The visa bulletin has been released, covering the numbers which are current in December.
Now, this does not mean that you can be interviewed in December if your number is under that published number because you need to be “documentarily qualified” (DQ) AND your embassy has to be able to accept your case. Of course with the tiered prioritization (DV being on the bottom of the priority list), that won’t be the case. Few interviews will happen in December, just as few interviews will happen in October, and November. DV2022 is clearly already delayed in processing by both the effort made on DV2021, and the prioritization of DV cases.
The DV2021 lawsuit has made clear that the government should be processing cases and should NOT be prioritizing DV cases as they have, so if this behavior continues despite the DV2021 ruling, then a new lawsuit will be needed for DV2022. We will see how the government reacts to the order for DV2021, and whether they change the priority scheme. To be clear though, that is not ordered by the Judge, because his order ONLY relates to DV2021 cases.
The movement in the VB is low, but that does NOT mean anything about being able to predict how the year will go. You can also see historical VB movement in the link above, but please don’t assume that this year will move like XXXX year simply because the numbers are similar, it doesn’t work like that.
In normal times (but probably not in this month), the following is true.
Those that are current, and have forms processed and documents early enough, can normally expect their 2NL in the next 2 to 3 weeks from now. This is supposed to be 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 in daily batches. I would expect all the October interview 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.
October 14, 2021 at 12:34
I am with dv 2022 cn 1100 and still nothing. how long should i wait?
October 16, 2021 at 03:55
Wait and see.
October 19, 2021 at 10:50
I am from Iran and I won the dv2022, my number is 4103, so do I get chance to be interviewed in November or December?
October 22, 2021 at 02:33
Neither. The cutoff for Iran for December is 2150
October 14, 2021 at 13:14
Hello, can you please share the visa bulletin for December 2021 entry. I can’t find it. I am 2021AF000170**. I need to check n see if I am one of those lucky ones
October 14, 2021 at 21:57
DV2021 is Finished. Unless you are a plaintiff in a lawsuit you are out of luck
October 15, 2021 at 10:07
Do not lose hope my friend , dv 2021 is still going on and there is no prioritising of cases it’s going on as normal by the law with respect to case numbers if they already asked you to submit documents and you did then you still got hope cuz you will soon get your 2nl . USA is a organized country .
October 15, 2021 at 10:14
Keriam my case number is a bit higher than yours I was patient I didn’t send documents without being asked and when it was my turn I submitted my documents , cuz kcc requested I send documents to the right site of wish I did I received that message on the last day 30 September 2021 it isn’t just a coincidence USA is very organized just be patient and trust God if you already submitted scanned documents you will definitely get the 2nl provided youvare DQ i’m expecting my 2nl at the end of this month probably for November interview.
October 16, 2021 at 04:12
“USA is very organized”
Perhaps you should leave the advising to others.
October 25, 2021 at 11:49
I have a question relating to Spelling my middle name out or just initial. My High School diploma and WAEC certificate didn’t spell my middle but rather initialed it like ‘John A. Samuel” But my passport and birth certificate Spelled it like ” John Abel Samuel”. Will there be a problem on the day of my interview?
Note: I have a graduation photo and a souvenir for my High School.
October 28, 2021 at 15:39
October 16, 2021 at 03:57
My post has the numbers.
October 14, 2021 at 14:43
I am a little confused about how to read the visa bulletin. I already watched the video where you explain that. But if I have this case number 2021SA00002024? South America, what do I have to infer about that? Maybe, I have to way a lot of months to be called for a interview? Assuming that I have my DS-260 and all documents ready…
October 16, 2021 at 03:59
Yes – you have a long wait.
October 14, 2021 at 20:09
Hi Brit. Thank you for your information. Base on the current Visa Bulletin when can i expect my case ?
just to get an update on. My case no Af 9k.
October 16, 2021 at 04:02
Wait and see.
October 15, 2021 at 07:59
Is the bulletin explaining 7,000 in context or from real # 7,000 below for Africa sir?
October 16, 2021 at 04:11
Read the article.
October 15, 2021 at 15:56
Hi Simon, Hays off for what you do!
