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Step Two: When Your Petition is Approved

When your petition is approved, USCIS will notify you and will send the approved petition to the Department of State's National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, NH, for further processing.  The NVC performs all initial procedures, after which the completed petition is sent to the appropriate office overseas.  NVC will send a courtesy notification letter to the petitioner advising him or her that the petition has been received and that it will be sent to Embassy Kyiv.

It takes approximately two to four weeks for the actual approved petition and its supporting documentation to reach the Consular Section in Kyiv.  We can only start processing your case (that is, notify the applicant to schedule a visa appointment), once we receive the actual approved petition.  Be assured that once we have received your approved petition, we will contact your fiancé (e) regarding preparations for the formal visa interview.

Your petition is valid for four months, but may be extended by a Consul if a visa cannot be issued during that period and the intention to marry still exists.  (See Frequently Asked Questions.)

To check the status of your petition go directly to the official USCIS website using your case number beginning with WAC, EAC, LIN or SRC.

When contacting the Consular Section, please use your fiancé (e)'s full name and the case number that starts with KEV.