The July visa bulletin has been released. This is for August interviews.
As we can see the regions that were already current are still current and progress has been made on the limited countries. Uzbekistan has been added to the except list, which means they slowing down that country. Current means there are enough visas for remaining cases – so all cases in Ethiopia and Iran can now relax about their case numbers. Egypt and Nepal will have one month left to see what number they can get to. I do NOT have a prediction for those two countries – so all I can say is “wait and see”.
For those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, they can expect their 2NL in about 1 to 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 will be sent in about one or two weeks time – that means the latter part of the month. The schedule is that VBs are published between the 8th and the 15th of each month, and 2NLs go out from the 15th to the end of the month (most typically around the 20th to 24th). This is the same every month, so there is no need to ask me.
To those new to looking at VBs, let me explain what the “except” XXX country means.
Processing is spread out over the full year. You can see the progress of the two previous years in this post about basic questions. However, some countries have a high number of selectees and those selectees are concentrated in the lower case numbers. For various reasons, mainly to do with embassy capacity, KCC slow down certain countries as compared to the region. So – in Africa, any case with a case number shown as under the new number can be interviewed but for cases from Egypt, that number is lower. That isn’t a big problem, it just “slows down” those countries a little more than the rest of the region. Since selectees from those countries all have lower case numbers, this slowing down does not present any risk. It does not (at this point) mean they won’t allow all selectees an interview from those countries.
To understand why some countries get lower case numbers, read this article about the lottery draw process.
Read this link if you are unsure how to read the visa bulletin.
June 10, 2017 at 01:08
finally after many questions and after a long wait my case no. is current and my form was submitted early on may 13, 2017 now Brit can I will get my 2nd letter or still I have to wait and see.
June 10, 2017 at 01:10
Yes. You’ll. Don’t panic
June 10, 2017 at 01:16
June 10, 2017 at 16:05
June 10, 2017 at 14:33
June 10, 2017 at 01:09
sorry may 13 , 2016 my form was submitted brit
June 10, 2017 at 01:23
Little hope in next visa bulletion
June 11, 2017 at 12:06
7075 now+250 august VB ok for me. Waiting waiting patient patient. Morethen 1 year!!!
June 10, 2017 at 01:42
Hello Mr. BritSimon
Now almost all documents are ready for our July interview.
One last question can we ask welcome letter from anyone in US or the from the person Name & address which we mention in DS260.
June 10, 2017 at 14:32
Anyone can be your sponsor.
June 10, 2017 at 15:18
Thanks a lot !!!
June 10, 2017 at 05:25
Do you think Egypt could have hit the 7% limit ? … Because my case number is 307xx , so it’s very close but not really there yet 😀 … I’m a bit worried that next month cutoff numbers be the same as this month like what happened in DV2014 ..
June 10, 2017 at 14:28
I don’t know. All we can do is wait and see.
June 10, 2017 at 06:51
So is there any chance of second draw DV 2018?
June 10, 2017 at 14:24
June 10, 2017 at 08:45
From Nepal..so mine case number is current
do every current case no. will receive 2nl or there will be exception?
and is it true that in case of nepal it doesn’t require affidavit of support(I-314),the welcome letter will be enough?
is it right time to start collecting required document(like police clearance) or should i proceed after getting 2nl?
June 10, 2017 at 14:20
KDU embassy doesn’t normally ask for I-134, they ask for a “welcome letter”.
Normally you wait until the 2NL.
June 10, 2017 at 13:09
Good work Simon . I wish you would have added the analysis for DV 2018. I can see so many selected!
June 10, 2017 at 14:05
Working on it today.
June 10, 2017 at 13:53
Hi brit, am a selectee of the dv 2018 with a case number 2018AF0003048,and I haven’t fill the ds260 yet Cus am waiting for my passport to be out,I just want to ask if am late,and if I stand a chance of going to the interview in Dec cus will fill the form hopefully this month end
June 10, 2017 at 14:06
Being a bit late won’t matter, but will probably mean a 2018 interview.
June 10, 2017 at 14:09
according to my learning
-every current case number will not receive 2nd letter, They select from the DS 260.
-welcome letter enough for nepal.
-after receiving 2nd letter then collect the doc.
June 10, 2017 at 15:02
Every case that has submitted the DS260 in good time AND becomes current gets an interview.
Yes, KDU uses welcome letters.
June 11, 2017 at 08:06
Thank u very much for your valuable suggestions. I have been following your blog from the beginning nearly its been 1 year. Finally, my case is current from Nepal. CN 69XX.
