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Immigration Law

Consular Processing

Helping Clients to Navigate the Final Steps in the Visa Process

As one of the last steps before an immigrant receives their green card, consular processing includes going to a U.S. embassy or consulate and submitting appropriate final paperwork. Additionally, an interview is required, which we can assist our clients to prepare for.

The major steps along the way include: 

  • A determination decision approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), who notifies each petitioner when a decision has been made, and if approved, the send it on to the National Visa Center (NVC)

  • Notification from the NVC, to let the applicant and the petitioner know when the petition is received, the immigrant visa number, and submission of the immigrant processing fees

  • Once appointment time is available, the consular office will set-up and process an interview, as well as issue a decision on the status of the visa; the NVC should be contacted if anything significant (address, marital status, etc.) should change

  • Receipt of a visa packet from the consular office, which will be given to the CBP officer at the port of entry. 

In most instances, the beneficiary of an immigrant petition must go through consular processing outside of the United States at an embassy or consular office. However, in some instances where they are already in the U.S., they may be eligible for an “adjustment of status.”

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