For individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States, the process can be complex and involve multiple government agencies. One crucial step in the immigration process is the role of the National Visa Center (NVC) and consular processing for immigrant visas. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of the NVC and consular processing, their roles in the immigration process, and what applicants need to know.
What is the National Visa Center (NVC)? The National Visa Center (NVC) is a government agency that plays a vital role in the immigration process for family-sponsored and employment-based immigrant visas. It serves as an intermediary between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State’s consular offices located in foreign countries. The NVC’s main responsibility is to collect, process, and review the required documents and fees from applicants before forwarding the case to the appropriate U.S. consulate or embassy for consular processing.
What is Consular Processing? Consular processing is the process by which immigrants who are outside the United States apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country or country of residence. The consular officer reviews the immigrant visa application, conducts an interview, and makes a decision on whether to issue the visa. If the visa is approved, the applicant can then travel to the United States assuming travel is arranged.
How Does the NVC and Consular Processing Work Together? The NVC acts as an intermediary between USCIS and the U.S. consulates or embassies, and it has several important responsibilities in the consular processing stage of the immigrant visa application process. Here is an overview of the typical process:
What Applicants Need to Know about NVC and Consular Processing As an applicant going through consular processing, it’s essential to be aware of the following key points:
In closing, the NVC plays a critical role that is often overlooked and poorly understood. The key takeaway is this: if you are outside the United States and applying for a visa or green card, you apply with the USCIS first, and NVC then forwards your approval to the U.S. consulate/embassy.
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