What is Electronic Processing?
The Immigrant Visa Electronic Processing Program is a pilot project which uses electronic communication and documentation methods to simplify and accelerate the immigrant visa application process. This program uses e-mail for communication and submission of all forms and documents to the NVC using the Portable Document Format (PDF).
Under the Electronic Processing Program all forms will be downloaded, completed, signed (if required), scanned, saved as PDF files, and e-mailed to the NVC. Required civil documents and supporting documents must be converted to PDF files by scanning and e-mailed to the NVC.
After the NVC has completed processing the applicant's petition, the applicant will need to present the original physical documents to the US Embassy/Consulate at the time of the applicant's visa interview. Failure to do so may cause a delay or denial of the visa being sought.
Presumably you have already received a letter from the NVC notifying you that you may be eligible to participate. A translation of the Eligibility Letter from the NVC may be available, click here.
What is required to participate?
If eligible to participate in Electronic Processing the applicant (or designated agent) and the petitioner must:
- Have regular access to e-mail internet service;
- Have the ability to scan required documents into PDF files;
- Be able to submit all forms electronically (no paper copies will be accepted).
All visa applicants, their designated agent (if applicable), and their petitioner will need to follow the processing requirements in order to successfully complete Electronic Processing of the immigrant visa petition.
Note: If the applicant does not wish to participate in Electronic Processing, the applicant should follow the instructions provided in the National Visa Center's letter (e.g. paying the applicable fee or mailing the Choice of Address and Agent Form, DS-3032, to the NVC).
IF the applicant and/or designated agent meets the above requirements and chooses to participate
IF the applicant and/or designated agent DOES NOT meet the above requirements, the applicant is not eligible for participation in the program. The applicant should follow the instructions provided in the National Visa Center's letter (e.g. paying the applicable fee or mailing the Choice of Address and Agent Form, DS-3032, to the NVC).