may need to repeat your medical.
July 19, 2018 at 13:58
I was selected dv 2019
I am filling ds 260 it asked for my childern …the question is Do you have any childern?????the answer is
Yes or No????? I Have only one child
She is american citizen …what should i answer Yes or No??
When applying to dv lottery i didnt add my child because she is us citizen But this question Now in my application ds 260
July 19, 2018 at 16:57
You don’t have to add her – but it will not be a problem if you do.
July 25, 2018 at 17:50
Hello Brit, I’m the winner of dv EU201830xxx. Do you think the August visa bulletin may have a September result change that will give us a chance for this number?
July 25, 2018 at 18:03
July 25, 2018 at 18:26
July 25, 2018 at 18:24
July 26, 2018 at 21:37
I was selected for dv 2019
now i filling Ds 260
in my application asked
has your us visa ever been cancelled or revoked?
i had visa b1/b2 …visa was expired in 2016
in 2017 i renewed my visa now i have valid visa…but old visa was stamped with cancelled without prejudice because was expired
what should i answer No or Yes?
It considers cancellation or just stamp
July 26, 2018 at 22:02
July 26, 2018 at 22:34
Hi Brit, how are you? … I have a little worry, my interview is scheduled for August, my sponsor has just sent the affidavit of support. However, the form 1040 and the W2 were delivered for 2016. She says that she has not recovered those of 2017. Could that be a problem during the interview?
I will attend my interview at Dakar embassy.
Excuse my bad english ☹
July 26, 2018 at 22:59
That is not a problem if they have also include payslips for employment up to date.
July 27, 2018 at 03:27
Thank you for your reply.
I Would like to know if The payslips can be scanned and sent directly by e-mail ??
July 27, 2018 at 14:00
July 26, 2018 at 23:08
thank you for reply
in which occupation do you intend to work in the u.s
iam egyptian and i have university degrre …whats the best another on questiom?????
2- second question
whats difference between
homemarker and not employed
July 26, 2018 at 23:23
1. That is up to you.
2. One does the washing up, ironing and cleaning – all without pay. The other sits around watching daytime TV.
July 28, 2018 at 09:10
hello sir, how u doing?
~~~ i have received my green card FOUR months ago~~~
1) Can you tell me that after how many years i will be eligible to apply for PR?
2) Now if I want to visit my home country Nepal,does it affect in my status??
3) What are the basic process to be eligible for PR soon without violating any rules?
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
July 28, 2018 at 13:26
1. 5 years
2. No – for sort trips
3. THat is outside my “scope”
August 4, 2018 at 16:02
How long did it take before getting your green card
July 29, 2018 at 05:12
If my initial sponsor in the DS260 could not be chance to prepare Affidavit for self and family is it right other person prepare us affidavit?
July 29, 2018 at 05:34
August 1, 2018 at 02:15
how i can fill my Ds260 online pls help me
August 1, 2018 at 03:07
Read the DV lottery guide linked at the top of this page.
August 7, 2018 at 09:26
i am 2018 DVD winner but i am from the banned countries(Somalia) i filled the ds 260 form in July 2018, i succeeded to get an other passport in this week after my schedule case submitted to the Nairobi, i have send a email to the KCC demanding to unlock my DS-260 form for a correction and put my new passport in to it, but they said that my case is in Nairobi and they can,t make unlock
1-can i go Nairobi without changing and correcting my DS-260 form?
2-can i take both my two dual citizen to the consular officer
3-tell me what to do,because i have no much time sir
August 7, 2018 at 13:46
August 13, 2018 at 20:06
Hi mr Brits, am the main applicant, and after the medicals (xray) my wife was asked to give her sputum meaning she will be tested for TB, the results will only be out in two months, we are scheduled for interview in two weeks,
Can the applicant and children be given Visas while waiting the wife’s result?
August 14, 2018 at 04:07
Yes, but it sounds like her results will not allow her to be issued before the DV year ends on September 30, so then you have a long (2 year) and expensive process to sponsor her once you are living in the USA. You should consider whether being apart is possible for you.