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National Visa Center

Immigrant Visa Processing at National Visa Center (NVC)

Overview

The National Visa Center (NVC) is an immigrant visa process facility for the Department of State.  Petitions that are approved by the United States Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) are transferred to NVC for further processing.  Just as USCIS would notify interested parties when their petitioner is received or approved, NVC also keeps concerned parties informed at each point of the process.

The following information pertains to individuals who have been contacted by the NVC to continue the process of immigrating to the United States.

Choice of Agent and Address

When the applicant's petition is received, the NVC will send the applicant Form DS-3032, Choice of Address and Agent for Immigrant Visa Applicant. This form permits the applicant to choose an “agent” to receive mailings from NVC and assist in the paperwork or paying of required fees.  The agent can be the petitioner, an attorney, a friend or non-governmental or community-based organization.  The agent cannot sign required documents for the applicant, but can assist with fee payments and document collection.  The applicant is not required to choose an agent and may have all mailings sent to an address abroad.  The applicant's file will be held at NVC until the signed Form DS-3032, is returned.  If it is not returned within one year, the NVC will begin the case termination process.

Before NVC reconfirm points of contact begins processing immigrant visa cases,

Document Collection & Fee Collection

The National Visa Center (NVC) provides Affidavit of Support Processing and Applicant Document collection for US Embassies and US Consulates. At the appropriate time in the immigrant visa process, the NVC will send the Affidavit of Support fee bill and the Immigrant Visa Processing fee bill. The Affidavit of Support fee bill will be sent to the petitioner of family-based immigrant visa cases or the attorney of record, if applicable. The Immigrant Visa Processing fee bill will be sent to the applicant or the agent designated by the applicant on form DS-3032, Agent of Choice and Address, to receive the Immigrant Visa Processing fee bill.

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 result in a delay in processing.

Adjustment of Status

If it is the applicant’s intention to adjust status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), please contact the National Visa Center before taking further action or making any payments.

Interview Preparation

For a select number of US Embassies and Consulates, the National Visa Center (NVC) also arranges for the scheduling of the applicant’s interview.

If the NVC has notified the applicant that an interview has been scheduled, click on the link below to begin preparing for the interview:

Interview Preparation (Includes Medical Exam and Panel Physician information)

Warning: This interview preparation information is only relevant to applicants who will be interviewed at select U.S. Embassies and Consulates Generals. Do not take any action described above without authorization from the NVC. Taking action without the NVC's authorization could result in a delay in processing. Applicants who will be interviewed at other U.S Embassies, should await instructions from the Embassy.

Contacting NVC

Email is the preferred method of contacting NVC at: nvcinquiry@state.gov.

More information about contacting NVC is found at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3177.html