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The “January” bulletin has been released. It includes details of case numbers that are current for February interviews.
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
December 21, 2017 at 19:38
The 2nl comes right now
December 21, 2017 at 19:38
You got it?
December 21, 2017 at 19:49
December 21, 2017 at 19:49
get 2NL today ….interview at February, 06, 2018. Wish me luck…God bless me
December 21, 2017 at 19:50
Received 2NL case EU92**
December 22, 2017 at 02:03
Please Qiu qiu what what was your priority date?
December 22, 2017 at 07:34
What do mean with my priority date ?
December 23, 2017 at 06:22
thank you brit, i have recieved 2nl.
December 23, 2017 at 18:48
Hey Brit, when do u predict Af 22000to can be current. Just your prediction pls
December 23, 2017 at 20:36
I don’t have a prediction.
December 23, 2017 at 12:13
Hi Brit how are you? I just saw November statistics and is very slow attendance for SA. These are the visa approved for SA.
Both months october and november are a total:
Cases numbers 55
Assistance 16.92% in base of 325 case numbers that was called until november
1. Do you think that will increpa se in the next month?
2. In the past years how many visas goes to SA?
Thanks Brit and have a wonderfull chritsmas
December 23, 2017 at 13:11
This is normal. Relax!
January 1, 2018 at 15:45
Hello, where can I see these statistics he is talking about?
January 1, 2018 at 16:18
December 23, 2017 at 16:00
I m Gerald and my case number is 33125,when do u think I ll get my letter form kcc
December 23, 2017 at 17:20
I don’t know.
December 27, 2017 at 08:36
What is gonna happen if a somali person wins the lottery and the ban effects him is there any solution or that is it. i am not going to leave?
December 28, 2017 at 00:52
While the ban is in force that person will not be approved.
January 2, 2018 at 09:58
Hey Brit, AM I LATE??? I JUST SAW MY 1ST NL A MONTH AGO… AND REPLY DS-260 ALREADY MY CASE IS AF22000….PLS…
January 2, 2018 at 15:26
No you are not late
January 3, 2018 at 03:48
Wao ROOAS, mine is A226**yet to receive anything. Waiting for mine impatiently.
January 2, 2018 at 10:13
Hello what if your wife is selected for the dv lottery, we filled the form by adding me but she was in pregnancy now that she gave birth to her 4 months she wants to add the child, how to do?
January 2, 2018 at 15:26
Please always check the FAQ!
January 4, 2018 at 10:42
Hi Brit good day what is the medical all about
January 4, 2018 at 11:14
A medical is to make sure you don’t have a disease of any concern.
January 4, 2018 at 12:29
What type of disease and what will happen if you have any
January 4, 2018 at 12:56
January 5, 2018 at 10:55
OK sir thanks but what if somebody is free of those disease but has HIV and also have not been taking drugs cause the doctor says the CD4 count is good let him just be careful and eat well how is he to do it when it time for the medical cause the person is waiting for his second letter is the any chances for him to get the visa?
January 5, 2018 at 14:52
Is HIV on the list I provided?
January 5, 2018 at 15:11
No sir HIV is not on the list
January 5, 2018 at 15:24
January 5, 2018 at 15:35
OK sir thanks slot was just curious I will just wait for my second letter
January 4, 2018 at 12:37
My interview schedule februari, 6, 2018. Does thr CO require a summary of my savings account.
January 4, 2018 at 12:53
Maybe, so go prepred.
January 4, 2018 at 16:48
Ok….thank you so much Brits
January 6, 2018 at 14:56
Hi Brit I just wanna know when will be my interview date coming my pd is on 8march2016
January 6, 2018 at 19:25
January 12, 2018 at 14:02
Dear Brit Simon,
on Monday at the USA not the working day
Tuesday already 16th
whether they can publish the 16th?
January 12, 2018 at 14:54
January 12, 2018 at 19:15
Hey Simon! I’m somehow scared. Could the slow VB for March be influenced by the recent Trump’s decision on the new immigration policy? He just referred to us as shitholes oh God so ? sad
January 12, 2018 at 19:16
Trump has no affect on the VB
January 12, 2018 at 20:35
Thank u Simon.
January 13, 2018 at 12:30
Hello. they haven’t yet launch a quota for fabuary that’s normal?
