Case questions outside of the normal processing time. If your visa case number isn't recognized, it's likely that the National Visa Center hasn't yet received your case and cannot report your case status. To check on your case status you can email, call, or mail them. You must have your visa case number or INS receipt number. This is the 13-digit number that identifies your visa application. When you arrive in the United States, you should give your Visa Packet to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the port of entry. The CBP officer will inspect you and determine whether to admit you into the United States as a lawful permanent resident. If the CBP officer admits you, you will then have lawful permanent resident status and be able to live and work in the United States permanently. The entire DS-260 online form must be filled out in English. If you are submitting addresses or names that aren't in the Roman alphabet, you must transliterate them. When in the national interests of the United States. A visa applicant's case status will change to "current" when their visa might be available in the next year. At that time, the visa application is forwarded to the applicant's local consulate or embassy. When a Processing Fee Isn't Required for a Nonimmigrant Visa. You can't correct the DS-260 after you've submitted it online. Ideally, you should make sure that all of your information is correct the first time. However, if you discover a mistake after submitting your DS-260, you may simply inform the consular officer at your interview about the mistake and ask to have it corrected at that time. Self Check: Verify your Eligibility to Work in the U.S. Home > Green Card > Green Card Processes and Procedures > Consular Processing. An applicant transiting to and from United Nations headquarters. The National Visa Center processes all approved immigrant visa petitions. The National Visa Center also processes K-1 visa applications for fiancees and K-3 visa applications for the nonimmigrant spouses of U.S. citizens. These changes may affect your eligibility or visa availability. Go to the Department of State's National Visa Center Contact Information page for information on how to contact the NVC. If you have any inquiries or questions about the process of a visa application, don't hesitate to post your legal need for one of UpCounsel's highly trained and affordable lawyers on the marketplace. Visa petitions are first submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security. Once the immigrant visa petition has been approved, it is sent to the National Visa Center. The National Visa Center holds onto them until the case is ready to be adjudicated at a consulate or embassy. Not sure if you qualify for a marriage-based green card? Start by checking your eligibility. Humanitarian programs: Most humanitarian programs do not require you to have an immigrant petition, although you may need to meet additional requirements before they can apply for a Green Card. For more information, see our Humanitarian page. This is the National Visa Center's preferred method of communication. 4. Wait for Notification from the National Visa Center. To begin, you'll need your case number, beneficiary ID number, and invoice number from the original welcome notice that the NVC sent you. You will need to pay a USCIS Immigrant Fee. USCIS uses this fee to process your immigrant visa packet and produce your Green Card. We encourage you to pay the fee online after you receive your visa packet and before you depart for the United States. This extension sets your search engine to Yahoo and customizes your new tab page with Flickr photos and access to your top sites Add-on sets your default search engine to Yahoo and brings a fresh look to your new tab page. Get powerful search results, gorgeous Flickr photos and quick access to your top sites each time you open a new tab! Search and New Tab by Yahoo offered by yahoo.com.