When a person applies for a non-immigrant visa at an Embassy or Consulate, the Consular Officer can issue the visa at or soon after the visa interview. However, the Consular Officer can also issue a notice, sometimes referred to as a 221(g) notice, declining to issue the visa and sending the case for further review. That further review is sometimes referred to as “Administrative Processing.” Administrative Processing means that the Consular Officer is sending the case from the Embassy/Consulate for further evaluation and screening. While the exact process is fairly opaque, Administrative Processing means: 1) that the applicant’s case has been sent from the Embassy/Consulate to a data center to be reviewed for criminal convictions, security risks, immigration Administrative processing is carried out by the Visa Office of the U. Department of State with the cooperation of other government agencies to ensure that a visa applicant is not a security risk and the he/she is not ineligible for the requested visa or otherwise inadmissible to the U. For more information on the purpose of administrative processing click here. When an applicant’s visa application is selected for administrative processing they will be notified with a letter stating the case is on hold until eligibility can be determined. Sometimes – but not always – the letter instructs the visa applicant to provide additional information or documentation which will help the consular official can make a decision. For more information on visa eligibility click here. Department of State, most administrative processing cases conclude 60 days or less after the visa interview. To check the status of your immigrant petition, visit the USCIS website here. You must enter your application receipt number, which is a 13-digit receipt number starting with EAC, WAC, LIN or SRC, followed by numbers. Applicants under the IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, K, DV or SB1 visa categories and applicants with current F1, F2A, F2B, F3 or F4 petitions (here. The applicant or relative will need to enter the case number (e.g.: HAV2013123456, 2013SA123). Embassy will contact the applicant by telephone or telegram as soon as this process has concluded and a determination has been made on the applicant's case or if the applicant needs to submit additional or updated documents. Once the visa appears as “Issued” the applicants will be able to come to the U. Embassy to pick up their passport following the instructions on their pass. Please be aware that some cases require extended administrative processing.
On July 20, 2017, CLINIC staff and affiliate members visited the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, NH. NVC Acting Director, Antje Weygandt welcomed the group and Fraud Prevention Manager, Becky Austin provided an overview of processing at NVC. Dustin Haack, Production Manager, presented on electronic processing and the new customer portal in the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) being piloted at select consular posts. Following a tour of the facility, NVC staff answered participant questions. This article summarizes the information provided during the visit. The National Visa Center (NVC) is a center that is part of the U. Department of State that plays the role of holding United States immigrant visa petitions (as well as Form I-129F petitions for K-1/K-3 visas) approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services until an immigrant visa number becomes available for the petition, at which point it arranges for the visa applicant(s) (the petition beneficiaries) to take the visa interview at a consulate abroad. It was established in 1994 on the site of an Air Force base that was closed down by The Pentagon. In most cases, the person or entity that files the original USCIS petition (also known as the petitioner) differs from the person (or persons) on whose behalf the petition is filed (also known as the beneficiary or beneficiaries). The beneficiaries are the persons who may subsequently apply for a visa based on the approved petition, and NVC's communication is with the beneficiary (with the petitioner getting a notification at the beginning). In this article, the terms "beneficiary" and "visa applicant" are both used based on context. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, is used by United States citizens and permanent residents to petition for immigrant status for their immediate relatives. The IR subcategory in the Form I-130 category is uncapped, and therefore the NVC immediately begins processing the application.
The applicant or relative will need to enter the case number e.g. HAV2013123456, 2013SA123. Once the visa appears as “Issued” the applicants will be able. Apr 1, 2013. It also assigns every visa, a unique visa number. Likewise, the National Visa Center NVC, assigns case numbers to the immigrant petitions it.