Consular Immigrant Visa Processing


In addition to consular processing as part of an application for a temporary nonimmigrant visa, Myers Immigration Law assists with consular immigrant visa processing, which often is the second half of the application process for U.S. permanent residency after the approval of an immigrant petition.

Upon approval of a properly filed immigrant petition filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC) contacts the applicant to continue with the immigrant visa process. The applicant would process payment of the necessary fees and upload required biographic documentation, in addition to an Affidavit of Support in certain cases. Clean criminal history records and medical examination are also required as part of this process. Upon receipt of the necessary documentation, the NVC will work with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over the applicant’s citizenship or residence to schedule an in-person immigrant visa interview.

Once issued an immigrant visa, typically 1-2 weeks after the interview, the applicant generally has six (6) months to travel to the United States and seek admission as an immigration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). With proper payment in advance of the Immigrant Visa fee, USCIS should be notified and mail a green permanent resident card to the applicant following their arrival.

The above is informational and not intended to be legal advice. Please consult with an experienced business immigration attorney on your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with any U.S. immigration strategy.