I’ve gathered the Historical Visa Bulletin Numbers from various sources for a few years to give an idea of progression in previous years and I will maintain these numbers as future Visa Bulletins are released.
Knowing visa bulletin progression is sometimes a useful reference, and is certainly interesting. To use the data, click the tab for the region you are interested in and check the cutoff number for the month.
There may be some similarities with number progress from year to year, but there may not. So – don’t rely on these numbers as a predictive guide for this year. One thing that confuses people is that the selected numbers vary each year depending on entries and other factors. For instance, certain countries in the past have had huge entry numbers and once those countries are excluded from the lottery the range of numbers selected changes from one year to the next. That was the case in 2014 to 2015 in AF region when Nigeria was excluded, or in Asia in 2012 to 2013 when Bangladesh was excluded.
To understand how to read the Visa Bulletin works and can be read – please check out this article.
What does CURRENT mean? That is published when KCC believes that there are enough visas for all remaining demand. All case numbers can then be interviewed.
Direct link to the data if needed (works best for ipads, and possible other mobile devices):-
April 21, 2020 at 07:24
Please remain safe with Family.
What a bad day to wake up to, with Trump’s idea on immigrant suspension.
If indeed an EO is made official on this, is there any iota of chance for courts to legally impede its execution? Or it stands as it is signed
April 22, 2020 at 02:34
April 21, 2020 at 10:13
I am shocked with the thoughts of President trump to suspend immigration visas to the states. Do you see this feasible implying our pending cases terminated? I was current and due for interview on April 13 but reluctant due to embassy lock-down. do you think i still have a chance?
April 22, 2020 at 02:41
April 28, 2020 at 14:00
Would you like to explain how the interview scheduling process works when the visa bulletin comes out CURRENT?
Is the order of the numbers followed from least to greatest? Or are appointments being made according to the date all documents were delivered and ready?
According to your experience from previous years that CURRENT was, what could you tell me about it?
April 28, 2020 at 18:29
Watch for a video later.
May 15, 2020 at 19:36
Hi Mr Brit , hope you doing well. I tried to check on the visa bulletin for July and it read thus:
The Visa Bulletin
USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for immigrant visas at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad.
1) Does it mean no more VB released?
May 16, 2020 at 00:17
1. No! Be patient.
May 19, 2020 at 08:40
Hi Mr Brit, continue to stay safe. I got this mail below from kcc on the 20th of March:
***Congratulations! Our records indicate that you have submitted all required documentation to the Kentucky Consular Center and are ready to be scheduled for an interview when your case number becomes current. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on case numbers that have completed processing.
Interviews for the DV 2020 program will begin in October 2019 and conclude on September 30, 2020. Please refer to the visa bulletin at www.travel.state.gov to locate the current numbers being processed. This bulletin is updated after the 15th day of each month. Once an interview date has been scheduled, you will receive notification via email listed on your DS-260 to check http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.
If your case becomes current and you have not received notification to checkhttp://www.dvlottery.state.gov, please [email protected] to confirm all of your documents have been received, and you are ready to be scheduled for an interview.
1) i wish to know when to expect my 2NL since every case is now current?
2) should i contact kcc if I don’t see my 2NL soon?
May 19, 2020 at 11:51
I received this email 20th March too. I don’t think that KCC would send 2NL to the rest of the cases due to Pandemic and Trumps administration. The situation is predictable, if embassies are reopening , it would be late already and they I would re schedule to the cases that have been scheduled with the embassies during lockdown. It’s just a lottery. Once you have luck, then you won’t. Don’t be disappointed.
May 19, 2020 at 14:13
1. This month IF the embassies are assumed to be open for interviews.
2. No need.
May 19, 2020 at 14:57
Hi Mr Brit, I really have a worry. I went through the historical visa bulletin numbers for last year and I saw that VB numbers were distributed up till September. That is, I could see that the VB for September was current and in some years the numbers were definite.
1) Does it mean that Sept VB will be for November interview, as July is for September interview, August VB for October ?
May 19, 2020 at 17:19
Sorry mr Brit, I have understood now how the VB works. Sorry if I might have bother you. Sorry again.
May 19, 2020 at 17:49
June 6, 2020 at 23:15
Can you help with this, please?
