NVC Documents

For those looking to secure a visa through the U.S. Department of State, the journey involves several steps, one of which includes interacting with the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC’s primary role is to facilitate fee collection, prepare applicants administratively for their visa appointment, and schedule interviews. This post reviews how to navigate the visa application process.

Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Many applicants face challenges and delays because of certain common mistakes. Here are some areas that typically require corrections:

  1. Incorrect Civil Documents and Police Certificates – Each country has its specific criteria for acceptable documents and issuing authorities. Not adhering to these can hinder the progress of your application. For precise requirements based on the issuing country, refer to https://nvc.state.gov/find.
  2. Supporting Financial DocumentsPetitioners, in most cases, are required to submit an Affidavit of Support along with relevant financial documents. Joint Sponsors or Household Members may also need to submit specific supporting documents. Key documents that are often overlooked include:
    • Tax transcripts/tax returns
    • W-2/1099s
    • Proof of income
    • To know exactly which documents to submit, consult the chart at https://nvc.state.gov/fin.
  3. Missing Petitioner Civil Documents – In certain cases, the petitioner may need to provide civil documents. Not all required documents will be requested through CEAC. For instance, if a petitioner is applying for specific visas and the spouse had previous marriages, evidence of the termination of all prior marriages is needed. To determine the necessary documents to submit to the NVC, visit https://nvc.state.gov/documents.


While these are just a few common reasons why the NVC might request corrections, it’s imperative to review the official NVC website in its entirety to prevent delays in your application. By being meticulous and referring to the appropriate resources, you can ensure a smoother journey through the visa application process.

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