I-140 application is prepared; this is an Immigrant-Based employment
application. You will receive a Green Card once you successfully
complete the Immigration process and arrive in the US. It takes
approximately 45 days to submit your complete package to BCIS after you
have supplied us with the required documents.
Applicant receives BCIS Notice of Action, which states that the Petition
of the applicant has been received together with the BCIS fee. The
Notice of Action usually arrives 45 to 90 days after filing.
The 2nd Notice of Action, which is either an approval or request for
additional information of the applicant/petitioner, is usually received
in 90 - 150 days. Once this Approval Notice is received, it means
that you are well on your way to the final steps of immigration.
If the applicant/petitioner receives a Request for Additional
Information the process may be delayed for an additional 30 to 60 days.
Packet III - This is a request for biographical information from the
BCIS, it is used to complete a background check on individual and family
members for which a Visa has been requested. Receipt of your
Packet III is a clear indication that your application with BCIS is well
on it way. The Packet III should be completed as soon as possible
and send back to us for review and processing. There is a fee of
$265 associated with this application for the Visa. The BCIS
usually sends this out to applicants within 45 to 90 days after the
Approved Notice of Action has been sent.
Before receipt of Packet IV the applicant usually receives a Letter of
Inquiry from the US Embassy. This letter asks if the applicant
still wants to pursue his/her application. Do not ignore this
letter. Applicants should explain in writing the reason(s) for any
delay in submission of documents.
must have all of the required documents completed for the Visa Screen at
Packet IV - This is the final Packet that applicants receive from the
BCIS. This contains instructions on what to bring and what to
prepare prior to the interview at the US Embassy. It is important
that you follow precisely the steps outlined in this Packet, you must
complete the physical exam, Visa Screen and provide certain important
documents, all of which will be described in the Packet IV. You
can expect to recive your Packet IV within 30 - 60 days after the US
Embassy receives the Packet III. There are a variety of fees that
you must pay which are associated with the Packet IV.
Interview at US Embassy. The Interview is the final step in the
process prior to arrival in the US. Once the Visa Screen is
processed and received, you will receive an interview date from the US
Embassy. The time span for this has become shorter over the last
few months, approximately 30 - 75 days. At the successful
conclusion of the Interview you will receive written notice that your
Immigrant Visa has been approved. The Embassy will send via
courier, your official Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. It
comes in an envelop with specific instructions NOT TO BE OPENED until
you reach the US Port-of-Entry (The Immigration Officer at the
Port-of-Entry must open this envelop).