Recently I applied for EDV 2023. I made an error on the address. So like a year ago we had a nationally reformed address So my address was changed from ward num. 5 to 19! (Note; Our Physical/ permanent address has never changed) My passport has the new address with ward no. 19 and my citizenship card stated my birth place with ward num. 5 and also stated my permanent address as ward num 19. But in the form I wrote my address with the old ward number as 5.(Note; Only my ward number is changed but everything else like city district town is the same).
So my question is will it be a major error that could disqualify me if I get selected?
O is there any way I could convince my situation with the interviewer?
Thank you so much!
October 16, 2021 at 04:16
It’s a lottery. Stop overthinking!
October 23, 2021 at 03:45
I am assuming you are from Nepal ! I would not worry about it unti i won ! Just for your peace of mind, i dont think thats an issue! I had some mistakes i corrected after getting selected to move forward!
October 15, 2021 at 22:34
Hello brit. I recently received an email from KCC responding to my email asking for update. they said that cases are DQ according to case number and not DS 260 completion date as u said before… im DV 2022 winner
October 16, 2021 at 04:21
To be clear I have said that DS260s are processed in date received order, although DS260 processing time could vary from case to case. Documents are processed in case number order.
October 16, 2021 at 10:21
So do you mean now the theory has changed for processing the ds260s from case number order to submission date order and it will continue like this till the end of the fiscal year of 2022? I submitted mine on 14th July and all what I see till date is people who have submitted only the first 10 days are being processed. This will mean it is over for people who submitted their ds260s late such as in July and later because of the slowness in KCC. I trusted you when u said in your videos don’t rush in filling the ds260s, and now because I was making sure verifying the data in my ds260s were all correct and losing time at the same time without knowing that?!
Is your theory about the mailbox being filled with early ds260s for dv22 in the first days and those will be cleared until a backlog exists then Case number order theory should start? is this theory over and not valid any more?
October 16, 2021 at 17:04
There has NOT been any change! I wish you would pay attention to what I have said.
There are two different things.
DS260 (By date received – pretty obviously!)
Document Review (by case number order, based on which DS260s were processed).
You can only become DQ with the document review.
Nothing new here. This is what I have explained many many times. The only “odd” thing is that DV2022 processing has been delayed by the additional DV2021 effort.
October 16, 2021 at 10:30
I have sent my documents already proactively. Since you say documents are processed in the case number order. For example, if they reached my case number, and they noticed that my ds260 was still not yet processed? will they omit my case and jump over it?
October 16, 2021 at 17:07
Your case number is 2022AS20XXX – right? THat case number won’t be current until WELL into 2022 – so why the heck are you stressing out??? CALM DOWN!
October 16, 2021 at 11:15
I forgot to provide you with my details
From Yemen, 2022DV00011XXX, lived the past 40 years in UAE with normal travel history(safe countries) and have 3 derivatives (wife + 2 kids).
October 16, 2021 at 17:12
Actually, I see that you have claimed to be or lived in various countries with various case numbers. I don’t know what is the truth.
October 16, 2021 at 15:57
Hi Brit, I have a friend who is a 2022 Selectee case no. AF61K. She swapped the date and month of birth during the entry. Ho how she fill in DS 260 on the date of birth. Kindly advice. Regards.
October 16, 2021 at 17:13
October 18, 2021 at 04:29
my case number is 2021AF000061xx. So now what should i do sir?!
October 18, 2021 at 04:44
October 18, 2021 at 08:02
I received an email from KCC in June notifying me that my case number was current for interview but since then I never heard from them. Can I be interviewed in December? My number is 2021AF00001xxx
October 19, 2021 at 02:07
No. DV2021 ended on September 30. The only chance you have is if you are a plaintiff on one of the successful lawsuits.
October 18, 2021 at 20:33
HI brit, hope your doing good ,
i am DV 2022 winner and my case no – AS8XXX,
I have received an email on 25th August 2021 with the subject mention above “2022AS8xxx Further DV Documents Required”
so i have submitted the all require documents according to the KCC on 30th August.and same time i have received the automatic replay for the document submission.
and again today 18th i have received a email says
“Thank you for submitting your Diversity Visa documents to the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). After reviewing your documents, KCC has determined that there are additional documents that you must send in order to proceed. Please see the required documents listed below and submit all required documents.”
his notice is not a guarantee of receiving a visa or a visa interview. KCC is a document processing facility and does not make adjudicatory decisions.
