This document is intended to help a petitioner navigate through myriad of National Visa Center(henceforth NVC) processes quickly and efficiently. The content of this documents are derivedfrom personal experiences of numerous petitioners and is not intended to replace advice of competent legal professional. Barring complex immigration issues, a petitioner can use thisguide with nominal understanding of English language for CR-1/IR-1 spousal visa procedure.There are two types of visa processing: They are Standard processing and Appointment Postprocessing. Most countries are Appointment Posts while a select few, like China, are Standard.This guide is intended for Appointment Post embassies and consulate. Standard processing willgenerally require the same documents as Appointment Post processing. Contact National VisaCenter to determine your processing type.
Preparing before petition reaches NVC
Having all the required documents before I-130 petition reaches NVC will ensure maximumefficiency. Therefore try to have the following documents ready and on the petitioner. Have alldocuments below in the hands of the Petitioner, before the NVC process begins.
Documents from beneficiary
This is the “Choice of Agent” form. This form is submitted by the beneficiary to designate who will pay various fees and who is the primary contact for the petition. Most people choice theirpetitioner in United States as their agent.
This is the actual immigrant visa application.
DS-3032  must be completed and signed by beneficial. This must be original.
Barcode instruction .
Part I, II of DS-230 form completed. Only part I signed by beneficial. This must beoriginal. View sample of completed document .
All other pertinent documents required even if submitted previous to USCIS.
Photocopies of all original or certified documents
All documents not in English must be translated to English and each translateddocument certified. Translated document must accompany a statement by the translatorsaying “Translation is accurate and the translator is competent to translate.”
Marriage certificate. This must be original or certified depending on country of marriage.Check with NVC. In some countries marriage certificates are unavailable. Contact NVCor nearest US visa processing post for more information or online at:http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/reciprocity/reciprocity_3272.html
Police certificate is also needed. More information is available here:http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/reciprocity/reciprocity_3272.html