Consular processing is a multi-step process. After determining that you are eligible, your sponsor will file the appropriate petition on your behalf, such as the I-130 Family Petition, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once the petition is approved, you must check that a green card is available to you on the U.S. Department of States Visa Bulletin.
Once the visa is available, USCIS will automatically forward your petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. The NVC is a branch of the Department of State that handles green card applications for people living outside the United States or people that cannot adjust status within the United States.
Once the NVC sets up your case, you will be instructed to pay your fees, provide additional financial documentation and submit a Form DS-260. The NVC will then forward your case to your country’s local consulate. The consulate will then schedule you for an in-person interview. At your interview, the consular officer will decide whether to grant or deny your application. If approved, you will receive a visa allowing you to travel to the United States.
Your visa will be valid for up to 12 months while USCIS processes and mails you your green card.
The U.S. immigration law is very complex, and you need to get help from an experienced immigration lawyer in San Fernando Valley when facing immigration issues. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so that you can learn more about your rights and how we might be able to help.
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