The Visa Bulletin for March interviews has been released. Many will be surprised at how little movement there is in the numbers. The three main regions moved by a trvial amount and the small regions not alt all. I’m sure people were expecting more.
Yesterday I published a video which explained why this is happening. The reality is that there are more than enough cases becoming DQ from the cases already current to satisfy capacity. The visa office determined there was simply no need to increase the VB number to fill the capacity. However, the important question is what capacity are they trying to fill.
Here is the explanation for the low numbers.
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. 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, 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.
January 13, 2022 at 19:51
Hey! Simon I greet yuh hope you are doing fine .
According to what you have explained about the word “ exception “ in the visa bulletin
My case is high 35k and my interview location is Egypt (of which its always have low case number) .
Is it possible for me to get interview in that country according to what you have explained??
January 13, 2022 at 20:32
If you are charged to a country other than Egypt you become current with the AF number, even if you live in Egypt.
January 13, 2022 at 22:57
Mean that I can get interview with my high case thou most of them do process low case number right .
Is that what you mean ?
January 13, 2022 at 20:53
Hi Brits i wanted to ask why kcc Everytime i ask them about my case they copy & paste same message it’s been week’s they are saying same thing before they said something different now it’s just copy & paste this message ( Your DS-260 has been processed. You should have received, or will soon receive, an email from the Kentucky Consular Center giving you instructions to complete in order for your case to continue processing. Please follow the instructions in the email. Interviews are scheduled numerically based on case numbers that have completed processing. ) And still i didn’t receive DQ My case numeric Number is 2022AS000010xx & it’s been current from October
January 13, 2022 at 22:03
January 13, 2022 at 22:19
Location i added US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
January 14, 2022 at 01:17
Should I contact embassy, before as requested i submitted Documents requirements so maybe they scheduled a meeting without informing me etc…
January 13, 2022 at 21:01
Is this the final cut offs for Oceania???
January 13, 2022 at 22:03
No, just the March numbers.
January 13, 2022 at 22:16
With the current issues taking place at Sydney, which I believe makes up the majority of Oceania interviews, would you expect this will mean that Oceania will continue to barely move each month as there will be so many cases staying current and ready to be interviewed that it holds up the rest of Oceania embassies?
January 13, 2022 at 22:21
Hi are u from Australia
January 14, 2022 at 00:00
I am too. What a nightmare. Simon did mention lawsuits could be afoot if they don’t get a move on (no pun intended!)
January 14, 2022 at 00:34
Two lawsuits are currently onboarding:
Immpact – (Chuck/Greg/Aaron) https://www.immpactlitigation.com/dv-2022-delays/
Jesse Bless – (formerly with AILA and DoJ prior to that) – https://www.wasdenbanias.com/dv2022interest
I expect Curtis to announce something in the coming weeks.
January 14, 2022 at 11:29
So I have a couple of questions regarding this; firstly, are the low VB numbers due to a bandwidth issue at KCC or is it just the individual embassy’s lack of capacity that’s causing the bottleneck? Secondly would the lawsuits need to be quite targeted? – the situation in Sydney is quite unique, so would a generic lawsuit be too broad to be of use do you think?
January 14, 2022 at 14:42
I explained the low numbers in the video – from about minute 25 mark (although the first part of the video is also helpful.
There is an *** AUS specific *** call Saturday am.
Jesse Bless is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: DV Australia Time: Jan 14, 2022 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85784978734?pwd=K3RQcm82TURNN3F0LzV5bmE5RGFuQT09…
Meeting ID: 857 8497 8734 Passcode: 773025 One tap mobile +16465588656,,85784978734#,,,,*773025# US (New York) +13017158592,,85784978734#,,,,*773025# US (Washington DC) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 720 707 2699 US (Denver) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) Meeting ID: 857 8497 8734 Passcode: 773025 Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kEjMEg6Ti
January 14, 2022 at 11:44
Hi Mr. Simon,
Thank you for your update.
1.Why do Lawsuits start this early?
2.Who are eligible for the Lawsuits? You mean all selectees can join despite the high numbers?
3. Are they all expensive?
4. I subscribed to your video sessions following your instructions. But I missed. Are there any notification coming before they start?
Like to know this information, please give your view whenever you could.
January 14, 2022 at 14:47
1, to avoid running out of time and to be able to stop the car crash.
2. Varies by lawsuit
3. Depends on what you think is expensive. The two suits available now are both around $2k per family.
4. Turn on the bell (notifications. But I don’t have a set schedule.
January 21, 2022 at 22:24
I’m also from Australia, submitted my documents in October 2021 and still haven’t heard anything from the embassy.