My number is 2021SA000017xx is there any chance to interview? (it’s a good number?)
I don’t have a good english yet, for the interview it’s only in english?
Thanks a lot for your time and dedication, you’re a great man!
June 6, 2020 at 23:38
It’s too soon to know how many selectees there are, and highest case numbers. But as a rough guess, it’s probably a good number. But – there is plenty of time to wait.
June 9, 2020 at 01:10
I’m 81xxx so it’s very high
June 9, 2020 at 14:49
Include your year & region with your number.
June 7, 2020 at 02:18
Hi Simon just wanted to let you know I have heard of highest case number 2500++ for Oceania region….
Looks similar to this current year….
All the best Oceania
June 7, 2020 at 04:41
Yep – seems that way – but its early days.
June 7, 2020 at 19:05
Thanks for your efforts! My case number is 2021AS25XXX ! How bad is it?Also, I noticed there is a huge deviation in the numbers for Asia, does that mean they do some sort of calibration and then decide how many application they are going to accept each year fro each content?
June 7, 2020 at 19:38
It is too soon to know detail about the numbers. Patience.
June 7, 2020 at 19:50
OK Thanks! A couple of follow up question if you may:
1-Have you ever heard of any case that the number was too high and thus wasn’t called for interview? Especially in Asia?
2-If the cut-of score became current, does that mean all applicant are guaranteed an interview?
June 7, 2020 at 23:33
1. Yes. Many.
2. No guarantees…
June 8, 2020 at 14:30
Hi Simon, i just won DV lottery, my case number 39×××, i live in Armenia (Yerevan) can i hope for interview? Or my number case too hight for interview? Please let me know if i have chance for interview.
June 8, 2020 at 17:47
It is too early to know. Over the coming weeks and months things will become more clear.
June 8, 2020 at 15:44
Why do you think there’s been such a massive rise in case numbers selected for interviews for OC from 2019 to 2020? What could explain this?
Gives me at least a little hope for my 25XX number ??
June 8, 2020 at 19:25
We know pretty much exactly what happened. It was a change in security/scrubbing techniques that led to a MUCH higher holes rate. I’m just working on a video to explain how that works, but the holes rate for OC in DV2020 was around 75%, and if this year is the same (as it should be) you would only have about 650/700 cases in front of you.
This video shows some explanation I gave of the DV2020 data:
June 8, 2020 at 22:46
Great, thank you!
June 9, 2020 at 21:09
hey dear simon my i won dv lot 2021 but my case number in around 27100, is there any hope for getting an interview opportunity ? i would really do appreciate if i get an answer.
June 9, 2020 at 22:08
It is too early to guess anything. But when you give your number without a year/region, an angel dies.
June 9, 2020 at 23:34
I was selected for 2021 – is 2021OC5XX a low number?
June 10, 2020 at 00:36
Note I edited your number – use that format from now on.
Yes it’s pretty good.
June 10, 2020 at 01:55
Thank you so much! I didn’t even think!! Ok – I appreciate your reply and all the effort you’ve put into your blog.
June 10, 2020 at 09:29
Hi Simon, got selected for 2021, my number is 2021OC11XX – thoughts on my chances this year?
June 10, 2020 at 23:21
June 12, 2020 at 05:43
Great! Thanks Simon!!
Another quick question; I’m born in NZ with a NZ passport however have a British passport too, will this affect my chances?? I’ve just seen that the UK is excluded from this lottery…
June 12, 2020 at 11:02
June 11, 2020 at 12:11
My case number is 2021AF58XXX, and i have sent my DS260 today.
i would like to know,based on your experience., if i have some chances to get an interview.
Thanks, stay safe!
June 11, 2020 at 23:56
It is too soon to know for sure. Wait some weeks, or even months to get a better idea.
June 11, 2020 at 12:29
Hi Brit, hope you and family are doing great. I have a worry w the naming of documents. In my country Cameroon if you have never committed a crime before, you need to proof it with a certificate of non-conviction. So I classified non-conviction as court record. But I don’t know if I would have classified it under police certificate. All the same, I received my confirmation notice in March.
