Consular Processing

Consular Processing is the term used to describe the general process of obtaining a green card through a consulate. Typically, consular processing is used when the beneficiary resides outside the United States. In some cases, Consular Processing may be necessary for persons residing within the United States, but for whom Adjustment of Status is not possible.

Brief Overview of Consular Processing
Consular Processing begins by filing a Petition for Immediate Relative (Form I-130) or other appropriate document requesting an Immigrant Visa (IV). After approval of the visa, USCIS sends the case to the National Visa Center for processing. The NVC will send a notice of payment due, called a Fee Bill. Once completed, the consular application (DS-260) must be completed. Thereafter, the consulate will schedule an appointment.

For additional details on the overall steps, read the USCIS article on Consular Processing.