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Consular Processing


A Foreign National who is currently permanently residing outside of the United States, can be processed for an immigrant visa at the United States Embassy or Consulate in his or her home country, outside of the United States.

To begin this process, a qualifying relative or employer who is based in the United States files either a I-130 or I-140 petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the family member or employee who is residing outside of the United States of America.

For family members living abroad, family-sponsored petitions can be filed by a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident on behalf of a spouse; child under the age of 21; or unmarried son or daughter over the age of 21. A United States Citizen can also file a petition with USCIS on behalf of a brother or sister; a married son or daughter over the age of 21; or a parent. In the case of a petition filed on behalf of a parent, the petitioning child must be at least 21 years old.

After the petition is filed and approved by USCIS in the United States, it is then forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Once the NVC examines all of the paperwork for completeness, they will schedule an interview in the home country of the foreign national family member. The interview may last only a few minutes if all of the paperwork is in order, however the proper preparation can be the difference in your case being approved or denied. As Lowell Consular Processing Attorney’s we will assist you prepare your documents and prepare you for your interview questions. 

Contact a Lowell Massachusetts Visa Lawyer today to assist with the following:

  • Family Based Petitions

  • Employment-based petitions

  • K-1 fiancé petitions

  • Re-entry permits

  • Temporary work, student and visitor visas


Whether you are Consular Processing for Vacation, Business, Temporary Work Visa, Fiancé or a Family Member, the process is complex and requires experience and attention to detail as each consular post throughout the world is unique. Therefore it is essential that you contact a Massachusetts Immigration Lawyer online today. 

For help with Consular Processing 
contact a Lowell Immigration lawyer today online or call 978-566-1075.

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