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Visa Bulletin

15 Sep 2017 The American Dream

As soon as you have send your DS-260 form to the U.S. authorities, the next step toward your Green card is the interview appointment at the U.S. 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.

Table of contents
What is the Visa Bulletin?
How do I find out about my interview appointment?
October 2017 - Case Numbers & Interviews
November 2017 - Case Numbers & Interviews
Waiting time for family-sponsored and employment-based applications

What is the Visa Bulletin?

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 kccdv@state.gov. Please have in mind, that only the actual winner can request case-related information.

How do I find out about my interview appointment?

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 U.S. 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.

October 2017 - Case Numbers & Interviews 

Relevant for winners of DV 2018 

Africa: 8,500 (except Egypt: 2,350; Ethopia:  2,100)
Asia: 1,200 (except Nepal & Iran: 750)
Europe: 2,600
North America (Bahamas): 2
Oceania: 185
South America and the Caribbean: 190

NOvember 2017 - CASE NUMBERS & INTERVIEWS 

Relevant for winners of DV 2018

Africa: 8,600 (except Egypt: 4,400; Ethiopia: 4,700)
Asia: 1,750 (except Nepal: 1,400; Iran: 1,450)
Europe: 4,500 
North America (Bahamas): 3
Ozeanien: 315
South America and the Caribbean: 325

Waiting time for family-sponsored and employment-based applications

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".

Family Sponsored Preferences

F1                                                   22DEC10
F2A                                                22OKT15
F2B                                                08NOV10
F3                                                  22JUL05
F4                                                  08JAN04

Employment-Based Preferences

1st C
2nd C
3rd C

Other workers C
4th 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.

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