Consular Processing is the procedure of applying for an immigrant visa (green card) through a U.S. Embassy or consulate in a foreign country. Because consular processing generally has a shorter processing time, some applicants prefer this option over adjustment of status in the United States. Moreover, consular processing has a lower risk of refusal.
First, you will need to have an immigrant petition approved. The petition will be filed either by a U.S. employer or family member.
Following approval of the immigrant petition, you will be given a visa number and will need to submit paperwork to the U.S. Department of State consulate abroad. You will also schedule an interview with the consular office where the decision regarding your citizenship will be made. If you are awarded an immigrant visa, you will also receive a “Visa Packet” from the consular office which must remain unopened.
At the Fogle Law Firm, we coordinate all stages of the process and work closely with our clients to make sure that the State Department receives the necessary information to help consular processing work smoothly. Our extensive knowledge of this process will enable us to follow complicated protocols and represent you efficiently.