The National Visa Center (NVC) is the agency that is responsible for collecting visa application fees and supporting documentation. The NVC will notify the person who self-filed and the person who is the beneficiary of an employer-filed application – when the agency received the visa petition and when an immigrant visa number is due to be become available. The NVC will also inform the foreign alien when they must submit the immigration visa processing fees (also called “fee bills”) and when they must submit any supporting documents.
After a visa is available and there is a current priority date (“earlier than the cut-off date listed in the monthly Visa Bulletin”), the consular office will schedule an interview for the applicant. After the interview, the consular office will review the case and determine if you/the applicant are eligible for an immigrant visa.
Applicants generally don’t need to contact the NVC. The NVC will let you know what information is needed. Applicants do need to contact the NVC if:
- They move and have a different address
- They were under 21-years-of-age when the file but have reached the age of 21
- Their marital status has changed
The Department of State’s National Visa Center Contact Information page has the information on how to contact the NVC.