To keep your case active, do not let more than a year go by without contacting NVC. You can submit fees and/or documents through the Consular Electronic Application Centre (ECAC) Each time you access your file in CEAC, your contact date is updated. If one year has passed since the last date of contact with the NVC, all fees, forms and documents submitted will expire and your case will begin the notification process. Find answers to many common questions with our self-service tools. Please log in to for the current status of your file and a list of documents you need to submit. If the NVC determines that you have not submitted the correct documents, you will receive a notification that the status of your file has been updated. If you receive this message, follow the prompts to log in to ECAC. Follow the instructions to provide additional information or correct documents. Once you have completed this step, you will need to resubmit your case for review by clicking on «Submit Documents».

The immigrant visa process involves three separate U.S. government agencies: the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), U.S. embassies and consulates, and the National Visa Center (NVC), which is part of the U.S. Department of State and handles the processing of immigrant visas (green card applications). Once USCIS approves your petition, your case will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. Learn how to check these current NVC processing times. Civil documents: Please visit for information on civil document requirements in immigrant visa cases. If you are sending documents for more than one file number, do NOT send them in a single envelope.

Complete documentation must be sent separately for each file number. If your case is at a U.S. embassy or consulate, contact the potential U.S. observer. Embassy or consulate in writing to request a referral of your case. Please justify your request. If you are not a resident of this country, please indicate this in your application. If you have received notification that your case has been documented: NVC will work with the appropriate U.S.

Embassy or Consulate to schedule your interview appointment and send you, your petitioner and your agent/attorney (if applicable) an email with the date and time of the appointment. However, the NVC cannot predict when your case will be scheduled for an interview. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate General informs NVC of the dates on which it conducts the interviews, and NVC completes these appointments first in, first out. (Note: In order for applicants to book an appointment in a numerically limited (preferred) visa category, their priority date must be current. You can track the priority date with the visa bulletin at NVC cannot predict when a visa will be available. Priority data is published monthly in the Visa Bulletin, which contains up-to-date priority data for NVC cases. Please note that although NVC will attempt to contact all applicants as soon as their visa number is available, you can also use the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Bulletin to check if a visa is available for your application.

If a visa is available and NVC has not yet contacted you, please let us know via our public application form. For the latest updates from U.S. embassies and consulates, including the operational status of the consular section, see The NVC cannot predict when consular sections will resume routine services or when your case will be scheduled for an interview. NVC cannot accept documents stored on electronic media, including CDs and memory cards. If you send electronic media to NVC, we will send them back to you without opening them. If your case has been sent to the designated U.S. Embassy or Consulate, any updates or questions should be directed there. For the latest updates from U.S. embassies and consulates, including the operational status of the consular section, see Once the NVC has created your visa file and entered the details of your petition into their system, they will send you instructions on how to process it, as well as a «welcome letter» containing your file number and invoice number.

USCIS indicates that the default time between your approval and receipt of your file creation by the NVC is 45 days. You must wait at least 45 days to contact NVC after your application is approved by USCIS. If it has been at least 45 days and you have not heard from the NVC, you can contact them using the NVC public application form. To submit documents, log in to the CCC and go to the Get Started buttons under Affidavit of Supporting and Civil Documents. When you have uploaded all the required documents for each section, click on «Submit Documents». The «Submit Documents» buttons only work if you have uploaded all the required documents for each person. Once you click on «Submit Documents», your case will be submitted to the National Visa Centre (NVC) for review. If you are applying for a transfer for a K visa, it is at the discretion of the host embassy or consulate to approve or refuse to accept an applicant`s K visa application outside the consular district. Contact the U.S.

Embassy or Consulate in writing to request a referral of your case and the reason for the referral request. If you have paid the MRV fee at the home post office and the application for a new job is then approved, a new visa fee will be charged. Once USCIS sends your I-797 authorization notice, it sends your approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. At NVC, we create your visa case and enter your petition data into the system. After collecting the financial statements and receipts, you must send all the required elements to NVC in ONE package. Your file can be significantly delayed if you do not submit all your documents at the same time. Currently, current visa processing is 20% lower than 2019 processing estimates prior to the start of the pandemic. Do not send documents to NVC unless prompted. If you submit documents by mail when you are not asked, your file will be delayed. The National Visa Center relies on data obtained from embassies abroad to determine when NVC can refer a case abroad for questioning.

This data is transmitted to the NVC every 30 to 60 days. The NVC may only make such a transfer if it has been informed by the relevant embassy that a visa interview appointment is available to the applicant. If the embassy does not have free seats, the suitcase will remain stored in the NVC until slots are available.