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Over 500,000 people immigrate to the United States each year. Such a large number of applicants can create significant delays for certain types of immigrant visas. The below information below is provided to help you determine where your application is in the immigration process. The number of immigrants allowed into the United States in any given year is set in accordance with Section 201 of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act.

Applications for Immediate Family Members of American Citizens (Spouse of Citizen, Unmarried Child of Citizen (Under 21), and Parent of Citizen) - Petition Type: I-130 / Visa Type: IR1, CR1, IR2, CR2, IR5

Most petitioners must file their I-130 petitions for eligible family members by mail at the USCIS service center that serves their state of residence. Please visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov to find your USCIS service center (Home > Services & Benefits > Field Offices). At the USCIS website you may also check on the status of your petition. After USCIS approves the petition, USCIS forwards the case to the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC). The petitioner will work with the National Visa Center to gather required documents and initially prepare the case. During this time, all inquiries about your case should be directed to the National Visa Center. The NVC’s e-mail address is NVCINQUIRY@state.gov. Additional contact information is available here. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

After the National Visa Center has verified that your case is preliminarily complete, the NVC will send the petitioner, beneficiary, and legal representative (if applicable) a notice via regular mail stating when the applicant’s visa interview will be at the Consular Section. This appointment letter should be brought to the visa interview. At the same time, the NVC will forward your case file to the Consular Section. Please note, it can take several weeks for a case to transit from the National Visa Center to the Consular Section. For this reason, please wait for your interview letter from NVC and do not contact the Consular Section immediately after your case has been sent from NVC.

Once your case has arrived in the Consular Section, it will remain at the Consular Section through the visa interview. For questions regarding your case while it is at the Consular Section, please email the Consular Section’s Immigrant Visa Unit at IVYerevanstate.gov. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

Cases that are not clearly approvable at post are returned to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over where the petitioner lives for further review. Once a case has been returned to USCIS, the Consular Section no longer has access to the record. In these cases, petitioner and beneficiary are advised to direct their questions the USCIS field office where they initially filed the petition.

Applications for fiancé (e)/Spouse of American Citizens - Petition Type: I-129F / Visa Type: K-1, K-3

Petitioners must file their I-129F fiancée petitions by mail at the USCIS service center that serves their state of residence. Please visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov to find your service center (Home > Services & Benefits > Field Offices). At the USCIS website you may also check on the status of your petition. After USCIS approves the petition, USCIS forwards the case to the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC). The petitioner will work with the National Visa Center to gather required documents and initially prepare the case. During this time, all inquiries about your case should be directed to the National Visa Center. The NVC’s e-mail address is NVCINQUIRY@state.gov. Additional contact information is available here. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

After the National Visa Center has verified that your case is preliminarily complete, NVC will forward your case file to the Consular Section. Please note, it can take several weeks fffor a case to transit from the National Visa Center to the Consular Section. Once your case arrives at the Consular Section, the beneficiary will be contacted by the Consular Section and informed when to appear for their interview. Because it can take several weeks for your case to travel from NVC to the Consular Section, please do not contact the Consular Section after your case has been sent from NVC; beneficiaries should wait for the Consular Section staff to contact them.

Once your case has arrived in the Consular Section, it will remain at the Consular Section through the visa interview. For questions regarding your case while it is at the Consular Section, please email the Consular Section’s Immigrant Visa Unit at IVYerevan@state.gov. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

Cases that are not clearly approvable at post are returned to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over where the petitioner lives for further review. Once a case has been returned to USCIS, the Consular Section no longer has access to the record. In these cases, petitioner and beneficiary are advised to direct their questions the USCIS field office where they initially filed the petition.

Applications for Spouses of LPRs and Extended Family Members (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens, Unmarried Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents, Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens, Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens) - Petition Type: I-130 / Visa Type: F1, F2, F3 ,F4

Petitioners must file their I-130 petitions for eligible family members by mail at the USCIS service center that serves their state of residence. Please visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov to find your USCIS service center (Home > Services & Benefits > Field Offices). After USCIS approves your petition, USCIS forwards the case to the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC). Your petition for the spouse of an LPR or extended family member will be processed in the order it was received. Due to high volumes, in some cases this processing time can be several years. Please see the USCIS website to view current processing times for your type of petition. At the USCIS website you may also check on the status of your petition.

At the NVC, your case will be in a pending status until visas become available for your relative’s particular category. For some categories of immigrants, this waiting period may be several years. Visas are distributed based on when the petition was filed. The petition’s filing date, i.e. the date on which USCIS received your petition, is considered as its “priority date.” Visa processing priority for the various immigrant visa categories is determined by this priority date. To review what application priority dates are currently being issued, please see the Visa Bulletin at www.travel.state.gov.