When did you submit yours?
January 14, 2022 at 00:29
It may not work like that. It’s difficult to say how they will operate things.
January 13, 2022 at 23:16
Mr brit simone.wath is your opinion via visa bulletin months February? Wat do you think about that ?
January 14, 2022 at 00:23
I’m not at all surprised. I published a video yesterday explaining why the VB didn’t need to move at all. And hey presto, a few hours later they published the VB.
January 14, 2022 at 00:25
I think this year is going to be very bad. Do you think they can get to 40k in Africa?
January 14, 2022 at 00:34
I don’t know
January 14, 2022 at 07:42
Hello Dear Simon,
Thank you for your valuable information. My case number is 14xxx in Asia region. Would you think I have a chance of getting into interview, considering the current cut off?
January 14, 2022 at 14:44
I don’t know.
January 14, 2022 at 04:26
Being from Iran with high case number (AS000122**) make it possible to never been invited for an interview? I am a little worry if enough cases have been accepted before KCC scheduled an interview for me. Then, no free space for me….
January 14, 2022 at 05:31
I cannot predict that.
January 14, 2022 at 19:52
Please can you clarify me with the different between Summit date and status dates?
On thé ceac data sites where you can find DV2022 Daily Visa Statistics on the top and below it you will find
Once you download the second part dated 14.01.2022 you will find an excel sheet with region, case number, consulate, status then (submit date and status dates) does this belong to DV 2020 or DV 2022? Because the submit date is 2020 and status date is 2022?
January 14, 2022 at 20:29
Submit date is the date the person entered the lottery.
The status date is the date of the last update.
January 14, 2022 at 20:18
Good day Britsimon,
Since new law for doc requests changed on 12/9/2021, we sent docs on 11//7/21, requested on 9/25/21, never heard back. Is it worth to bother KCC by asking if they received or we should considered our case as ready and just wait to get current? We are EU19XXX
Thanks a lot.
January 14, 2022 at 20:30
You don’t need to ask them. Just wait and see if your number becomes current.
January 16, 2022 at 13:29
My case number is current, Less 7000
(AF6***) what method used in issuei 2nl for interviews.
January 18, 2022 at 15:34
Be more clear.
January 18, 2022 at 00:48
Thank you for sharing these information. It really helps a lot. I would like to ask:
1. If I join the lawsuit, would my name and personal information be on the court record or any government official record?
2. As a plaintiff, does this record cause any bad effect if I enter the States in the future?
Thank you much.
January 18, 2022 at 16:01
January 18, 2022 at 09:08
Mr brit simone haw are you ?
Plz my number is AF100××
DS ON 24 JUNE 2021
Do you expect KCC to process my file after the publication of the visa bulletin?
January 18, 2022 at 16:03
I don’t know
January 19, 2022 at 06:44
Hello Dear Simon,
Thank you for your valuable information. My case number is 13xxx in Ethiopia. Would you think I have a chance of getting into interview?
January 20, 2022 at 17:09
I don’t know.
January 19, 2022 at 15:02
Dear Brit Simon,
I am dv 2022 winner from Ethiopia, My CN IS 2022AF00020XXX and current in march, can I have a chance to be interviewed during suspension of immigrant Visa process?
What would be your sincerer advise for us in the case of Ethiopian Embassy due to current conflict and it says currently routine visa is suspended ?
Thank you sir
January 20, 2022 at 19:42
You can wait to see if they reopen, or try to transfer your case. I would transfer in that situation.
January 19, 2022 at 15:09
how are you sir.can you please update me about DV 2021.
January 20, 2022 at 19:43
No new 2021 news
January 19, 2022 at 17:00
Hi Brit Simon, I’m a Dv selectee AF2022. (CN 41***I) did some enquire on my case situation last week at KCC DV, and then I received an Email from KCC DV yesterday With the following…
“ Your case has been forwarded to the United States Consulate/Embassy in my country. Because your case has been scheduled, KCC can no longer unlock your application. Any further inquiries regarding this case must be directed to them.The contact information for the United States Consulate/ Embassy ……..”
So, thus this mean I’m in line for my interview scheduled date, this means I should start to get prepared.
January 19, 2022 at 17:12
Is your case scheduled in Freetown?
January 21, 2022 at 01:41
I am from Princess from Liberia a successful winner of 2022, my case number is in the 7000, and it is current. Up till know, I haven’t received any appointment from KCC why?? Appreciate your swift response.
