The U.S. consulates throughout the world are responsible for issuing the visas provided under U.S. immigration law. The process for obtaining your visa through a U.S. consulate can vary from case to case. Some non-immigrant (temporary) visas are processed with the U.S. consulate from start to finish. In some cases, however, you must submit an initial application to USCIS and only after that application is approved can you apply for your visa at the U.S. consulate.
Immigrant Visas (for those seeking permanent residency or “green cards”) are also issued through the U.S. consulate. This process is usually used by those who seeking permanent residency from outside the United States or by those who are inside the United States but are ineligible for Adjustment of Status.
If you need help deciding whether Consular Processing is the best fit for your immigration situation, or if you have other questions, please contact our office.