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Since the government is open again, when can I get notification from the National Visa Center for an EB-5 visa appointment?

My I-526 was approved last December right before the government shutdown. Since then I have been checking the Visa Bulletin every month to see the availability of EB-5 visas. The April Visa Bulletin was recently published and the EB-5 visa category finally became current for investors from countries other than mainland China and Vietnam. My question is, should I follow up with the National Visa Center to schedule a visa appointment, or should I wait until NVC notifies me of the next step? How long does it take?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You or your attorney of record should follow up with NVC about the status of the case.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It looks like the NVC may be working through the backlog. If you do not hear anything by the end of the month, it may be time to inquire.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Notices should be sent out shortly if they haven't already.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    Be patient. You should be hearing from the NVC in due course. If you would like to contact them to ask for status, it doesn't hurt.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes, you're always free to follow up with the National Visa Center, which makes the necessary determination that you're documentarily qualified, in order to notify the appropriate American consulate abroad and forward to them your application for an immigrant visa that is based upon your approved petition on Form I-526. However, it may take the National Visa Center more time, and they may simply let you know what the average processing time is.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If your priority date is current, then you should be receiving correspondence from the NVC very soon. However, it does no harm if you contact them directly.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    The usual process is after I-526 is approved, if you indicated consular processing, USCIS notifies NVC of the approval, NVC creates a file for you and notifies you for next steps in processing. This can take a few months after approval.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Has NVC advised you of your immigrant visa case number? If yes, then the steps are to pay fees, submit DS-260, submit supplemental documents and wait for an interview schedule. The file is then sent to the consulate. You schedule your medical and attend the interview.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can contact the NVC to ascertain what seems to be going on with your case.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    No harm to check, but it usually takes at least three to four months.

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