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
March 21, 2017 at 15:37
I writing to complain the counsellor at the us embassy in Monrovia that denied me Visa that I don’t have enough evidence to show am marry and I don’t have children,,I exhibited legal documents attested by the Liberian government and photos of my marriage program,almost all the d,,v applicants that appear in my present were denied.this have even created a problem between me and my wife because she want me to clarify what the counsellor meant,,so please direct me who can I address my complain to.my name is Yusuf Mohammed toure,my case number 2017af000006936.I anxiously await a response from you.
March 21, 2017 at 16:42
Please don’t keep repeating this same question.
June 17, 2017 at 17:04
I received this case number 2016157D8P6C2111 in 2015, pls what should I do. I’m really interested. Thank you.
June 17, 2017 at 19:08
That number is not a winners case number – so there is nothing you can do with that.
March 25, 2017 at 14:59
Hello Britsimonsays.. Im interested for may interview.. My case number is 25606 . thank you
April 11, 2017 at 09:08
Hello there,im from Ethiopia and my case no is 34*** and I fill the DS260 form and I get confirmation .I got one information from this sit XXXEditing the idiotic SiteXXX it said that … “Here are the case numbers that are going to be called for interviews in May 2017, under DV-2017 American diversity visa lottery program. Lot of DV-2017 will be shocked to see that many regions came under “Current” position. This means the available visas are exhausted. But keep your hope; keep checking your visa interview letter, as always God is willing to help you.
AFRICA Current Except:Egypt: 24,500 and Ethiopia: 29,100ASIA Current Except: Iran: 6,300 and Nepal: 5,300EUROPE CurrentNORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CurrentOCEANIA CurrentSOUTH AMERICA,and the CARIBBEAN Current”
1. What does it mean? please make it clear the above point
2. i have higher case number Is there any probability to lose the chance of being called for interview?
April 11, 2017 at 14:08
1. What it means is that the people writing information for that website are idiots. Current does not mean visas are exhausted, it means there are enough visas for remaining demand. I edited the site name so that no one else goes there from my page.
2. You just need to be patient. Nothing to do with God, nothing to do with keeping hope. Just patience.
April 11, 2017 at 16:28
Oky thanks dear , I’m just asking for general information!
May 4, 2017 at 01:08
Hi Brit, quick Q, I am from south america but have a 2500 number?
May 4, 2017 at 03:27
OK thanks. So your number is 2018SA25XX. That is pretty high – and therefore risky.
May 4, 2017 at 03:33
That’s what I figured. I’m pretty nervous.
But this last couple of years, it hasn’t matterer, right?
May 4, 2017 at 03:39
True – but this year will be different (more like DV2015 and DV2014)
May 4, 2017 at 03:42
May 4, 2017 at 03:58
They have selected too many people.
May 4, 2017 at 23:35
Hi and thanks for a great site! I got SA204X, would this be considered high and risky? How many were selected for DV-2018?
May 5, 2017 at 01:00
Yeah it’s probably a bit high – but we don’t know the numbers yet – so watch for more info.
May 14, 2017 at 03:48
Hello Brit, I have the SA16xx, how can I expect?
May 14, 2017 at 04:29
2018 I assume?
July 11, 2017 at 14:21
Hi Brit I have 2018AF18xx case number when do you expect my interview will be held?
July 11, 2017 at 22:25
July 11, 2017 at 23:39
I came across the link. Thanks for that fruitful information.
July 24, 2017 at 12:36
I am from Afghanistan and my case number is 13xxx when will I receive interview schedule and how is the opportunity of my case number.
July 24, 2017 at 13:26
August 1, 2017 at 02:30
Hi Mohammad Jan,
I am also a winner from Afghanistan, my case number is 129**. Do you think we will get an interview appointment?
My email is [email protected]
July 31, 2017 at 00:47
Hi Brit I am 2018 winer
I didn’t add my husband high school certificate I have added his bachelor, Master and Phd degree.Is it necessary to unlock my DS260 form to add his high secondary school certificate
July 31, 2017 at 01:19
If you are the winner – then no.
