I get a lot of people asking the same question – here is my case number – when will I get interviewed? It is tiring answering that same question so let me try and explain my thoughts so that people can figure this out for themselves.
Every year is different, the case numbers reached in one year does not necessarily indicate a maximum number in the following year – many factors affect that. So – the most accurate answer to the question being asked is – I DON’T KNOW FOR SURE!
However, I do understand that people want to know something – so those of us that are experienced in DV lottery will often look at the previous year to give an approximate timeline. This isn’t a certain method – but it is possibly better than giving no answer at all – as long as people realize it is just a guess.
So – using the assumption that DV2016 will be approximately similar to DV2015 and applying some lessons learned I have created the charts below to give an APPROXIMATE idea of when processing will get to each number range per month. Now this is a GUESS. It is not 100% accurate!! Just a guess – OK?
You will note I have only taken the numbers up to August. That is because I do not want to give concern about where cutoffs will fall – and we are so early in the process NO ONE really has any certain idea of the final numbers.
So to find your APPROXIMATE date of interview find your number range in your region on the left scale and see where it falls on the month scale. At this point it could be a month wrong either way, so treat these dates as GUESSES.
The other question is when will the 2NL arrive. The 2NLs are sent around 5 weeks before the start of the interview month. So – the first DV2016 2NLs doe October interviews will be sent around late August. Then the 2NLs sent in late September will be for November interviews.
Lastly, late submission of your DS260 could change these dates. So, your case number might indicate an October interview, but that won’t happen if you don’t send in your DS260 until August. I hope that is clear.
I hope this will help and I will encourage people to check this post rather than answering this question multiple times every day.
One last point, the early months progress was faster than it should have been (because of the delays in processing DS260). So early months are AHEAD of these guesses below, and over time the monthly progress will slow down so that later months are more in line with the guesses. So – look at the VB and understand what has happened by the early fast progress.
So – here we go:-
Note: Ethiopia and Egypt will probably be slowed down a little behind these numbers.
When will I have an interview
December 18, 2017 at 14:43
Thanks dear #BritSimon, I always appreciate your great efforts and wishes all the best!
December 24, 2017 at 12:03
Britisimon.I am scheduled for January interview at us embassy in addis Ababa.but I didn’t have 12 grade certificate ,but l have diploma and university degree.what is expected from us to qualify dv requirements?
December 24, 2017 at 16:35
I don’t know embassy specifics.
January 19, 2018 at 10:39
Hello, I attended my visa interview at 8 January,2018 I am passed but because of medical report delay the case was pending, now the report is directly sented to the embassy of Ethiopia at addis before a week. Is the case takes a month?
January 19, 2018 at 15:01
I don’t know for sure.
January 28, 2018 at 15:42
I send my ds230 on the 22nd of January wants to know when I will get my interview date .thanks
January 28, 2018 at 18:04
I hope you mean DS260. Scheduling depends on case number.
February 7, 2018 at 13:21
1. I’m Moses Garpue Dossen from Liberia my case number is 2018AF00014811 when will I get my interview appointment
2.should I be satisfy with my case number?
February 7, 2018 at 14:23
Read my reply from yesterday to your same question – don’t ask this again.
March 19, 2018 at 12:18
My case is 15OO n hav passed but I submit my form march 15 when can I be schedule for interview
March 19, 2018 at 13:57
Interview in June or July..
June 21, 2018 at 00:13
my case is 7000 .. from africa and i submitted my form in june 3rd .. when is my interview
June 21, 2018 at 00:51
Late this year maybe
June 29, 2018 at 17:05
hi i’m EDWIN N KERMU FROM LIBERIA MY CASE NUMBER IS 2018AF00048746, WHEN MY APPOINTMENT FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE?
June 29, 2018 at 17:58
I don’t know – wait and see.
July 17, 2018 at 08:02
Hello, Simon. May I know, the interview time date depends from geographical location or case number ? In our case, we are originally from Europe, but living in Asian country, and it concerns us,where is better to ask to schedule the interview in our situation?
Thank you in advance.
July 17, 2018 at 14:01
Case number. Location makes no real difference.
July 18, 2018 at 05:10
OK. Thank you. So, despite that we are presently at Asian country and would like to conduct interview here, Singapore, (due to expensive air tickets back to our Europe, and the fact that we have to quit our jobs here in SG), this, however, still will Not delay our interview date like if we would have, for instance, applied to schedule the interview in Europe, the date will be the same?? Since we’re holding EU case number and doing at Asia, it’s a bit confusing. Sorry for lengthy question and my messy English, Simon, but just want to make sure 🙂
July 19, 2018 at 16:39
If this matters, we’re originally from Germany. Looking forward to hear your reply. Regards.
