The visa bulletin for August interviews has been released. The numbers have increased in line with my expectations – so no surprises if you listened to my video at the weekend. Some people might be surprised if they had listed to a certain clueless Youtuber however 😉

Good jumps in some of the exception countries so that those countries are almost aligned with their regions.

OC is held at the same number (as I had explained at the weekend), and that is confirmation in my view that the quota is close to being hit in that region.

Those that are current, and have forms processed 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, but we seem to be moving to a more normal procedure where almost all the 2NLs are sent before the end of the month, with just a handful being sent earlier this month. I would normally expect all the interview 2NLs to have all been sent by the end of this month, but we can see recently they are exceeding that to try and get as many interviews in as possible. They can be sent right up until the last day of the month, and even the first few days of the following month during exceptional times.

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.