July 31, 2017 at 01:46
The message is from my wife she is the winner, she didn’t add my high school certificate. Thank you
July 31, 2017 at 21:24
Dear Simon we found the below information in our ds260
Personal Information 1
OMB CONTROL NUMBER:1405-0185FORM NUMBER:DS-260EXPIRATION DATE:04/30/2019ESTIMATED BURDEN:120 MIN
Is that mean we are out of dv2018 competition since the expiration date 4/30/2019 and dv2018 end by 9/30/2018
July 31, 2017 at 22:02
No – you can safely ignore those notes/dates.
July 31, 2017 at 22:17
August 1, 2017 at 02:34
I am a winner from Afghanistan, when I filled my form DS-260 I didn’t provide my passport number, because I didn’t have one at that time. Will this affect the processing of my DS-260? Kindly advise as appropriate. Thank you!
August 1, 2017 at 04:52
It won’t cause a delay to add it.
August 1, 2017 at 22:20
Hello BritSimon, due to our case number 2018AF185xx and with respect to African projection graph. Can I guess that my interview will held on January 2018?and received 2nl on November 2017…I’m neithor Egyptian nor Ethiopian.thanking you in an advance
August 1, 2017 at 23:29
That might be right.
August 22, 2017 at 14:26
Hi simon, i recently won the Dv lottery 2018 and this was a dream come true for even being among the selectees this year .However, i did not have my passport at that moment.Therefore, it took me a lot of time to get the passport.So my questions are
1. if my case number is 2018AF000044XX and i began completing the DS260 form on 22/8/2017 will my interview scheduled considering my case number within october.
2.what if you made mistake during the entry like the date of birth,12/2/1998 instead of 1/1/1998.How can you change to your correct date of birth.
THANKS A LOT MR.SIMON FOR THE GOOD WORK
August 22, 2017 at 15:49
1. It will be scheduled – but after October.
2. Change the DOB on the DS260.
August 24, 2017 at 08:51
Thanks a lot for the feedback
October 12, 2017 at 17:17
HI Abdulrizak, did you receive the EMAIL 2NL or not yet?
Im asking you because i have the same problem ,i filled the ds260 late on september and my case number is current in october..so i wanted to know if i have any chance to receive the 2NL this month..thank you
October 12, 2017 at 22:44
Your late submission will have caused some delay. Be patient.
August 23, 2017 at 15:10
My husband won the DV Lottery 2018 in may including our whole family we are from Cameroon (Africa) but we didn’t have passport yet is only on Monday 21/08/2017 that we could have it and fill our DS260 the case number is 2018AF0003^^^^ is it still possible that we have an interview in October? if not please can you help us know around which month? And finally he doesn’t have any certification but have more than 8 years experience in mechanics is that a drawback?
August 23, 2017 at 15:54
Your case number seems to be above 30000, in which case it will be a long time before your interview. https://britsimonsays.com/dv2018-basic-questions
If the principal selectee does not meet either the education standard or work experience, he cannot be approved. Work as a car mechanic will not count as appropriate work experience.
August 27, 2017 at 12:22
Thanks for showing the way. My son who won dv2018 indicated he had a diploma and filled in dates in form 260 while in actual fact he hadn’t completed his diploma but has some certificate in computer studies. How will he go about it in interview slated for early Oct 2017
August 27, 2017 at 15:12
If he meets the education standard anyway, it won’t be a problem, but it is always unwise to lie on official forms!
September 2, 2017 at 09:10
i am DV2018 selected one . my case number is 2018AF00009091 so is risk or early will interview?
September 2, 2017 at 13:49
September 11, 2017 at 04:56
Hi Brit I thankful for your guidance & sharing their helpful information! God bless you again & again. Now I’m in USA
September 17, 2017 at 13:54
Hi . I am from ethiopia l selected for further processing 2018 dv lottery. 1.my case is 72xx when did the interview will scheduled.
