The new Visa Bulletin was just released, giving the numbers which will be current for March interviews. If your DS260 has been processed, and you are now current, then you should be getting your interview notification soon (see below).
DS260 processing is going well and there are now cases from July and August that have been processed, so that means they are close to catching up with the backlog. Now – I am fully aware that there are some cases still unprocessed from May, June and July submissions, and that is proof of what I have said before – that not all DS260s take the same time to process. So – be patient if your form needs a little more time.
As you can see there was good movement in the numbers. AF increasing by 10000 is a welcome occurrence no doubt, and EU moved nicely also. The numbers across all regions are now quite close to the end of the “extremely safe” ranges for the regions, with country exceptions probably a little behind.
As a reminder, in a normal year we don’t have long AV queues, you should unlock your DS260 if you need to and we can generally expect that DS260 processing will be mostly “caught up” by December/January/February. That means you have a high chance of getting your 2NL as soon as your case goes current.
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 hadful 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.
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, 2023 at 13:32
oh my god i think its over any chance mr brit 47k except country algeria
January 15, 2023 at 10:28
We have to wait and see.
January 13, 2023 at 15:18
Hello Mr Simon,
I have a question please, my CN is AF39k Morocco and I have chosen my interview location to be in Amsterdam, Netherlands because I live there, my question is do I expect to be scheduled for interview based on cut-off of Africa which is 45K or the one of Morocco ?
January 15, 2023 at 10:31
January 13, 2023 at 16:46
Thank you for the useful information as always. My case number(2023EU22k) is current now which is a nice sight to see. My ds-260 was submitted in early May and has been current for a while now. Would this mean I should expect my 2nl in 2-3 weeks time. My Embassy is Tirana which from what I’ve seen does not have a reputation of delaying interview dates.
Thank you in advance.
January 15, 2023 at 10:32
January 14, 2023 at 02:07
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January 15, 2023 at 10:35
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January 14, 2023 at 04:13
Is Ds260 filled on september prossesd or not?
January 15, 2023 at 10:38
No – they are up to August submissions.
January 16, 2023 at 08:46
So, that means they process the DS-260s by their submission – not by low-to-high case number of those who are submitted?
My case is EU9k, and i’ve submitted my application on 22 Nov 22 and my case number is ready since then.
January 20, 2023 at 12:31
You submitted late, so you will wait.
January 14, 2023 at 14:30
Hi brit am Ama from Ghana.my case number is AF79×× submitted my ds 20 in June and still haven’t gotten my 2NL.whats wrong
January 15, 2023 at 12:02
You might get your 2NL later this month.
January 17, 2023 at 15:22
Thank you Sir for the update. I guess I should be expectant. I am AF34000 and submitted my form on 22 August.Thanks
January 15, 2023 at 13:44
I submitted my ds 260 in Oct 6, 2022.
When it will be process for interview?
January 20, 2023 at 11:09
Maybe a month or so.
January 17, 2023 at 01:43
Does it mean, that big cases in EU have a real good chances?
January 20, 2023 at 12:37
We will have to wait and see.
January 17, 2023 at 05:29
Thank you so much, Sir.
My cn is AF22k from Liberia 🇱🇷 and I submitted my DS-260 on May 16, 2022. My cn got current last month but I haven’t received my 2NL yet. Do you think I will receive my 2NL this month to be interviewed in March?
January 20, 2023 at 12:40
My crystal ball is in for servicing…
January 18, 2023 at 23:25
Hello! I have a question that haunts me. My eligibility country is Kazakhstan but my current citizenship is Russian. So my interview location is in Poland. Does “except Russia” in visa bulletin affects me or it only affects people whose eligibility country is Russia?
January 20, 2023 at 12:53
You are not affected.
January 19, 2023 at 16:04
Just for your information, Simon, I have received today the 2NL with the interview appointment at the US Embassy in London. My case number is 2023EU00018xxx (near 19000) and the DS-260 was submitted by mid July or so when I was on holiday in Spain. I didn’t submit before because needed some documents which were in Spain and had to wait to travel there (we live in the UK). Now I need to consider whether to reschedule the interview for July/August as I’m >50 and at that time will be in a better position to prove I will not become a public charge. Yes, I know it risky, but it is a risky application anyway. Thank you.
