RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except
Those Listed Separately
AFRICA37,200Except: Egypt  21,100
ASIA10,000Except: Nepal  5,775

This is for June 2019 interviews.

OK, so as discussed previously, we are now seeing fast VB pace. As I explained, the cases that have not submitted their documents cannot be scheduled, and since it seems KCC are sticking to the plan (no documents, no interview), they need to increase the VB fast to yield enough cases that can be scheduled. I would not be surprised to see around half or more of the interviews go to backlog cases, and I think there will continue to be cases not scheduled for interview where they should be. That will be an aspect of busier embassies, that simply don’t have a lot of spare capacity.

I am concerned at the low number of visas issued thus far. This will mean interviews being scarce in later months. It is extremely important to make sure you are submitting your documents. EVERYONE should now submit their documents whether they are asked to do so or not. Once you have submitted, wait a week or two and ask KCC if they are satisfied with the documents. Don’t leave it much later.

Those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, they can expect their 2NL in about 1 to 2  weeks from now. This is the same every month. VB from the 8th to the 15th of each month, and 2NLs in the second half of the month. For the last few months there have been 2NLs sent in two main batches, some early (around the 15th to 20th) and then some in the later part of the month. But given the low numbers that may not be necessary. I would expect the 2NLs to have all been sent by the end of this month. The end of the month really means THE END OF THE MONTH. Please don’t waste my time later this month asking about 2NLs. Please. They can be sent right up until the last day of the month.

To those new to looking at VBs, let me explain what the “except” XXX country means – and you can also read this post on how to read the visa bulletin.

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.