2. My educational qualification is university degree,but I didn’t have 12 grade certificate. Is there a problem to process visa.
September 17, 2017 at 14:25
1. I don’t know. Wait and see
2. Possibly. Only the CO can decide.
September 17, 2017 at 14:30
Sorry,what do mean co.
September 17, 2017 at 14:32
Consular officer – who conducts the interview
September 17, 2017 at 15:41
After the submission of ds 260 I would graduate the masters degree,but l didn’t include in the ds form. 1. Now I received the temporary degree,what I will do.
September 17, 2017 at 17:55
Nothing to do. Just attend the interview.
September 18, 2017 at 10:43
Thanks for your good advice
September 18, 2017 at 20:55
Hi br I am from ethiopia my case is dv 2018 interview schedule. 1. My case number is 81xx, is this case was schefuled for Oct interview. 2. What is the minimum educational criteria to the 10 grade complete sellectee.
September 18, 2017 at 21:04
1. Ethiopia has a lower number, so that case is not yet ready for interview. It will wait another 1 to 3 months.
2. I don’t know the embassy requirements for Ethiopia.
September 18, 2017 at 21:20
Is it possible for tenth grade complete who have diploma with five years of teaching experience for Ethiopian selectee
September 19, 2017 at 05:33
Good morning brit.sorry asking questions so many times. What l want is l am selected for dv 2018 from Ethiopian. 1. My educational qualification is diploma in teaching and I have five years of teaching experience, is it acceptable for Ethiopian embassy.
September 19, 2017 at 16:53
Your education BEFORE that diploma is more what they will be interested in.
September 19, 2017 at 05:40
Do you have the highest case number for winner from Asia 2017 and they have interviewed?
September 19, 2017 at 16:52
Not to hand.
September 22, 2017 at 09:26
Hi,l am from Ethiopian I selected for dv 2018 but I submitted the ds form in September 3/2017. My case is 44xx is interview scheduled for Nov.
September 28, 2017 at 09:54
Hello Brit than for the wonderful work u do.. I was with the mother of my son for 10 yrs and now I was selected but we got married of recent as u advised me.. on applying for the dv, I included our son but I had not included her because I feared to lie because were not officially married. Now that we are officially married I have added her. And I have sent to d’s forms.. do u think am in problems at the embassy on interview as to why I didn’t put her on my dv application initially
September 28, 2017 at 13:22
No. You did the correct thing.
October 2, 2017 at 21:18
Hi br. I have some qoustions concerning the interview schedule.1. In this weak up to 3000 in case no.order was assigned for Nov.interview. so when did the 75xx case number is scheduled for interview
October 2, 2017 at 21:46
I don’t know.
October 3, 2017 at 19:35
Hi simon am selectted dv 2018AF8xxx which month i may have my interview thanks for ur reply
October 3, 2017 at 19:42
If you are not from Egypt or Ethiopia, you might interview in December
October 4, 2017 at 13:33
Hi simon am selectted dv 2018AF0004xxx which month i may have my interview thanks for ur reply
October 4, 2017 at 14:06
Soon. If you are not from Ethiopia or Egypt you are already current. Wait and see.
October 7, 2017 at 16:34
Hi Mrs.Brt, I am from ethiopia my case no.2018 af 76xx when will l recieve interview schedule.
October 7, 2017 at 17:14
Wait and see.
October 8, 2017 at 15:56
Brt. I am from 2018 dv winners my case is 2018 af 81xx is there another selection to schedule for interview for Ethiopians. When did interview scheduled?
October 9, 2017 at 03:27
Patience. Wait and see.
October 13, 2017 at 16:15
Hi, I am so interested for my interview .
Please answer me when am I getting my interview my case number is 2018AS4xxx.
Please don’t reply me that URL. Cause I didn’t get anything help.
