Consular processing refers to the process of applying for a visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in an individual’s home country. An individual may need consular services to obtain a nonimmigrant visa such as a tourist visa or a temporary work visa, or to apply for an immigrant visa.
If an individual is the beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition and an immigrant visa number is available to him or her, that individual may apply for lawful permanent residence in one of two ways: through the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s home country or, if the applicant is already in the U.S., by applying from within the U.S. through a process called adjustment of status. Whether an individual is eligible to apply from inside the U.S. depends on case specific circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
We provide full consular support including preparing visa applications, making visa fee payments, and scheduling visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. We also prepare you for your visa interview by providing detailed guidance on the documents you are required to bring with you to your appointment and providing you with case-specific advice by one of our U.S. attorneys.
Our office can also assist you with other consular services such as expedited application processing, where available; filing waivers of inadmissibility; filing for abandonment of permanent residence; and applying for visa renewals.
Every embassy or consulate has their own specific rules and procedures that vary from country to country. We can assist you in navigating this process for common visas like tourist visas or more complex visas that require sponsorship and have multiple moving parts. We have experience working with U.S. embassies and consulates all over the world and are familiar with current consular processes in over 33 countries.
When individuals are in the U.S. on a temporary work visa, that visa will need to be renewed before it expires. We assist our clients with the visa renewal process for them and their dependent family members providing timely guidance and advice.