This visa bulletin covers February 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 February 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 late July (and a few in early August). 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 – 17200(Last month 15500)
Ethiopia – 16100(Last month 13800)
ASIA – 4500(Last month 4150)
Nepal – 3700(Last month 2925)
EUROPE – 19100(Last month 16425)
OCEANIA – 750(Last month 615)
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN – 750(Last month 650)
December 9, 2015 at 21:17
Do you think EU226xx will be current next month for March interview?
December 9, 2015 at 21:20
Maybe – but I don’t have any prediction.
December 9, 2015 at 21:23
Hey, please what do u think sbout AS11xxx, when it gonna show up!!!!
December 9, 2015 at 21:30
I am not at all sure it will show up. It might be too high. All you can do is wait and see.
December 9, 2015 at 21:25
What is your analysis and feedback about that visa bulletin specially for africa ” still slow” ?
December 9, 2015 at 21:29
Africans always seem to be slow to submit their DS260s as compared to other regions. So, the backlog is affecting the numbers and causing the slowdown.
December 9, 2015 at 21:31
Disappointing result for Africa
December 9, 2015 at 21:32
isn’t it moving very slowly for all especially ASIA , is it going to continue on same ratio as you guess ?
December 9, 2015 at 22:14
hi brits , when will you download ECAC data? Stress rises hugely … 51XXX africa, labor lost ???
December 10, 2015 at 02:39
Mmmmh really disappointing for AF. We have to face the fact that dv2016 Cutoff for AF will not go past 35k. If we do the months and add at least 2k for every month left then September Cutoff would be between 30 and 34k.
Plan b for anyone with Cn above that.
December 10, 2015 at 03:02
That isn’t how it works – you are adding 2 plus 2 and coming up with 5. No need to make judgments from these few months….
December 9, 2015 at 22:27
Hi Simon,thank you this information, am afooo175xx and submitted my ds260 in August when will i receive my appointment?
December 10, 2015 at 03:04
I cannot say for sure – but there is a chance you will get a February interview, and if not, then March.
December 10, 2015 at 09:17
Just missed it, my number is within 10 of the cuttoff. You are saying there might still be a chance for a Feb interview? DS260 submitted in May.
December 11, 2015 at 04:13
If your number is above the cutoff they won’t schedule you for that month.
December 9, 2015 at 22:47
So slow, especially for asia.. ?
December 10, 2015 at 00:03
sir, do u think i have chance next month, AS3859!! nepal
December 10, 2015 at 03:03
December 22, 2015 at 19:59
Hi, brit!Hope all is well.Please I have a problem.I fill in the ds260 forms of my wife,son and me and submitted with my wife bieng the first since she’s the principal applicant follow by me and my son.But after i check the status of the docs, my wife and me are written completed but our son’s is written incomplete.I don’t know why.My questions are:
What may have gone wrong and how to fix this problem.Is the anything I can do to fix it?By the way my wife has already receive the confirmation that her form was submitted.Please help me up cuz I’m confused.
December 23, 2015 at 06:02
All I can suggest is to go over every question and make sure the form is submitted.
December 23, 2015 at 10:19
You mean my son’s form? Are the forms not lock sine she has received a confirmation letter?Brit the problem is that on the original edv entry, number of children we ha four because we included other family members who are not eligable according to the rules.When I contacted you, you told me not to create ds260 forms for them since they’re not elligable only my son.So, when filling in the form for my wife(principal applicant)number of children this time, we put one instead of four.Do you think this could be the problem?If not do we to unlock the form and include the child or the form is still open and need not to contact KCC?
December 24, 2015 at 17:27
The mismatch in numbers could not be the problem. You must do as I already said – but contact KCC if you need to unlock.
December 29, 2015 at 11:23
Hi,Brit!Please I need you to clearify something for me.When submitting the ds260 form, do I sign and submit for derivatives first before principal applicant or principal applicant before derivatives?excuse me for this but contacted KCC to unlock and they send me a message but try our son again and still not submitting.
December 29, 2015 at 16:03
Principal then derivatives. You really need to get this done.