1) i don’t know if that will be an issue at the embassy blc I have never been convicted for a crime but have sent court record as one of my documents for kcc review. CN 2020AF48***
June 11, 2020 at 23:59
You only have court records if you have been charged and have to defend a case in court. But they will know what it is, no matter what you named it.
June 11, 2020 at 20:17
Hi Brit, my wife won the DV lottery 2021, she has a Jordanian passport and I have 2 passports (Jordanian+Palestinian). The issue is that my name differs a little bit in both passports and I found my self stuck with below situation:
A) In Marriage contract,Jordanian passport and DV lottery application (Name1).
B) In Bsc degree and Palestinian passport(Name2).
We still haven’t filled the DS-260 form. My question is this gonna be a problem and if yes what should we do?
Thanks in advance.
June 12, 2020 at 01:04
It’s not a big problem especially as you are just the derivative – just use your own judgement.
June 12, 2020 at 10:55
Hi brit, I’ve been selected for DV 2021. My case number is 2021AF000358xx. Is it good?
June 12, 2020 at 11:57
June 12, 2020 at 16:08
Thanks for your humanity. Your website is very educative. Hope everyone can donate to keep it going. Thanks again.
June 19, 2020 at 23:31
Hi Birt, my CN is 2021AF72xxx, do i have any chance of been interviewed this year or next year?
June 20, 2020 at 03:13
Not in 2020 for sure. In a few weeks we will know more.
June 20, 2020 at 07:01
Hi brit, I’ve been selected for DV 2021. My case number is 2021EU28XXX. Is it good?
June 20, 2020 at 17:31
June 21, 2020 at 04:47
Hi my case number is 2020AS00017879 and iam from Asia what do u think my case number is high or no ????? Plz let me know
June 21, 2020 at 05:07
That number is current
June 24, 2020 at 21:14
Hi Brit ,
What does it mean in some years when the bultin is current for a month and after be limited to a number , for exemple AFRICA 2018 in au August it was current and after in september 39500?
June 25, 2020 at 00:08
Please read the article above including clicking the link to the article that explains how to read the bulletin.
June 24, 2020 at 22:04
Appreciate all you do for those of us who are lost in this process and ate seeking guidance.
1. My case no is oceania 2222 is that high or low?
2. Will i have a better chance to secure an earlier interview date in Apia? Since i live here. As they usually have lessor numbers compared to Fiji? I have been given a choice.
June 25, 2020 at 00:13
1. Who knows. I don’t even know the year.
2. Doesn’t matter. Cases are processed by case number, numbers are assigned by region.
June 25, 2020 at 00:54
DV 2021 oceania
July 4, 2020 at 03:31
I got a case number OC13##, I don’t understand the whole visa bulletin numbers.
Could you clarify if this is a good number with a early interview date?
Or will I be on the back end of any interviews?
Thank you in advance
July 4, 2020 at 17:53
It’s medium. Highest OC number is about 3250
July 6, 2020 at 23:54
Hi brit, I’ve been selected for DV 2021. My case number is 2021AF000121xx.
do i stand a chance to be schedule for interview ?
July 7, 2020 at 00:11
July 10, 2020 at 21:51
My case number for DV-2021 is 29XXX for Europe. What do you think? I’m struggling to understand the bulletin. Thank you for all that you do!
July 10, 2020 at 22:20
We don’t have any information about selectee numbers right now. So – it is too soon. Wait until we have some more info (within a few days hopefully).
July 16, 2020 at 20:18
Hi Brit. I won the dv 2021AF00053## . Is there any chance for interview? Thanks
July 16, 2020 at 21:07
July 24, 2020 at 15:46
my case number is 2021AS00011xxx
When do you advice me to submit DS260 form?
And when shall i send the required documents?
July 24, 2020 at 16:17
You can submit anytime.
You will be asked to send documents later.
July 30, 2020 at 14:09
What are the chances of an interview for 2021OC20XX.
July 30, 2020 at 22:15
It is too soon to know – in a few weeks we should know more.
August 23, 2020 at 22:52
, Dear brit my case number is 2021AF00031xxx is it possible i will be interview and also i have not submitted my forms yet will it affect me..
August 25, 2020 at 00:18
Yes you should be OK, the late submission is no problem.
