How to read the Visa Bulletin for DV selectees
This question comes up surprisingly often – people get confused with how to read the visa bulletin. Once you know, it seems very obvious, but let’s just run through it.
If you prefer, you can watch a video explaining this topic – shown at the bottom of this page.
Each month (around the early to middle of the month) the visa bulletin is released. The bulletin covers more than just the DV lottery information, but the numbers we care about are in there. The link for the main visa bulletin index is here.
You will see a page as shown below – the current and the upcoming visa bulletin. The upcoming VB is the one we are interested in. It provides information on what cases will be interviewed in the upcoming months. For example, as I write this it is late November. The VB that was released a couple of weeks ago is the December visa bulletin and it gives numbers on January interviews. So – click the Upcoming visa bulletin link.
In the VB itself there is some information on other types of immigration. However, if you scroll down the page you will see there are two sections of numbers regarding the DV lottery. We want to look at the second set of numbers, lower down the page as I am showing below.
You can see I highlighted the fact that the second section (section C) covers the following month (6/7 weeks after the release of the VB). If you look at the section where I have highlighted Africa you can see there are numbers by each region. Africa shows 21000. That means that if your case number is 2015AF20999 of lower you are eligible to be interviewed in January (assuming your DS260 has completed processing when KCC need to schedule the interviews). The number will increase a little each month so every month a few more cases “become current”. So let us assume that a month later this number says 27000. In that case any African case number under 27000 (i.e. 26999 and below) is now current and may be scheduled for interview. It does NOT mean the 21000 and the 27000 are somehow added together. It also does not mean that numbers under 21000 have missed their chance. It simply means your CN must be less than the number shown for your region.
You can see I also highlighted two countries (Egypt and Ethiopia). This means that selectees chargeable to those two countries (regardless of where they will interview) are subject to a lower limit. This is done to slow down processing for countries with a high number of selectees to spread out the workload over a longer time. Typically these countries have been limited during the draw as I explain in my post about the draw process.
In previous years we have seen various regions going “CURRENT”. This means that KCC have calculated remaining likely demand and believe they have enough visas remaining to satisfy all remaining demand. Between 2009 and 2013, that was “normal”. However, the over selection of winners in DV2014 meant that the big 5 regions did not go current, and I expect the same thing to happen in DV2015. That means the final VB of the year (the August VB, released in July) will have a region cutoff that is lower than the highest case numbers and that will mean that some selectees will never be invited for interview. That was the case for many thousands of people in DV2014, in all regions. You can check previous years VB numbers for the 5 main regions in this post about historical VB data.
I hope that helps explain things….
Here is a video explaining this same topic.
July 12, 2016 at 08:55
Sir your posts are really credible and helping us a lot.
I am confused with some basic questions.
1. What is the chance of getting 2NLs, or the dv selectee won’t get it? (although s/he has correctly filled ds 260 and met all the qualifications)
2. Does the poor result ( around 50% to 60%) of higher education affect the 2NLs to come?
July 12, 2016 at 14:03
1. 100% if they complete the DS260
2. The 2NL will come anyway.
August 11, 2016 at 13:11
hello sir. My no is 2017AF00002xxx. I submitted DS-260 on 30th july, 2017. When am i likely to collect the 2NL information
August 11, 2016 at 13:14
August 11, 2016 at 13:14
My no is 2017AF00002xxx. DS-260 submitted on july 30th 2017. Like when do i expect the 2NL
August 11, 2016 at 14:20
August 11, 2016 at 13:16
sorry. 30 july 2016 was submission date
September 10, 2016 at 10:47
My wife and I won the 2017 DV and she is the principal applicant our case number is AF000178## can u pls tell me when we should expect our interview date we submitted in July 2016
September 10, 2016 at 22:07
September 12, 2016 at 02:42
my cn is 201700001178, and I have no idea when will be the interview month or date, please help
September 12, 2016 at 02:44
October 17, 2016 at 21:14
Dear sir/ madam
I filled my DS260 but I didn’t upload our photos what can I do.and my case number 2017******6**** pls advice me what to do
October 17, 2016 at 21:58
You were not asked or expected to upload photos with the DS260.