December 30, 2015 at 12:48
Hi,Brit!Please I’m sorry for disturbing you but I’m still not able to submit ds260 form for our child after unlocking and I’ve already resubmitted and not still working.Could you please explain what you mean by creating ds260 form for a child when you have four children on the original edv entry but three are not elligable only one is.I mean as a principal applicant on your ds260 form on area where they ask for number of children,how will you answer to this question after putting four on the original edv entry?Will you put one or four and than create ds260 form for only the one eligable?I have done everything but still no solution.Please I need your help!
December 30, 2015 at 16:03
The DS260 is an application for a visa. Each parent needs to list all their children. However, a person only completes a DS260 if they are eligible.
So – for instance – I have 4 children. Only one was eligible (the other 3 are over 21). My wife and I would each complete a DS260 listing 4 children. BUT We would only submit 3 DS260s.
December 30, 2015 at 16:08
If you want, I will take a look at your DS260 for you. DO NOT post your private information here, but if you want me to look at your form, email me the login information to britsimon3 at gmail dot com.
December 31, 2015 at 12:11
Wow Brit!What a wonderful guardian you are!Now,I see our mistake.When ask for number of children, we put one instead of four on the both of us ds260 forms where as on the original entry we have four.So, we need to unlock again and make the changes on our forms right?Hope this time it’s going to be fine.Thanks a million bro!May God bless you!
December 10, 2015 at 01:14
Your Form have been received and pending further embassy review. I got this reply from KCC.
Does this means I will receive my 2NL this time?
December 10, 2015 at 03:03
It means the DS260 is processed. If your case number is current you will get a February interview (2NL in about 2 weeks)
December 10, 2015 at 10:43
I am also current this month, submitted the DV in June and requested to open the form in October 20th, and submitted it the same day making the changes in current employer field, but I haven’t received an e mail from KCC stating that form has been processed.
Does it means that I will not be invited to February interviews?
December 11, 2015 at 04:11
They don’t send an email saying the form is processed. Wait and see – 2NLs will be sent within the next 2 weeks.
December 10, 2015 at 03:32
Can you please clarify that Whole Asia Current and Except Nepal means? Do they treat Nepali cases differently? I mean to say the case number AS000054XX Divided by 1.65 shall be for Nepal For February Interviews …Am I right?
December 10, 2015 at 03:35
I have no idea where you got that math idea from.
Explained fully here:
December 10, 2015 at 03:41
I was confused about Asia and Nepal.Shall we the people from Nepal consider the Nepal data now Current 3700 for February Interviews or We should Consider Whole Asia for CN?
December 10, 2015 at 06:33
RIP ur english!
December 10, 2015 at 23:47
i am in africa my number is 22***. it is good please
December 11, 2015 at 03:06
December 11, 2015 at 04:20
Did you read the link??? THat is explained there.
December 10, 2015 at 05:11
This dv go very slowly af44xxx have any chances?
December 11, 2015 at 04:18
I can’t be certain, but I would guess there is a good chance for that number….
December 10, 2015 at 05:44
My case is current but still dissapointed as i only submitted the document in september. Is there any minimal change i can get 2NL in 2 weeks?
December 11, 2015 at 04:18
I doubt it – but if you were so worried about getting your interview fast, why to you wait 5 months to submit your form…
December 10, 2015 at 05:49
Greetings Mr Simon
I am current for February interview and I have one question about a laminated grade 10 national Ethiopian certificate which will need authentication. I have heard some one printed out a new certificate from the ministry of education and at the time of interview he has been put on AP for that new certificate. I am afraid I will get the same fate. Any input on this matter Sir
December 11, 2015 at 04:16
Learn from the mistake of others….
December 10, 2015 at 10:38
Hey .I am from nepal.according to new visa buliten what do you think that my case no my case number is 4940.is it possible to get 2nd letter.
December 11, 2015 at 04:12
Yes it is possible – wait and see….
December 10, 2015 at 12:20
Hello. Congrats for your initiative! Your help is unvaluable!!
South america 1000. When should I expect to be called?
