NVC FAQs

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I-130 Petition

Authored on: Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:52

Question

I am a US Citizen residing in the UAE with my Wife and two children. My Wife is a Syrian passport holder. We petitioned her case for residency in the US under I-130. We have received the first notice from the NVC which was on the 24th of June. The letter stated that all documentation necessary to complete the National Visa Center processing of your case has been received, and as soon as an interview date has been scheduled then we will be notified.
How long does it take to receive the second notification with an Interview Date that we are closing on week eight?
Is there a way that you can expedite an Interview Date?
If the answer is Yes, Could we officially request your service?
Case Number: ABD2014671004
Beneficiary's Name: KINANA WARD
Preference Category: IR1
Priority Date: 25-NOV-13

Answer

Hi Loay. Times are highly variable from a few weeks to a few months. Expedites are only granted for showing of some sort of urgent humanitarian situation in cases like yours. We would like to help, but I am not sure we can add much value at this stage. Contact us if there are any issues (other than timing). 

National Visa Center

Authored on: Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:06

Question

1. How does the National Visa Center fit into the U.S. immigration process?
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2. USCIS sent my immigrant visa petition to the NVC. Now what happens?<br>

3. How do I know if my priority date meets the most recent cut-off date? What does that mean?
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4. How do I know what my priority date is?
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5. How Do I Contact the NVC?

Answer

1. After U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves your immigrant visa petition, USCIS forwards your petition to the National Visa Center (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 employment based immigrant categories have numerical limits each year; therefore, lengthy wait times are involved for processing to begin.

2. If your Priority Date meets the most recent Cut-off Date, or is likely to become current soon, the NVC will:

  1. Invoice you for your visa application fees
  2. Collect your visa application and supporting documentation
  3. Hold your visa petition until an interview can be scheduled with a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

If your Priority Date DOES NOT meet the most recent Cut-off Date, the NVC will notify you and hold your petition until your Priority Date meets the most recent Cut-off Date or is likely to become current soon. As your Priority Date gets closer to the Cut-off Date, NVC will contact you to start processing. The Department of State updates the Cut-off Dates on a monthly basis in the Visa Bulletin

3. If your Priority Date meets the most recent Cut-off Date (called becomes current) and your petition is ready to begin processing at the NVC. As your Priority Date gets closer to the Cut-off Date and is likely to be current soon, NVC will contact you to start processing. Learn more by reviewing the Visa Bulletin.

4. USCIS assigned your immigrant visa petition a Priority Date when you filed it with USCIS. If you are unsure of your Priority Date, you should refer to the Approval Notice that you received from USCIS.

5. NVC Contact Information

Withdrawal of Application for Admission at the Airport Under INA 212(a) (7)(A) (i)(I) & 235(b)(1)

Authored on: Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:08

Question

Iam a Indian National Married to A US PR holder She has cleared her N400 Interview .I have been last year Denied Admission (deported) from Airport after me being initially on Student (F-1) Visa & then on H1B (61/2 years previously)
with Citations : 212(a) (7)(A) (i)(I) & 235(b) (1) .<br>

The questions I have for you are :<br>

Q) Do I have any 3 yr, 5 Yr or 10 yr ban on my entrance to USA ?<br>
Q) Do I need any waiver like I-212 or anything else for my future entry to USA ?<br>

My I-130 had been approved and I believe I can upgrade my I-130 by my Spouse sending her Naturalization Certificate & her passport copy to NVC(Kentucky)<br>

Q) Do you think I might have difficulties while facing this changed IR-1 Category Visa Interview and any other problems at the Port of Entry ?<br>

Q) What timeframe does NVC take to notify the Consulate & Can it be Hyderabad,India ? & Overall how much time will it take for me to get the Visa or the Conditional Green Card

Answer

See clip from Attorney Rajiv S. Khanna's conference call video that addresses this question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp4B1_qhvtM#t=1825