Consular process is a pathway to permanent resident status (a green card), which requires the person intending to immigrate to the United States apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate abroad. A person who is the beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition and has an immediate visa available may apply at a U.S. consulate for an immigrant visa in order to enter the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident.
The first step in consular processing is to determine if the person intending to immigrate qualifies under a specific immigrant category. Most immigrants become eligible for a green card (permanent residence) through a petition filed on your behalf by a family member or employer. Others become permanent residents through first obtaining refugee or asylum status, or through a number of other special provisions.
Once a visa is available or a beneficiary’s priority date is current (earlier than the cut-off date listed in the monthly Visa Bulletin),the consular office will schedule the applicant for an interview. The consular office will complete processing of the applicant’s case and decide if the beneficiary is eligible for an immigrant visa.
If you are considering consular processing as a pathway to permanent resident status, you should discuss your situation with an experienced immigration attorney.
Contact Fernandez Law Group, PLLC today for a consultation regarding this process or any other immigration matter.