December 11, 2015 at 04:10
Well we are getting pretty close to that number – so 2 to 3 months more…
December 10, 2015 at 14:10
Hey brit, you stated the only year we can use for reference as a guesstimate for ones interview is dv2015, But I think otherwise.- For example dv2015 Cutoff for February was at 26000 unlike 2016 Cutoff 17200.
Also holes theory doesn’t seem to apply with dv2016, that’s why we are seeing the snails pace with AF. Am also sure if we ever see 30k. V. B will be last two months.
It’s sad reality if you are over 40k case number, There is some risk you will not get 2nl, reason high density of selectess
December 10, 2015 at 14:58
Please allow of you don’t think in negative way. My opinion is to wait until data available then Brit Simons will analyze and give us little approximate prediction.
December 10, 2015 at 17:24
hi birtsimons , thanks for helping us
How do you assess the situation for Africa compared to 2015 and previous years
December 10, 2015 at 17:51
I am looking at 2008 and think 2016 will look similar as am not seeing any similarity with 2015 but Brit will soon come to us when the data is loaded in the system. Thank you brother for ur great work
December 11, 2015 at 05:34
The latest VB has sealed the fate of high CNs,i bet there are no holes in this year’s data.
December 11, 2015 at 07:06
Of course there are – would you stop freaking out. This is normal!
December 11, 2015 at 07:41
Now all the hopes we had with CN AF 42*** start decrease. I think all the people with CN above 40 have to be prepared for the worst early. sad!!!
December 11, 2015 at 23:48
I think it will be the same as DV2004 and the cutoff will be around 40k
December 12, 2015 at 01:09
That is not a good comparison and you are making comments without understanding how things work.
December 11, 2015 at 15:44
Do you think AS4999 have chance next month ?
It would be March or April interview ?
December 12, 2015 at 01:16
Most likely April or May
December 12, 2015 at 03:26
I compared the data and found some what similarities with 2014 data and came to the conclusion… What do you say about this Brit??
For Asia : Jan-4150
Just a prediction after looking the data you published ..
Will be more happy to hear your view.
December 12, 2015 at 05:42
Those are just guesses based on no information. So – they are just guesses….
December 12, 2015 at 14:07
Why is it so slow for AF?
December 13, 2015 at 00:59
December 12, 2015 at 18:09
Dear Brit, I am trying to find the affidavit but I am not sure if the family we asked the affidavit will respond on time therefore we will try to find another one. What happen if the day of interview you have 2 affidavits?
December 13, 2015 at 00:56
You just present one of them…
December 12, 2015 at 19:06
I’m dv 2016 winner and I’m current for the february interview. My cn is AF00014*** and i could not enter the ESC website. My case number is 14 digits and On the ESC website it displays cn must be 16 digits.
December 13, 2015 at 00:55
You did not read the instructions properly. Use your original entry number. If you don’t have that use the link for forgot confirmation number.
December 12, 2015 at 21:48
Dear brit, I want to know what do you think about the new congress bill (HR158) about iranian applicants? Do you think the Ap check would be longer and more difficult ?
December 13, 2015 at 00:51
That bill has a very small chance of becoming law. So – it won’t affect anything in the short term.
December 13, 2015 at 00:12
HELLO DEAR SIR ….
i’m a winner of DV lottery …my cn is AF24XXXX…
i applied with my old passport and filled the form with the old passport ,but starting from the November our government stopped the old passport and now i have to issue a new Electronic passport …what am i suppose to do ?…..do i have to ask kcc to open my Ds260,or should i take the old passport with new one in the interview …
and thanks in advance
December 13, 2015 at 00:49
You have time to unlock and correct, but you can also just take old and new passports to the interview.
December 13, 2015 at 05:57
WONDER WHEN THIS VB IS GONNA SPEED UP !
December 13, 2015 at 11:00
Maybe they don’t want too many Africa immigrants. Dv2015 AF was under issued. They could have sorted this out if they called more people for interviews. Ask yourself if backlog will be there till the end, Do you really thing it will speed up?? I guess slow, slow down more.
December 13, 2015 at 19:43
It isn’t a question of not wanting Africans – there were many Africans that completed their DS260 but did not show up for their interviews. KCC were not to blame for that!
