Are you and your family members planning to immigrate to the United States? If so, it’s essential to understand the National Visa Center’s (NVC) role in the immigration process. The NVC is responsible for processing and managing all family-based immigration applications received by the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) National Visa Center. This article will provide a comprehensive overview of The NVC IV process, including its purpose, steps, and requirements.

NVC IV, or Nonviolent Communication Level 4, is an advanced training program focused on strengthening communication skills and deepening understanding of the NVC process. NVC, also known as compassionate communication, is a method for effectively communicating with others while also prioritizing empathy, honesty, and mutual understanding. The NVC IV program builds upon the foundation of previous levels, providing participants with even more tools and techniques for creating authentic connections and resolving conflicts in a peaceful and collaborative manner.

What is NVC IV?

The NVC IV process is the final stage of the family-based immigration application process. After the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves the immigrant visa petition submitted by the U.S. citizen or permanent resident sponsor, the case is forwarded to the NVC. The NVC then processes the case and schedules an interview for the applicant(s) at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.

NVC IV Process Steps

The NVC IV process involves several steps that applicants and sponsors must complete before their visa interview appointment. The following steps outline The NVC IV process:

  1. Submit Form DS-261: The applicant(s) must complete and submit Form DS-261, Choice of Address and Agent, online through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). This form allows applicants to provide their contact information and designate an agent to receive their immigration documents.
  2. Pay Fees: The NVC will send an invoice to the applicant(s) for the required fees, including the immigrant visa application fee, affidavit of support fee, and any other applicable fees. The fees must be paid online through the CEAC.
  3. Submit Supporting Documents: The applicant(s) must submit supporting documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, police clearance certificates, and other required documents, to the NVC. The documents must be scanned and uploaded to the CEAC.
  4. Attend the Interview: After completing the above steps, the NVC will schedule an interview for the applicant(s) at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. The applicant(s) must attend the interview and provide any additional documents or information requested by the consular officer.

NVC IV Requirements

To qualify for The NVC IV process, applicants must meet specific requirements. The following are general requirements for family-based immigration applications:

  1. Qualify as an Immediate Relative: To qualify for The NVC IV process, applicants must be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, parent, or child under 21 years old, or a spouse or unmarried child of a U.S. permanent resident.
  2. File an immigrant visa petition: The U.S. citizen or permanent resident sponsor must file an immigrant visa petition on behalf of the applicant(s) with the USCIS.
  3. Provide Financial Support: The sponsor must provide financial support by completing and submitting Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, to the NVC. This form demonstrates that the sponsor can financially support the applicant(s) if they cannot support themselves.

NVC IV Processing Time

The NVC IV processing time varies depending on several factors, such as the applicant(s)’s home country, the complexity of the case, and the volume of applications received by the NVC. Generally, The NVC IV process takes between six to twelve months to complete.

To expedite The NVC IV process, applicants and sponsors can take the following steps:

  1. Ensure Accurate and Complete Information: Applicants and sponsors must provide accurate and complete information on all forms and documents submitted to the NVC. Any errors or omissions can delay the processing of the application.
  2. Respond Promptly to Requests: Applicants and sponsors must respond promptly to any requests from the NVC for additional information or documentation. Failure to respond promptly can lead to delays or even denial of the application.
  3. Contact the NVC: If the NVC has not provided an update on the application’s status within the estimated processing time, applicants and sponsors can contact the NVC to inquire about the case’s status.


What is NVC IV?

NVC IV stands for Nonimmigrant Visa Center IV, which is a US government agency that processes visa applications for nonimmigrant visas. Nonimmigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals seeking temporary entry into the United States, such as for tourism, business, or study.

What is the purpose of NVC IV?

The purpose of NVC IV is to review and process nonimmigrant visa applications before they are sent to the US embassy or consulate for an interview with a consular officer. NVC IV conducts a background check on the applicant, verifies the information on the application, collects additional required documents, and provides instructions for the interview.

How do I start the NVC IV process?

To begin The NVC IV process, you must first submit a nonimmigrant visa application through the US Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website. Once your application is approved, it will be forwarded to NVC IV for further processing.

How long does the NVC IV process take?

The processing time for NVC IV varies depending on the type of visa and the volume of applications received. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months for NVC IV to review and process your application. You can check the status of your application on the CEAC website.

How can I contact NVC IV?

If you need to contact NVC IV, you can do so by phone or email. The phone number and email address are usually provided in the instructions that you receive from NVC IV after your application has been approved. You can also visit the NVC IV website for more information.

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