How to Expedite With NVC

NVC stands for the National Visa Center, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The National Visa Center is where visa petitions are sent to be processed after approval is granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The NVC specifically deals with immigrant visa cases, K-1 visa applications (for fiancés or fiancées), and K-3 applications (for American citizens’ spouses). Processing at the NVC can take years at certain times, depending on the number of requests and your current country of residence. The NVC can expedite cases under certain life or death emergencies, if the State Department has available visas left.

Step 1

Obtain the necessary information. You will need a letter or signed document from a doctor, hospital, or medical clinic that expresses the existence of a medical emergency. The document must include the contact information for the doctor or facility.

Step 2

Send the documentation to the NVC. The NVC’s website states that e-mail is the best way to communicate. Send an email to [email protected] and put your case number in the subject line. In the email, be sure to also include your name and date of birth and attach the medical documentation you obtained.

Step 3

Wait to hear from the NVC. You can use the same [email protected] email to inquire about your case, or you can use an automated phone system (603-334-0700).


  • The above information should not be considered legal advice. Be sure to consult an attorney before taking action.

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