How can I verify my case at the National Visa Center?
When a person submits an immigration petition, the application is sent to the National Visa Center (NVC), however, this only happens after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the petition.
Once USCIS submits the application to the NVC, a case number is assigned and applicants are notified. This number is different from the one given to you by USCIS.
Always keep the number record safe, it will allow you to keep track of the status of your application.
The easiest way to verify your case at the National Visa Center is to use the digital tool of the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).
Select the type of visa application, Immigrant visa (IV), or Non-immigrant visa (NIV). Then enter the case number that NVC assigned to you. Click submit and follow the instructions.
How long does NVC take to set up an appointment?
There is no single answer to this question. Essentially because it depends on several factors, including the category of the visa application and the nationality of the applicant.
In addition, for some types of visas, there are assigned annual limits determined by the US government.
In general, the number of applications exceeds the number of visas available each year, so the ones missing are placed on a waiting list.
This means that year after year applications build-up and it is necessary to wait, according to the established order, for the visa to be available. This order can be checked in the Visa Bulletin.
Most appointments are scheduled within three months of when the NVC receives all requested documentation.
However, the times may vary, because if you apply for a visa with annual limits, you must first wait your turn, which means that your priority date is current, according to the Visa Bulletin.
How can I contact the National Visa Center?
The NVC has several communication channels to provide general information and specifically related immigration procedures.
One of the options is to make a phone call, NVC lines from Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight.
If your query is related to immigrant visas, you can call (603) 334-0700. Due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, the non-immigrant visa phone line has been suspended.
The waiting time in line can exceed 30 minutes due to the high number of calls NVC receives daily.
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the NVC operates with limited personnel, so it is recommended to use other contact channels. An alternative is to use the Public Inquiry Form.
Finally, you can send your inquiries to the postal address 31 Rochester Avenue Suite 200 Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915.
At Quiroga Law Office we are willing to help, we can advise you with the immigration procedures that you and your family need.
Do not hesitate to contact us, our team of lawyers will take care of your case and will be with you throughout the process.
Request a consultation or call us, (509) 498-3485.