How Does the National Visa Center Fit into the U.S. Immigration Process?
USCIS Sent My Immigrant Visa Petition to the NVC. Now What Happens?How Do I Know if My Priority Date Meets the Most Recent Qualifying Date? And What Does That Mean?
How Do I Know What My Priority Date Is?
How Does the National VisaCenter Fit into the U.S. Immigration Process?
After the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves your immigrant visa petition, the USCIS forwards your petition to the National VisaCenter (NVC) in Portsmouth, NH for immigrant visa pre-processing at the correct time. Immediate relative categories, do not have yearly numerical limits. However, family preference and employmentimmigrant categories have numerical limits each year; and therefore, wait times are involved, which can be lengthy, for processing to be able begin, as explained below.
USCIS Sent My Immigrant VisaPetition 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 andsupporting documentation
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.
If your Priority Date DOES NOTmeet the most recent Qualifying Date, the NVC will notify you and hold your petition until your Priority Date meets the most recent Qualifying Date. The Department of State updates the QualifyingDates on a monthly basis.
How Do I Know if My Priority Date Meets the Most Recent Qualifying Date? And What Does That Mean?
If your Priority Date is earlier than the Qualifying Date for your visaclass and your foreign state chargeability, your Priority Date meets the most recent Qualifying Date and your petition is ready to begin processing at the NVC. Learn more by reviewing the Visa...