How can you obtain lawful permanent residence through a US Embassy or Consulate abroad, commonly known as Consular Processing?
If you reside outside of the US or are ineligible to adjust your status in the US, you may be eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence at the US Embassy or Consulate in the country where you are a national. Once the USCIS approves the visa petition submitted by your relative (form I130) or employer (form I-140), the approved petition will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC).
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When your priority date is almost current, the NVC will request that you pay your government filing fees and submit the necessary paperwork for your immigrant visa interview. As soon as you comply, the NVC will forward your paperwork to the appropriate US Embassy/Consulate which will schedule you, and your spouse and children, for an immigrant visa interview as soon as your priority date is current.
Once your application for an immigrant visa, and any waivers which may be required, are approved, you and your family will be able to travel to the United States to seek admission for lawful permanent residence.
Green Cards Through Consular Processing is divided into the following topics:
State Department Resources
- U.S. Visas
- Immigrant Visas for Spouses of U.S. Citizens
- Employment-Based Immigrant Visas
- Family-Based Immigrant Visas
- Immigrant Visas Processing – General FAQs
- DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application FAQs
- Links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide
- Visa News
- Visa Policy Telegrams
- National Visa Center
- State Department Cable: Processing I-140 Petitions for Applicants Residing in the U.S. (9-28-00)
Consular Processing Links
- Consular Processing Information (USCIS)
- Green Card Processes and Procedures (USCIS)
- Immigrant Visa Information
- Family-Based Immigrant Visa
- DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application PDF Draft Form
- Immigration Process for RNs Residing Abroad: Consular Processing for Non-Union Hospitals (2-14-06)
- INS: Consular Processing Request (I-824) Treated as Adjustment of Status Withdrawal (8-08-00)
Success Stories – Consular Processing
- Getting a Green Card in Juarez (The Hard Way) (February 2013)
- Reuniting a Family through an I-212 Waiver (November 2012)
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