The new VB has just been released, and it’s good news for the smaller regions and Iran.
AS, EU and AF were pretty much current before this VB, so there is not much change in those regions. Iran is no longer restricted, and is current along with Asia. Nepal got a surprisingly small increase, and I am very surprised that KDU embassy did not get any June interviews. So – I am a little concerned what is happening in KDU embassy for Nepal.
Egypt also got badly hit, further pouring on the pain that Cairo embassy is inflicting, refusing to accept anything like a normal number of visas. Shameful behavior frankly, and judging by the VB, the government seem absolutely fine with that decision!
OC and SA regions go current, which is great for them, but of course we still see bizarre behavior from Sydney in particular.
So – make of this VB what you will. Some will benefit, some will be additionally frustrated.
Those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, can normally expect their 2NL in the next 2 to 3 weeks from now. The new no documents procedure is still a little unknown, so we will have to wait and see exactly how that goes. 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 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.
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.
April 14, 2022 at 02:35
Simon my Case Number is 2022AF00056xx now I’m current and i summit my ds260 August 2021 so what time should i get my 2NL.
April 16, 2022 at 18:56
I don’t know
April 14, 2022 at 04:56
Is there any hope for DV 2021 winner??
April 16, 2022 at 19:02
Only if part of one of the lawsuits (which are being appealed). I include Rai in that statement which affects people from some countries, mainly EU.
April 18, 2022 at 06:05
What about Nepal
April 14, 2022 at 07:42
you see that case numbers for Iran jump from 8500 (for May) to Current (June). My case number is 122*** from Iran. Is the scheduling for interview still based on the case numbers? For instance, the date of my interview will be after the one with case number smaller than me (Such as AS11000). or there are other criteria?
April 16, 2022 at 19:11
The date of becoming processed (DQ date) is critical as well as the situation at the embassy you are assigned to.
April 14, 2022 at 09:16
Not quite sure what “current” means, what would be the cut numbers in that case? Particularly thinking of SA btw.
April 16, 2022 at 19:12
Current technically means there are enough visas for remaining demand. However, that is clearly not true. BUT it does mean that any case number in that region could be interviewed (not “will” be, “could” be).
April 14, 2022 at 16:45
Thank you for all you do. I’m in OC region and what does it mean that the region is current. Does it mean all remaining DV2022 selectees in OC should expect to receive 2nls for June interview regardless of case number?
April 16, 2022 at 19:18
It means any case number in OC could receive an interview, but it does not mean they will receive an interview. That depends on whether your embassy is working, whether your DS260 is processed and so on.
April 14, 2022 at 18:59
l had my interview at the Johannesburg Consulate on the 13th of April 2022(l am a resident of South Africa and l am Zimbabwean),The CO said everything was okay approved our visa and took our passports(me and my husband). Today l got an email from the consulate that has a ds-5535 stating that l should provide additional information some of it as far as from 15 years ago.
1. My father worked in Botswana for a couple of years(l was in school in Zimbabwe and would visit him every school break so l have a lot of short stays(they range from 3 days to 2 week stays) in Botswana)
2. When l write down all my travel history regarding me visiting my father should l attach an affidavit from dad stating that he indeed worked in Botswana or should l just state on the ds-5355 that reason for visiting was to see my dad
3.Why are they all of a sudden asking for this additional information using the ds-5535? From Johannesburg they did ask another DV winners to fill out the ds-5535 and they got their visas 6 weeks after submitting the ds-5535.
April 16, 2022 at 19:22
2. Just that you were visiting.
3. I don’t know why they are asking for it in your case.
April 18, 2022 at 01:40
I received this email 2 month ago I am from Algeria case number AF 4**** been current in April
But did not get email interview yet Should I be worried because they are sending June interviews and I did not get mine yet and there Are only 3 months left for interviews July -august-September
Your case number is now current for interview processing. Once the interview date has been scheduled, you will receive notification via email to check https://dvprogram.state.gov. If you need to make changes to your DS-260 you should contact the consular section where you will be interviewed, or bring the information about your changes to your interview appointment. Because your case is ready to be scheduled, KCC can no longer unlock your application.
April 18, 2022 at 15:40
Well yes, there is a worry, but worrying won’t help.
This email comes when your case is “actively” being scheduled. It’s a special point in time. If your embassy is working, and has capacity for your case, you can expect a 2NL within the next couple of weeks. However, if your embassy is NOT working you can be in a kind of limbo. At this point you cannot make any changes, because KCC has allocated the case to your embassy, but not sent it to the embassy yet. If the embassy does not have full capacity, and there are more cases in front of you than they can interview in the month, then your interview will be pushed to a later month.
April 18, 2022 at 16:40
Thank you for your reply they said my case is current for interview I will receive email when embassy have capacity for interview do you recommend going with Morrison lawsuit or should I wait because I received this email ?is this email means I will get interview ?or just they are sending it to everyone who is current?
April 18, 2022 at 20:04
Receiving this does not mean you are certain to get an interview. You should decide for yourself whether a lawsuit is worthwhile or not.
April 19, 2022 at 16:22
April 19, 2022 at 03:37
1) My case number is 2022AS***125 & I got my interview in June. May I know the frequently asking details through the interview because my English is not good & think to be prepared. Is there any possibility to take a local translator within the embassy if available & will be an issue to pass through my interview?
2) My wedding is planning on December 2022. But if I got my VISA I have to go to USA before September 30th 2022. So will it possible to come back to my country in December 2022? Or is there any certain period that I need to live continuously in USA after getting my Green Card?
