NVC Expedite Request Process for a US Spouse Visa
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About NVC Expedite Request Process
Today, we talk about the NVC expedite request process for a US Spouse Visa. NVC expedite is a way of bypassing the NVC process. The case is sent directly to the embassy for review. However, this is only if you have a valid approvable reason to NVC expedite.
NVC is the National Visa Center located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The National Visa Center is part of the Department of State. NVC specifically prepares the visa application documents for the embassy interview.
After U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves the I-130, Petition for Alien Spouse, they forward your petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, NH for immigrant visa pre-processing. The pre-processing includes:
- Payment of the Affidavit of Support and Immigrant Visa fees. See our previous blog post on “IR1 and CR1 spouse Visa Fees‘.
- DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application. See our previous blog post on “Online Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-260, Prepare and Complete“.
- Submittal of financial and supporting documentation. See our previous blog post on
- Scheduling of the embassy interview.
Approval of a NVC expedite request dramatically speeds up the process of a IR1 or CR1 spouse visa by bypassing NVC. When a NVC expedite request is approved, the embassy directly reviews all or the remaining items above.
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Possible Reasons for NVC Expedite Request
There is no government list of reasons specifically to approve a NVC expedite request. However, we share some reasons for NVC expedite approval that we have seen including:
- Health of the Petitioner including that of life or death.
- Need of the beneficiary to care for the Petitioner if he or she is sick or having an operation.
- Pregnancy of the beneficiary nearing its term.
- Financial hardship.
- Major delays in the visa application at the fault of NVC.
- A child of the beneficiary on a IR2 or CR2 application where the child is near to approaching age 21 soon.
- A child of the beneficiary on a IR2 or CR2 application where the child’s school is about to start or has already began.
- Other reasons that have a hardship base.
Again, NVC expedite request approvals are on a case by case basis. Also, a consular officer at your spouse’s embassy reviews and determines independently whether to accept the request. In addition, one embassy may be more lenient than another. Therefore, do not take the reasons about as cast in stone acceptable reasons. In fact, they are just reasons that we have seen before in other cases.
Once NVC sends the request to the embassy, they await the desicion. After NVC recieves, the desicion from a consular officer at the embassy, NVC informs you if your NVC expedite requests is approved or denied.
Where and How to Send NVC Expedite Request
Send your NVC expedite request in the form of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An email request is specifically the only way to submit the NVC expedite request.
For this purpose, include the following information to NVC as part of your NVC expedite request:
- NVC case numer in the subject line and body of the email.
- “Request for NVC Expedite” in the subject line and body of the email.
- Applicant’s (beneficiaries) full name and date of birth.
- Two telephone numbers in which to contact the beneficiary. Many times, NVC usually asks for these numbers as part of the request process. Save time by providing them as part of the initial request.
- Petitioner’s full name and date of birth.
- Summarize the reasons for the NVC expedite request.
- Provide as attachments any evidence supporting the NVC expedite request. For example, evidence may include a doctor’s letter or other evidence that supports the reason for the request.
Send the NVC expedite request anytime during the NVC phase process. However, you do need the NVC case number.
What Happens When NVC Expedite Request Approval
NVC Expedite Request Approval
If you get NVC Expedite approval, NVC typically sends a letter and/or email with the following confirmation:
“The U.S. Embassy/Consulate General has accepted this case for expedited processing. This file will be immediately forwarded to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General. Any further questions concerning processing or the interview appointment date should be directed to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General.
Please note that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General may still request additional forms or fees at the time of your interview. Please be prepared to submit any missing forms and pay any required fees at the time of your interview.”
This will be the last that you hear from NVC as your case will now be specifically the responsibility of the embassy.
After approval, no more visa processing is done at NVC. Any NVC processing that you have completed so far is forwarded to the embassy and will not need to be redone. For example, this includes:
- Payment of affidavit of support fees. Bring your receipts to the interview, if applicable.
- On-line completion of DS-260 Visa Application. Bring your DS-260 confirmation page to the interview.
- Submittal of financial or supporting documentation.
If you have not yet done some or any of these items, they will now be done as part of the embassy phase.
NVC Sends Documents to the Embassy
Very soon after you get NVC expedite request approval, NVC sends your application directly to the embassy.
To check on the status of your application, go to the CEAS Case Tracker site.
See our previous blog post, “NVC Status- How to Check the Status of your Application at NVC” for details.
Below are the typical case status statements for a NVC expedite request is approval and what they mean:
This means that your case is still at NVC. They are preparing to send your case to the embassy. However, it has not been sent yet. If the status still says “At NVC” for more than a week, call NVC to check on the status.
For this purpose, call NVC at 1-603-334-0700. When you call, have your petitioner’s full name, and the beneficiary’s full name and date of birth available.
This means that NVC has mailed your application to the embassy or consulate, but the embassy has not received it yet.
This means that the embassy or consulate has received your application and they are “ready” for your interview.
After Documents Arrive at the Embassy
After your documents arrive at the embassy, it is time to do the following:
- Schedule your embassy interview
- Select courier option
- Schedule your medical exam
- Complete DS-260 Online Visa Application, if you have not already done so at NVC.
- Attend your Medical Exam
- Complete your embassy interview
Normally, the embassy sends you a letter or email giving you instructions on the above items. Also, they usually provide you with a list of items to bring to the interview.
Because NVC sent your case to the embassy, they will not schedule your interview. You need to schedule your own interview.
