Consular processing, also known as “visa interviews at the US Embassy”, is a U.S. Department of State run immigrant visa application process conducted outside the U.S. at an embassy or a consulate. It is the second step of a two-step path to getting a Green Card. During consular processing, the underlying immigration petition must be approved by USCIS for a visa number to become available.
All beneficiaries of an immigration petition who are currently abroad must go through consular processing. In fact, consular processing once was the only means of obtaining an immigrant visa. However, now there is adjustment of status, which is a way to achieve permanent resident status after entering the U.S. If the alien is presently in the U.S., they can apply for an adjustment of status (AOS) or return to the home country and apply for an immigrant visa through consular processing. There may be some restrictions on who may file for adjustment of status or consular process. You must consult with an experienced attorney before taking any affirmative steps.
Consular processing is complicated with the additional agency involved, the fact that decisions are generally non-reviewable, rigid, and that there may be delays due to national security or foreign policy. However, sometimes consular processing may be quicker than the AOS application, between 5 and 13 months, making it a more preferred choice for prospective lawful permanent residents. Having an experienced lawyer is essential to achieve permanent resident status through consular processing. To learn more, contact us for an initial consultation.
For more information on the advantages and disadvantages of consular processing, contact us. The Consular Processing Attorneys at Malik & Associates, PLLC coordinate all stages of the consular visa application process. Our lawyers’ experience can help you pursue the consular processing option, assist with the application process, gathering of supporting documentation, and interview preparation.
We can assist with consular processing for an immigrant visa. Eligibility to receive an immigrant visa depends on if:
At Malik & Associates, we have number of years of experience providing valuable immigration information for those on the consular processing path to receiving a green card. We are a Texas law firm with our principal office located in Carrollton, Texas. Our Consular Processing attorneys combine knowledge, experience and a commitment to helping clients, with a passion for immigration law. We help our clients find the immigration solutions they need, efficiently and effectively. If you are interested in learning more about Consular Processing, please do not hesitate to contact Malik & Associates, PLLC.
Want specific answers to your Consular Processing related questions? If you need high quality immigration legal services, including Consular Processing, give us a call at 214-881-2100 or email us to discuss your case. A Malik & Associates PLLC Consular Processing attorney and counselor at law can help you. You deserve the right to be represented and receive counsel by a competent team who is on your side and will fight for you and your family.
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