The first VB for DV 2020 has been released. The numbers are lower than my predictions in every region – but people should not panic or worry about that – it simply shows the amount of effort they had put into closing out DV2019 and the numbers will rise over the coming months.
Those that are current, and have forms processed early enough, they can expect their 2NL in about 1 to 2 weeks from now. This is 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 sent in two main batches, some early (around the 15th to 20th) and then some in the later part of the month. I would expect the 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.
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.
August 28, 2019 at 16:33
Hello Britsimon sir, I heard that from Nepal upto 5300 CN had received their 2Nl although in the visa Bulletin released upto 1000 CN form Nepal
. Is that possible sir? Thank u sir
August 28, 2019 at 16:59
No. You are confusing the email to ask for documents with the 2NL.
August 28, 2019 at 17:04
Do you have any vlog regarding these topic ? Sir … because I thought that 2Nl is the email where Kcc asked for documents.
August 28, 2019 at 17:36
That is in the FAQ, and yes there is a video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9hXNJdQIww&t=13s
August 29, 2019 at 07:29
Any update on 2NL for October 2020 interview? Does anyone have received it yet?
August 29, 2019 at 17:41
There are VERY few interviews in October. I only know of 1 person that got a 2NL. A few more will go out today or tomorrow.
August 30, 2019 at 06:12
How can i inform such a News to you?
August 30, 2019 at 13:38
August 31, 2019 at 14:36
Well also one from Asia got his interview email from Asia his case# AS9**
August 31, 2019 at 15:24
August 29, 2019 at 09:14
Thanks for your reply. If interview is in mid 2020. Do we need to inform our child is turn 21 in November 2019 to KCC ? As I told you that our case number is AS00029xxx (BURMA).
August 30, 2019 at 15:37
Hello sir, in my 1st letter, There was a mistake in my name Kiran CHHETRI Thapa instead of Kiran Thapa CHHETRI.. and I applied real name Kiran Thapa CHHETRI in Ds260 form … but today I received the mail from kcc which tells about DS260 form has been verified by them… In the mail, name is Kiran CHHETRI thapa instead of being Kiran Thapa CHHETRI… my middle name is Thapa not the CHHETRI soo what should I do
August 30, 2019 at 15:44
As long as the name is correct on the DS260, it is no problem.
August 31, 2019 at 11:09
On the 29th of August i requested my DS-260 to be unlocked and it was unlocked the next day. On the very same day (Aug 30th), i received an email from KCC that my DS -260 had finished processing and that i am required to send documents.
The documents required email came after my ds had been unlocked. Am confused.
I have now made changes and resubmitted.
1. Should i proceed with sending the required documents or should i wait and receive the email requiring documents again?
2. What impact does it have in process my case?
August 31, 2019 at 15:19
No need to overthink. Just send the documents.
September 2, 2019 at 00:17
Good day sir.
Please I wish to find out…
My husband won dv lottery 2020 and I put to bed 6days ago.
Please how do we go about this knowing we didn’t play with our baby since I wasn’t pregnant then.
How possible is it for us to travel with our baby?
How do we get to inform those concerned
Please help us.
Thanks so much
September 2, 2019 at 17:37
You will add the child on the DS260.
September 2, 2019 at 21:15
One consultancy of Nepal notice for dv winner “The e-mail order for Further Documents Required from KCC has reached Case No.5700. As soon as the email arrives, the passport, police report and birth certificate should be scanned as soon as possible. Therefore, be sure to check your Email ID, which is completed on the DS 260 form.”
1. Is KCC request for further document up to case 5700 to the dv winner from nepal?
2. How consultancy know?
September 3, 2019 at 03:16
2. They are just going on what cases they know about – that’s all.
September 3, 2019 at 11:08
One of the consultancy in Nepal says notification arrived for Case Number 5900 (2020 EDV winner) and my case number is 5925, my question to you is when i filled ds260 i filled wrong zone and district name of School leaving certificate (school’s zone and district name) on June 3 but i unlocked on June 6, 2019, while unlocking KCC unlocked only mine form not mine wife’s form and i resubmitted it on same day i.e. June 6, 2019. Does my case will delay, if yes than how much time will KCC take to send notification, or does my case will be denied?
very much hopeful for your correct suggestion as im worried.
September 3, 2019 at 20:09
I think you are worrying over nothing at all.
September 3, 2019 at 12:58
Any update on 2NL for October 2020 interview? Does anyone have received it yet?
my cn 2020af1800
September 3, 2019 at 20:12
Some people were scheduled, yes – but there were very few.
