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Administrative Processing at the National VISA Center
 

The second step in the immigrant visa process is with the National Visa Center.

Once USCIS approves a petition, the petition is forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for administrative processing. If you would like to contact the NVC, please click here

Immediate Relatives

Note: the Immigration Visa (IV) unit – Consular Section of the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will not contact the beneficiary at this point. The case file is then forwarded to the IV unit in Ho Chi Minh City.

For IR/CR cases: After receiving the approved petition from USCIS, NVC creates a case number (HCM xxxx-xxx-xxx) for each petition and provides Affidavit of Support Processing and Applicant Document Processing. Please follow the NVC’s instructions carefully. Sending the NVC documentation or paying fees when they were not requested by the NVC will result in delays in processing. When the administrative processing of a case is completed, the NVC schedules a visa interview appointment for the beneficiary and sends notification (Appointment Letter) to the petitioner and/or the beneficiary.

Note: Either notification received by the petitioner or the beneficiary can be used for medical examination, vaccination, and access to the Consulate General on the interview date. If the petitioner receives the notification, the petitioner may wish to send it to the beneficiary through mail, fax, or email. A copy of the notification has the same value as the original.

In case neither the petitioner nor the beneficiary has received the notification from the NVC one week before the interview appointment, please contact our office. 

For more detailed information about how the NVC processes cases, please click here. For information on how to prepare for an interview, please click here

K cases: After receiving the approved petition from USCIS, the NVC creates a case number (HCM xxxx-xxx-xxx) for each petition and forwards the case file to our office for further processing.

For information on how K cases are processed in our office, please click here.

Family-Based Immigrants (F cases) and Employment-Based Immigrants (E cases)

After receiving the approved petition from USCIS, the NVC creates a case number (HCM xxxx-xxx-xxx) for each petition and stores all preference petitions until a petition’s priority date is close to being current. When a petition's priority date is current, the NVC will provide Affidavit of Support processing and Applicant Document processing. Please follow the NVC’s instructions carefully. Sending the NVC documentation or paying fees before they are requested will result in delays in processing. For more information about how the NVC processes cases, please visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/nvc/nvc_1335.html. When the administrative processing of a case is completed, the NVC schedules a visa interview for the beneficiary and sends notification (Appointment Letter) to the petitioner and/or the beneficiary. Note: the Immigration Visa (IV) unit – Consular Section of the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will not contact the beneficiary at this point. The case file is then forwarded to the IV unit in Ho Chi Minh City.

Note: either notification received by the petitioner or the beneficiary can be used for medical examination, vaccination, and access to the Consulate General on the interview date. If the petitioner has received the notification, he/she may wish to send it to the beneficiary through mail, fax, or email. A copy of the notification has the same value as the original.

In case neither the petitioner nor the beneficiary has received the notification from the NVC one week before the interview appointment, please contact our office from Monday through Friday, except holidays. For more detailed information about how the NVC processes cases, please click here. For information on how to prepare for an interview, please click here.

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