Consular Processing

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Atlanta Consular Processing Lawyers

Serving Individuals in Visa Applications Worldwide

Once an immigration petition on your behalf as its beneficiary has been approved by the U.S. government and an immigrant visa number has become available, you can apply for a green card to become a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. If you are living outside of the U.S., this can be done through the U.S. consulate in your home country. This process is known as consular processing.

At Velloza & Associates, LLC, we can guide you through the consular process to ensure that everything is done according to U.S. immigration law. Our goal is to give you the best chance of success in your journey towards admission into this country. Many categories exist under which individuals can apply for green cards and our team is well-versed in the requirements you will need to fulfill under each category.

Request a consultation with an Atlanta consular processing attorney at Velloza & Associates, LLC by contacting us online or at (404) 620-6822.

How Consular Processing Works

The first step you need to take to start consular processing for a green card is to determine your eligibility path. Many individuals are eligible through a petition filed on their behalf by family members who are U.S. citizens or current green card holders or are sponsored by employers. Others petition for green cards as refugees or asylees, as victims of crimes or human trafficking as well as through other categories. Once your category has been determined, your petition can be filed based on category requirements to begin the process at your nearest U.S. consulate office.

The National Visa Center

After your visa petition is approved, you will be notified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and it will be sent on to the National Visa Center. There it will go through further processing. This involves the collection of application fees as well as reviewing all of the supporting documentation that is part of the application process. After this, you will have to wait for an immigrant visa number to become available.

Once you have a visa number, you will be sent further instructions from the National Visa Center that you must follow to continue with consular processing. You will need to fill out various forms and provide other information and documentation that can be found on the Department of State’s website. Once this is done, you will be scheduled for an interview with an immigration official at the consulate. Before the interview, you will need to undergo a medical exam by an assigned doctor. This exam is done based on governmental regulations.

Consular Interviews

It is important to note that the above list is not exhaustive. The eligibility criteria for adjustment of status can be complex, and the specific requirements vary depending on the applicant’s circumstances. An experienced immigration attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to apply for an adjustment of status and the specific steps you need to take to pursue a green card.

Why You Need A Consular Processing Lawyer

The entire consular process can be confusing, stressful, and overwhelming. It is a complex process with many steps. Having qualified legal help to ensure that everything runs smoothly, that your visa application is completed thoroughly, and that all requirements are fully handled can help you avoid mistakes and pitfalls. At Velloza & Associates, LLC, our Atlanta consular processing attorneys can guide you through the process every step of the way, reducing stress and ensuring that you have the best chance of a successful outcome.

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