Consular Processing

Consular Processing

Citizens of foreign countries who are outside of the United States and are beneficiaries of an immigration petition (family-based, employment-based, diversity lottery-based or other visa category) can apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate overseas in their home country.

When the USCIS approves the underlying immigrant petition and visa numbers for the beneficiary is made available, consular processing can commence with an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate that has jurisdiction over the beneficiary.

The primary benefit of consular processing is that it is generally a quicker process than Adjustment of Status. Consular Processing takes between 6-12 months on average, while adjustment of status can take an average of 1 to 2 years.

If you would like to learn if consular processing may be available to you, please contact Somair S. Alam, Esq. at somair@alamlawgroup.com or at (646) 598-9824 for further information.