Understanding Consular Processing


What is Consular Processing?

Consular processing allows for individuals who are abroad and are a beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition to apply for permanent residency(green card) in the U.S. from a U.S. consulate abroad. For other options in obtaining legal permanent residency and a green card, click here.

Steps for Consular Processing

  1. Determine which categorgy of immigration you fit in.
  2. Have an immigrant petition filed on your behalf: Family-based, Employment-based, Special immigration cases, or through Humanitarian Programs
  3. Wait for a decision on your petition.
  4. Wait for Notification from the National Visa Center
  5. Go to your appointment.
  6. Notify the National Visa Center of any changes
  7. Visa is Granted
  8. Recieve your Green Card
  • For more information see the detailed list from the USCIS website.

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