January has just ended, and there are no signs of a meaningful improvement in the processing of DV-2022 cases.
Although what appears to be a relatively large number of visas were issued during the just-ended month, overall processing continues on a very slow pace owing to the non-resumption of normal consulate activities at most U.S. foreign posts in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
We had hoped that the start of the second quarter would have seen a very high increase in the number of cases scheduled and visas issued. Unfortunately, that has so far not happened. Instead, what is being experienced is not far from the general situation since the start of the program year.
Below is an update of the DV-2022 case processing data as they appear at the end of January 2022.
DV-2022 Most Recent Case Status
|Cases In Transit to Embassies||Cases at Embassies, Ready for Interview||
Cases Already Interviewed (1,007)
|Cases put on AP||Visas Refused||Visas Issued|
Processing So Far
As shown in the table above, there has been a total of 1,100 visas issued (out of 55,000 available) in the DV 2022 program, with 267 cases in transit, 273 under administrative processing and 5,855 applicants set to be interviewed in the coming two months.
Europe remains the region with the highest number of visas issued (600), followed by Africa (299), and then Asia (120), Oceania (44) and South America (37).
No Real Positive Sign
So far, there are no major sign that the DV-2022 Program will get close to issuing the 55,000 available visas. On the contrary, all signs continue to point to the ‘downward trend’ that the DV Program has come to know since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic: i.e. only a few interviews conducted resulting in very few visas issued.
The end of January also marks halfway when it comes to scheduling appointments for the Diversity Visa Program.
In a normal Program year, this would have been a wake up call to those who have so far not checked the status of their entry, as well as those who – after being selected – have yet to begin their application process. But this is clearly not a normal year. Not just from the perspective of COVID restrictions, but also from the number of applications currently at KCC as a result of the recent suspension of the documents procedure.
A Wake Up Call
So this is not a wake up call! And if it should be considered as such, then that call should be directed at players in the Diversity Visa case processing (KCC, embassies and consulates – the DoS, in short), and not at selectees/applicants, most of whom are slowly but surely becoming weary of the 2022 Program.