National Visa Center (NVC) Processing
After an immigrant petition filed in the United States is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. NVC plays an important role in the next steps of the immigrant visa process by providing instructions to petitioners, sponsors, and visa applicants; reviewing required Affidavit of Support forms from sponsors; and receiving fees, application forms, and other required documents from visa applicants. For numerically limited family preference petitions, NVC contacts the petitioner once the petition's priority date is about to become current.
The National Visa Center will only send cases to the U.S. Embassy in Lima with current priority dates. A Consular Officer in the Immigrant Visa section then interviews the beneficiary during their scheduled appointment to ensure that they qualify for resident status, prior to issuing an immigrant visa. To check if your priority date is current, please review the monthly visa bulletin or contact the National Visa Center.
For more information regarding National Visa Center processing, please visit Travel.State.gov