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We are offering complimentary consultations with our experienced attorneys via phone, Skype, FaceTime and Zoom to anyone – individuals, businesses and organizations – with a situation and/or questions related to immigration and nationality law. We can advise or offer second opinions on family-based and employment based immigration options, employer compliance, maintenance of non-immigrant status and employment authorization, political asylum, removal defense, remedies through federal court litigation or other U.S. immigration matters. Please contact us 24/7 at (312) 444-1940 or

Consular Processing

Consular Processing

Consular processing is the pathway that immigrants and those seeking visas, like the H1-B visa, and Green Cards use to apply for permanent lawful residence in the United States. The consular process is done through the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in a foreign country.

Steps for Consular Processing

In order to qualify for a Green Card, there are several steps you must go through during consular processing. The process includes the following:

Determination of Immigration

You must first determine if you will be eligible to apply for a Green Card. This may mean you, a family member, or an employer will have to file a petition for a Green Card.

Filing Immigrant Petition

There are several forms of petitions that can be filed for immigration/non-immigration green cards, so it is important to know which best fits your situation. The following are examples of forms of petitions:

All petitions can be filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Petition Decision

Once you have filed the corresponding petition, the Embassy or Consulate will review your application and reach a decision. The decision will be communicated to you and if denied, will include reasoning for denying the petition. If your petition is approved, the approval will remain at the Department of State National Visa Center until an immigrant visa number is ready. Once your visa is ready, you will be required to submit visa processing fees.

Consular Appointment

Once your visa becomes available, you will schedule an appointment with the consular office.

Visa Granted

The consular office will give you a packet of necessary information upon your granted immigrant visa known as a “visa packet.” The USCIS will require a fee to process the visa and produce a Green Card. Your visa will be available at the U.S. entry point though which you choose to enter the United States.

Green Card Approval

Once you have entered the United States with your immigrant visa, your green card will be mailed to you upon approval.

Contact an Immigration Attorney Today

The attorneys at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. have decades of combined experience. We provide individuals, families, and employers the legal representation they need through the consular processes of applying for visas and green cards. Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.

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