National Visa Center Law and Legal Definition

The National Visa Center (NVC) processes immigrant visa petitions from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for those who apply for immigrant visas at US embassies and consulates. The NVC processes all approved immigrant visa petitions, after they are received from Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security (CIS), and retains them until the cases are ready for adjudication by a consular officer abroad.

The NVC is responsible for the collection of visa application fees and visa application documentation. When an applicant's priority date meets the most recent Qualifying Date, the NVC shall contact the applicant and petitioner with instructions for submitting the appropriate processing fees.