When your case’s priority date becomes current, the petitioner will work with the NVC to gather required documents and initially prepare the case. During this time, all inquiries about your case should be directed to the NVC. The NVC’s e-mail address is NVCINQUIRY@state.gov. Additional contact information is available here. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

After the NVC has verified that your case is preliminarily complete, NVC will forward your case file to the Consular Section and send the petitioner, beneficiary, and legal representative (if applicable) a notice via regular mail stating when the applicant’s visa interview will be at the Consular Section. This appointment letter should be brought to the visa interview. Please note, it can take several weeks for a case to transit from the National Visa Center to the Consular Section. For this reason, please wait for your interview letter from NVC and do not contact the Consular Section immediately after your case has been sent from NVC.

Once your case has arrived in the Consular Section, it will remain at the Consular Section through the visa interview. For questions regarding your case while it is at the Consular Section, please email the Consular Section’s Immigrant Visa Unit at IVYerevan@state.gov. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

Cases that are not clearly approvable at post are returned to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over where the petitioner lives for further review. Once a case has been returned to USCIS, the Consular Section no longer has access to the record. In these cases, petitioner and beneficiary are advised to direct their questions the USCIS field office where they initially filed the petition.

Applications for Asylee/Refugee Visas - Petition Type: I-730 / Visa Type: YY, ZZ

Petitioners must file petition I-730 with the USCIS. Please visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov to find out with which field office you should file the petition (Home > Services & Benefits > Field Offices). At the USCIS website you may also check on the status of your petition. After the petition is approved, the case file is sent to the Consular Section via the National Visa Center (NVC). Please note, it can take several weeks for a case to transit from the National Visa Center to the Consular Section. For this reason, please wait for your interview letter from NVC and do not contact the Consular Section immediately after your case has been sent from NVC. The Consular Section will contact the petitioner’s family members via phone to arrange their visa interview. For questions regarding your case while it is at the Consular Section, please email the Consular Section’s Immigrant Visa Unit at IVYerevan@state.gov. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

Applications for Employment Visas - Petition Type: I-140 / Visa Type: E

Potential employers file their I-140 employment petitions at the USCIS field office closest to where they live or via mail. Please visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov to find your field office (Home > Services & Benefits > Field Offices). At the USCIS website you may also check on the status of your petition. Please see www.uscis.gov for more information on filing requirements. During this time, all inquiries about your case should be directed to the USCIS field office or USCIS service center with jurisdiction over your case.

After USCIS approves the petition, USCIS forwards the case to the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC). The employer will work with NVC to gather required documents and initially prepare the case. The NVC will send the petitioner, beneficiary, and legal representative (if applicable) a notice via regular mail stating when the applicant’s visa interview will be at the selected Consular Section. This appointment letter should be brought to the visa interview. At the same time, the NVC will forward your case file to the Consular Section. Please note, it can take several weeks for a case to transit from the National Visa Center to the Consular Section. For this reason, please wait for your interview letter from NVC and do not contact the Consular Section immediately after your case has been sent from NVC.

Once your case has arrived in the Consular Section, it will remain at the Consular Section through the visa interview. For questions regarding your case while it is at the Consular Section, please email the Consular Section’s Immigrant Visa Unit at IVYerevan@state.gov. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

Cases that are not clearly approvable at post are returned to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over where the petitioner lives for further review. Once a case has been returned to USCIS, the Consular Section no longer has access to the record. In these cases, petitioner and beneficiary are advised to direct their questions the USCIS field office where they initially filed the petition.

Applications for Diversity Visas - Petition Type: Not Applicable / Visa Type: DV

Unlike other immigrant visas, Diversity Lottery visas do not begin with petitions.  Instead, potential applicants participate in the on-line lottery at www.dvlottery.state.gov once a year from October – December (exact dates vary; see www.travel.state.gov for more information).  All DV entrants will be required to go to the E-DV website Entrant Status Check using the confirmation number saved from their online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check for DV-2013 will be available starting May 1, 2012, at the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Selectees will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which selectees will be notified of their selection for the program. The Department of State will not be mailing out notification letters. Those selected in the random drawing are NOT notified of their selection by e-mail. Those individuals NOT selected will be notified of their non-selection through Entrant Status Check. All inquiries about your case should be directed to the Kentucky Consular Center.  Their email is KCCDV@state.gov.  Be sure to include your DV number, full name and date of birth in all communications.

After the Kentucky Consular Center has verified that your case is preliminarily complete, the KCC will forward your case file to the Consular Section.  Please note that it can take several weeks for a case to transit from the Kentucky Consular Center to the Consular Section.  For this reason, please do not contact the Consular Section for information on your interview date immediately after your case has been sent from KCC.

Once your case has arrived in the Consular Section, it will remain at the Consular Section through the visa interview.  For questions regarding your case while it is at the Consular Section, please email the Consular Section’s Immigrant Visa Unit at IVYerevan@state.gov. Be sure to include your case number, full name and date of birth in all communications.