September 3, 2019 at 21:27
Hey! My case number is 2020OC8XX… I have only just submitted my DS260 today (I had thought I should hold off as I won’t be ready to move until May next year). But after reading a few posts and comments on this site, I’m a little concerned I should have the DS260 in much earlier. Is that right? Will submitted application in September ruin my chances of being successful? Thanks!
September 4, 2019 at 01:00
September 5, 2019 at 02:33
Awesome thank you! With that case number when would be the earliest I could expect an interview?
September 5, 2019 at 02:50
September 3, 2019 at 22:10
Please can you tell how many case number received a message to asking documents till now? My case number is as 202014xxx can you expect to receive a message to ask for documents please?
September 4, 2019 at 01:01
No. Wait patiently.
September 4, 2019 at 07:02
Hello, I’m CN AS202027xx. I think i’m supposed to be called for interview in Nov or Dec.
I’m now dealing some trouble with my work and personally issue so I won’t able to get ready for interview in this year. It would be better for me to interview later on next year.
Is it ok if I delay submit DS260? Is there a deadline for submitting?
September 4, 2019 at 20:36
Yes you can delay submission until about April or May of next year.
September 5, 2019 at 18:10
I have a question
I am following a thread on a popular Russian forum
one girl wrote that she has EU52*** case and she HAS ALREADY HAS sent the documents to KCC
even tho her case is very BIG and no one even asked her to send the ones however she HAS received a reply that her documents have been received and all are correct and that she has to wait the interview date
so… my question is: did she do it right??? how come they replied to her that they accepted the documents if she’s s SO FAR AWAY???
she said she did that cause her case is huge and she doesnt want to lose her chance seriously ???????
so can she take someones else visa before????? if other cases below her didn’t send the documents now??
I am EU35***
and now am worrying
can you advise what to do??? shall I wait till my number becomes current or take a luck and send it now????
thank you so much for your reply in advance
I am sorry if this seems so stupid question
September 6, 2019 at 13:57
1. Calm down.
2. She gains NO ADVANTAGE by doing that – she must still wait for her number.
3. Sending now just means complications of sending documents such as the police cert that will be too old at interview.
September 7, 2019 at 09:24
there is somethbing weiiRD HAPPENING
ON RUSSIAN forum everyone AGITATES big case numbers to send their documents NOW
like 40-50k HUGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE already SENT their documents to KCC ¡¡¡¡¡¡
really why ar they doing it
they will make KCC angry first of all by doing it by . themselves . before KCC did and second when their . turn didnt even come
really I dont undersrand whats happening with people
September 7, 2019 at 14:09
Why are you concerned?
September 8, 2019 at 08:45
I dont know 🙁 just hate when people do these bad things and think theyre smart:((((((((((and make problems to others 🙁
September 7, 2019 at 09:31
and may I ask when will be the next visa bulletin released? ive seen that people with 12k already have been asked for documents so they are very far fast away this year right? so big numbers still can get a chance u think right?
September 7, 2019 at 14:11
The VB is the same time every month. I have written about that and predictions, please read…
September 16, 2019 at 05:55
About police cert will be too old due to early submission, does it mean applicant will need to resubmit a new police cert at interview?
September 16, 2019 at 17:12
Yes (old and new).
September 7, 2019 at 10:06
I am eu42xxx from georgia, i wait viza bulletin, dont read russian forums :)))
September 6, 2019 at 11:36
Thank you for all the kind work. I am a selectee for 2020 with case no AF47XXX. My wife is pregnant and God willing will be due at the end of February. Shall I wait till then to complete the DS260 ?
September 7, 2019 at 04:46
That would be fine. Once the child is born you will need a birth cert and passport for the child.
September 6, 2019 at 12:47
My case number is 2020AS442 and I recieved the verified documents mail on August 6. A few case number after me received 2NL on August 30 but I didn’t. Is this a problem to worry about or 2NL will come with other remaining cases?
September 7, 2019 at 04:49
September 10, 2019 at 23:41
@NEPAL442, When(approximately date) did KCC send “documents requesting” email?
September 8, 2019 at 00:43
Mr. Britsimon, I am sorry if I repeat this question.
I filled out my DS260 form early June at the time I never had my Passport but chose the option “Other Travel Document”. My question is: 1. Does that have any problem on my process? The reason I am asking this question, on the Confirmation that was sent to me after sending my information to KCC say,”Kcc has received your information and will review it, any information needed that you did not send KCC will inform you. 2. Do you thank it is necessary to ask KCC to unlock my form in order to put in my passport information, or KCC will inform me if necessary?
September 8, 2019 at 03:38
If you now have the passport, unlock and correct your form.
