Processing at the National Visa Center
Once United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves a petition, the petition will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will send the visa applicant instructions asking to prepare all of the required forms, documents and payment of fees. Once the NVC has received all of the forms and documents, they will review and schedule a visa interview appointment. The NVC then forwards the case file containing the petition, forms and documents submitted by or on behalf of a visa applicant, to the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo or the U.S. Consulate General, Naha where the applicant will be interviewed.
Getting ready for the immigrant visa interview
Take the following actions after the notification from the NVC that your interview has been scheduled:
- Do not send anything to the Embassy or Consulate unless you are specifically instructed to do so. Bring all pertinent documents to the interview. Your application will be refused if you fail to bring all required documentation.
- Once the appointment is scheduled by the NVC, try your best to keep the appointment. If the schedule does not allow you to obtain necessary documents in time, please submit the form located at the end of this page to request a different date.
Please note we CANNOT change an appointment before we receive your case file from the NVC. In this case you will be required to submit the request again. Also, for Employment and Family preference visa categories, a visa allocation cannot be guaranteed if your application is not processed to conclusion during the same month of the original interview date.