October 17, 2016 at 22:08
Thanks a lot so all is well sir.I relax
October 28, 2016 at 22:42
Can you please help me to understand where to look for my priority date I’m kinda confused. My priority date is on June 4,2015.
Thank you for your help ☺
October 28, 2016 at 22:48
I only advise on DV lottery topics.
November 11, 2016 at 20:07
about my interview date. will i be notified via my email ?
November 11, 2016 at 21:16
December 12, 2016 at 21:36
Thanks for the information. I’m going through AOS processing. Looking at the January visa bulletin- Feb interviews, Asia is at 4700. If my number is 44xx, does that mean I should send in my AOS package in January or February? Thank you.
December 12, 2016 at 23:49
In that case you could send in your package now (as per early filing policy).
December 13, 2016 at 18:17
Would filing early put me at risk for the FO denying my petition? Have there been many cases where the FO denies the petition? Thanks!
December 13, 2016 at 19:14
There is always a chance of incorrect rejection (for early filing or other reasons). They screw up sometimes. Rejections for early filing are rare, and usually those are when someone filed before the year starts (whoch is still allowed, but riskier). The policy memo (link below) should be attached to the I-485 package.
You don’t have to use early filing, it’s your choice.
Make CERTAIN you are following the guidelines here http://forums.immigration.com/threads/dv-2017-aos-only.331328/
December 30, 2016 at 03:36
So for clarity, I’m from the Bahamas, and currently working in the U.S. under practice training. If using the numbers listed above for chargeability which is 3 for North America, that means that if i am selected may 2017 and my number comes back as a number over 003, The chances of my case getting processed in time is slim to none and would be wasting time and money? Is that correct?
December 30, 2016 at 07:11
No, that is not correct. But first of all – get selected.
March 9, 2017 at 21:03
I think this April bulletin is great news for so many regions with many going Current! Congratulations to all and Thank You, Brit!.
April 19, 2017 at 02:55
Hi brit iam from Afghanistan iam winner of dv lottery 2017 please guide me police clearens and medical from where I prepared and do I need this in my first interview thanks
April 19, 2017 at 03:07
If you follow instructions at the link you have in the 1NL, all will be clear.
May 3, 2017 at 04:48
Thank you for maintaining your blog, I’ve found it very helpful in understanding the entire DV process.
I have been “selected for further processing.” Woohoo! But I understand that this is far from actually winning. My case number is 2018OC16XX. I have gathered that is quite a high number for the Oceanic region. You’ll be pleased to hear that I’m not going to try and ask you to predict my likelihood of being processed in time. My question is about the VB status going “CURRENT.” You say on this page that it means there are enough visas for all applicants, therefore, I assume it is just a matter of being interviewed in time before the next DV lottery begins. However, on this blog – http://dvlotteryhelp.com/DV-2017-june-Case-numbers.php – they say “current” means the allocation has been exhausted.
Am I right in assuming that to try and make my own prediction, if the VB numbers become current, then it’s a matter of predicting how many interviews can be processed in time (ie adding 50-100 per remaining month)?
I hope my question isn’t to confusing.
May 3, 2017 at 06:06
The link you posted was created by morons. Ignore it.
Current means enough visas. I am seeing OC numbers up to 24XX. We won’t be seeing current.
May 22, 2017 at 07:53
My case no is 2017AF41xxx from Ethiopia.
Didnt win in may. Received an email from [email protected] to check my status in september. checked ESC again and I had won. But the date in the letter is on may 3.
1. Is this normal ?
2. Entered dv as single.I had gotten married/registered marriage before 1NL.Traveled to US (included my spouse info on my ds 160). All before 1NL.
Included my spouse on ds 260 too since i am married now. (Submitted ds 260 in september)
Do they check ds 160 info as well?
3. Didnt receive 2nl yet. at NVC, do u think we have a chance before end of september?
4.Spouce got a scholarship to study abroad.It is very prestigious. Program starts in september. Do we have to cancel the scholarship?
