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.
Once you have submitted all the requirements documents to the National Visa Center (NVC) and your case has been documentarily qualified, you will be scheduled for the next available interview at your US Consulate or Embassy. You are required to appear in person for the interview and must bring the required supporting documents. Read here for what to expect at the immigrant visa interview here.
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.