January 23, 2022 at 19:05
Lots of people haven’t received interviuews, not just princesses.
January 21, 2022 at 10:28
I hope you are great!
I am one of the dv 2022 winners from Afghanistan with 14** case number. I had asked you an inquiry and said that I have been DQ. However, I have not received 2NL while people with high case numbers have been already receiving, despite the fact, I have changed my interview location from Kabul to Mumbai consulate. Do you know what can be the problem? And will I have a chance to get interview? If yes, then when?
Thank you Sir!
January 23, 2022 at 19:08
There are probably people ahead of you also lined up at Mumbai. Patience.
January 23, 2022 at 06:58
Hello Birt, I have two more questions.
(1) I know you said no need to send the documents by email anymore. However, principally when we send out document, first we receive an automatic reply from KCC. But I heard we MUST receive another email which you call it as DQ. I didn’t get this email yet even though I have sent my documents around 2 months ago. Shall I contact KCC on this matter?
(2) I am really confused about the meaning of CURRENT. For instance, if the last announced VB was for case numbers below 10000 before being CURRENT, then it means all the rest case numbers higher than 10000 will be interviewed afterward?
January 23, 2022 at 20:15
1. Receiving a DQ email is not a REQUIRED step.
2. Your question is unclear. Case numbers above the VB number should not be scheduled. The number is changed each month to allow additional cases to be scheduled.
January 24, 2022 at 02:39
Thanks. I mean when it is written CURRENT on the announced VB, does it mean all the rest case numbers will be invited for an interview?
January 24, 2022 at 23:04
Theoretically it means there are enough visas for remaining demand. In practice it does not guarantee an interview.
January 23, 2022 at 15:22
hello. Do you think that the processing of the forms has started according to CN (seeing the 2nl that have been assigned in Uzbekistan)? But in Albania we are still by dates (until May 29). Do you think that in the future they will start to be distributed according to CN after all the processed DS are finished by May 29?
January 23, 2022 at 20:20
It is extremely unlikely that they are applying different methods between embassies. So – the explanation is probably because more Albanian cases were processed before the procedures changed.
January 23, 2022 at 20:24
January 23, 2022 at 19:59
what about dv 2020? tell us please
January 23, 2022 at 20:26
The government are making system changes which they say they need before issuing any 2020 or 2021 visas. So – we will wait until around April.
January 24, 2022 at 11:59
Hi Brit Simon, I want to ask you this question, it is possible for someone case to be scheduled in the Embassy for interview without receiving a 2nl
January 24, 2022 at 23:08
I wonder if you really mean the 2NL or whether you are confusing that with the DQ. But yes, some people have missed the 2NL and been scheduled.
January 25, 2022 at 05:46
Hey ! Simon I wanna change my interview location from Uganda to Kenya Nairobi because u.s embassy in Kampala Uganda doesn’t process dv visa according to the email they sent to me . So please help me to write this or what should I write to Kcc ?
January 25, 2022 at 16:11
If you are not already scheduled, you email KCC.
January 29, 2022 at 08:17
For the case number of 35800 over when should I expect the interview?
January 30, 2022 at 23:50
I don’t know.
January 29, 2022 at 14:04
Hi Simon, thanks again for the very helpful insights.
I’m a DV2022 lottery winner with a number that is not current yet, but I am unsure of the status of my application right now and I want to be sure that I did not miss out on something. I completed the DS260 and the DS260 site says my case is “currently at KCC”, while on the website “https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?App=IV” my status is “at NVC”, which based on my research generally implies that I have to fill the DS260 – which I already did as stated above. I’m unsure If I missed something to do. Or is the status normal and I just have to wait? Thanks in advance & have a good day.
January 30, 2022 at 23:55
Normal status. Ignore the NVC status. It’s not correct.
February 2, 2022 at 20:18
Hi mr brit simone
Wat do you think about nexte visa bulletin ?
February 12, 2022 at 20:09
Are there still DQ emails sent after the new no documents procedure or it is only sent for those who sent their documents before the new procedure is announced and thanks a lot for your reply.
February 13, 2022 at 18:02
People that ask about their status can get emails that show DQ status.
March 1, 2022 at 09:31
Hello dear Simon. Please tell me the first 10,000 winners in Europe who were supposed to have an interview date, but not received yet a letter from Kentucky, wait more or advise you to write them a letter?
My winning number is 90..5 I have to go to Kazakhstan for an interview.
March 5, 2022 at 20:44