National Visa Center
Pre-Processing of Your Immigration Visa
The National Visa Center (NVC) is the place where petitions for immigrant
visas (or petitions for
green cards) are sent after they are approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS). This center is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The NVC handles pre-processing of immigrant visas at the appropriate times.
These times may vary, depending on whether or not the visa has annual
numerical limits (meaning only a certain number are processed in the U.S.
each year). The NVC then does the following, according to the U.S. Department
Bureau of Consular Affairs:
- Sends an invoice for the application fees
- Obtains the petitioner's visa application and supporting documents
- Holds on to this application until an interview with a consular officer
of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be set
There may be longer wait times for those who are trying to obtain immigrant
visas that are subject to annual numerical limits. In addition to the
visa application and supporting documents, the U.S. citizen who is petitioning
on behalf of the foreign national will also need to provide and Affidavit
of Support that proves his or her ability to financially support the visa
applicant (the person who is seeking permanent residence).
Obtaining Help from a Virginia Immigration Attorney
At Fayad Law, P.C., we fully understand the various steps of the immigrant
visa application process, including the visa pre-processing that occurs
at the National Visa Center. We can help you take steps to ensure that
the application process is running as smoothly as possible. Our
Virginia immigration attorneys have more than 20 years of collective experience.
Contact our firm for additional information about how we can assist you with the process
of obtaining an immigrant visa! We have offices in Richmond, VA.; Fairfax,
VA; and Raleigh, NC, and we serve clients in various parts of the world.