How do I request NVC to expedite my case?
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How do I request NVC to expedite my case?

Once your USCIS I-130 Petition for a foreign relative has been approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the case is then forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC acts between USCIS and the US Consulate or Embassy where your relative is located to collect additional information and evidence before the immigrant visa interview can be scheduled. The immigrant visa interview will not be scheduled until NVC clears the case for the interview. Sometimes this process can take several months. We discuss how to request NVC to expedite your case here.

My visa application was refused under section 221(g), now what?
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My visa application was refused under section 221(g), now what?

A visa application refusal under 221(g) is somewhat common and can happen for a number of reasons. In general, 221(g) means that the reviewing officer would like further information before making a final decision on your case. We discuss the meaning of a refusal under 221(g) and what you need to do here.

Mandamus Actions for Immigration Processing Delays
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Mandamus Actions for Immigration Processing Delays

If you have a US immigration matter that has been pending well beyond standard processing times, you have exhausted all available administrative remedies, and the US government still fails to act on your case, you may be able to find relief with a mandamus action. We discuss mandamus actions to address processing delays for US immigration matters here.

How does my LinkedIn profile impact my visa application?
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How does my LinkedIn profile impact my visa application?

When applying for a visa the reviewing officer relies on all available evidence to make a determination of your qualifications for the visa. This includes any publicly available information on the internet, such as your LinkedIn profile or company website. Officers can and do rely on such information when making a final decision on a case. We discuss the implications of LinkedIn profiles and other publicly available information and their impact on a visa application here. 

I was denied entry to the United States under 212(a)(6)(C)(i), do I need a waiver?
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I was denied entry to the United States under 212(a)(6)(C)(i), do I need a waiver?

If when seeking entry to the United States you make false statements or willfully misrepresented material facts to seek admission or obtain a visa, you can be found inadmissible. If you have been found inadmissible to the United States under 212(a)(6)(C)(i) for fraud or misrepresentation, you cannot enter without a waiver of inadmissibility. We discuss how to obtain a waiver for fraud or misrepresentation under 212(a)(6)(C)(i) here.

Arrive US Immigration Law Podcast – Episode 32 – Processing for an Immigrant Visa at a US Consulate (Consular Processing)
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Arrive US Immigration Law Podcast – Episode 32 – Processing for an Immigrant Visa at a US Consulate (Consular Processing)

Arrive US Immigration Law Podcast – Episode 32 – In this episode of the Arrive US Immigration Podcast for Canadians, we discuss being sponsored by your US citizen relative for an immigrant visa and processing for the Immigrant Visa at a US Consulate (Consular Processing).

Can I travel if my visa application is in administrative processing?
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Can I travel if my visa application is in administrative processing?

When you apply for a visa through a US Consulate, the consulate has three options: approve the application, deny the application, or place the application in “administrative processing.” Administrative processing refers to a delay in the issuance of a visa for any reason. Administrative processing can last days to months to be resolved. We discuss traveling while your case is in administrative processing below.

How do I prepare for my immigrant visa medical exam?
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How do I prepare for my immigrant visa medical exam?

Once the National Visa Center (NVC) reviews your documents and your case is documentarily qualified, your immigration visa case is then forwarded to your local US Consulate or US Embassy for your immigrant visa interview. Prior to your immigrant visa interview, a medical exam must be completed with an embassy-approved doctor, also referred to as the Panel Physician. Exams conducted by other physicians will not be accepted. We explain how to prepare for your immigrant visa medical exam below.

How do I check National Visa Center (NVC) processing times?
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How do I check National Visa Center (NVC) processing times?

The immigrant visa process involves three separate US Government agencies—the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), US Embassies and Consulates, and the National Visa Center (NVC), which is part of the US Department of State and handles the processing of immigrant visas (Green card applications). Once USCIS approves your petition, they will send your case to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. Here’s how to check on those current NVC processing times.

Arrive US Immigration Law Podcast – Episode 9 – Immigrant Visa Processing
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Arrive US Immigration Law Podcast – Episode 9 – Immigrant Visa Processing

Arrive US Immigration Law Podcast – Episode 9 – In the most recent episode of the Arrive Podcast, we explore the immigration visa process and the steps with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC), and the U.S. Consulate.