Sir, i gave a question. Hope u will slove my confusion. I have already taken the police report on 21st May 2017. Do i need to take the new one or this will do?
June 11, 2017 at 08:14
AND I had submitted my DS260 form on 19th May 2016.
June 11, 2017 at 15:17
That will be OK
June 11, 2017 at 12:12
June 10, 2017 at 14:13
Just wondering if you think trumps travel ban on Muslim will come into play with the dv2018
June 10, 2017 at 15:00
My powers of predicting the future aren’t as good as they should be. I’m sorry about that.
June 10, 2017 at 14:42
Hi Brit, when I have completed the form ds260 on the form of the husband who is a beneficiary I mistakenly named the name of the faculty I have listed correctly in the university. I have thus marked the Faculty of AGROECONOMY but he has ECONOMY and AGROBIZNES. Do you think I can Penalties from this?
June 10, 2017 at 14:59
June 10, 2017 at 16:51
Hello britsimon…,,when i fill ds 260 form
1) Full name in native alphabet …….mean?
2) do you seek to enter the us for the porpose of performing skill……not clear for me the idea…,,please help me?
June 10, 2017 at 18:08
1. It means your alphabet if that is not the English alphabet.
2. Answer yes.
READ THE GUIDE on DS260 – link above.
June 10, 2017 at 23:13
Is this for dv2018
Since i was selected for Asia and submitted ds260 by 8th of june 2017
What should i do now?
Thnx in advance
June 11, 2017 at 15:44
June 11, 2017 at 18:58
Noted , thnx man
June 11, 2017 at 07:41
I have not filled DS260 form,even though I am selected for 2017 dv….can I fill now ..my case no. Is 74xx….from nepal
June 11, 2017 at 15:19
YOu can fill it now. You might get a chance.
June 11, 2017 at 17:38
If I didn’t fill DS260 form , how to get my case n. ….possible ?
June 11, 2017 at 17:40
Your case number is what you get from the letter that says you are selected.
June 11, 2017 at 17:43
I mean , I selected DV2017 , I don’ t fill DS260 , how to get my case n. ?
June 11, 2017 at 18:36
How to start?
June 11, 2017 at 18:41
June 11, 2017 at 19:11
Dear Brit, I hv been selectee from additional draw, case number is 79** from Nepal. Can I become current ?
June 11, 2017 at 19:32
Wait and see
June 12, 2017 at 15:16
Hi BritSimon my case no 67** from nepal our notification arrived .i have problem in my passport becaue of water fall in it.So it is damaged.So I am making new passport in 3 to four days .I got my 1st letter then I 10th may 2016 submitted DS260 with my old passport no . Now I want to know do I need to unlock DS260 to write new password no.n submit it.how to submit it ?
June 12, 2017 at 17:22
You cannot unlock your DS260 now – just take old and new passports to the interview.
June 12, 2017 at 19:10
does the Us embassy have the right to take passports for long time ( more than 7 months ) and when i ask them(i sent already 3 messages and replay was the same ) to return our passports back for extending our residence permit they said we can not return passports due to the AP? please advice me what to do
June 12, 2017 at 19:51
They don’t have the “right” to take the passports – you *gave* them the passport because you *want* a visa. You can either wait, or insist that your passport is returned. But if you want them to give you a visa, you will let them do what they want to do.
June 12, 2017 at 20:09
Hi BritSimon my case number is 40*** i have passport expiry 2018/09 Are there any problems
interview ?And the airport
June 12, 2017 at 20:17
Can make a new passport when I go to the United States?
June 12, 2017 at 21:15
Yes – probably through the your embassy.
June 12, 2017 at 21:14
June 12, 2017 at 21:17
thank you BritSimon
June 12, 2017 at 23:56
Hello, i was applied for the interview in 7 june 2017 and some thing was done please help me to know my case
I have a new baby and i was add him to the da260 application at the interview day but some thing was happened it not appeared and the employee said to us we will apply to the interview today then we wait and go to the console he asked my spouse “the main winner” normal questions and then when he arrived to my baby app he ask about his illness “He has a congenital heart defect” he asked if he take treatment and i said no
Asked me again what then??
I said he will run surgery at august
He asked me and then??
I said he will keeping in the hospital for two weeks only and he will follow every 3 monthes
Then he said okay but we have problem in the system the application still not appeared and we have to back again to take our print for the baby
I said what about our case
He said he couldn’t give his decision today i asked him again if we have a problem he give us the congratulation paper and said we will call us to come for the baby print
My case now administrative processing
Please mr simon tell me the trooth if we have a problem and please tell me if my baby illness caused to refused our case ??
