The February visa bulletin has been released – this is the one that affects March interviews. I think most people will be very happy to see the increases in each region, with pretty good jumps which allows work to continue in the embassies that are scheduling well. These next 3 or 4 months are important to get the volume of interviews as high as possible. Hopefully as the 2NLs come out we will see some of the bad performing embassies start to increase their capacity.
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.