Just relax about the pace so far – you are reading far too much into it without understanding how it works.
December 13, 2015 at 19:49
The second half of the year tends to go a bit faster BUT the numbers are not really that slow at the moment…
December 13, 2015 at 18:46
Hi Brit , do u think AS71Xx is still having hopes? If yes when do u expect the number to be current? Many thx
December 13, 2015 at 19:38
I can’t be certain if that number will make it – but of course it will be right at the end – so most likely a September interview.
December 13, 2015 at 20:28
i have to questions to ask.
1. i had my Advanced level in a school which was just a Government High School at the time and today the school had been upgraded to a Government Bilingual High School. when filling the DS260 i used the present school name. Does it pose any problem?
2. i contacted KCC for my status and had the answer below
Your forms have been received and pending further embassy review for the continuation of your visa processing. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on case numbers that have completed processing. Interviews for the DV 2016 program will begin in October 2015 and conclude on September 30, 2016.. does it mean that they have finished processing my DS’s?
December 13, 2015 at 22:55
December 13, 2015 at 22:05
hi brit , do you think AS66xx has a chance and when it can be based on your experience<
and can you give me a site regarding the sponsor cuz for what i have read american embassy ask for that on the interview date
December 13, 2015 at 22:54
That number has a chance but will be late in the year – August/September interview.
December 13, 2015 at 23:13
wow , i thought my interview will be in jun or july but at least i have a chance 🙂
what about article regarding sponsor sir ,
December 13, 2015 at 23:57
December 14, 2015 at 08:37
My case number is 72XX from Iran. I’m really grateful for your kind help. I have a question. A large number of people have predicted that the visa bulletin this year would be faster than 2015; however, according to your responses to the above-mentioned post ( Yass, Fares..), this year’s visa bulletin’s gonna be slower. I am really confused!! Could you please give me a convincing explanation for your prediction? According to their prediction I’m gonna be invited to an interview in April or March, but according to yours, it’ll be in September. It’s a five-month difference!! Is it just a guess, or you’ve got strong reasons, or predictions would be something unreliable for visa bulletin?
Thx in advance!
December 14, 2015 at 14:36
“They” clearly don’t know what they are talking about. There is no reason for processing to be faster this year – and it is obvious that March or April is impossible.
However, predictions for the VB are unreliable in general, and things can change, so the interview could perhaps be a month earlier than September (but not 4 or 5). Wait and see.
For you, the downside of course of a late interview is the slow AP process. If you worked for the Iranian government or military, there is a high chance of AP – and AP for an Iranian that starts in August/September will not complete in time.
December 14, 2015 at 14:54
Thx for yor response, but it seems that you are 100 % sure because of your phrase “obviously impossible”, so this is not prediction anymore, it’s called certainty. You didn’t give any reasons, Brit! Would you please present some the documentations that make you come up with this strong certainty? I have never worked for the government, but I have served in the army for only two months instead of two years, so you think i have to forget about pursuing the visa process?
December 14, 2015 at 16:26
Just look at the visa bulletin progression to see why I say obviously impossible. The latest VB was for February interviews (meaning it is month 5 of 12 months) – and that is at 4500. So – it is obvious it isn’t going to get to 7200 in one or two more months (which is what would be needed for a March/April interview).
Further, looking at last year, the VB number ended at 7650 – that being for September interviews. 6850 was for August interviews. There is no reason to suggest numbers will go faster, apart from those who were confused why the numbers started fast (even though I had explained why that would/did happen).
Now, you have a high chance for AP, and Iranian AP was taking 3 to 5 months last year. So – an Iranian case with a late interview and high risk of AP is risky. So – it is your choice whether to try or not. I would, but it depends how big the costs are to your financial position. Winning the lottery doesn’t happen often!
December 14, 2015 at 18:49
Convinced! got ur point! But, last year people with the same case no. as mine went to the interview in August. Considering the fact that the visa bulletin this year is two months a head of last year’s, how come I will be scheduled for a December interview? Why not in May or June which is two month a head of August?
