Consular processing is a visa or green card application process for individuals applying outside of the United States. If, for example, you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen or green card holder wishing to apply for a green card from abroad, you will go through this consular processing. This is different from Adjustment of Status (AOS), which is a process used to apply for a green card while the spouse is currently qualified to adjust their status while remaining in the USA.
Consular processing can be challenging for some, time-consuming, and frustrating if you fail to file the proper documentation in a timely fashion. Once you have obtained approval for your visa petition and a visa is available for you, your application must be processed through the National Visa Center (NVC). After NVC completes its processing, the U.S. consulate in your home country will set an interview for the issuance of the visa. However, please note that a U.S. consulate may still refuse to issue a visa even if USCIS and NVC have completed their processing and may even refer the entire application back to USCIS. Our skilled professional staff can assist you in navigating this tedious process.