What does happen after we send out our I-130 immigrant petition?

If your petition is complete, you will wait until you hear back from National Visa Center (NVC). It usually is a letter like this:

Thank you for your interest in immigrating to the United States of America.  The Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) received your approved immigrant visa petition I-130 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). NVC’s role is to ensure you are prepared for your immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate General, and to schedule your interview appointment.

NVC is responsible for collecting any applicable fees, the Immigrant Visa Application, supporting civil documents, police certificate(s), Affidavits of Support, and financial documents, if applicable, prior to your visa interview at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate General. Do not mail documents to NVC, even if you received instructions to mail documents to NVC in the past.

You will need to log on to the Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to check your case status, pay any necessary fees, upload and submit documents, and read messages from NVC.

If you are logging into CEAC for the first time, please be aware that it can take up to three days (72 hours) from receipt of this notice for your account to be activated. Once activated, you can log into CEAC using the following unique NVC case number and Invoice Identification Number.

NVC Case Number:MTL0000000000
Invoice ID Number:IVSCA00000000000

You should keep this information available in a safe place as you will need it every time you log on to CEAC. Please keep in mind that you must use CEAC to provide NVC with the fees and documents that are required prior to your immigrant visa interview. We do not accept these by mail.

Please Note: You must bring the exact original of any scanned document you upload to CEAC that NVC accepts to your immigrant visa interview. Failure to bring the exact original you uploaded to CEAC may delay the processing of your case.

You must follow our 12 step instructions posted at US Department State’s website  for completing your case.

If you need to contact NVC, please follow the instructions at US Deparment State’s website. NVC may send questions, instructions, and status updates to your CEAC account. If we do this you will receive an email asking you to log into your CEAC account to review a message from NVC.

IMPORTANT: If you do not log into CEAC or communicate with NVC regarding this immigrant visa case for a period of one year, by law the Department of State must terminate your visa application.

FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: Financial sponsors, joint sponsors, and applicants should be aware of the responsibilities arising from a sponsor signing an I-864 and the consequences of a sponsored immigrant’s acceptance of federal means-tested public benefits. For more information, visit https://nvc.state.gov/aos.

Contact us at YA Law: 

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