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NVC Transitioning to Electronic Immigrant Visa Application Form

As of September 3, 2013, the NVC is transitioning to an online immigrant visa application process. Immigrant visa applicants will submit their immigrant visa applications online using the Department of State electronic application form, DS-260. The Department of State will continue to process the old DS-230 Immigrant Visa Application for cases submitted and accepted prior […]

Common Mistakes in Applying for a Spouse Visa to the U.S.

The process of obtaining a U.S. spouse visa and immigrating to the U.S. from abroad is complex and rife with complications for the inexperienced. Some of the most common pitfalls to be aware of in applying for a U.S. spouse visa and immigrating to the U.S. include: • Never provide incomplete, inaccurate, or untruthful information […]

The Immigrant Spouse Visa

U.S. Spouse Visa Eligibility Requirements  To qualify for a marriage visa to the United States, the foreign national spouse must meet the following requirements: Must be a legally married; Must intend to reside permanently in the United States; The U.S. citizen spouse must be 18 years of age and maintain their primary domicile in the […]

Retirement Visa to the U.S.

    Currently, there are no provisions available under U.S. visa law that would allow a foreign national to qualify for immigration to the United States based on retirement to the United States. Immigration to the U.S. is primarily family, employment, or investment.  

USCIS to Propose Changing the Process for Certain Waivers

Introduction On Jan. 6, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice of intent in the Federal Register outlining its plan to reduce the time that U.S. citizens are separated from their spouses and children under certain circumstances while those family members go through the process of becoming legal immigrants to the United […]

Important Notice Regarding K-3 Spouse Visa and National Visa Center Processingsing of

Effective February 1st, 2010, when both an I-130 spouse petition and an I-129F (K-3) spouse petition have been approved by the USCIS and sent to the NVC or when USCIS approves the I-130 before the I-129F, the availability of, as well as the need for, a nonimmigrant K-3 spouse visa ends. If the NVC receives […]

K-3 Spouse Visa – A Brief Overview

What Is a K-3 spouse visa? The K-3 spouse visa is a means for the foreign-national spouse of a United States (U.S.) citizen to travel to the United States while the I-130 spouse petition is pending. The K-3 visa category is intended to shorten the physical separation between the foreign-national spouse and the U.S. citizen […]

Spouse Visa Interview – Medical Examination FAQs

Are children required to have chest x-rays or blood tests? Chest X-ray and blood tests are not usually required for children under the age of fifteen. What if the applicant is mentally retarded or has a learning disability? Applicants with mental retardation or learning disabilities must present a report of their condition and any special […]

Steps to Take After Receiving Your Spouse Visa Interview Notice From the NVC

The National Visa Center (NVC) is the agency responsible for scheduling spouse visa interviews on behalf of most U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The NVC also sends immigrant visa case files, containing the spouse visa petition and all forms and documents submitted by or on behalf of the foreign national spouse, to the U.S. Embassy or […]

I-864 Affidavit of Support Requirements: Establishing Domicile in the United States

A U.S. citizen or permanent resident petitioner must have a U.S. domicile before the U.S. consulate will issue a spouse visa to the sponsored spouse. If the petitioner has not maintained a U.S. domicile, then he or she must take steps to establish a U.S. domicile prior to issuance of a spouse visa to the […]