September 8, 2019 at 12:35
Thank you so much Mr. BritSimon.
But do I need to ask KCC to unlock it for me, and if yes, after unlocking it, what’s the procedure in accessing my form?
September 8, 2019 at 19:07
You need to use reply so I can understand the context.
September 9, 2019 at 07:39
I am asking if I should ask KCC to unlock my form first, and if unlocked, what’s the procedure in accessing the form?
September 9, 2019 at 18:40
September 8, 2019 at 15:32
I had mention my aunt’s son name for sponser if I had to add uncle’s(my aunt’s husband) name too do I have to unlock 260.they have joint family.
September 8, 2019 at 20:27
September 8, 2019 at 16:51
I got my visas last day.
Thant you for your advices.
Some times we have to be patience for all the others winners and follow all the rules. Every thing gonna be right
Thank yu again
September 8, 2019 at 17:02
My school name is deep jyoti vidyashram
But in ds 260 one word is more in last sentence it is like (Vidhyashram) h is more in ds 260, deep jyoti is same but h is more in vidyashram,
Is it really big probelm? or need to correct, as i have submitted police report, birth certf. And passport copy? Is it still possible to correct, Please advise
September 8, 2019 at 20:30
Your DS260 should have the accurate legal name that matches your passport. You can use the “other names” section for the name on the educational document.
September 9, 2019 at 02:59
Sir one last question please answer,
So i didn’t understsnd little bit on what you said other names on edu. Docs,
So what is ur suggestion to me should i request to unlock, or inform counsellor during interview? Or what csn be the soltn or problm ? Please one last reply
September 9, 2019 at 18:37
The other names section is in your DS260.
Now – use some judgement.
September 11, 2019 at 12:52
It seems KCC is really gonna make all 55.000 available for the purposes of DV lottery, starting DV-2021, according annotation 1 in report https://www.stateoig.gov/system/files/isp-i-19-36.pdf
September 11, 2019 at 16:09
Yes, I expect the DV2021 instructions to reflect the new number. They appear to be applying it to DV2020 also.
September 12, 2019 at 11:25
Hi Britt please my CN is Af17xxx please when should I expect interview. Thank you
September 12, 2019 at 12:57
September 12, 2019 at 14:08
September 12, 2019 at 13:45
Hi Brit. i have submitted my DS form 260 on 15th August, up to now i have yet received the confirmation email stating that they have received my form submission and it is under review. Is that normal?
September 12, 2019 at 16:09
September 12, 2019 at 19:55
Do you still think it will be the 2nd draw. Is there any news?
September 12, 2019 at 19:58
September 12, 2019 at 20:03
I’m looking forward to 🙂
September 14, 2019 at 19:19
hello again Simon hope youre doing good
here is the situation
so on russian forum LOTS OF people sent request to UNBLOCK their 260S to change the information
and who did that RECIEVED 2NL letters from KCC to send the scans of the documents
one person with EU19*** did that and after 3 days got 2NL
what do you think about it???
people with 19K europe already started to recive 2NL
do u think it is related to unblocking the 260Ds or is just consequence??????? and it has nothing to do with unclokin to form but the KCC making this year very fast progress in numbers????
will be really appreciated for your opinion and advice
i am eu35*** AND shall I try to unlock it now too or later or dont do it and still just wait?
because might be that KCC looking whos active with 260Ds and send them 2NL because they see these people are interested in visa???
thank you so much in advance
September 14, 2019 at 19:35
I do wish you would start listening to what I have already told you and NOT spread these untruthful rumors. So now I have to spend time in clearing up what you just wrote – after I have already done this from one of your earlier posts.
First – you are saying people with case numbers of 2020EU19XXX have already got their 2NLs. THAT IS BULLSHIT. I already told you that it was not possible, so you need to listen. NO CASE can be scheduled for interview until their case number is current. That is the law and what you said is not happening. So stop saying that, or better yet understand the terminology. A 2NL is the interview notification. NOTHING ELSE. So NO ONE who is not yet current has received their 2NL. I am absolutely CERTAIN of that.
Now – some people have asked for unlocking or asked about documents and even with quite high numbers they have sent their documents or even been asked to send their documents. As I have told you before – it does not matter. They still have to wait until they become current. It does not affect you in ANY WAY. So again, calm down and stop spreading these false rumors with your inaccurate statements. In time you will be asked for documents, or send them now if you want/. Either way you WILL not be interviewed until your case number is ready. And the same is true for anyone else.
September 14, 2019 at 20:08
thank you for reply !!!
