The Department of State established the National Visa Center, located in New Hampshire, to process approved immigration visas and collect the fees associated with these applications. Once the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Service has approved a visa application, the national visa processing center takes over.
Services: The National Visa Center, NVC, sorts immigrant visa applications by latest priority dates. The applications that are needed first take precedence over ones that can be processed later. Some of the applications received by the NVC are kept for months or years before they contact the applicant.
Current Applications: Applications for immediate family visas are considered current regardless of what date on the form. Family and immigrant work visas are limited. There are always more applications than visa's available. The NVC notifies the applicant by mail when the visa application is about to become current. Information and instructions are provided to the applicant on how to proceed.
Forms: If you have received a letter from NVC you have already provided some of the information required. They may request additional information including form DS-3032 that you need to fill out and return before the process can continue. The individual or business that is sponsoring you will be sent form I-864. Both of these forms must be filled out and received before any further action will be taken.
Documentation: The NVC will require standard travel documentation. This includes a valid passport, birth certificate, a police report from all places that you lived from the age of 16, and 2 passport-sized photographs. Other documents include marriage license, divorce papers, custody papers, and some type of photograph identification. A copy of your vaccination record will be required. A medical examination will be required before anyone is allowed to enter the country. Some applications may require more documentation depending on the type of visa requested.
Fees: Visa fees will vary depending on the type of visa requested. Travel fees for transportation associated with your visa application may apply. Medical examination fees vary and will you must pay at the time you receive your examination. There is a $70 fee for the Affidavit of Support and a $355 fee for Immigration Visa. The Security Enhancement fee is $45. Additional fees for fiancÚ application, fingerprinting, photocopying, or for helping obtain one of the required documents may also be charged.
Contact the NVC: The National Visa Center has a web site available 24 hours a day for your convenience, [email protected] A computer assisted telephone line is also available; however, you must have a touch-tone phone to use this service, 1-603-334-0700. This is not a toll free number. This same number can be used Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. to speak with an operator. The address for the National Visa Center is: 31 Rochester Avenue, Suite 200, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915. Do not mail any documents, application forms or fees to this address. Once the NVC has your approved visa, you can use these methods of contact to keep track of your applications status and any additional information that may be required.
While the visa application process may be time consuming and appear to be difficult, the National Visa Center helps people obtain immigration visas.
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