United States of America, USA, is a country with 50 states in the North American Continent. USA is bordered by Canada in the north and Mexico in the south. USA is also called the World’s big brother or Uncle Sam due to its power and political influence. Washington DC is the capital city of USA. New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego are the popular and most important cities of USA.
USA is a popular destination for higher education and tourism. USA is a tech driven country with Facebook, Google, Apple, Dell, Cisco, IBM, Netflix, Oracle and many others originating there. Getting both immigrant and non – immigrant visas are tedious due to very stringent rules and regulations. Getting a US visa can be considered an achievement as the USA embassy does a thorough background verification.
There are five US consulates operating in India and are located at Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. All US visa applicants must appear in person for the visa interview at their choice of consulate. Both immigrant and non immigrant visa requires you to appear for an interview.
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When you apply for a nonimmigrant US visa at an embassy or a consulate, then the consulate officer issues the visa after the interview. He also can decline the visa and send it for further review. This is referred to as ‘administrative processing’.
You must follow the below mentioned steps to track your nonimmigrant US visa:
You must follow the below mentioned steps to track your immigrant US visa:
If you apply to immigrate to the USA under family based green card or employment based green card, then you have to wait for several weeks or months or years to get a response from the office of US Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS, which is responsible for the processing of your immigration request.
You don’t have to worry and panic at this delay as this is quite normal. Be happy that USCIS offers various tracking options that allow you track the request status. You must have the receipt number or other identifying information.
After submitting a petition or request for immigration, the USCIS issues a 13 digit receipt number within a few days. This receipt number begins with three English alphabets that identify the office handling your request. You must have this 13 digit receipt number to track your request status.
If you don’t receive receipt number after a few weeks, then you must visit a USCIS office through an INFOPASS appointment at www.uscis.gov. When you visit the USCIS office, you must carry a valid proof of identity, a photocopy of your application and other relevant documents of the case. If you have sent the application by a courier service, then you must carry the receipt issued by the courier service.
A good feature of USCIS website is that it has the ‘Check Processing Times’ link. With this link, you can check the immigration request processing time of the various USCIS offices and centers. With this, you get an idea on how much time your application needs to get processed.
If you don’t have access to computer or internet, then you can get an INFOPASS appointment and visit the USCIS office to check the status.
One more option to track your immigration status is by sending an email to one of the mail IDs mentioned on the official website of USCIS. Your email must contain the receipt number and other relevant information pertaining to the immigration request. The USCIS office would reply to your email with the request status.
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