These checklists do not address the question of whether or not it is advisable to file a petition in any category.
They are intended for current clients of Curran & Berger LLP who have been referred to this list by staff.
This checklist is intended for individuals with approved employment-based visa applications, who are preparing to interview for their visa stamps in at the U.S. Embassy in their home country.
Things to work on first:
Documents to be ready to submit at the Embassy interview:
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Outline of the Process: Employment-Based Consular Processing
1) I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker:
The I-140 petition will be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Once the I-140 Petition is approved, the case will be sent to the National Visa Center for further processing.
2) Fee Bill Packet:
This packet should arrive 3-8 weeks after the I-140 Petition is approved. It will require payment of the Immigrant Visa fees for the Intending Immigrant (s). If the Intending Immigrant wishes to bring immediate family members to the United States, s/he should add them to his/her Immigrant Visa Petition at this time.
3) Instruction Packet:
When visas are available, we will receive the NVC “Instruction Packet.” This packet will request an online form from the Intending Immigrant(s) and copies of documents.
4) Notification of Interview:
When the NVC has gathered and reviewed all forms, photos and original documents for the Intending Immigrant(s), they will schedule an interview at the U.S. embassy in the Intending Immigrant(s)’s home country. The final stage of the Immigrant Visa application will be processed at the embassy. If the application is approved, the Intending Immigrant(s) will receive an Immigrant Visa stamp in his/her passport. S/he will then have six months to move to the United States.