If you have questions about required documents, please go to U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country and select the country that issued your civil document(s). If a required document is unavailable per the country-specific guidelines, you do not need to submit them to KCC. However, if you cannot obtain a required document for another reason, you must submit a detailed written explanation to KCC when you submit your other documents. Failure to obtain all required documents will delay your case.
You will only be scheduled for interview at an overseas consular post after you have submitted all documents required for your case and your visa rank number has become current.
All documents should be submitted as attachments to your email to ensure they are properly received. We ask that you use the following method to name and attach your files:
Your DV case number;
The full name of the applicant whose document you scanned; and
The document name or form number.
Use your case number as the subject of the email. The maximum email size is 30MB. If the total size of your attachments is larger than 30MB, send multiple emails using your case number as the subject of each email. Please send your documents for KCC review only after you have collected all of the required documents for yourself and all accompanying family members. Send documents only to the [email protected] email address.
Documents photographed or scanned with a mobile phone are acceptable, but every document must be fully legible. Illegible or incomplete documents must be re-submitted and will delay processing of your case.
All documents not in English, or in the official language of the country in which the application for a visa is being made, must be accompanied by certified translations. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator that states that the translation is accurate and the translator is competent to translate.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not mail any documents to KCC. Any documents sent to KCC will not be processed and will be destroyed.
You and each family member immigrating with you to the United States should collect the civil documents that are required to support your visa application.
Passport Biographic Page: You and each family member immigrating with you must submit a photocopy of the biographic data page of a currently valid passport. The biographic data page is the page with your photograph, name, date, and place of birth.
If the passport used by the principal applicant has changed since the initial entry, send a copy of the principal applicant’s passport listed on the DV entry with a written explanation for the change to KCC. The Department of State’s regulations provide for three limited exemptions from the passport requirement. These three exemptions include: individuals who are stateless; nationals of a Communist-controlled country who are unable to obtain a passport from the government of the Communist-controlled country; and beneficiaries of an individual waiver approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State, pursuant to 22 CFR 42.2(g)(2). If you selected one of these exemptions on your DV entry, you should provide an explanation of your qualifications for the exemption you requested.
Birth Certificate: You and each family member immigrating with you must submit a scan of an original birth certificate or certified copy.
Marriage Certificate: If you are married, you must submit a scan of your original marriage certificate or certified copy.
Marriage Termination Documentation: If you were previously married, you must submit scanned evidence of the termination of EVERY prior marriage you have had. Your scanned evidence must be of an original or certified copy of one of the following documents: FINAL legal divorce decree, death certificate, or annulment papers.
Military Records: If you served in the military of any country, you must submit a scanned copy of your military record.
Police Certificates: If you are 16 years of age or older, you must submit a scanned copy of a police certificate from all countries you have lived in using below criteria:
If you …
THEN submit a police certificate from…
Are 16 years old or older
Lived in your country of nationality for more than 6 months at any time in your life
Your country of nationality
Are 16 years old or older
Have lived in your country of current residence (if different from nationality) for more than 6 months
Your country of current residence
Have ever lived in another country for 12 months or more
Were 16 years or older at the time you lived there
The country where you used to live.
Were arrested for any reason, regardless of how long you lived in that city or country, and no matter what age you were
The city and/or country where you were arrested.
Court Record: If you have been convicted of a crime, provide a certified copy of each court record and any prison record.
Collect and submit your documents promptly. Your case will not be scheduled for a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate until KCC has received and processed all required documents. Missing or illegible documents will delay processing of your case. If you cannot obtain a particular document, send an explanation of why you cannot obtain the document, as an attachment in .jpeg or .pdf format, to [email protected], with your case number in the subject line. Diversity visas are numerically limited and there is no guarantee a visa will be available. Only a consular officer can determine, at the time of the visa interview, if you are qualified to receive a Diversity Visa.
If you have questions about document submission, you may contact KCC at [email protected]. The KCC telephone number is 606-526-7500 (7:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. EST).
from this email under require documents they have highlighted the Passport Biographic Page and the Birth Certificate ,
i need a clear explanation this Mr.Britsmon , do i need to send all the documents again or have to send only highlighted documents only.please advice on me this.
October 19, 2021 at 02:18
October 20, 2021 at 14:16
Hello Britt, my sister won DV2022 SA9XX, she sent 3 DS-260 on July but since then her daughter turned 24, she wants to exclude her and continue just her and her husband, she notified KCC but they say they cannot delete a ds-260 only unlock it, do you know how to proceed in this situation? please let me know, regards
October 22, 2021 at 02:55
Just leave it. The 24 year old cannot be included anyway, so they would ignore her DS260.
