living permanently i.e. immigrating to the United States is an important and complex decision. Under this section you will learn about who may immigrate to the U.S., the different types of immigrant visas, the required forms and the steps in the immigrant visa process. For more information , review Visa Types For Immigrants.
In general, to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsered by U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident or by a prospective employer and be the beneficiary of an approved petition.Therefore, a first step is filing a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
IMMIGRANT VISA PROCESSING- THE NATIONAL VISA CENTER (NVC)
When your petition is approved, USCIS sends it to the National Visa Center (NVC). After NVC receives the petition. it will create a case record and assign a case number( which is used to track the case throughout its duration at the NVC.), usually within 24 hours of being received from the USCIS.Further steps of NVC are providing instructions to petitioners, sponsors;and visa applicants; reviewing required affidavit of support forms from sponsors; and receiving fees, application forms,and other required documents from visa applicants.
For more information, see Visa Information For Immigrants, including the Visa Bulletin, required vaccinations, DNA testing and more..