National Visa Center (NVC) is a branch of the Department of State that handles qualified immigrant visa (green card) petitions after they are received from USCIS.

National Visa Center handles immigrant petitions and communicates with applicable foreign US embassy or US consulate overseas where the applicant requesting the immigration visa (green card). In cases where the applicant seeking change of status in US itself, the case can be sent to local CIS office.
If your Priority Date is not current or DOES NOT meet the most recent Qualifying Date, the NVC will notify you and hold your petition until your Priority Date meets the most recent Qualifying Date. The Department of State updates the Qualifying Dates on a monthly basis in monthly Visa bulletin.

Note: NVC is not open for walk-in. All communication to NVC must be done by mail or phone.

How to check your application status with National Visa center (NVC)?

If you have your green card or immigration visa application pending with NVC , you may communicate with NVC via email and request for the status.

Following are guidelines provided by the Department of state to contacting National Visa Center in USA

* Enter your NVC Case Number in the Subject Line of the e-mail.
* Provide the applicant's name and date of birth and the petitioner's name and date of birth.
* If you are an attorney, include the name of the law office requesting the information.
* If the petition is employment-based, include the company/organization name.
* Ask about only one case per e-mail.

email : [email protected]
Tel: 1-603-334-0700
Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Mailing address:

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

Forms, documents, and photographs should be sent to:

National Visa Center
Attn: DR
31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100
Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914

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