October 13, 2017 at 16:20
If you can’t be bothered to read what I have written, it will just be a surprise for you.
October 13, 2017 at 16:31
Please help me I am from Afghanistan plzzzzz
October 13, 2017 at 16:41
I don’t know when your interview will be.
October 13, 2017 at 16:32
I have problem with reading english so you can help.me
October 13, 2017 at 16:54
1.I am from Afghanistan and my case number is 2018AS4xxx is it good or bad number?
2.will I get interview soon?
October 13, 2017 at 18:16
I already answered you, you didn’t like my answer, so you signed in with a different name and ask the same question. Don’t waste my time!
October 13, 2017 at 20:09
Hi Bri am from Gabon , residing in Moscow, I submitted my Ds260 in May, my case number is 201800017xxx pls I wish to know when my interview will be scheduled
October 13, 2017 at 20:32
I don’t know. Wait and see.
October 13, 2017 at 23:39
From your guessing table should I estimate in Africa or Europe
October 13, 2017 at 23:59
Read your case number. It either has AF or EU in the number.
October 14, 2017 at 00:21
Thans so much for your help it s AF
November 6, 2017 at 15:03
hi simon my case number in 2018 xxxxx 1200 and i am from Liberia i don’t know when will be my interview
November 6, 2017 at 19:47
Neither do I. KCC schedule the interviews.
November 7, 2017 at 11:46
I am from Ethiopia My name is Abrahaley Hagos and am from the 2018 selectees and I have applied my visa application in late august and my case numbre is below 8000 but still I did not get my interview schedule letter so could you give me information
November 7, 2017 at 13:28
Your case number is not current yet. Patience.
November 13, 2017 at 23:06
we have an appointment for interview in December the 26, 2017 at 8:00 am but have problem with money business that which we are working to generate soon; can we write to be rescheduled?
November 13, 2017 at 23:53
You can, but I wouldn’t advise that.
November 14, 2017 at 15:25
I am the 2018 DV sellectee from ethiopia I fill DS-260 form on august 2017. My confirmition no is 7330 and I did not get scheduled for interview still now so can you advise me What can I do please?
November 15, 2017 at 17:39
November 19, 2017 at 00:00
Hi I’m from Liberia, and my case number is in 51000. Will I be scheduled for an interview?
November 19, 2017 at 05:37
I don’t know.
November 19, 2017 at 08:39
Hello Brit, I am selectted dv 2018AF35xxx which month APPROXIMATELY i may have my interview? THANKS
November 20, 2017 at 01:41
ONe of the months in 2018. 🙂
November 19, 2017 at 21:28
I am from Europe. My case number is 2018EU000217XX. Just generally wanted to know please whether my number is relatively risky or relatively safe? (especially taking into account that this year is going slower – the cut off for January 2018 is only 8200)? Thanks.
November 20, 2017 at 01:02
December 6, 2017 at 06:30
Dear.I from Ethiopia, my qualification is university degree,but from tenth grade complete, I have scheduled for interview so what type of document will be prepared, what is your advice.
December 11, 2017 at 04:28
Hi Brit! Thanks for this great website. As you know, the visa bulletin always predicts two months ahead.
So, if in the January 2017 visa bulletin it shows that my case number will be called in February, does that necessarily mean that my visa interview will be scheduled for February? Or can that even end up being in March?
December 11, 2017 at 14:52
Cases can be interviewed later than their current month if their DS260 wasn’t processed in time.
December 15, 2017 at 12:19
Ahmed from Ethiopia,
Hi dear my Case number is 2018AF 00010xxx and in the case of Ethiopia the scheduled interview for February/2018 includes my case number (i.e up to 13,500) but currently I didn’t get any email notification regarding my interview appointment date until now and also there is nothing when I checked my status using my case number so is that to mean I am not selected for the interview or must wait?
Thanks in advance
December 15, 2017 at 15:11
2NLs are sent about 2 weeks after the VB. I must have said that 10,000 times.