December 14, 2015 at 21:18
The further away things are, the more uncertainty there is – so right now I can’t be precise about things that are many months away and I am not saying July/June is impossible. So…. wait and see…
December 15, 2015 at 01:47
Dear britsimon sir,
Is this case is safe cn6100(nepal)? If safe whin i will interview sir?
Thankyou for kind felp.
December 15, 2015 at 04:54
I cannot be certain….
December 15, 2015 at 05:12
It’s mean my cn is not safe sir? No chance to get 2nd letter……:(
December 15, 2015 at 06:21
How did you jump to “no chance” – I didn’t say that!
December 15, 2015 at 12:15
My plan to AOS and I already received an email to adjust my status (I think is this 2LN). My case No. AF 43xxx. Dear Simon, do you think I have a chance to show up my No. and if it is possible, when it will be current (which month). I am waiting to your comment and your suggestion.
Thanks a lot for everything.
December 15, 2015 at 13:59
Hi, I completed and submitted my forms last week of november but when i try to use my case number 2016AF000108** to check my status, it tells me invalid case number. Is that something to worry about?
December 15, 2015 at 16:39
No – the 2016 data is not loaded yet. However, there will be no change for at least 3 months…
December 17, 2015 at 08:49
hy brit sir..i have some queries..do form I-134, sponsor letter, affidavit of support, resembles same? do i need their scanned copy or wet signatured original?? nepal
December 17, 2015 at 14:31
They are the same. Wet signature (i.e. original form, not emailed)
December 17, 2015 at 11:51
In ds260 form, i mentioned my present occupation as student. I was in my final year of high school and mentioned my high school name too. I filled my registration of edv during my final year of high school. So i have some doubts hope you will help me out with these
1.i tick on high school, no degree option. Is it ok?
2.will these effect in my 2 nl arrival?
3.i think i will be able to submit my transcripts before interview. My finals results has not been published yet. So will it be ok if i submit it at interview?
4.did i commited a mistake of applying for edv in my final year of highschool. Will it be taken as fraud case?
December 17, 2015 at 14:29
December 18, 2015 at 10:41
Do you think AS5600 will be current April interview ?
December 18, 2015 at 17:55
I don’t know for sure. We will know in February.
December 19, 2015 at 20:48
After i submitted my DS 260 my passport get lost, then i got a new passport and i unlocked my DS 260 and updated it with the new passport details. my case number is current but i submitted my DS 260 late, 8 October. I unlocked my DS 260 on 1 December and left it unlocked up-to 19 December and submitted it on 19 December. so i would like to know
1 – are they going to process my case by the old passport or new passport?
2 – when will be my interview?
December 19, 2015 at 21:29
1. Probably old and new as they have both.
2. Several months yet – because you submitted late and left it unlocked for a while. But you don’t mention your case number.
December 19, 2015 at 21:34
Hi Brit! Do u have any information when KCC will send the 2NL for February interviews? Previous month has been sent on November 17th.
December 19, 2015 at 21:37
Probably this coming week…
December 19, 2015 at 21:46
December 20, 2015 at 03:49
is 2NL for February will late?
December 20, 2015 at 05:33
No, it is normal.
December 20, 2015 at 08:06
Thanks sir…then we can expect 2NL within next week for february?
December 20, 2015 at 15:43
Most likely, yes. Having said that – this coming week is a short week – since Christmas day falls on Friday.
December 22, 2015 at 21:33
Hi.brit. I submitted my ds on sept 4..cn is af 10×××. Unlocked twice. Can I expect my 2nl this week?
December 23, 2015 at 05:59
December 25, 2015 at 16:16
hello sir.. my case number is As2976 from nepal.. i submitted my form in may by unlocked it and resent in on august 15th.. when will i recieve my 2NL? January or will i have to wait due to late submission?
December 25, 2015 at 20:30
I can’t be certain – just wait and see….
December 25, 2015 at 07:27
will the KCC office will be closed till New Year(01.01.2016) from today (25.12.2015). if yes, then we can expect our 2NL only after January 2nd?
December 25, 2015 at 20:36
No they will not be closed, 2NLs will be sent next week.