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Consular Processing

Most immigrants become eligible for a green card (permanent residence) through a petition filed on their behalf by a family member or employer.
You will need to have an immigrant petition filed on your behalf.
Family based categories require that a U.S. citizen or

permanent resident relative file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for you.
Wait for a Decision on Your Petition
USCIS notifies the petitioner of a decision. If the petition is approved and if you are the beneficiary of the petition and living outside the United States or living in the United States, but choose to apply for your immigrant visa abroad, USCIS will then send the approved petition to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC), where it will remain until an immigrant visa number is available.
Wait for Notification from the National Visa Center
The National Visa Center, which is responsible for the collection of visa application fees and supporting documentation, will notify the petitioner and beneficiary when the visa petition is received and again when an immigrant visa number is about to become available. They will also notify the petitioner and beneficiary of when they must submit immigrant visa processing fees (commonly referred to as “fee bills”) and when supporting documentation must be submitted.
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Go to Your Appointment
Once a visa is available or a beneficiary’s priority date is current, the consular office will schedule the applicant for an interview. The consular office will complete processing of the applicant’s case and decide if the beneficiary is eligible for an immigrant visa.
Notify the National Visa Center of Any Changes
You should contact the NVC if there is a change in your personal situation or if you change your address. It is important to notify the NVC if you reach the age of 21 for a child or have a change in your marital status, as this may affect your eligibility or visa availability.
After Your Visa is Granted
If you are granted an immigrant visa, the consular officer will give you a packet of information. This packet is known as a “Visa Packet.” You should not open this packet. Upon your arrival to the United States, you should give your Visa Packet to the Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry.
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You will be inspected by a Customs and Border Protection officer and if found admissible, will be admitted as a permanent resident of the United States, which gives you the authority to live and work in the United States permanently.
Receive Your Green Card
You will be mailed your green card. If you do not receive your green card within 30 days of your arrival, call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or visit your local office by making an InfoPass appointment.

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Frequently asked questions
Why Don't You Have My Case at the NVC Yet?

When you complete a petition (I-130, I-140, etc.) for an immigrant visa, you send it to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security for approval. If the USCIS approves the petition and you wish to process for a visa outside the United States, the USCIS will send you a Notice of Approval (I-797) and send the petition to the NVC. It often takes longer for the petition to arrive at the NVC than for you to receive your Notice of Approval. Therefore, we recommend that you wait at least three weeks after you get your Notice of Approval before calling the NVC.

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I Am the Beneficiary (applicant) and My Case Is at NVC. Now What Happens?
If a visa is available for your petition, the NVC will send you, the beneficiary, a Choice of Agent and Address letter containing the form DS-3032 and instructions for completing the form. If you are the beneficiary of an I-130 petition, the NVC will send your petitioner an Affidavit of Support (AOS) Processing Fee Bill Invoice along with instructions for paying the AOS fee.

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How Do I Pay the Fees Associated with the National Visa Center’s (NVC) Services?
The NVC will send the Affidavit of Support (AOS) Processing Fee Bill Invoice (if applicable) and the Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice when the fees become due. You must follow the payment instructions in the fee bill letter you will receive from the NVC.
Note: It is important to follow the NVC’s instructions carefully. Sending the NVC documentation (or paying fees) when they were not requested by the NVC will delay your visa.

Immediate relative categories, do not have yearly numerical limits.

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USCIS Sent My Immigrant Visa Petition to the NVC. Now What Happens?
If your Priority Date meets the most recent Qualifying Date, the NVC will:
Invoice you for your visa application fees, Collect your visa application and supporting documentation and Hold your visa petition until an interview can be scheduled with a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General abroad.

How Much Are the Fees for Immigrant Visas?

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