January 13, 2018 at 16:03
January 13, 2018 at 14:35
I hope you ok brits
Do you think the vb for march will pass 16000
January 13, 2018 at 16:04
Wait and see
January 13, 2018 at 14:36
For africa AF 16000
January 15, 2018 at 12:06
Good day Brits, today is 15 when are we most likely to receive March VB…?
January 15, 2018 at 14:44
Maybe today, and if not, then tomorrow.
January 15, 2018 at 15:19
The February Bulletin which includes cases that will be current in March is supposed to released in a day between 9th and 15th of January. What happened?
January 15, 2018 at 15:25
It’s morning on the 15th in America.
January 16, 2018 at 13:54
Good morning britsimon please what will happen if the person that you fill in you DS260 who is to receive you change her location are you want to use somebody else what are you to do are you to just go to the interview with support documents of the new person or how
January 16, 2018 at 16:40
You unlock and change your DS260. Read the FAQ
January 16, 2018 at 18:15
What if they have already send the second letter
January 16, 2018 at 18:21
Then you just change it at the interview.
January 16, 2018 at 18:28
Ok brit thanks very much cause is like I might receive my second latter by this month end cause my case number is 174xx and the person who is receive has change her location
January 15, 2018 at 15:21
Answer for my question is available: Wait and See
January 15, 2018 at 15:44
Please stop bombing the blog with the same questions all the time. Some of us just MUST understand that Brit doesn’t work in KCC. We all are impatient for the coming VB I’m sure Brit is waiting for it too.
January 16, 2018 at 14:01
the day is 16 jan. What happened the KCC March VB?
January 16, 2018 at 16:38
January 16, 2018 at 17:15
January 16, 2018 at 16:22
Hi there. It’s the morning of the 16th now, do they ever update the bulletin during the day, or is it usually first thing in the morning? With most of the country being off yesterday with MLK day, I expected there to be a delay but I was hoping to see an update this morning.
January 16, 2018 at 16:32
January 16, 2018 at 16:38
you are amazing – you always reply so quickly. thank you. Your blog has helped me so much, including helping me realize I don’t need a laywer to assist with my case and also to take the family back to Aus to get our visas processed rather than do AOS (we are currently living in the US). anyway thank you, you are awesome
January 16, 2018 at 16:59
I did AOS. It is a safe process and less hassle than travelling – but if you want to take the trip home anyway – then CP is also a fine choice.
January 16, 2018 at 18:11
my concern with AOS is that my number typically comes up around April of each year and AOS appears to be taking 9months to process in the field office near me or any field office actually. that doesn’t leave enough time to have it processed before Sept 30. Feels like we’re at the mercy of field officer if we did AOS, or do they generally process the DVs quicker because of time crunch? We are sort of due for a trip home but could do without the expense really.
January 16, 2018 at 18:19
AOS will be a safe bet then – April is LOADS of time. DV cases are not processed on the standard FO timelines. Now – having said that – what is your case number?
January 16, 2018 at 21:39
I just saw the Feb bulletin!! We actually miss the March cut off by 2! is there somewhere I can send you my case number that’s not public? I was curious as to whether it meant we would get processed early April since we are so close to the cut off number. Or does it not really work like that?
January 16, 2018 at 22:27
Most people write their case numbers like this – 2018OC8XX. That tells me that you are OC 800 to 899.
No – it does not mean an early April interview. It just means “sometime” in April. Sydney only does DV interviews on Tuesdays.
January 17, 2018 at 00:08
Very interesting that Syd only does interviews on Tuesdays. Very helpful in planning return date too!! We’ll decide with the next day or so on CP vs AOS. Although there’s one factor that might be the deciding factor. I have a step son who is on our application but he doesn’t live with us in the US. He visits us on an L2 Visa. Can he do AOS or does this all lead towards no choice but for all of us to do CP where he resides?
January 17, 2018 at 00:13
I assume the son is under 21? CP would be best then. He would otherwise have to enter the USA (observing the 30/60/90 rule even though it has changed), and then stay in the USA all the time while you process.
If you do CP on the other hand he would need to be with you at the interview.
The costs are possibly quite similar. AOS is 1200+ versus 330.
If you do CP, you have to plan to bein country a few days before the interview (to do medicals), and stay at least 1 week after the interview (for the visas). So – your trip will last about 2 weeks minimum.