October 20, 2021 at 16:31
Hi Brit, Thanks for the good job. this is Dv 2023 question. Please what happens to your registration if the Applicant picture met the standard requirements but the derivatives picture couldn’t meet the requirement?? thanks
October 22, 2021 at 02:57
I don’t know.
October 21, 2021 at 07:23
Hello Brit, what about the 2020 and 2021 unused visas?
Is Meng’s amendment part of the Budget reconciliation Bill which is being opposed by Republicans?
October 22, 2021 at 03:12
It is all being negotiated now. I don’t know what the outcome will be.
October 21, 2021 at 22:02
Hi Brit, we got the ready for scheduling email last night. should i be concerned with the note that says in the email ‘it is not guaranteed that documents have been received etc’ and it also talks about ‘missing documents’. The following is what we received. Is this the standard format? Thank you for your time.
Congratulations! Our records indicate that your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview when your case number becomes current and appointments are available. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on region and which case numbers have already been processed.
All DV 2022 interviews must be concluded by September 30, 2022. Please refer to the visa bulletin at 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 the email address listed on your DS-260 to check dvprogram.state.gov for details.
If your case becomes current and you have not received notification to check dvprogram.state.gov, you may contact [email protected] to confirm all of your documents have been received, and that you are ready to be scheduled for an interview. This notice does not necessarily confirm that all your documents have been received or are acceptable.
This notice is not a guarantee of receiving a visa or a visa interview. KCC is a document processing facility and does not make adjudicatory decisions.
Important Notice on Missing Documents: You will need to bring all necessary documents to your interview, especially if you have not already provided them to KCC. You do still have time to provide documents to KCC, or an explanation of why a document is not available. As a general rule, any document that is listed as ï¿½availableï¿½ on the country-specific guidelines must be reviewed by a consular officer during your interview. Failure to obtain all required documents will delay your case. If you claimed any of the exemptions to the passport requirement when you submitted your initial entry you must provide documentation or a statement supporting your claim to an exemption.
October 22, 2021 at 03:17
October 22, 2021 at 11:05
Hello Simon am a DV 2022 winner with CN 46*** i received a DQ on 20th October….will i be scheduled for interviews any time sooner?
October 22, 2021 at 22:14
No. You must wait until your number is current.
October 23, 2021 at 23:09
I sent my documents with translation but I have not but in the object case number with 000 I only put 2022AF25XXX and I must resend the email with 2022AF00025XXX
October 24, 2021 at 17:13
If you did not have the full case number in the subject line for the documents you will cause a problem, so resend.
November 14, 2021 at 21:07
Hello Adil please when did you receive the email requesting you to send your documents. Because my case number is 2022AF00020XXX and I have not received the email and have not sent my documents. I don’t know if it’s still early or there is a prob.
October 24, 2021 at 15:55
When i filled ds260, one of the question was, are u denied USA visa previously? and i respond Yes, because 4yrs ago i applied for F1 visa and denied. Will my response or the previous denial will affect my current DV Process ?
October 24, 2021 at 15:58
The consular officer told me at that time for the denial reason was, you don’t have a tie to your country and you will not be back to your country after you finished your education.
October 24, 2021 at 18:25
The denial reason on pertains to non immigrant visas, so it will not affect your DV case.
October 25, 2021 at 09:51
I have a very technical question that i think you can advise us accordingly. Am a moslem with 2 legit marriages thats for both my first wife and 2nd wife. I recently won dv2021 where i hd included my first wife but unfortunately my 2nd wife is winner of Dv2022. Can she add me as a spouse and since USA doesn’t recognize polygamy won’t the Consular’s officer deny me visa because of having two wives
October 28, 2021 at 15:36
Under US immigration law your second marriage was invalid. So in order to be included as her spouse you would need to divorce your first wife, then legally marry your second wife.
October 25, 2021 at 16:59
Hi Brit , I’m a dv2020’s AF37k my interview was in September 28 and the medical record was successfully sent to the embassy September 29 ,, but they give me back my passport after couple of weeks without a visa without even any explain
Q: what could I do now after the last updated about the 2020’s
October 28, 2021 at 15:57
When the 9095 visas start being processed you should immediately contact the embassy and see if you can get them to process your case.
