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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 of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs:

  1. Sends an invoice for the application fees
  2. Obtains the petitioner's visa application and supporting documents
  3. 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 an 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 and Fairfax, VA, and we serve clients in various parts of the world.

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