January 20, 2023 at 13:05
I personally would not delay the interview for that. Public charge concerns are not always investigated, and if they are, they can be overcome by an I-134, savings, or job prospects. Since you live in the UK, you are probably in a better position than MANY who go through this process….
January 19, 2023 at 16:50
Mr simon my interview location is in casablanca morroco my case number is 26K it’s been in visa bulletin of February but (which came out a month ago) my question is it normal to be this late
January 20, 2023 at 13:06
January 25, 2023 at 05:57
Hello Mr. Simon. My wife is currently pregnant, and we got a high CN 2023AF5004*. If by chance we get to be interviewed and get approved for the VISAS, she might be through 8 or 9 months, which she may not be allowed to travel. What is your suggestion in this case?
January 28, 2023 at 13:22
I suggest you don’t worry about it. The visa will be valid for 6 months after the medical.
January 28, 2023 at 17:28
Thanks for your response Mr. Simon. My big worry is that the Newborn will arrive after our VISA Interview. Will the embassy allow us to return and request a VISA for the Newborn?
January 28, 2023 at 23:02
There is a process to add the newborn. Read the FAQ.
January 26, 2023 at 05:03
I have been thoroughly enjoying your videos and finding them both instructive and enlightening. I am writing to inquire about my specific case, which is numbered 2023EU67XX. I am feeling anxious as I submitted my DS-260 form a bit later than I had intended to (25th of May). The US Embassy in my country processes cases based on the order in which the DS-260 forms were submitted, and as a result, my case falls within the first 76% of cases between CN 6100 and CN 14999. Additionally, I am concerned about the rate at which the embassy conducts interviews, which is only around 40-50 cases per month.
Is there a way for me to determine how many cases there are from my country within the first 15,000 case numbers? I have attempted to estimate this using a statistical normal distribution and have calculated that there are approximately 750 cases. Is this a correct approach?
Thank you in advance for your help and guidance
January 28, 2023 at 19:42
That is the only way to estimate it. However, you are worrying for nothing. You submitted early and have a number already current.
January 27, 2023 at 17:17
Hello Brit, case is AF22xxx i haven,t yet gotten my second letter and passport number was wrong on my first application, i changed it in my second submission, could this affect my chances?
January 28, 2023 at 22:59
February 3, 2023 at 00:49
Hi Brit, i submitted my ds260 in September and at the moment the status is at NVC, i want to know if i am supposed to send my supporting documents before before i will be scheduled for interview.
February 3, 2023 at 14:54
No documents need to be sent before interview.
February 5, 2023 at 05:32
Hello Mr Simon, please, should I prepare for my public charge? In coming weeks I will be scheduled for interview ( AF41****). Thank you and Gos bless you
February 5, 2023 at 09:51
I would, if I were you.
Show an I-134
February 5, 2023 at 12:10
Dear Brit i am from Africa with the case number ××××AF36000xxx From the visa bulletin of March 2023 I’m in the range but have not received my 2NL what can be the cause
February 7, 2023 at 18:32
To be scheduled you need the following:
1. DS260 completed processing
2. Case number current
3. Embassy having sufficient capacity.
February 8, 2023 at 04:42
Hello Mr Brit
My case number is 2023EU104×× but I still haven’t received any notification/email about the interview. As I see my CN is current for January and February visa bulletin. Is there anything to be worried about?
February 8, 2023 at 10:23
Either you submitted late and your DS260 is not processed OR your embassy has a backlog.
February 10, 2023 at 01:07
I’m from Africa with the case number AF36××× my case number is current but have not received my 2NL and don’t know why
February 10, 2023 at 17:56
It could be that your DS260 is not processed or that your embassy is backlogged.
February 25, 2023 at 18:12
Hello, my number 2023EU287XX became current in April, if the US Ankara consulate does not give a visa interview, we will process all our transactions.
I’m thinking of doing it at the US Consulate in Barbados. thanks
February 26, 2023 at 10:28
There is no question.
February 26, 2023 at 15:20
my question was can we do it at the US consulate in barbados? thanks
February 27, 2023 at 16:42
Barbados do DV interviews. Can you transfer there? Well read my recent article about moving embassies.