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The Immigrant Visa Process

Submit Documents to NVC

After the National Visa Center (NVC) notifies you that processing can begin on your petition approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you are ready to move to the next step. The petitioner, visa applicant, or designated agent will collect and submit the various required documents to the NVC explained in this section.

Who is the National Visa Center?

The NVC is a Department of State facility that handles immigrant visa pre-processing, including collecting fees, forms, and documents from the petitioners and immigrant visa applicants. Learn more about the NVC.

How will I interact with the NVC?

You will need to submit, as part of the immigrant visa application process, a number of forms, fees, and documents to the NVC. You will move through the process step-by-step, using the guidance in these webpages, selecting from the above toolbar:

  • Pay Processing Fees - Pay the immigrant visa application processing fee and affidavit of support review fee.
  • Establish Financial Support - Your petitioner will document their ability to provide the required financial support by submitting the necessary Affidavit of Support and supporting documents.
  • Submit Visa Application and Supporting Documents - Submit your immigrant visa application and necessary supporting documents to the NVC.

After the necessary fees, forms, and documents have been collected, and when your priority date is current (if applicable), the NVC will schedule your interview at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The NVC will then transfer your case file to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Who's Involved

U.S. Embassies and Consulates: Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, nearest your residence abroad, where you will apply and be interviewed for your U.S. visa.

National Visa Center: After petition approval, the National Visa Center (NVC) handles processing for certain kinds of documents, sending them onward to U.S. Embassies & Consulates. When and how to Contact NVC

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): USCIS oversees immigration to the United States and approves (or denies) immigrant petitions, and more. Learn about USCIS.

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