*Thank you for your help. Got so much info from ur page.
May 22, 2017 at 17:56
2. They might check the 160, yes.
4. No – you simply have to make a plan to activate the Green Card once approved and then either maintain the status by visits to the USA OR apply for a re-entry permit (allows a 2 year absence).
May 22, 2017 at 18:58
Thanx. This site is by far the best site for DV information. Two thumbs up.
May 23, 2017 at 20:26
Just received 2nl.
May 26, 2017 at 10:05
I observe that visa bulletin for April cut-offfor Asia was 5500. And for May is current. To my knowledge number of selectees for Asia is around 12000.
My question is: do they are going to process all remaining number in May an June as both show current? How can do theymake faster in these two months comparing to previous months processings?
May 26, 2017 at 14:03
Since Nepal is limited, the number of cases per 1000 cases is very low. Iranians are current – but they don’t have high case numbers. Interviews could continue until September.
May 30, 2017 at 14:47
Hi current means every one will enterview or not pls answer
May 30, 2017 at 14:55
READ THE ARTICLE!!!!
May 30, 2017 at 15:11
I don’t ander stand
pls help me
if I have this number 2018AS00013xx
and the number 2018AS0007500
In the next month current it’s mean I don’t have interview or not
May 30, 2017 at 15:14
Sorry case number it’s 2018AS00013xxx
May 30, 2017 at 22:42
“In previous years we have seen various regions going “CURRENT”. This means that KCC have calculated remaining likely demand and believe they have enough visas remaining to satisfy all remaining demand.”
June 8, 2017 at 18:31
if you don’t mind please
1.I submitted my DS260 in last week of May 2017. my CN is 2018AF11xxx you think that it a safe?
2.in which month should I expect an interview because I am expecting at least a six month research internship to India?
3. I mentioned on ds260 that I am a postgraduate student but yet not finished. does this matters?
4. is it necessary to authenticate all my academic credentials?
June 8, 2017 at 18:48
2. see 1
4. It depends on the instructions for your embassy.
June 13, 2017 at 07:56
I got confused with visa bulletin. So I have some questions regarding it.
1. My son turns 21 this October. Case no. is 2018as12***. So according to this no. He will not get a visa as my derivative. My son aged out on next year may (I think). I saw visa bulletin is current for asia for may 2017. As like that for the next year asia is current in may 2018. Will my son able to get a visa?
June 13, 2017 at 13:51
AS won’t be current in May. So, no – your son will age out.
June 22, 2017 at 00:00
My wife is the principal applicant for DV 2017 with case number 2017AF42035. We submitted the DV-260 form on June 15, 2017. When will we be sited for interview ?
June 22, 2017 at 02:08
A year or so.
June 22, 2017 at 09:03
We want to know as to whether our case number 2017AF42035 is current.
June 22, 2017 at 20:31
Read the article above.
July 12, 2017 at 07:07
now cutoff no. of visa bulletin of August is 36500 for September
my no. is 387## (i’m from Egypt)
is there any chance to interview ?
is there something to do to increase the chance? or it’s just a matter of luck ?
is that possible in the next month to see cutoff no of september changed?
thanx a lot 🙂
July 12, 2017 at 07:11
No, it is over. THe 36500 is the FINAL number.
July 23, 2017 at 15:17
My case number is 2018AF000050XX. Acording to the Historical Visa Bulletin my interview will be in October. To know the exact date of my interview my questions is:
1. When do you think I will approximately receive my 2NL?
July 23, 2017 at 17:25
July 23, 2017 at 20:32
Hello, thanks for all this info, but i still can not understand one thing, should i wait for an email from KCC to get an interview date or pay attention to the bulletins? for the moment the bulletin for Europe says current, which means i can go ahead with the interview. Thank you in advance for your answer
July 24, 2017 at 00:31
You can watch the bulletins, but all 2017 cases are scheduled. The dv2018 cases are nit current. Either way, you wait for the 2nl.
September 8, 2017 at 18:26
How long does DS260 take to procces?
