U.S. Visas



Immigrant Visa Process

Begin National Visa Center (NVC) Processing

Welcome to the homepage of the National Visa Center (NVC). You have come to this page because you received a letter or email from NVC directing you here after NVC received your approved petition from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please complete Steps 1-6 below to complete pre-processing of your immigrant visa application. These steps are necessary before NVC can schedule your visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas. If you have not been directed to this page by letter or email from NVC, you will find general information about the immigrant visa process here.

Please make sure NVC has a working e-mail address for at least one party on your case. (A case party is the petitioner, beneficiary, or agent/attorney.) This allows NVC to e-mail you information and instructions rather than send them via traditional mail, which means you will receive items like NVC’s responses to submitted documents and notice of your visa interview appointment more quickly. If you need to add, update, or change your contact information at any time, please call 1-603-334-0700 or use our online inquiry form. Remember that each time you contact NVC, you’ll need to provide your case number, petitioner’s full name, and the beneficiary’s full name and date of birth.

Current case file creation time:

Please allow up to six weeks for your case to arrive from USCIS from the date you receive your I-797. Once it arrives at NVC, we create your visa case and enter all of the data from your approved petition into the system. As of 19-AUG-2019 we are working on cases that were received from USCIS on 26-JUL-2019. Once your case has been created, we will contact you with instructions on how to begin processing. Until your case is entered into our system, we unfortunately won’t have any information about your case.

Now is a good time to prepare by reviewing required civil documents and how to find them, plus information about what forms and information your petitioner needs to demonstrate his or her ability to financially support you.


If You Are Filing an Adjustment of Status

If you are physically present in the United States and will apply for adjustment of status with USCIS, then your case will not be processed by the NVC. (You will not apply for an immigrant visa.) Do not pay any fees or submit any forms to the NVC. Notify the NVC by email or mail as soon as you decide to pursue adjustment of status.


If You Are Applying for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

If you plan to apply for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, you must submit proof of payment of your IV application fee with your provisional waiver Form I-601A application to USCIS. After you pay the IV application fee online, you can print your payment confirmation from the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). Visit the webpage, Provisional Waiver–NVC FAQs (PDF - 196 KB)  for more information. A Spanish translation is available here (PDF - 203 KB). USCIS will notify the NVC that you have applied for a provisional unlawful presence waiver.


Important Notice: Termination of Registration

Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 203(g) provides that the Secretary of State shall terminate the registration (petition) of any alien who fails to apply for an immigrant visa within one year of notice of visa availability. The petition may be reinstated if, within two years of notice of visa availability, the alien establishes that the failure to apply was for reasons beyond the alien’s control. Therefore if you do not respond to notices from the NVC within one year you risk termination of your petition under this section of law and would lose the benefits of that petition, such as your priority date.