1. What is Consular Processing?
Consular Processing of an immigrant visa is the process by which an individual applies for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate overseas.
2. When Does the Consular Processing for An Immigrant Visa Begin?
Consular Processing for an immigrant visa begins when the underlying relative (or employment based) petition is approved and an immigrant visa number is available.
3. Who May Apply for Consular Processing of Immigrant Visa?
Consular Processing of immigrant visa is suitable for:
- Spouse, parent, son, daughter, brother or sister of a U.S. citizen with an approved family-based immigrant visa petition
- Spouse, unmarried son or daughter of any age of a lawful permanent resident with an approved family-based immigrant visa petition
- Foreign nationals with an approved immigrant visa petition filed on their behalf by a U.S. employer
- Winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery
4. What Does the Foreign National Need to Prepare for Consular Processing?
Generally the documents required in consular processing cases are similar to those required for adjustment of status. Although the forms are different, the information required and the supporting documentation tend to be almost identical.
5. Where Does a Foreign National Have to Apply for Consular Processing of an Immigrant Visa?
The foreign national must apply for Consular Processing of an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulate in his or her country of residence or country of birth.