3) Can I take my wife as a dependent using my Green Card in January 2023? Do you have any idea about this process?
I appreciated your feedback.
April 24, 2022 at 20:24
1. Read experiences from others here: https://britsimonsays.com/interview-experience-stories/
2. You can leave the USA immediately.
3. It will take around 2 years to bring your spouse.
April 19, 2022 at 09:17
I have an interview in early May. The closest medical appointment I was able to book is 3 days after the interview date. I know this isn’t ideal. Will it harm my chances in the interview?
April 24, 2022 at 20:24
No, it will just mean a delay while they wait for the medical.
April 19, 2022 at 20:32
Any help before the interview
April 21, 2022 at 10:51
Hey Britsimon, your support is incredible for all. I am from Ethiopia . Any news regards 2020 Dv winners. Thank you so much!
April 22, 2022 at 06:38
Hi,any chance for new people in Asia region
for non winer year dv 2022?
When is result coming dv 2023?
April 24, 2022 at 23:40
DV2023 results are publish in early May.
April 25, 2022 at 10:56
Thanks for your amazing work Brit. I am a DV2021 winner. I activated my greencard status October 2021. I then returned to the UK to pack up life here. I thought I had a year to do this. I have now read that one shouldn’t be out of the USA for more than 6 months once you have Legal Permanent Residency. What would your experience suggest? The 6 month mark is past at the end of this week. Should I fly back to the USA again before the 180 days and then return to the UK to continue to pack up – and wait for my son’s operation that is scheduled for next month – or is the rule more flexible within the 12 months if I haven’t officially relocated yet? Obviously, you can only give your advice and I know it’s not set in stone, but what does your experience suggest? Thank you.
April 27, 2022 at 21:37
There is a difference between absences under 6 months and those of 6 to 12 months, but considering you are making the “big move” it is extremely unlikely that you would have any problems when you return (up to 12 months).
April 27, 2022 at 14:07
Hello Mr Britsimon,
Please, what do you think of the high visa refusal rate of this dv lottery 2022 especially in the Africa region?
April 28, 2022 at 05:07
I think people such as yourself need to learn the difference between a real refusal and AP.
April 28, 2022 at 02:50
I’m from Oceania region which will be current by June. I’ve checked my application progress and it says “at the NVC”. Is this right or has something possible gone wrong.
April 28, 2022 at 05:15
That is normal until you are scheduled.
April 28, 2022 at 07:27
Is it important to fill in the i-134 form
May 2, 2022 at 03:40
It’s a smart thing to prepare, yes.
April 29, 2022 at 19:06
A great DV journey has come to end and thanks for your website for the details and guidance to each individual replies for questions deem fit. Won the DV in 2017 (AS2XXX), arrived in Dec 2016, filed on time, interview Feb 22, Oath, citizenship and passport by March 2022. It was a gruesome and great journey with no family and friends in this place, but it was a rewarding and exiting trip.
May 2, 2022 at 03:58
Congratulations!! Best of luck!
May 1, 2022 at 00:47
I’m asking on behalf of my relative:
I’m AS26xxx and have chosen to interview in London. I submitted my DS260 in early June 2021. As of now my DS260 still has not been processed, automated emails keep saying it’s “Processing”. I’ve never unlocked it. It’s coming up to 11 months.
I have no derivatives, no complicated travel or work history.
What should I do? I submitted mine much earlier than many people. One submitted in October and got the “processed” email back a couple of months ago 🙁
Thank you very much
May 2, 2022 at 04:01
All you can do is wait and hope.
May 4, 2022 at 13:07
Thank you very much for your guidance. I attended at the interview embassy and now I got my visa! I would like to ask you if i can apply for jobs in American job market.
Thank you in advance for your time.
May 4, 2022 at 18:20
You can, there is nothing stopping you. However, unless you have very niche skills, employers are more likely to prefer candidates that are already available locally.
May 5, 2022 at 12:22
Thank you very much for your response. I mean I can apply as a green card holder right? I am a software engineer and there are a tone of jobs out there in the job market. For the time being, I have the visa stamp on my passport.
May 6, 2022 at 22:27
Yeah – recruiters won’t take your application seriously – but there is no law that stops you applying. I just think you will find it frustrating.
May 8, 2022 at 20:51
AF 30XXX, please advise the most appropriate time to submit my ds 260
May 9, 2022 at 01:07
Anytime from now.
May 11, 2022 at 12:14
Hey SIMON :
i’m from cameroon,
Thanks so much for your guide,,,,,my case noba 27xxxxxx but still not receive a mail for interview, is they any problem for the delay or it’s still to be send?
May 11, 2022 at 14:12
Many people will not get their visas in DV2022, even though their numbers are current. Email KCC.
May 25, 2022 at 01:06
Thanks for all the really good information on this site, it’s been really helpful. I am a OC DV2022 winner but still have not received notification in regards to a visa interview. I am aware that the OC region has gone current as of June. Should I be worried about not hearing anything yet?
May 28, 2022 at 20:29
Yes. If you are at Sydney you should be aware that they are not performing DV interviews. Many people have moved their cases to Fiji. You need to take action, now.
June 13, 2022 at 12:00
Hi Simon, I’m a DV lottery winner from west Africa. Do I have to submit the West African senior secondary school certificate examination (WASSCE) or just my school certificates
June 18, 2022 at 16:32
The requirements vary by embassy. So – prepare to show both.