Sorry for my language its not perfect i hope you will understand me
June 13, 2017 at 00:09
I don’t know anything about your case – I cannot give you any idea what is happening. You simply have to wait.
June 13, 2017 at 07:12
Thank you for your replay i just now asked about heart defect for my child if his illness under the things which caused refused
June 13, 2017 at 14:03
June 13, 2017 at 06:12
Mr Simon Hello ,
I’m one of the selected from DV-2017 . But i applied for DS-260 on 7may2017.
My Case Number is 2017EU00024xxx
I wanted to ask if it’s to late for me now ?
Do i have any chances to be selected for further phases or to be interviewed ?
June 13, 2017 at 14:05
Yes, you will probably get a chance
June 13, 2017 at 07:18
Hi Brit, am a dv 2018 selectee I have a question that disturbs me
1)on my entry I wrote bachelor degree as my highest qualification but the problem is that the age on the certificate doesn’t match the age on my other certificates like my ordinary and Advance levels certificates so I don’t know if it will be risk if I don’t mention it on my ds260 form, cus it will tk about 2yrs for my degree certificate to be corrected.
2)And presently am in an agriculture skull training to become a senior technicians in agro-pastoral counseling (counselor) pls help me and tell me wat to do thks.
June 13, 2017 at 14:02
1. You have to tell the truth, and not withold information. So – present to docs you have and explain the mistake if asked.
2. What to do about what?
June 14, 2017 at 08:30
Thks Brit for ur reply,given the certificate and applied for correction of age,but I have my BSC degree attestation and a confirmation of degree attestation issued by the university registrar,can I use those at my interview and would it be any risk for me.
June 14, 2017 at 13:59
I can’t be exact about how a CO will react on the day. So – prepare as well as possible and hope that’s enough.
June 13, 2017 at 07:22
hi britsmon……..i also get another dificulities that is
1)enter your kcc case number mean?……when i enter the case number it says that the case number that you enter now does not match with the case number that you enter at sign in………………………..then i can not sign &submit………..
June 13, 2017 at 14:02
June 13, 2017 at 12:32
My visa bulletin has been released for July. But on my DS260 form I did mistake. My previous employer company is in qatar. But in the region I put nepal instead of qatar. Is it will be problem for my interview. Or should I reopen my ds260.
June 13, 2017 at 13:36
June 14, 2017 at 07:25
Mr Simon Hello ,
I’m one of the selected from DV-2017 . But i applied for DS-260 on 8 may 2017.
My Case Number is 2017AF00006xxx
I wanted to ask if it’s to late for me now ?
Do i have any chances to be selected for further phases or to be interviewe…??!!
When send email to ask about my case answer is
Thank you for your inquiry.
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.
So sir can letter send to me this month or this answer is normal
Thank you sir for another helping
June 14, 2017 at 07:28
Iam from Egypt sir
June 14, 2017 at 14:02
I already told you. Now you need to be patient.
June 15, 2017 at 17:34
What’s your expectation about next visa bulletin for egypt but please don’t tell me to wait and see 🙂
June 15, 2017 at 17:48
Ummm. I have nothing I can say then.
June 16, 2017 at 22:07
Dear Simon my wife is pregnant her due date is 2 week before the interview I don’t wanna risk by unlocking the ds260 to add a new member specially in the last min , we have b1b2 valid visas , I was thinking about delivery in the US so that our son will be safe and our case will be safe as well , gimme your feed back please ?
June 16, 2017 at 22:26
June 16, 2017 at 22:28
Details please !!!!!
June 16, 2017 at 23:03
Really??? I would have thought it is obviously a very bad idea (as well as unnecessary).
1. Your wife shouldn’t fly in the final trimester, and flying is risky in the final weeks.
2. Giving birth in the USA is very expensive – and you won’t get insurance, so you will have a huge debt.
3. What if your wife can’t fly back to make the interview appointment, so then you have risked your case.
4. You can’t enter on B1/B2 and try and adjust status because you will have broken the law about immigrant intent and will cause your case to time out.
I could go on – but really – it’s obviously an idiotic idea. Just think it through!
Once your baby is born, get the birth cert and passport asap, and discuss adding the child to your case with the embassy. You don’t unlock the DS260 at that point anyway.
June 17, 2017 at 00:00
Thanks Brit you always enlighten us with the right choices to take along our long journey of patience, if I choose that option it will be full of unnesscesary riks , I read your post of having a newborn before , after and even during interview lol I think we should stick to our plan and deliver here and the baby will find a way of getting his green card some way or another.