August 24, 2020 at 20:20
As the ban is valid right now till Jan, 2021, why USCIS does not make it numbers CURRENT ?
I totally understand that they calculate the cutoff number based on some assumptions, but USCIS is making money with applications. Don’t they have to process more to make more money ?
August 25, 2020 at 04:56
It’s not about the money. They don’t “make” anything from this process. They don’t go current because they have to slowly work through the year in an organized manner.
August 25, 2020 at 07:37
My family is one of winner DV 2020 The case number is 2020AS00021XXX do you know about when the embassy work again for interview .you know as well because COVID-19
the Kabul embassy stopped the work . if the embassy do not take my family interview . it will expire all interview on 30 September . do you know the US. government will update the time of interview or not ?
August 25, 2020 at 22:40
Everyone is blocked by the immigrant ban. There is a hearing on a legal challenge to that ban on Thursday, so wait for news after that.
August 26, 2020 at 04:57
My case number is AS6XXX I have been summited DS-260 and received email ask for supporting documents but I have unlocked DS-260 form and summited again.
1.Do I need to wait for another email to send supporting document or I can send it now?
2.As I am a single selectee I will show my bank statement around $10,000 does the U.S Embassy ask where this money come from? If my mom give me this money is it ok or not?
3.Since my case still processing and my case number still not yet become current, when do you think the best time to let my relative fill form I-134?Does I-134 form have deadline?
4.Do you think is it better to wait until the election done to continue process my case or just process it because I have low case number?
August 26, 2020 at 19:43
1. You don’t need to be asked again.
2. You should get an I-134 to reduce risk. But if you go with savings only, you may need documentation from your mother than says the money is a non repayable gift.
3. You present it at the interview – so get it ready for then.
4. Your choice.
September 10, 2020 at 18:26
Hello brit, I called kcc do you think it is convenient to resend the documents? they told me that they cannot see if they were received or not, but they also say that if I do not have the Ok they will not process my case and we sent everything approximately 6 months ago. our embassy is in chile and there are few selected.(I am from SA high number)
September 10, 2020 at 23:51
So if you are group 5, then you have almost no chance. The only hope is an extension – which is being requested, but is not very likely to be granted.
September 17, 2020 at 14:54
Greetings Mr Brit,
I am a Winner of DV 2020, with CN 2020AF7××××,I played with my wife but in the process her passport came out in March then we scan sent
1) Since then I have heard nothing from KCC, I called KCC on Tuesday and they told me my documents have been received but not yet process,. What should I do now should i Rescan all my documents and that of my wife and sent ?
2) Please Sir, can you equally link my case to a lawsuit ?
3) Again can you link my case as Mission Critical ?
September 17, 2020 at 19:51
So it sounds like you are in my group 5, where you are not “ready for scheduling”. That means your only hope is if there is an extension.
September 21, 2020 at 23:44
Will it be normal that the VB gets published in the very end of the month? Or it is just affected by judge’s order this month(Visa Bulletin October 2020) Wanting to know the latest cutoff number for DV2021…
September 21, 2020 at 23:46
The VB covers a lot more than DV – 95% of immigration is not DV.
So – it’s late, but that is not a problem. Relax and be patient.
September 21, 2020 at 23:54
Glad to hear that is not a problem.
Alright, I’ll keep waiting, thanks.
September 23, 2020 at 10:38
Interview appointment, sentember 24 2020.
could not pass the border, although all the documents were in order. and air tickets to Georgia have been canceled. submit a request for an online submission. right now I will say goodbye to baku
September 25, 2020 at 06:01
Hi Mr Britsimon,
My case number is DV2021 As185XX.
I know there is a big uncertainty that my number go current.
In case i get a chance could you please advise me on until when it is safe to wait to chose between AOS or consular process?
Thanks a lot
September 25, 2020 at 12:47
You can wait until early next year, then decide.
September 28, 2020 at 02:57
Hi, i won the lottery and case number is 2021AS000097XX . is it too high for the interview?
September 28, 2020 at 18:37
September 28, 2020 at 23:13
With my case number AF31xxx (DV2021), I understand my interview wouldn’t be scheduled now but my question is;
1. I have filed for a police report which is valid for six months (June-Dec 2020) after submitting the DS form. Is it likely I will get a notification anytime soon for it to submitted together with my supportive documents.
