Consular Processing Attorney in New York City
Advocating for the Best Interests of Visa Applicants
To obtain a green card, non-citizens currently living outside of the United States need to undergo consular processing by the Department of State, which is a complex procedure rife with potential obstacles. At The Law Office of Yifei He, PLLC, we are well-versed in all matters of immigration law. Individuals in New York and throughout the world enlist our help to overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges, and we take great pride in delivering effective representation.
What Is Consular Processing?
Consular processing is essentially Stage 2 of the green card application process for immigrants who are living outside of the U.S. The first stage of the process could have taken several forms, depending on the type of visa being requested. This includes the immigrant’s relative getting an I-130 petition approved by the USCIS, an employer acquiring an I-140 petition and a labor certification on behalf of the immigrant, or the individual being selected through the diversity visa lottery.
Whatever the case may be, the second part of the process requires the immigrant to go to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country to complete the application for a green card. Some of the requirements for consular processing include submitting forms and documentation to the consulate, participating in a medical exam, and attending an interview with a consular officer. The individual will only be able to enter the U.S. as a legal permanent resident (LPR) following the successful completion of the consular interview, as well as the approval for an immigrant visa.
How to Prepare for the Consular Interview
The last step of applying for a green card is attending the consular interview. This interview is the government's way of verifying the content of your application. They will also evaluate your medical, financial, and criminal records to determine your admissibility.
It is important to prepare for your interview thoroughly and carefully. Those who fail to adequately prepare often experience delays or an outright denial of their visa application.
After you have received notification of your scheduled interview, there are several steps you should take prior to the interview date, including:
- Reviewing the scheduling information on the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website, noting the time, date, and location of your interview
- Scheduling and completing a medical examination with an embassy-approved doctor (Panel Physician) and getting any required vaccinations
- Carefully reading the interview instructions for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will be interviewed
- Contacting the embassy or consulate to ask any questions you have about the interview instructions
- Gathering two identical photos that meet the photo requirements, which you will bring with you to the interview
- Collecting the documents you will need to present at your interview
Let Us Assist You with Consular Processing
Generally, consular processing is not appealable. Thus, it is vital to secure legal assistance from the outset. At The Law Office of Yifei He, PLLC, we can help you with several consular processing matters, including National Visa Center (NVC) processing, Department of State (DS) online forms, and visa interviews. In all of these matters, we provide knowledgeable counsel at each step to protect your interests. Our NYC immigration lawyer helps clients resolve their problems with as little stress as possible.