As soon as you have send your DS-260 form to the US authorities, the next step toward your Green Card is the interview appointment at the US embassy. What kind of role the Visa Bulletin plays in all this and how you can find out, when your appointment might take place, will be described in the following.
The Visa Bulletin is published by the U.S. State Department on a regular basis. It gives you the chance to determine with the help of your case number (you will find this number on your certificate from The American Dream), when your interview appointment might take place. The U.S. authorities communicate through the Visa Bulletin which green card applications are being processed in the current and following month. If you can call yourself a lucky green card winner this May, then you don’t have to check out the Visa Bulletin until October.
Your application should have been processed a while ago and you still haven’t heard from the U.S. authorities? Please contact the KKC (Kentucky Consular Center) through +1-606-526-7500 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have in mind, that only the actual winner can request case-related information.
Once your case number is current in the Visa Bulletin, you can check your status via https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. There you will see the exact time and date of your interview appointment, which is at the same time your invitation. Please print it out and bring it with you to the US embassy. An invitation by mail is not send anymore.
Even though your Case number is current, that doesn’t mean that you will get an appointment straight away. You might have to wait for the next month or even two or three months on top of that. Also important for the appointment allocation is the date, on which the KCC received your actual green card application (the online DS-260 form). The later you submit the online form, the more will the interview be delayed.
Basically, the following applies: The lower your case number, the sooner are you invited to the interview appointment. Normally you will receive a notification four to eight weeks prior to your interview.
Relevant for winners of DV 2018
North America (Bahamas): Current
South America and the Carribean: 1,715
Furthermore, we would like to announce the following waiting periods for immigration via family or employment (extract from the official version). Further information regarding each category can be found on our website - section "Immigrant Visas".
Other workers C
Certain Religious employees C
5th Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) C
5th Regional Center (I5 and R5) C
For more information you can check out the official website of the U.S. Department of State.