Consulate Processing Immigration Law

Consulate Processing Legal Issues

Consulate Processing:

Consulate processing refers to the application and interview process that immigrants living outside of the US must go through in order to get a US visa. Immigrants already living in the US can also go through consulate processing, but they usually go through a different path called "adjustment of status." Any non-US citizen that wishes to move to the US and obtain permanent resident status (also called a green card) must go through consulate processing before entering the US. The steps in this process include:

  • Determine which immigrant category you belong to
  • File a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or have someone file the petition on your behalf
  • Await the decision from the USCIS
  • If approved, await notification from the National Visa Center with your visa number
  • Schedule an appointment and meet with the nearest consulate office for an interview
  • Receive a visa packet which is handed over to customs upon arrival into the US

Legal considerations of consulate processing:

The US has become extremely strict on immigration laws and it may not be easy to go through consulate processing if you wish to become a US resident. The process may take a lot of time and there are strict deadlines to adhere to, in addition to a great deal of documentation to prepare. Depending on your reasons for trying to get a US visa, there can be additional complications and steps required to pass the petition application and interview. Immigrants coming for work or education, or trying to bring their families, or those with criminal histories may face a more complex consulate processing experience. Getting denied a visa, or getting deported from the US can make matters even more difficult.

What a Professional License Defense Lawyer can do for you:

An immigration lawyer can help you though consulate processing, giving you a better chance of receiving your green card. Immigration lawyers have a great deal of experience with consulate processing and they can assist you step by step to ensure a successful application process and receiving quicker US visa status to enter into the United States. These lawyers can either work with you online or via the telephone if you live outside of the US, and some may be able to travel to work with you in person.

Lawyer Referral Service:

If you or your loved ones are already in the United States or if you live outside of the US and need assistance with consulate processing, contact Attorney Search Network today for a lawyer referral today.

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