2. My passport expires next year 2021 (June). Knowing that as a requirement to apply for a visa, passport validity must be six and above. what submission if my supportive docs is been requested lets say next year? Do I need to get a new police certificate and renew my passport before I submit? What do you advise?
Thanks and regards,
September 29, 2020 at 04:09
1. Yes. The CO will consider it valid up to 12 months.
2. renew at least the passport, and then take old and new to the interview.
September 29, 2020 at 17:07
Thanks very much ?
October 8, 2020 at 13:48
hi Simon,do you think we have any chance for an interview at AF 72000?
October 8, 2020 at 22:03
All you can do is wait and see.
October 10, 2020 at 07:13
Hi Mr. Simon,
Does DS 2020 interviews over ?
The cutoff was 18450 on May, Isn’t that too early to be current whole the rest?
I am 2020AS00024207 and thought I will get an interview.
October 10, 2020 at 19:24
COVID and Trump’s bans stopped DV2020, but we are fighting for some more visas. However, if you have not paid attention to what is going on, it’s likely you will not have done anything to give yourself a chance. For example, did you send documents? Did you get the ready for scheduling email?
October 10, 2020 at 21:44
Hi Mr. Simon,
Thank you very much for the prompt reply.
I submitted all the required documents and they confirmed on June that they have all documents and they will send me the scheduling email, which I did not receive yet. I thought when the interviews start, the “current” in VB will change to the appropriate case number. But it did not and now October VB shows the case numbers for DV2021.
I thought they may interview both DV 2020 and DV 2021 cases simultaneously whenever the embassy opens to stop having backlog for DV 2021. What i do not understand is now DV 2021 is up on VB even though we still have the US travel ban. Is there any chance if they interview both DV 2020 and DV 2021 cases simultaneously, may be for the first half of DV 2021 period ?
October 11, 2020 at 12:58
We will have to wait and see what is decided in the lawsuit.
September 30, 2022 at 09:57
My husband had a court case for try to attempt illegally to australia by a boad in 2012.
It was over in January 2021.is it a issue to get our visas?(I’m the main applicant)
October 2, 2022 at 14:32
October 12, 2020 at 03:30
Do we know any estimated time to see the decision ?
Thanks a lot !
October 12, 2020 at 22:44
Please be clear.
October 17, 2020 at 03:47
I meant, How long will it takes for the court decision ?
Do you have any idea about it ?
October 17, 2020 at 13:54
You haven’t clicked reply, so I don’t have any context.
October 20, 2020 at 03:09
Do you have any update for June, July etc DV 2020 numbers?
October 20, 2020 at 20:19
I’ll update when I get a chance, but the regions were current.
October 22, 2020 at 03:26
When is the right time to submit adjustment of Status documents. Suppose my rank number 4300, and is published in advance publication November for the december. Meaning December rank number is 4500 and November rank number is 2700. The date is 7th November. Do I wait for December to submit documents or I can submit it early in November.
October 22, 2020 at 19:36
The next VB should be published today or tomorrow. If your number (for your region or country) is below the stated number in the VB for December interviews you could file your I-485 immediately.
October 26, 2020 at 06:06
Please us the VB for December 2020 finally out?
October 26, 2020 at 15:46
October 26, 2020 at 22:34
I’m wondering if anyone knows, when you have a high ranking number (29,000), looking at the statistics you would be able to apply pretty late around May-June. Is there even a chance to get approved before September 30th (6 months)? I’m thinking about the cause when you already live in the U.S and file your DV lottery adjustment of status through USCIS?
October 27, 2020 at 20:34
AOS for DV can go quite fast. Your rank number is meaningless without a region.
October 27, 2020 at 22:11
Sorry I forgot to mention that, my region is EU00029XXX. I will not have the opportunity to file through Consular Processing and my current U.S. immigration status expires beginning of June so I’m really nervous but hoping to see my bulletin number before June so I can file my AOS. Thanks for an amazing blog!!
November 8, 2020 at 13:00
I observed that Visa Bulletin numbers for 2021 October/November were published. What is the benefit of publishing these numbers while all interviews are stopped at this time?
November 8, 2020 at 23:53
It’s just part of the process.