How long does it take to get a visa from the NVC? 2 Answers as of May 04, 2011

Can you tell me please how much time it takes the NVC when they take the visa fee for (spouse visa). I have a green card but I am no citizen yet.

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World Esquire Law Firm
World Esquire Law Firm | Aime Katambwe
It takes a long time. Exactly how long is anyone's guess but what you want to do is check the USDOS's visa bulletin at this address: Your petition will be in the family category 2A for your country (either 1 of the 4 listed or the 2nd column from left). Good luck!
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/4/2011
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
The National Visa Center does not issue visas. They are the agency which collects fees and documents for the various consulates around the world. They receive the approved I-130's from USCIS, collect the Department of State fees, forms, and original supporting documents and then hold the cases until 1) the file is complete and all fees are paid; 2) there is a current Priority Date in the classification you are the beneficiary of; and 3) the consulate has an interview slot for you.

For spouses and children of permanent residents the category is FB-2a (or FB-2B if the unmarried child turns 21) which is backlogged several years. You should become a U,.S. citizen as soon as you are eligible (usually 4 years and 9 months after you became a PR) as this will upgrade your family's cases to a more favorable category depending on their relationship to you. You may contact me at the number below if you want to schedule a consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/1/2011
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