Consulate Processing

Consulate Processing

Consulate processing is for applicants currently residing inside OR outside the United States. After earning an I-130 approval, the National Visa Center will notify the petitioner/applicant that the process is ready for the next step - Consulate Processing.

Once the I-130 visa is available, the National Visa Center will send an email with two invoices for:
1) An affidavit of support - $88
2) Applicant visa fee - $230

Once fees are submitted then the petitioner/applicant must submit original copies of all required documents documents to the National Visa Center. When all documents have been processed and approved, the National Visa Center will schedule an appointment interview for the petitioner/applicant in the relevant city.

Required Documents for NVC Interview

  • Appointment letter from the NVC
  • Passport(s) valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States
  • Police Certificate(s)
  • Birth Certificate(s)
  • Court and prison records, if applicable
  • Military records, if applicable
  • Color photographs
  • Marriage Certificate, if applicable
  • Evidence of financial support (e.g. Affidavit of Support, a notarized offer of employment, or evidence of assets)
  • Divorce decree or death certificate of spouse, if applicable
  • Family-based cases: All original documents establishing the relationship between the petitioner and the applicant
  • Employment-based cases: A currently valid letter from the prospective employer confirming the essential elements of the job offer
The applicant is responsible to bring all required original documents to the interview, except for documents already submitted to the NVC. Failure to bring all required original documents to the interview may cause delay or denial of the visa.

All documents not written in English or in the official language of the country in which the interview takes place MUST be accompanied by a translation in English. Translations must be certified by a competent translator and notarized. Translations submitted to the NVC will be included in the applicant’s case file.