Interacting Successfully with the U.S. Consulate Overseas
Posted by: ScottMond Law Firm
October 31, 2011
Topic: Overseas Consulates
Many of our readers and clients often ask how to file applications with their consulate overseas. In this short blog tip we provide basic guidance on filing with your country’s local U.S. Consulate.
The Department of State(DOS) website http://www.travel.state.gov/ contains a listing of all the consulates throughout the world. It is important to go unto the DOS website and follow the instructions for the particular visa which you intend to file with the U.S. consulate. Each consulate’s customs may also vary.
It is important to note that U.S. consulates no longer accept direct filing such as I-130s unless there is a locale CIS office available in house. Also, waivers such as, I-601 waivers can only be hand carried to most consulate offices after the consulate clearly indicates and requests the waiver.
Interacting with National Visa Center (NVC), can often be frustrating. NVC is the division of U.S. Immigration charged with notifying the various consulates overseas of approved U.S. petitions such as I-140s, I-130s, L-1 visas, and other visas in order for interviews to be set at the consulate. To resolve delays with NVC, our attorneys reach out to NVC on a consistent basis in order to keep our clients’ files case file moving along. We also have direct contacts for all the U.S. consulates, and contact them as needed to set up appointments for our clients.
For further information you may contact our law offices at [email protected], or visit our website at http://www.scottcclaw.com/ where our telephone numbers for our different offices are conveniently located.
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