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Consular Processing

Consular Processing is a way in which foreign nationals not currently residing in the U.S. can obtain permanent legal status (a “green card”) via the U.S. embassy in their home country. If you have an approved immigrant petition and there is an immigrant visa number immediately available to you, you may be eligible for Consular Processing.

Dealing with the U.S. Embassy in a foreign country may be difficult and time consuming. Applicants can benefit from the experience and attention to detail provided by Charlotte Viener & Associates during this process, particularly the all-important final stages. As your immigration attorneys we can assist you or your family members with the final paperwork and in preparation for your interview at the United States Consulate in your country. We’re extremely knowledgeable about Consular Processing and can help make your visa-issuing process smoother and less confusing. It is crucially important that all data you submit to our office must be accurate so that if a waiver is required, one can be prepared prior to your interview.


Step 1: Determine Your Basis For Immigration

Depending on your current status and employment situation you have several categories to choose from as you apply to immigrate. A trained immigration attorney can help you decide your best course of action.

Step 2: File Your Petition For Consular Processing

You may choose to file your petition for a number of different reasons: family based, employment based, humanitarian reasons, or even under a special class. After filing you must wait to hear from the USCIS in writing about their decision.

Step 3: Get A Visa And Go To Your Appointment

If your application has been approved you will hear from the National Visa Center about the availability of visa numbers as well as fees and forms that must be submitted. Once a visa becomes available you will attend an in-person interview at the National Visa Center.

Step 4: Coming To The U.s.

After your visa has been granted you’ll be given what’s known as a “visa packet” which you should not open. When you get to the United States a customs official will inspect your packet and person and admit you to the U.S. where you will wait up to 45 days to receive your green card in the mail.
Consular Processing can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a qualified immigration attorney’s office like Charlotte Viener & Associates will make the process more efficient and help you avoid simple mistakes that can cost you time and money.

The Immigration Attorneys of Charlotte Viener & Associates in New Orleans have the knowledge and experience to help guide you through every step of the Consular Processing procedure.

Why Choose Us?

Charlotte Viener & Associates is a New Orleans, Louisiana based law firm that has worked exclusively in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law for over twenty years. We represent immigrants and employers throughout the United States and the world.

Our attorney's are also compassionate and caring and understand that navigating the Immigration laws can sometimes be overwhelming.  We will not only fight for you but hold your hand, if needed, throughout the entire process.  

In addition, our office offers Flat Fees and Payment Plans with no hidden fees. You will have access to us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week either in our office, on the phone or by email.  It is part of the service we offer and is included in the flat fee we quote you at our initial consultation.  Please review our google reviews below to hear about our client's experience working with us. 

Charlotte and her team do a wonderful job and are essential for navigating the confusing waters of US immigration. She assisted our family greatly with our immigration case. I have since recommended her to many friends and they have found her to be professional, efficient and courteous.
C. Wilson
I've had a complicated situation with my immigration status and no one wanted to take my case but Charlotte did. She helped me deal with it the right way. She gave me directions and it helped me solve my issues.
E. Krutov
I just became recently an American citizen and I have to thank greatly to Charlotte. The USCIS screwed my case and Charlotte was instrumental for me to appeal. I was not going to do it and start all over again but she convinced me to go ahead. Thanks! She is a pleasure to deal with.
E. Casillas
Estoy muy agradecido con la abogada Charlotte porque ella me ayudó a obtener la Residencia para mi y para mi hija. Es muy profesional.
O. Elias
My husband and i needed an urgent help regarding my visa situation and we are very happy that attorney Charlotte Viener helped us to everything we needed so fast and made it easy for us. We are very satisfied and definitely will recommend her service to my family and friends!
J. Machida
Charlotte Viener (& her staff) saved my life!. I have been living in the U.S for over 30 years, hold a green card, have never gotten into any trouble with the law and all of a sudden found myself facing deportation for something that had nothing to do with me, but with my (ex)husband. I went to her office crying and asked her to help me and she was very compassionate and professional at the same time. We won our case and now I am free to continue to pursue my American dream. Thank you Charlotte.
C. Gallop