Who Can Apply
Consular processing is one of two pathways that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) offers to individuals seeking permanent resident status (green card).
Family, employment, refugee, and asylee based beneficiaries of an approved immigrant petition and who have an immigrant visa number immediately available can apply for Consular Processing, Applicants must apply abroad at the U.S. Department of State consulate for an immigrant visa in order to be able to be admitted into the U.S. as a permanent resident.
For family based, the U.S. citizen or permanent resident must file Form I-130 with USCIS. USCIS will contact the applicant upon a decision of their case, Approved applicants will receive a Visa Packet of which should remain closed. Upon arrival to the U.S. applicants will hand over their Visa Packet to the Customs and Border Protection officer at the point of entry. Once the officer has approved the admission the applicant will be admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident with the benefits to live in the U.S. Additionally within 45 days of arrival to the U.S., applicants should receive their green card and there forth be permitted to work permanently in the U.S.
What You'll Need
Additional documents may be required.
- 2 passport photos of U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse
- 4 passport photos of applicant
- Birth certificate of applicant
- Birth certificate of U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse
- Evidence of bona fide marriage
- Valid passport of applicant
- Valid passport of U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse
$3,500 - 5,000 depending on I-130 status - (additional fees may apply).
$500 additional for each derivative applicant.