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Three important things to know about consular processing

“Consular processing” refers to the process of applying for a visa while outside the United States, through an embassy or consulate. Some go through this procedure before entering the U.S., while others who have been in the United States for a time must go back to their home country for consular processing.

In any case, the procedures of different embassies vary – and a mistake can lead to significant roadblocks. For those seeking an immigrant visa through consular processing, here are three important things to keep in mind:

Consular processing hinges on eligibility for a green card

Generally, those hoping to enter the US through a foreign consulate must be eligible for a green card. People in many different circumstances may apply, including:

  • Family members of U.S. citizens
  • Refugees or asylum seekers
  • Those sponsored by an employer

Once your petition for a green card is approved, you can move forward with consular processing.

“Inadmissibility” may not be the end of the road

Some may find their visa process derailed by “inadmissibility” in the eyes of the U.S. government. Most often, inadmissibility stems from unlawful presence in the United States. However, an applicant can request a waiver of inadmissibility. Getting a waiver can be a difficult process, but with the right help applicants have a chance to overcome this challenge.

There are people who can support you

Even though an attorney cannot accompany you to an appearance at an embassy, they can help you prepare. Someone with experience in the area can help those going through consular processing with preparing documents, streamlining applications, and determining eligibility.

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