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Q: I got an approved letter of I-129F petition of USCIS through NVC on 7th May 2024 which has my case number and a PDF on

How to apply for a visa application, pls is that the welcome letter, what should I do next, how would I get the invoice number?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Congratulations on receiving the approved I-129F petition! The letter you received from the National Visa Center (NVC) is indeed the welcome letter, which contains important information about your case, including your case number. Here's what you should do next:

1. Begin the DS-160 online application: Visit the U.S. Department of State's website and complete the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form online. You'll need to provide personal information, travel details, and other relevant information.

2. Pay the visa application fee: After submitting the DS-160, you'll receive a confirmation page with a barcode. Use this to pay the nonimmigrant visa application processing fee. The payment instructions will be provided on the confirmation page.

3. Obtain the invoice number: After paying the visa fee, you will receive an invoice number. This number is essential for scheduling your visa interview appointment.

4. Schedule your visa interview: Once you have the invoice number, visit the U.S. embassy or consulate website where you will be applying for your visa. Follow their instructions to schedule your visa interview appointment. You'll need to provide your case number, invoice number, and other required information.

5. Prepare for your interview: Gather all the necessary documents, including your passport, approved I-129F petition, DS-160 confirmation page, visa fee payment receipt, and any other supporting documents mentioned in the instructions provided by the NVC or the embassy/consulate.

6. Attend your visa interview: Go to the U.S. embassy or consulate on the date and time of your scheduled interview. The consular officer will review your application and documents, and determine whether to approve your visa.

Remember, the process may vary slightly depending on the specific U.S. embassy or consulate where you will be applying. Always refer to their website for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the visa application process.

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