What is Your NVC Case Status of Non-Immigrant Visa ?

NVC case status message of Non-Immigrant Visa

Generally, Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) application process is short and not that complicated compared to that of Immigrant Visa (IV). Having said that, for all of you in the U.S. visa process, nothing feels like easy and smooth even when an approval rate of your visa application is objectively very high. As I introduced in the first article https://www.lawfully.com/resources/what-is-your-nvc-immigrant-visa-case-status, this time I will focus on NVC case status messages of Non-Immigrant Visa so that you get a sense and know where you stand. Plus, don't miss out on a chance to track your USCIS or NVC case status with the best case tracking tool!

Status for NIV Applicants

Application Receipt Pending

  • If you have submitted your online non-immigrant visa application (DS-160), it has not yet been processed into the visa system. At some locations, your application will remain in this status until you appear for an interview or until your application is ready for review. Please see the Embassy or Consulate website for information on the next steps required for visa processing.

  • For interview cases, the application will remain in this status until the applicant appears for an interview.

  • For mail-in cases, this means the Embassy has not received the application.

Application Received

  • Your case is open and ready for your interview, fingerprints, and required documents. If you have already had your interview, please check your status after two business days. If no interview was required, please check back in two business days for the updated status of your application.

  • For mail-in cases: The visa application has been received by the Embassy and is undergoing review.

  • This also includes cases that are pending for additional documents.

Administrative Processing

  • Your visa case is currently undergoing administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed back within two business days.

  • This status includes:

1) The visa issuance process (visa has been approved but not yet printed) 2) Pending for additional documents/information.


  • Your visa has been issued and is in final processing. If you have not received after 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the Embassy or Consulate where you submitted your application.


  • A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete. The processing time varies, and you will be contacted if additional information is needed.

  • This includes cases that are: 1) Pending for additional documents/information 2) Administrative Processing 3) Cases with a waiver request pending 4) Denied under Section 214(b) of the INA.

  • For E-visa new company registration cases: The visa application has been received by the Embassy and is ready for review. Please wait for further instructions from the Embassy or Consulate. Processing time for new company registration typically takes at least 3 weeks.

Where to Check your NVC Case Status

Lawfully is the first app to launch the National Visa Center (NVC) case tracking service. Those who applied for IV, especially a family-based or employment-based green card outside the U.S. were able to check their Form I-130/I-140 case status either on the USCIS website or on other third-party platforms. But they couldn't stay updated beyond that using those platforms, where the National Visa Center (NVC) takes over the rest of their case process. Now, with only a few steps, Lawfully bridges the two separate processes and helps you seamlessly track your case from start to finish.

All you need to do is 1) turn on the Lawfully app 2) go to "Add NVC case" 3) select your visa application type and 4) for an IV case, just enter your IV case number. For a NIV case, select your location and enter your application ID or assigned case number. The completion of those steps generates your NVC case on the app. Not only can you overview the history of your NVC case application, but you will also get real-time updates on your NVC case status. Just make sure you turn on push notifications!

Needless to say, all types of NIV applications are available as well for tracking on our app. Only Lawfully is successfully embracing all immigrants, whether you are applying in or outside the U.S. Download the Lawfully Case Tracker app now and experience the unmatchable feature!

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