January 17, 2018 at 01:53
Ok I think that settles it. CP. Yes step son is under 21 (almost 16). He wouldn’t be able to stay for an extended period. We also have 4 other children.
Out of interest, do you know how long AOS usually takes for DVs?
Thank you again ever so much for all your help!
January 17, 2018 at 02:09
AOS times can vary. It normally takes less time with cases submitted at the end of the year (meaning the FO’s rush those cases). My own case was current in June, and I was an LPR on September 2 – my FO (San Fran) bundled up several DV AOS cases to process together.
January 16, 2018 at 21:40
oh, and on our DS260 we requested CP. Does it complicate things to change to AOS once we get our letter (eventually for April)?
January 16, 2018 at 22:28
You would need to let KCC know you will change, otherwise they will schedule your interview.
So. If you want to do AOS you will be able to submit your I-485 in about 4 weeks time. So – you need to make your mind up now whether you are going to do AOS or stick with CP.
January 16, 2018 at 23:14
I submitted my DS260 form on the 1st of October 2017 I been awaiting appointment lm not seeing it foth coming. My case number is AF157xx is there any possibility for the next bulletin
January 16, 2018 at 23:33
January 17, 2018 at 17:20
After sending ds 260 can i open the form without changing anything just for checking
January 17, 2018 at 17:34
January 17, 2018 at 17:37
How can I reopen my DS260
January 18, 2018 at 13:24
Good day britsimon when you go for the medical are you to tell the doctor about your status that is if you have HIV or you just keep quite and what if you don’t have a waiver is it going to be any problem
January 18, 2018 at 14:21
You tell the truth. HIV is not a problem.
January 18, 2018 at 14:43
Ok sir thks
January 19, 2018 at 18:05
Good day britsimon why is that I am try to enter my ds260form they are are telling me that my case number is invalid whereas is the correct case number
January 19, 2018 at 18:22
January 19, 2018 at 18:48
Sorry I did not understand that side I didn’t put in that am married I entered single as play the lottery
January 24, 2018 at 11:26
My present address in the Ds 260 is wrong, as well as in the 2NL. If i correct the interview day, the one in the 2NL will still be wrong. What should i do. Help me
January 24, 2018 at 15:02
Change it at the interview. That’s all.
January 24, 2018 at 16:01
Thank you Brit.
January 24, 2018 at 16:20
My interview has been shedule in march and I just realize that I am HIV and hepatitis B positive do I have any chances of getting the visa
January 24, 2018 at 16:46
Those are not disqualifying diseases.
January 26, 2018 at 19:51
Good day brit please what do they mean when they ask of update court certificate
January 26, 2018 at 21:18
I don’t know. Do you mean police cert – or was there a arrest/conviction reported?
February 4, 2018 at 01:12
My wife and I have submitted our ds260 to kcc. And our case number is 2018AL47xxxxx. When will our interview date be scheduled. Brit
February 4, 2018 at 01:16
Wait and see.
February 4, 2018 at 01:33
We will wait for the appointed. Brit
February 7, 2018 at 08:40
Dear BritSimon, I have been vaccined against flu, but not against tetanus (earlier when my hand had been injured I made pre tetanus-vaccination and my body reacted badly on it, so a doctor did not risk to do vaccination). Will it affect on my greencard interview?
February 7, 2018 at 14:11
February 14, 2018 at 14:37
On current green card interview we were 5 of us (me, spouse and 3 daughters) and have been approved. Can I move first to the USA and after some time my family? is there any requirement about family moving except visa’s deadline?
Thanks for your advises
February 14, 2018 at 15:05
The principal can go first. All must move by the expiry.
April 26, 2018 at 20:58
I have a mistake in my name in the military record card and it’s fixed and they put a stamp on my name to prove that the name is fixed by them can this cause any problems at the interview and can the Co make Ap
April 27, 2018 at 03:02
I don’t know.
April 26, 2018 at 22:03
Please sir answer me
April 27, 2018 at 03:01
Exercise some patience!!!
May 11, 2018 at 18:00
I am a winner of the 2018 and my second letter have been sent but my problem is I am HIV positive do I have any chances of getting the visa
May 11, 2018 at 18:14
HIV is not a reason to disqualify you.