Firstly find the US embassy website of the beneficiary. For the purpose of finding the embassy website, go to www.usembassy.gov.
Then follow the embassies instructions for making the interview appointment.
Alternatively, many embassies allow you to make an appointment over the phone. Likewise, find the embassy phone number on the embassy website.
Also, make sure that you have the name, date of birth, NVC number, and passport number of the beneficiary handy before making the appointment.
Once you make your visa interview appointment, you get an interview confirmation sheet with bar code. If you schedule the interview by phone, the embassy will email you the confirmation. Then, print out and save your bar coded interview confirmation.
Bring your bar coded embassy confirmation page to your embassy appointment.
Remember, it is not wise to purchase plane tickets until you have received your visa. With out doubt, never assume your application will be automatically receive approval.
Select Courier Option
Most U.S. Embassies and Consulates us a courier service to return the applicant passports and visas to them after the interview. As part of scheduling the interview, most embassies require visa applicants to pre-register for courier services.
Typically, select the courier as part of scheduling the visa interview online or by phone.
For this purpose, you typically select if you want home delivery or pick up of your documents. Also, provide the location of where to deliver or pick up your documents.
Schedule Medical Exam
Again, go to the embassy website of the beneficiary to find information on scheduling the medical exam.
The beneficiary and any children applying with the beneficiary have to schedule a medical appointment. Also, this must be with an authorized physician in the country where your interview takes place. You must complete your medical examination, along with any required vaccinations, BEFORE your visa interview date. As we said before, the exam must be with a doctor or medical facility that is acceptable by the embassy. In fact, exams done by other physicians are usually to good.
Read embassy-specific instructions and get a list of approved doctors on the Medical Examination page.
After your exam, the doctor will either send the exam results directly to the embassy or give you a sealed envelope. If the doctor gives you an envelope, do not open it. Instead, bring it to your visa interview and give it to the consular officer.
DS-260 Online Visa Application
If you did not do a DS-260 online visa application while you were at NVC, the embassy will have you do one before the embassy interview.
See our previous blog post, “Online Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-260, Prepare and Complete” for detailed information on how to complete the DS-260 online.
To complete the DS-260, you need the Invoice ID Number and the beneficiary’s ID Number from the “Notice to Applicant” page of your NVC appointment letter.
If you do not have an NVC appointment letter, you can find your Invoice ID and Beneficiary ID Numbers on the
Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice you or your petitioner received prior to paying your IV
fees through NVC.
However, because NVC is no longer involved in your application, your invoice ID number may be the principal applicant’s date of birth (YYYYMMDD). Try that if the Invoice ID does not work.
If have not yet paid the Immigrant Visa Fee before approval of your NVC expedite request, you may not have the ability to do so online. If this is the case, you may need to pay the immigrant visa fee of $325 at the cashier’s window of the embassy during your embassy interview.
However, if you did the DS-260 before your NVC expedite request approval, then you do not do it again. If this is the case, bring your DS-260 conformation sheet to your embassy interview. Also, if you paid the immigrant visa fee of $325 online through NVC, then you do not need to pay it again at the interview.
See our previous blog post, “What to Expect at your K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 Visa Medical Exam” for more information on what to expect at your medical exam.
Make sure that you show up on time for you embassy interview. Actually, you should show up a little early.
The embassy send you an email or letter containing a checklist of what to bring to the interview. Bring originals of any civil documents plus a copy. Also, bring a copy or original of everything that you sent to USCIS or NVC.
Typically, bring the following:
- Embassy appointment letter. In fact, this is your ticket to get into the embassy.
- Passport. Also, make sure that the passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the interview.
- Medical examination results package. The medical facility may give you the exam results package to bring to your interview. If this is the case, do not open the package. On the other hand, the facility may send the package directly to the embassy.
- Passport color photographs. You must bring three (3) color photographs; two for the visa, and one for the medical report. Visit travel.state.gov for information on photo specifications.
- Police reports. Firstly, obtain a police report for your home country for applicants older than 16 years of age. In addition, obtain a police report for any country that the applicant has lived at for more than 1 year. Police certificates should be obtained in your married name, any maiden names, aliases or nicknames used while in the country in question, including different spellings you have used of those names. Country specific information on how to secure police certificates is available on the State Department’s web site.
- Birth Certificate
- Copy of biographical page of your passport.
- Marriage certificate
- Proof of terminations of all prior marriages. For example, copy of divorce decree, annulment or death certificate are all acceptable.
- Proof of relationship. Bring extensive documentary evidence of the relationship between the petitioner and the primary beneficiary and between the primary beneficiary and any derivative beneficiaries. Failure to do so may greatly delay your application. For example, bring photographs (old and recent) showing the parties together, letters, cards, correspondence, and telephone or chat records.
- Evidence of financial support. See our blog post “NVC Checklist, financial and supporting documentation” for more guidance on evidence of financial support”.
See our previous blog post, “Spouse Visa Interview Questions at US Embassy Interview” for information on typical spouse visa interview questions.
For more information, see our web page, “Embassy Phase for IR-1/CR-1 (Spousal) Visa“.
What Happens When NVC Expedite Request is Denial
NVC continues to process your case normally while your NVC expedite request is being reviewed.
Therefore, you normally do not lose time at NVC following regular processing.
As a result, your case is still process at NVC and, if approved, sent to the embassy in normal timeframe.