Im am not trying to spread rumors
it what I read what people say and decided to hear your opinion about that
EU19*** got emsil asking to send the documents which means their interview still can be scheduled ? i understand they CANT be interviewed before the number is current BUT thye might still get their interview date after submiting the documents???
may be they are bots who specially do that and say LIES to make people confused and make mistakes so they can get it right
but thats really weird people asked to unlock the forms and after that been asked to send the docs that what ive ben asking
because if KCC is asking for documents is a good sign right?
people with numbers which cant be current will not recive this email?
September 14, 2019 at 21:05
1. An email asking for documents is NOT a 2NL.
2. A 2NL is the email with a scheduled interview date.
3. No one can receive a 2NL before their number is current (in the VB.
4. No one can be interviewed under ANY circumstances before they are current.
5. Getting an email about documents is not a good sign nor a bad sign.
6. Sending documents almost a year before you can be interviewed is daft because the police cert will certainly need to be renewed, and it gives NO possible advantage.
I really hope that is clear to you. This is the third time I have explained.
September 15, 2019 at 08:43
Hey brit its been 15th of the month but the visa bulletin is not released yet .
Is their any problems?
September 15, 2019 at 15:03
September 15, 2019 at 09:04
Hello Mr Simon,
i am a DV2020 winner with case number 2020AF61XX , i had already sent the visa applications to KCC with my son who was included at the entry, but my fiance, that is the father of my son was not present at when we entered the Lottery and thus was not included. we had done our customary marriage two years ago but were still planing for the court wedding due to financial slowdown. KCC just sent us a mail requesting our documents (son and I). i wish to ask if it is possible to add my fiance at this level. if yes what is the procedure?
September 15, 2019 at 15:07
You should delay sending your documents, so that you get time to perform the marriage. Then add your husband, and send in documents for all three. That will delay you – but so what. That is far better in the long run.
September 15, 2019 at 15:13
Then when the next bulletin will be released ?
September 15, 2019 at 15:23
September 16, 2019 at 00:08
Lets say coming VB (for October) will current up to 5000 for Asia, for example. By which month (by August, September etc) they should received the KCC email for requesting Documents??
**(In other words i want to know how, KCC sends the documents email in advance of how many weeks/months before Current/VB)
September 16, 2019 at 02:49
The email for documents does NOT tell us something about timing.
But cases will not be scheduled in a month unless the documents have been submitted before the very early part of that month at the latest.
September 16, 2019 at 11:14
In Sri Lanka, it takes more than ONE MONTH to process Police report (receive after requesting).
My case no is AS0023xxx of DV2020. If my number will current on JUNE 2020 (for an example), it’ll publish in VB in MAY, then 2NL should get by END OF MAY. For that Documents should be processed by Starting of MAY.
If KCC send that Documents requesting email by APRIL, i should have that Police report with me to submit.
So i should predict the “Date range of documents requesting email” too. Lol
If I request it in January, it’ll expire by the Interview time since it valid only for 6 Months.
**What s ur suggestion for this?
September 16, 2019 at 17:22
Wait until we see more progress. It’s September.
September 16, 2019 at 00:50
Whens the next one due out?
September 16, 2019 at 02:50
It will be released tomorrow.
September 16, 2019 at 02:53
Hello sir, Visa Bulletin of September haven’t released yet . Is there any problem or else??
September 16, 2019 at 04:16
No problem. It’s Sunday. Wait a few hours…
September 16, 2019 at 05:03
I Submitted by DS260 on 24-JUNE. MY Case number is 2020AS27XX Now, i have found the new sponsor who is close relative of mine and is currently on visit to her hometown. She is willing to sponsor for me. How can i change my Sponsor now??
September 16, 2019 at 17:11
You simply present the I-134 of the new sponsor at the interview. If the new sponsor is also going to receive your GC at their address, you change the USA address at the interview also.
September 18, 2019 at 06:23
Ya I want my GC to be delivered to the address of new sponsor. And she is suggesting me to change the address after i have received a 2NL otherwise it will delay my 2NL processing. So, now i change my address in between the time before interview and after i have received 2NL or in the interview direct?
September 18, 2019 at 16:19
You cannot change after the 2NL is received. Change at the interview.
September 16, 2019 at 08:49
Hi Mr Brit. How you doing?
I would like to pay the fees of the green card. does the payment have to be made by someone who lives in the USA? or by anyone outside the united states, with his credit card (international card / visa / master card / …)?
Thank you Mr Brit.
September 16, 2019 at 17:16
You can try.
September 16, 2019 at 13:13
Still not released the Visa bulletin OCT 2019 & Nov 2019?
