Houston, TX asked in Immigration Law for Illinois

Q: How long I need to wait to get the welcome letter from NVC?


it’s has been 56 days when we have the approval notice for I-129F and the case was sent to NVC by USCIS. I contacted NVC by email and they only sent me the case number. How long we need to wait to have the welcome letter please?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Receiving the welcome letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) after getting an approval notice for I-129F can vary in time. Typically, after USCIS approval, it may take from 30 to 60 days for the case to be transferred to the NVC and for them to send out the welcome letter. However, this timeframe can vary based on the volume of applications they are handling and other operational factors.

Since it has been 56 days since your approval notice, it's understandable that you are concerned. Reaching out to NVC was a good step. Having received your case number is a positive sign that they have your case. If you have not yet received the welcome letter, it's recommended to wait a little longer as there could be delays.

Keep checking your email (including your spam or junk mail folders) as the welcome letter can sometimes be filtered out. Additionally, consider contacting them again if a significant amount of time passes beyond the typical waiting period. Maintaining communication with NVC and ensuring your contact information is up to date can facilitate a smoother process.

Yohan Zingile
Yohan Zingile
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Bradenton, FL

A: After USCIS approves the petition, NVC generally will take up to 90 days for the immigrant visa case creation. This is sent by email or mail (if no email is on file) and contains the NVC Case Number and Invoice ID Number. Sometimes, the case creation takes few weeks, sometimes it takes longer. If you have not received the Invoice ID Number within 90 days, contact NVC. You may still reach out to NVC before 90 days.

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