Ps: Since they have changed the priorities in the DS260 so we can expect our ds260 earlier to be processed and even 2NL even if one submitted ds 260 like three months after 2 may?
September 8, 2017 at 20:53
processing times vary case to case. So don’t “expect” anything.
September 14, 2017 at 13:17
Hello Brit!!! ,, could you help me? I have a number and I am waiting for my second letter as I know it sounds in this month and how do I know my format ds260 and already received? Thank you
September 14, 2017 at 13:20
If you are current, Wait and see if you get scheduled.
September 23, 2017 at 17:46
Hi Brit, We submitted in May when do we get our respond?
September 23, 2017 at 18:11
According to the case number as described above.
September 23, 2017 at 17:52
What is current?
September 23, 2017 at 18:11
Read the article above.
November 14, 2017 at 12:09
sorry i need know my interview expectation date according to your analysis my number is 13xxx .
and the last question ( my photo and my family photo when i started to registration 2018 DV it was not qualified with their conditions ( is there any effectiveness at interview i mean they can refuse me for that reason .
November 15, 2017 at 17:25
I don’t have an expectation date.
I have no idea what you mean about the photo – but in any case, only the CO can judge.
So – patience.
November 21, 2017 at 04:10
Hi Mr Brit.
Currently iam living in Abu Dhabi, UAE. i filled out DVlottery 2019 in mailing address my current living address. Is it okay or i should have filled up my home country mailing address?
Thanks in advance
November 21, 2017 at 04:20
Current address = CURRENT address.
December 12, 2017 at 11:26
Dear Mr Brit.
As I seen in past years VB, I’m in Sri Lanka and I had seen in last year VB put CURRENT for Asia number after 4700. So I applied 250 form in July 15th this year but my case number is AS85XX. This means I will not call for interview?
December 12, 2017 at 14:52
It means you must wait and see.
December 15, 2017 at 00:26
How do they actually contact you for your interview?
December 15, 2017 at 03:56
ALWAYS check the FAQ!
December 31, 2017 at 23:39
My understanding to the post is that “current” means all the people would have the chance to have an interview, but does that mean everyone’s going to have the visa for sure?
December 31, 2017 at 23:44
No. Each case is reviewed and people interviewed to make sure they meet the requirements. Also – a region will NOT go current if there are not enough visas for all. In that case there will be a cutoff in place – and that is the most likely scenario this year.
January 2, 2018 at 03:24
Thanks for the reply Sir! There’s just one more question from me. According to the prediction of the cutoff number for Asia last year, it says current all the way after April. Is the prediction of current based on the total number of visa issues per year, or it’s according to the visa issues per month if there’s such a case?
January 2, 2018 at 05:09
The prediction of current wasn’t a prediction at all – that was the actual VB. KCC announcing current means they believe they have enough visas to meet all remaining demand.
March 19, 2018 at 06:44
I am a dv 2018 winner but my Grand father name differ in only one letter spelling on my degree certificate, does that matter to qualified for my visa?
March 19, 2018 at 13:30
May 10, 2018 at 16:44
Hello! Please can tell me that for Europe will be current or not? Maybe Nr 28thousand will have interview appointment? Thank you!
May 10, 2018 at 16:46
There is no possibility that EU will be current.
As for the final number – wait and see.
May 10, 2018 at 17:14
Really – I don’t know. There are 2 VBs left. Wait and see.
May 10, 2018 at 18:08
May 10, 2018 at 16:56
Hi brit am very delight today for the jump of vb but asking what is the amount that accepted ur host have in the annual income . My host his annual income is $25000. It is possible to qualify that ?
May 10, 2018 at 17:12
I’m not going to answer your questions when you don’t bother to read the links I give you. Read the FAQ.
May 10, 2018 at 17:14
I’m winner of lottery and my case is as13300
Is it possible to get an interview in coming visa builten?
May 10, 2018 at 18:11
Wait and see.
May 23, 2018 at 10:03
Awesome blog, thanks for the effort.
I was just selected for DV2019 and spend the day reading your blog, very useful information.
