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    In April of 1994 the Department of State opened a permanent Immigrant Visa processing facility at the National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, NH. NVC processes all approved immigrant visa petitions after they are received from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and retains them until the cases are ready for adjudication by a consular officer abroad. Petitions may remain at NVC for several weeks or for many years depending on the visa category and country of birth of the visa applicant. When an applicant's case is about to become current (a visa number is likely to be available within the year) the petition is forwarded to the appropriate U.S. embassy or consulate overseas. If an applicant is adjusting status in the U.S. the case will be forwarded to the appropriate INS office upon request by that office.

    NVC receives thousands of telephone and written inquiries from applicants, congressional offices, U.S. embassies and consulates, INS offices and the White House. An automated recorded message system can answer many of these inquiries 24 hours a day, seven days a week (603 334-0700). Status of case information can only be accessed by entering your NVC case number or INS receipt number on a touch-tone telephone. NVC only has information on petitions it has received. If our automated service does not recognize the INS file or receipt numbers you entered, most likely NVC has not yet received your petition.

    Operators are available to respond to more difficult inquiries from 8:00AM to 3:45PM (EST) Monday through Thursday. NVC also holds a customer service feedback day so that the public can talk to operators about the information NVC provides. The telephone number and customer service dates are provided at the end of some of the messages.

    Written inquiries, changes of address and requests to upgrade petitions due to naturalization of the petitioner should be sent to:

    The National Visa Center, 32 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth NH, 03801-2909.

Please note that NVC is not open to the public. Unfortunately, some people have traveled long distances to inquire about their case in person, only to discover that NVC officers are not able to meet with them.

You may contact us if you need further information.

This general information is intended to be informational and educational. Nothing on this or other associated pages should be taken as legal advice from this office for any individual case or situation.  For legal advice for any specific situation, consult an attorney experienced in U.S. immigration law.


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