National Visa Center (NVC) Delays After CR-1 Petition Approved

After USCIS approves your CR-1 or IR-1 visa petition, they forward your petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, NH for immigrant visa for further processing.

Fortunately, there are no limits for family based visas but lengthy wait times are involved for processing to begin.

What Happens If The USCIS Sends My Application To NVC?

visa-nvcThe NVC process can be broken into three steps:

  • Collect your visa application fees
  • Collect your visa application and supporting documentation
  • Hold your visa petition until an interview can be scheduled with a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The NVC cannot guarantee how long it will take for you to get an interview, if it has been longer than 6 months you may want to contact them to get an update.

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Ways To Contact The NVC:

Email Form

Only for immigrant visa inquiries, non-immigrant visa application must call NVC.


  • Immigrant Visas – (603) 334-0700. Customer Service Representatives can speak with you Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight EST, excluding holidays.
  • Non-immigrant Visas – (603) 334-0888. Customer Service Representatives can speak with you Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight EST, excluding holidays.


National Visa Center
Attn: WC
31 Rochester Avenue
Suite 200
Portsmouth, NH  03801-2915

Did I Include Enough Documentation/Evidence With My Application?

It is a good idea to always send as much strong evidence of a bona fide marriage as possible. The list below will give you a general idea of what the NVC is looking for:

immigration-paperworkAdjustment of Status (AOS) Package

  • Coversheet
  • Complete and signed I-864 (Petitioner)
  • Copy of passport (Petitioner)
  • Completed and signed I-864 (Joint Sponsor – if needed)
  • Copy of passport (Joint Sponsor – if needed)
  • Tax transcripts last 2 years (Petitioner + Joint Sponsor)
  • Proof of home ownership (Sponsor)
  • Proof of income (Petitioner + Joint Sponsor)
  • Proof of intent to re-establish democile (Petitioner – if needed)
  • Lease of agreement house
  • AOS Application Fee receipt

IV Package:

  • Coversheet
  • 2 x Passport Photos (Beneficiary)
  • Photocopy of passport biographic page True copy of original ( Beneficiary)
  • Birth Certificate Certified + Translation (Beneficiary)
  • Termination of previous marriages (if applicable)
  • Marriage Certificate + Translation
  • Non Conviction Letter from Home country
  • Criminal record (if applicable)
  • Previous immigration records
  • Medical exam
  • DS260 and DS261 online forms filled out/fees paid
  • Police Clearance (from all countries you lived in for 12 months+)
  • IV Application Fee Reciept

Why Is My Visa Application Delayed At The NVC?

USCIS accepts complete AOS applicationsYou may receive an email from the NVC letting you know that they received your package and an approximate length of processing.

“The National Visa Center (NVC) received your documents on [date]. We are currently receiving an increased number of approved petitions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a result, we are experiencing increased review times for documents received. We expect it will be at least 60 days from the date we received your mail before we complete the review of your documents. We will notify you when we review your documents. We are working to reduce these processing times and we appreciate your patience.”

There is not much you can do but wait until they get to your file. If it has been longer than 60 days, you should call them to get an update on your case.

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