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Consular Processing


Consular Processing is a way in which foreign nationals not currently residing in the U.S. can obtain permanent legal status (a “green card”) via the U.S. embassy in their home country. If you have an approved immigrant petition and there is an immigrant visa number immediately available to you, you may be eligible for Consular Processing.

Dealing with the U.S. Embassy in a foreign country may be difficult and time consuming. Applicants can benefit from the experience and attention to detail provided by Charlotte Viener & Associates during this process, particularly the all-important final stages. As your immigration attorneys we can assist you or your family members with the final paperwork and in preparation for your interview at the United States Consulate in your country. We’re extremely knowledgeable about Consular Processing and can help make your visa-issuing process smoother and less confusing. It is crucially important that all data you submit to our office must be accurate so that if a waiver is required, one can be prepared prior to your interview.

The Steps of the Consular Processing Procedure

Step 1: Determine your basis for immigration

Depending on your current status and employment situation you have several categories to choose from as you apply to immigrate. A trained immigration attorney can help you decide your best course of action.

Step 2: File your petition for Consular Processing

You may choose to file your petition for a number of different reasons: family based, employment based, humanitarian reasons, or even under a special class. After filing you must wait to hear from the USCIS in writing about their decision.

Step 3: Get a visa and go to your appointment

If your application has been approved you will hear from the National Visa Center about the availability of visa numbers as well as fees and forms that must be submitted. Once a visa becomes available you will attend an in-person interview at the National Visa Center.

Step 4: Coming to the U.S.

After your visa has been granted you’ll be given what’s known as a “visa packet” which you should not open. When you get to the United States a customs official will inspect your packet and person and admit you to the U.S. where you will wait up to 45 days to receive your green card in the mail.

Consular Processing can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a qualified immigration attorney’s office like Charlotte Viener & Associates will make the process more efficient and help you avoid simple mistakes that can cost you time and money.

The Immigration Attorneys of Charlotte Viener & Associates in New Orleans have the knowledge and experience to help guide you through every step of the Consular Processing procedure.

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