The Immigrant Visa Process
- After Your Petition is Approved
- Begin National Visa Center (NVC) Processing
- Choose an Agent
- Pay Fees
- Collect and Submit Forms and Documents to the NVC
- Submit Visa Application Form
- Collect Financial Documents
- Collect Supporting Documents
- Submit Documents to the NVC
Step 6: Submit Documents to the NVC
After you collect the financial evidence in Step 4, and supporting documents in Step 5, you must submit all of these items in ONE package to NVC. Your case may be significantly delayed if you don't submit all of your documents at the same time.
IMPORTANT: Do not send your original passport or original civil documents such as birth, and marriage certificates. Instead, submit a photocopy of these documents to NVC. However, you must bring these original documents to your visa interview. This is true no matter what method you use to submit documents to NVC.
There are four ways to submit documents to NVC. The method you use depends on where you are interviewing. Look at your NVC case number and match it to the method below to find out how to submit your documents to NVC.
Current case review time: Please allow up to 11 weeks for NVC to review your forms and documents once we receive both the petitioner’s financial documents and the applicant’s civil documents. You must also have paid all required fees and submitted your visa application online. We will not review your file until we have received all of the above items. At that time, we will let you know if there are additional items required or if visa pre-processing is complete.
Check our nvc.state.gov/status page to ensure you've taken all the steps necessary for NVC to review your case.
If your NVC case number begins with one of the following prefixes:
- BGH (except I-730 petitions)
Scan and save your financial forms and evidence, supporting civil documents, and translations as a PDF file. Then send them to NVCelectronic@state.gov as attachments to an email. Please type your case number in the subject line of the email. You can attach multiple PDFs to a single email, but each PDF can be no more than 5 MB (megabytes) in size. If you have more than one case number, use a different email message for each case. For more information, review our Document Scanning FAQs.
**Exception: Any category below marked with an asterisk (**) may be required to process electronically. Please see Method #3 below to see if this applies to you.
|If Your NVC Case Number Begins With||And Your Visa Category Is||You Can Choose Either|
|MTL||Any employment-based immigrant visa category||Email Processing or Mail Processing
(see exception note above and refer to Method #3)
|GUZ||CR1, CR2, F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4, IR1, IR2 or IR5||Email Processing or Mail Processing|
|ADD, GTM, KEV, MRV, PHP, TGG, or THT||IR1, IR2, IR5, CR1, or CR2||Email Processing or Mail Processing|
Important: Once you select a method, you cannot switch methods later in the process.
|If Your NVC Case Number Begins With||And Your Visa Category Is||And you Received|
BNS, FRN, HNK
MTL, RDJ, SYD
IR1, IR2, IR5, CR1, CR2,
F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4
A letter from NVC saying “You May Begin Online Processing”
(See sample letter below)
Scan and save your financial forms and evidence, civil documents, and translations. Then upload these documents to your CEAC account online. (CEAC is the Consular Electronic Application Center where you also pay fees and complete the Form DS-260 visa application.) Instructions and more information are on our Managing Your IV Case Online page. Please note this method is required for visa applicants who received this letter from NVC. If you didn’t receive this letter, please use Method #2 above.
Click here to see a sample of the letter NVC sends to applicants who are required to use online processing
If neither of the above methods apply to your case, mail your financial forms and evidence, supporting documents, translations, and photocopies, along with the Document Cover Sheet included with your NVC Welcome Letter, to the following address:
National Visa Center
31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100
Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914
If your Document Cover Sheet is missing, you can print a new one online. Go to ceac.state.gov and click on “Fee Payment” under the “Immigrant” category. You will be asked to enter your NVC case number and Invoice ID number. After doing so, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Print Document Cover Sheet” button. You can also choose to email yourself a copy of your document cover sheet for printing at a later time.
NVC cannot accept documents saved on any form of electronic media, including CDs and memory cards. If you send any electronic media to NVC, we will return it to you unopened.
Immigrant visa (IV) applicants currently working with the National Visa Center (NVC) to complete their IV applications should make sure NVC has a working e-mail address for at least one party on their case. (A case party is the petitioner, beneficiary, or agent/attorney.) If you have not previously given NVC an e-mail address where you can be contacted, please call 1-603-334-0700 to provide your e-mail information. When you call, have your case number, petitioner’s full name, and the beneficiary’s full name and date of birth available. NVC will then be able 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.
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.