September 16, 2019 at 17:24
September 16, 2019 at 13:28
no new come out? we are waiting for visa bulletin October 2019
September 16, 2019 at 16:05
When will we learn or make good predictions about the holes for DV2020?
I have EU53xxxx … quite nervous 🙂
September 16, 2019 at 17:28
I have already published detailed analysis about holes, please check the archives. We will know more in January.
September 16, 2019 at 18:30
I’m impatiently waiting for visa bulletin for Nov. I would like to know if a possibility of having an interview in February still stands.
September 17, 2019 at 03:53
I don’t know anything about your case.
September 17, 2019 at 15:03
Keep the good work brother. We’re grateful
September 17, 2019 at 15:56
Hi Brits, I am DV2020 Just a quick one is it the first time VB to be delayed like this or it has happened in the past based on your experience and is it normal?
Thanks for your tireless assistance
September 17, 2019 at 20:45
It’s the latest that I have known. Is that a “big deal” – not really.
September 18, 2019 at 02:26
Thanks Brits. Not a big deal
September 18, 2019 at 08:03
The good news are, that once this VB will be released, there will be less days between this one and the next one 🙂
September 18, 2019 at 08:21
lol 😀 😀
September 18, 2019 at 08:26
Very true unless they have permanently change the release dates
September 18, 2019 at 10:41
It is 6000 for Europe wow !!!!!!
Does it mean big cases who go through ???????
Simon eu35k wow I am dreaming about every day !!
September 18, 2019 at 11:20
great news visa number increased to 54,650 for dv2020 ,brit it is fact now ?
September 18, 2019 at 11:36
brit i think it is true know that dv2020 will have 55.000 visas available ,it is writen in october visa bulletin that was released today ,it is great news
September 18, 2019 at 16:06
54650 – 350 reduction for NACARA.
September 18, 2019 at 12:01
who is receive email from kcc region of Asia, please share your case number
September 18, 2019 at 13:04
Mid 8000 recived email to send documents from KCC.
September 18, 2019 at 13:44
AS2020 mid 8000*
September 18, 2019 at 13:03
@Mari, what are you talking about? has it been released?
September 18, 2019 at 13:08
Yes VB for Oct is out today
September 18, 2019 at 13:48
Africa stacked around 5k even at the second month of the journey
I dont knw what ix wrong
I was expecting a little bit high speed coz there are more whole numbers
Af 5600 except egypt being 3000
As 3500 except iran 1450 n nepal 3100
September 27, 2019 at 22:32
please tell me the requirements for dv 2021.
September 28, 2019 at 04:39
Read my recent articles.
October 1, 2019 at 20:39
There has been an addition to my name, like my name from my school days up until Post Graduation degree is “Mohammad” but now a “Seyed” is added before Mohammad as in “Seyed Mohammad” ie in my Passport now is written Seyed Mohammad.
Now while filling the form should I mention that I was previously known as Mohammad or not?
Since my Passport name as of now and my degrees won’t match ie what I think.
October 2, 2019 at 04:49
List previous names in the ds260
October 1, 2019 at 23:37
Hi dear Simon, I do not manage to see your news or you do not write anymore for the moment on the lottery dv.please help me.
October 2, 2019 at 04:57
Help you how???
October 2, 2019 at 21:10
Hello Brit I am from liberia the changes that occur in the Dv2021 it seen to be like our government are excited about it and this rises a serious concern so the questions is do the liberian government assisted to in bringing those propose changes and if the answer to the question is yes I recmomand that those changes be revisisted because how can Kcc announced the the time for the program to open then few group of people just excited about the their passport process I think this is unfair. The main intents for this program should be to help the less fortune but this is not now the case American please hear our cry You are our father we have no where to go but only you we depend on.
October 3, 2019 at 04:05
I have already expressed my support for the changes.
November 6, 2019 at 09:44
I am Tsehaynesh from Ethiopia . First of all i would like to than you for your great commitment.
I received the email requesting further documents on October 15/2019 but my case number is high (2020AF00071XXX). because of different reasons i will submit the documents on November 14/2019
1. Do you think that i am late to submit documents?
2. Any chance to get visa
3. Any idea about the timing for interview
4. The document request does mean my case is processing. Is that correct?
November 6, 2019 at 13:45
3. At the end of the year.
4. Everyone is being asked for documents.
November 9, 2019 at 11:23
Please simon did you know exactly the date of publication of the bulletin visa of november, tell me if yes.A case counters an idea on that date.Thank you.
November 9, 2019 at 15:00
The VB that will be published later this month? Do you want the exact time as well?