October 25, 2021 at 22:12
I’m a DV2022 winner (OC000018XX). I have decided to send in my docs before being asked. Considering this, I wanted to ask you a question in relation to this. On my police check there are a couple of youth cautions from the late 1980’s listed in a vague manner. I have obtained a letter from a local lawyer confirming they are merely youth cautions and NOT convictions. Should I include this letter with the Police check in order to avoid any potential misinterpretation. (I listed the cautions in the DS260). Thanks for all your efforts, I’ve found your page and youtube channel really helpful.
October 28, 2021 at 16:02
No don’t send that. Take it to the interview.
October 26, 2021 at 23:51
hello brit. when I sent the documents, I did not mark the zeros between the case numbers. example: I thus sent 2022eu11 ** _ name_police_certificates. is there a problem?
October 29, 2021 at 02:46
As long as the subject line had the full correct case number, no problem.
October 27, 2021 at 20:54
Hi Simon, I wanna apply for DV lottery for the first time . I live in another country as a refugee for 17 years, which I don’t have passport, so I will tick at part B ( STATELESS). But my question is ; in case if I’m selected , it would be an obligation to get a police clearance from my country
October 29, 2021 at 03:00
October 29, 2021 at 13:23
hi mr I have a master’s degree (bac + 5) I filled the ds260 I did not find in the school degree the master and I chose advanced degree and that is correct
October 29, 2021 at 17:50
October 30, 2021 at 15:19
My brother in law got selected in DV 2022 lottery. He was born in Saudi but right now he reside in India. He has a very low number 3 digit number (2022AS00005xx). But still today he has not received a request for documents. We are planning to send tge documents proactively as mentioned before. Any further advice for us.
November 2, 2021 at 23:43
November 9, 2021 at 10:45
Recently due to political instability, the US gov’t ordered the USA embassy employees to leave our country. Because of that, I wrote an email to my neighbor, country USA embassy visa services, and they told me they can accept my case, so shall I contact KCC to transfer (change the interview location) my dv2022 case. Will this slow down my case?
November 13, 2021 at 16:14
You can ask KCC.
November 12, 2021 at 18:31
Dear Mr . Britsimon .
I played dv 2018 and I won did all my paperwork and it was submitted the embassy replied with * Congratulations * Since the virus came 2020 there have been no news concerning my case and my dv case number very small. I went to the embassy and the guys out there said that KCC doesn’t have anything to do with my case anymore. Can you please update me concerning my case? dv 2020XXXX . Thank you!
November 13, 2021 at 17:21
DV2020 ended over a year ago. However, there is a lawsuit that aims to save some of the visas. So – you should read some of my articles over the last few months and be prepared to take action.
November 15, 2021 at 22:28
Thanks for the update, I appreciate..
November 24, 2021 at 05:30
Greetings Britsimon, I submitted DS 260 in May 11, unlocked 9 the August and resubmitted the same day, until now I have not received document request email regardless of earlier submissions, they are also many other people in similar situation, my case number current since November,. What can be the cause of this? When can I expect DR, will they come back to me anytime or I have to wait until they reach August resubmission date? Thanks
November 26, 2021 at 19:42
They are not working at full capacity, but hopefully things will get better now that Tier 4 has been removed. Just be patient.
December 17, 2021 at 19:46
EU DV2022 winner with case number 2022EU000021xx. I completed my DS260 on May 10th. I’ve sent the required documents on August 20th (got the documents request e-mail).
I can see that my case number is current in Europe but I have not been scheduled yet for an interview or received the “ready for scheduling” e-mail.
I have also checked on dvprogram.state.gov to see if I’ve got my 2NL or not, I haven’t
Is this normal or should I’ve been notified already? What should I do?
December 22, 2021 at 04:41
February 2, 2022 at 06:35
Hi Brit Simon
I am the DV winner of 2021 my case number is 2021AF76xxxx how can i check my interview schedule. still i am not receive any mail for interview.
February 2, 2022 at 19:39
DV2021 ended. If you were not a part of the lawsuits then your chance is gone.
February 2, 2022 at 20:28
How to know if I am part of the lawsuit?
February 2, 2022 at 22:01
2021? You would know. You would have paid fees.