The U.S. visa application process can be complicated. There are varying requirements for each visa type, and a small mistake could cause a delay or denial of your application.

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Before applying for a visa, you should learn as much about the process as possible. An immigration attorney can answer your questions and help you avoid mistakes during the application process.

If you are based in Kentucky, contact a Louisville immigration lawyer from the O’Brien Law Group. Rusty O’Brien can help you navigate the legal system. He is fluent in Spanish and has been assisting families and individuals in the region for more than 10 years.

Call 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit to learn more about U.S. immigration laws.

Here are the answers to four FAQs about the National Visa Center:

  1. What is the National Visa Center?

According to the U.S. Department of State, after the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approves your immigrant petition, it will forward the petition to the National Visa Center for pre-processing. According to the USCIS, there are often lengthy wait times before this processing can begin – particularly if you are applying for a family or employment-based visa. This is because these visas have numerical limits.

  1. What happens after USCIS sends my immigrant visa petition to the National Visa Center?

According to the Bureau of Consular affairs, if your priority date meets the most recent cutoff date, or it is likely to become current soon, then the National Visa Center will follow three steps.

  1. It will invoice you for your visa application fees.
  2. It will collect your application and any supporting documentation.
  3. It will hold your visa petition until you schedule an interview with an officer at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

For the latest updates on the monthly cutoff dates, visit the Visa Bulletin.

  1. How do I find out my priority date?

USCIS will assign your immigrant visa petition a priority date when you file it. If you are unsure about your priority date, you can refer to your approval notice from the USCIS.

  1. How do I pay NVC fees?

There are certain fees that you may need to pay the National Visa Center. The NVC will send the relevant invoices when the fees are due.

These invoices contain all the information you need to pay your NVC fees. It is important to follow these instructions carefully because any errors may delay your visa application.

U.S. immigration laws are constantly evolving. Navigating the legal system can seem overwhelming, but an immigration lawyer can help you identify the most efficient approach to accomplishing your goals.

If you have questions about immigration or visa processing, contact the O’Brien Law Group. Louisville immigration attorney Rusty O’Brien regularly represents clients before the Immigration Service, Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and numerous U.S. consulates and embassies abroad. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 502-400-7890.

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