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When will I get a notice from the national visa center after my I-526 gets approved?

My I-526 got approved last month, but I have not heard anything from the national visa center regarding the visa interview yet. What should I expect? When will I hear from them? I am a businessman and have busy travel schedules. I want to be able to make plans in advance.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Usually, the national visa center (NVC) will issue a fee notice in one month after I-526 is approved. However, if you come from a country with long visa backlog, the NVC may issue the fee notice in a later time when the visa cut-off date comes closer. When you receive the fee notice, you will begin the next step: filing DS-260. After the NVC completes the review of DS-260, the interview will be scheduled. The interview will not be scheduled until there are available visa numbers.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It could be two months. Plan on the whole NVC/consulate process taking four to six months.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    It could certainly get frustrating that they do not get back to you promptly. A month is certainly not that long when it comes to this issue. If you don't hear for another couple months, you should certainly get in touch with USCIS and NVC.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    After your I-526 petition is approved, it can take a number of months before you hear from the National Visa Center. If you're in valid status in the United States, you would be eligible for adjustment of status.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    Approximately after one to two months after approval, you should be receiving notice from NVC regarding the next steps for immigrant visa processing.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    It takes NVC on average 30 to 60 days to send correspondence with your NVC case number and instructions how to submit civil documents and DS-260 online. If you do not hear from NVC past 60 days, have your attorney contact NVC or contact it yourself if you are not represented by attorney for consular processing.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    NVC generally issues the fee bill within 30 days of I-526 approval. If you don't receive it within 30 days, contact NVC to make sure they have received your I-526 AN from USCIS. There are several steps in between the hearing from NVC and the interview date. You can control the process and how fast/slow you go though it. Once NVC sends the letter confirming your file has been sent to the consulate for interview scheduling, you can expect the interview will take place in four to eight weeks. Don't let more than one year pass in between contacts with NVC.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Three to four months.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    A month interval is not too long. The National Visa Center (NVC) will eventually be in contact with you as soon as your file is transferred from the USCIS to the NVC.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    They often take one to two months to transfer the file. If you do not hear in 60 days you should follow up with both USCIS and NVC.

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    Irina Rostova

    Immigration Attorney
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    If you marked that you wish to pursue consular processing instead of adjustment of status on your form I-526, then your case will be automatically forwarded to NVC. It usually takes 30 to 90 days for NVC to notify you of the receipt of your case and issue a visa-fee bill.

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