Processing Your Immigration: What You Need to Know About the National Visa Center

The translation is necessary for all your immigration documents. This means that you need certified translations when you are applying either for a visitor’s permit or if you want to immigrate to the United States.

The USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) stipulates that all documents should be translated completely – including everything that appears on every page of the original document. As per the USCIS, a certified translation does not need notarization if it is submitted in the United States.

However, if you are submitting your certified translations outside the US (like in embassies or consulates), you definitely need to notarize it. If you are new to processing your immigration, things can be confusing especially with national visa center translation.

Before anything, here are the things you need to know about NVC (National Visa Center):

Where does NVC fit into the immigration process?

You must know that after the USCIS approves your immigrant visa petition, the agency will forward it to the NVC. For immediate relative categories, they do not have yearly numerical restrictions. However, for employment-based immigrant or family preference categories, they have yearly numerical restrictions. If you are processing your visa, you should expect longer wait times.

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What happens after the USCIS sent an immigrant visa petition to NVC?

There is a Priority Date you need to remember. If the date meets the recent Cut-off Date, the NVC will invoice visa application fees as well as collect your application and other documentation. Finally, NVC will hold the petition until the scheduled interview with an officer at US Consulate or Embassy.

If the Date does not meet the recent Cut-off Date, you should not fret. The NVC will surely notify you and hold your petition until you meet the most recent Cut-off. If you get closer to the Cut-off Date, NVC will contact you to initiate your processing. Keep in mind that the Department of State updates the Cut-off Dates every month in their Visa Bulletin.

How do you know if your Priority Date meets the recent Cut-off Date?

If you are just starting to process, you will come across different terms. You will come across “Priority Date meets the most recent Cut-off Date”. Do not be confused. This typically means that your petition is ready to initiate processing at the NVC. However, if your Priority Date gets closer to the Cut-off Date, NVC will just contact you when it is time to process.

So, how do you know your Priority Date?

This is easy. When you file your immigration visa petition to USCIS, the agency will assign a Priority Date. If you are not sure about your Priority Date, it is crucial that you check the Approval Notice from the USCIS.

Final words

Immigration things are confusing but you will get over it once you have the good news. If you have any questions, it is important that you approach the right person or agency. The contact information of agencies is stated clearly so you can reach them immediately.