GREEN CARDS THROUGH CONSULAR PROCESSING
This page teaches you how to obtain lawful permanent residence through a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad, called Consular Processing.
If you reside outside of the U.S. or are unlawfully present in the U.S., generally you will apply for lawful permanent residence at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you are a national. Once the USCIS approves the visa petition submitted by your relative (form I130) or employer (form I-140), the approved petition will be forwarded to the US National Visa Center (NVC).
When your priority date is almost current, the NVC will request that you pay your government filing fees and submit the necessary paperwork for your immigrant visa interview. As soon as you comply, the NVC will forward your paperwork to the appropriate U.S. Embassy/Consulate which will schedule you, and your spouse and children, for an immigrant visa interview.
Once your application for an immigrant visa, and any waivers which may be required, are approved, you and your family will be able to travel to the United States to seek admission for lawful permanent residence.
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State Department Resources
- Permanent Immigrants to the U.S.
- Immigrant Visas for Spouses of U.S. Citizens
- Employment-Based Immigrant Visas
- Family-Based Immigrant Visas
- Visa FAQ
- Links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide
- Visa News
- Visa Policy Telegrams
- National Visa Center
- State Department Cable: Processing I-140 Petitions for Applicants Residing in the U.S. (9-28-00)
- Immigration Process for RNs Residing Abroad: Consular Processing for Non-Union Hospitals (2-14-06)
- INS: Consular Processing Request (I-824) Treated as Adjustment of Status Withdrawal (8-08-00)
- Getting a Green Card in Juarez (The Hard Way) (February 2013)
- Reuniting a Family through an I-212 Waiver (November 2012)