June 19, 2017 at 07:23
when i was check my CEAC my Stats before one week ago Administrative process but when i check today Ready that means visa is approved ??, thanks a lot.
June 19, 2017 at 15:06
You just have to wait…
June 19, 2017 at 11:20
July months Visa Bulletin , When will we get 2nl ?
June 19, 2017 at 15:15
Read the article above!
June 19, 2017 at 22:21
Please help me ,I loss my confirmation number what do I need to do?
June 19, 2017 at 22:36
Use the “lost confirmation number” link on the ESC page.
June 19, 2017 at 23:50
Hi!!!i applied e2 visa for stamping in us embassy islamabad Pakistan it’s been now 38 day and ceac status showing application received after ready.ready was remaining only 5 day can you tell me please about application received what is???
June 20, 2017 at 00:43
I only answer questions about DV lottery cases.
June 20, 2017 at 02:50
Hello Mr. BritSimon
Thanks a lot for all updates & guide.
Our interview is in July !!
Principal Applicant is My wife ,
In DS260 I write their not employed, but I work in government office as a contractual service.
So my concern is during interview I have to say consular regarding my job.
June 20, 2017 at 04:09
Just the truth… that’s all.
June 20, 2017 at 07:23
thanks a lot !!
June 21, 2017 at 10:38
I am such glad to fellow this page & i gatherd best information that help for my success .thanks alot.!!
i am sami from ethiopia my intervew day june 6 i get my visa june 13 now i prepare my journi .this all ur effrot thank you very much .
I have a question
My sponser in buston but i need to change to Dc so what can i do britis?
June 21, 2017 at 13:34
It doesn’t matter where you live after the entry to USA.
June 21, 2017 at 18:36
I got.my 2nd letter for august interview…case no. 2017As64** ..first submitted in 10 may 2016…unlocked and resubmitted in 6 august 2016
June 22, 2017 at 00:11
I finally received my 2NL today for an interview in August!
First of all thank you for all the time and effort you put into this blog, it has helped me (and so many other people) a lot.
I spent last summer in the US and there was an incident that I had to explain on my DS260 form. I was quite elaborate to be as truthful as possible (I figured the more I told them the better in this case), and the paperwork from the incident most likely came up when my form was processed. I know they will ask about it at my interview and I don’t mind simply telling the truth again.
Without getting into details.. It was a relatively minor incident – I did not commit a crime or overstay a visa or anything of that level. Both the officer involved in the incident and a consulate officer told me it did not make me ineligible for the DV because I could get a waiver without recommendation.
Sorry for the long intro, so here’s what I’m wondering: I realize it’s still possible for me to get refused over this, but if the explanation I gave on my form disqualified me, would I have received a 2NL at all? When people get refused, is it because of something that is discovered / discussed during the interview or do people whose forms contain reason for automatic refusal never receive their 2NL?
Sorry if this is obvious, but I’m kinda nervous because it means so much to me and I’m hoping your insight will calm my overthinking. Thank you!
June 22, 2017 at 02:07
KCC never disqualify a case, so you get to explain to the CO.
June 22, 2017 at 01:29
Finally i recieved my 2nls for 15 august interview but he dont tell me about medical certifaca in 2nls. What i do now after 2nls? Its important to get certifica medical?
When i do this certifaca if its important?
I dont know what i do after 2nls please help me and thank you soo much for your help everytime brits
June 22, 2017 at 02:05
Yes, you now need to book the medicals and prepare documents.
June 22, 2017 at 02:08
I dont know whats the documents i will prepare thank you again
June 22, 2017 at 04:30
hello brit ,received 2nl letter yesterday…interview on august 28…submitted DS-260 on 8 jul 2016
#thanks for all assist
June 22, 2017 at 08:35
I am the selectee of dv 2017 and i received my 2NDL scheduling my interview. What document i need to prepare. I am from Nepal. But i am in newzealand currently and i have my interview in newzealand.
June 22, 2017 at 20:33
Check the link about how to prepare.
June 22, 2017 at 14:27
Huge thanks MR.Brit….
finally I got my 2nd letter for august 28 interview………
June 22, 2017 at 16:14
Hello Brit! I got my interview last week and everything was fine… thanks God and thank you for the support! Yesterday I received my passport with de Inmigrant Visa and I want to know if I can travel for work to another country before going to USA….
June 22, 2017 at 20:21
Yes you can.
June 22, 2017 at 16:21
I have received my 2NL today. Submitted DS-260 on May 19 2016. Interview on 28th aug.
Once again thank u very much sir for all your support.
July 7, 2018 at 10:58
The last month for visa bulletin 2017/2018 it this month July …