However, I have a question about the CN and interviewing location. I have already submitted my DS-260. I am from Europe, living in Asia, so my number is EU and it’s around 5000. That is a pretty low number for EU, but pretty high for Asia. My interview will be in Asia. So the question now is, how are they going to schedule my interview, following the EU numbers(meaning with a low number I will be in the first months) or following the Asian numbers(which means it will be next year). Do you have any idea about this?
May 23, 2018 at 14:53
June 11, 2018 at 23:53
Your blog is really a lighthouse for those whom seeking the light in the DV shadow , big thanks and and willing to donate a soon as possible.
I have two questions
_ does “Current” mean all the remaining Case numbers will be interviewed ?
_ and if there is a chance that AF region go “Current” this year ?
Thanks for your help
June 12, 2018 at 00:15
1. Yes – when a region shows current it means there are enough visas for all expected remaining demand.
2. Wait and see.
June 12, 2018 at 00:30
Thanks for your help I appreciate it
June 12, 2018 at 16:08
I’m from Kosovo / Europe and i’m winner for fiscal year 2019 for DV Visa Category. Is any way i can check for my schedule date for appointment to the Embassy?
June 12, 2018 at 19:28
DV2019 processing doesn’t start until October. Your interview date will depend on your case number. You have time to wait and learn about the process…
June 13, 2018 at 08:26
June 13, 2018 at 01:28
Hi Brit and thanks for the great job. Could you please help with the meaning of the below information. I have not receive any appointment letter yet, but I am just curious and don’t want to make any mistake.
CASE NUMBER: 2018AF42XXX
VISA CLASS: DV
YOUR CASE IS CURRENTLY AT: KCC
FOREIGN STATE OF CHARGEABILITY: LIBERIA
June 13, 2018 at 04:01
There is nothing you don’t already know. You are waiting. That’s all.
June 13, 2018 at 19:49
June 20, 2018 at 19:31
Thanks again for your help
I want to ask you about the 2NL for those who are going to be scheduled in August, did they started sending them ?
My Case number is :AF 45××× please is there a chance that my case will be scheduled ?
June 20, 2018 at 20:02
July 20, 2018 at 21:29
Thanks Mr. Britsimon for all effort ensuring my number is selected for the interview. i still look up reserving more mails directing on how to get the visa.
July 20, 2018 at 21:56
Dude – YOU need to research and prepare. No one is going to do that for you – certainly not me…
September 5, 2018 at 09:02
I verify my dv results in may and i did not pas ,can I still verif the result in September?
September 5, 2018 at 14:12
Check again in October
September 17, 2018 at 11:38
I am from Armenia.
My case Number :2019EU00030269.
Do I have chance for interview?
September 17, 2018 at 14:27
September 19, 2018 at 03:05
I am a DV2019 winner case Number 2019AS2xxxx, and I have already applied the 260 form already.
I would like to know if, for DV2019, there is a Affidavit of Support (I-134) requirement attaching with my VISA application or not?
September 19, 2018 at 05:28
October 17, 2018 at 17:14
Hello Brit… i am a DV2019 winner and my case number is 2019AF8xxx and i have already completed the DS260 form. i just relocated to my husbands place and i put the address where i was staying previously when filling the form. Is there a need for me to change my address??? Plus the VB is out and my case number is going to be interviewed in december. Thanks. your response will be appreciated.
October 17, 2018 at 17:17
Update at the interview.
October 18, 2018 at 10:58
Hey Brit, Kindly share some estimated/probable timelines for the DV2020 processing. Thank you.
October 18, 2018 at 14:14
Huh? Read the instructions that gives you the dates.
December 13, 2018 at 21:46
My case number is AS20193xxx and I’m from Nepal. After today’s visa bulletin my number might be coming in the next month’s bulletin. I want to ask what if, if does come next month will the second letter be released in the next month or I’ll have to wait until march when my case number will be current?
December 13, 2018 at 22:35
2NLs are sent a couple of weeks after the VB is published.
October 17, 2019 at 20:32
Please inform me what you mean by “2NLs”
October 17, 2019 at 22:28
Type “Glossary” in the search feature at the top of the page.