July 19, 2018 at 18:42
I already answered. Your subsequent question was more of the same.
August 4, 2018 at 13:11
i am dv lottery 2019 winner in ds260 i chose the location of the interview to be my home country (egypt) not the current country i live in(kuwait) ,in ds260 i put current address (kuwait)
is that will be a problem??
August 4, 2018 at 13:34
They will schedule you in Kuwait, based on your current address.
August 5, 2018 at 06:38
thanks for your reply
but why they asking to chose the location of the interview in the first place, if they arrange it depending on the current address???
August 5, 2018 at 10:45
Hi Simon, Salam ya Yaseen!
My current address is in Nairobi, however I chose my birthplace, Khartoum, as place of interview and that has gone well and I am now scheduled for one there.
I chose khartoum for different reasons, on is to collect the local documents I’d need from there.
I think you can chose place of birth (or place of current residence) and call KCC to make sure that is okay, and that they’ll schedule it there. That’s what I did.
Hope this helps.
August 5, 2018 at 14:36
You can, but that isn’t a reliable method – so I don’t recommend it.
August 6, 2018 at 05:23
sure that was helpful , thanks MAKS
August 5, 2018 at 14:28
The form is used by cases other than DV.
August 6, 2018 at 05:25
great thanks for your advise & recommendation.
August 14, 2018 at 11:54
yes sir I fill my DS260 form on the 16 of may 2018 and my case number is 2018xxxxxxx5232xxx am a Sierra Leone when will I have my interview date
August 14, 2018 at 15:04
The final DV2018 cases have been scheduled. Your number is too high and will not be scheduled.
August 23, 2018 at 16:48
THANKS, BUT IT REALLY DISAPPOINTING…BRITSIMON IF I PLAY THIS COMING YEAR WILL I HAVE A HIGH CHANCE TO WIN
August 23, 2018 at 17:06
No, you will have the same chance as anyone else in your region.
August 25, 2018 at 02:00
I summited mine this August 2018, hope I am not late to be given an interview dte
August 25, 2018 at 03:10
Thanks for z info… I expect mine to be Jan or Feb 2019,,
August 25, 2018 at 06:07
thanks for you patience!
my case numbe is 2019AS100XX since my number is little bit high , do you recommend me to sign up for dv2020 in octuber ?
1.can i register to dv2020 when i’m a winner of dv2019, does that interfer with my winning?
2.what are the chances of being called for an interview for this case number?
August 25, 2018 at 16:21
Yes you can enter DV2020, no problem.
Read the DV2019 basic questions article.
October 20, 2018 at 17:22
HI I’M AMAKA TOBECHI CALVIN MY CASE NUMBER IS 2019AF00033***, WHEN WILL MY APPOINTMENT FOR INTERVIEW BE?
October 20, 2018 at 19:22
October 20, 2018 at 19:11
Hi Brittany, My case number is 2019AF00024XXX, I wish to know when I will have my interview.
October 20, 2018 at 19:19
December 3, 2018 at 21:48
Hello Simon, my name is mubake and I’m from congo. On my Ds 260 I wrote About my education level that I have master degree so, at my interview day it is a problem if I bring my high school diploma in stead of Master degree diploma? ?
December 3, 2018 at 22:05
Wel provide all that you have. I don’t know whether your HS diploma will meet the requirement or not.
December 3, 2018 at 03:41
Hi….My case # is29*** when will I be interview?
December 3, 2018 at 04:12
December 3, 2018 at 11:41
Its frustrating for me to read all this comments WHEN MY INTERVIEW WILL BE, when Brit have said 1000000 times to read his article that explains everything. I Admire you Brit for having nerves to read same question over and over again and to reply them every time..
December 9, 2018 at 20:17
Hello Brit, I am a winner of the 2019 visa lottery. My question is that I’ve a dual citizen, I am a Cameroon citizen by birth and I have a Nigerian passport. And on my Nigerian passport I wrote place of birth as Cameroon. Hope having a Nigerian passport won’t be a problem during my interview.
December 9, 2018 at 20:47
If all your documents are genuine, there should not be a problem.
December 10, 2018 at 04:36
Okay, thank you very much.
May 14, 2019 at 18:50
This is a great data analysis for DV lottery !
Brit is a great helper for those in need of the right information.
So valuable resource that answers to many questions.
Will give my donation for the right work of this website.
Thank you !