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.
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.
After a visa interview, there are two potential outcomes, the consular officer will either issue or refuse the visa. In some instances, the consular officer may request additional information to determine the applicant’s eligibility for a visa. In such cases, further administrative processing is required. Administrative processing times vary based on individual circumstances. Learn what it means to be placed in “Administrative Processing” and the steps that can be taken to move the case forward.
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.