What is my NVC case status?
Working with the National Visa Center to apply for an immigrant visa can take several months, and you’ll often be left wondering about your NVC case status. Here are some tips on checking your NVC case status.
Checking Your NVC Case Status
Checking the NVC status is fairly easy and straightforward. But before we get to how to do that, let’s review some basics on visa cases with the NVC. (If you want a more thorough over of the immigrant visa process, check out this article.)
The NVC has switched to an entirely online system called the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC for short). The CEAC system requires you to login in order to access your case. To log in, you need two things: 1) NVC Case Number; and 2) Invoice ID Number. You can find these numbers in the NVC Case Creation notification you were emailed or mailed.
Your NVC Case Number
The NVC Case Number is a series of three letters and ten numbers. The letters are an abbreviation of the consulate where the case will be processed and the first four numbers are the year the case was created. For example, if your family member will process in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and the case was created in 2020 then your case number will begin with “CDJ2020” followed by six more identifying numbers.(Ex. CDJ2020123456).
Your Invoice ID Number
The Invoice ID number begins with IVSCA following by ten digits. The first four digits are normally “0” followed by six more identifying numbers (ex. IVSCA0000123456)
Using CEAC to Check NVC Case Status Online
Once you find your NVC Case Number and your Invoice ID Number then you can login into CEAC system for case status.
Note: The case status function does not presently offer much useful information. That may change with time, but at the moment it isn’t helpful.
Go to Immigrant Visa – Sign In.
Once you get to this screen, enter the case number. The system will prompt you to then enter the invoice number and who you are through a drop-down menu.
Finally, you’ll enter a randomized number for security purposes. It’s a security measure to make sure you are a real human being and not a computer program trying to hack the system.
Once inside the system, there is information on what has and has not been submitted. There are essentially two classes of items that need to be submitted, applications (DS-260 and I-864) and copies of documents (e.g. passport datapage, birth certificate, and police clearances). When you want to know the status of your case with the NVC, this system will tell you if you are missing anything, if items are pending, or if the documents and applications are still under review.
This is the fastest and best way to check your NVC case status. You may also call or email the NVC for your case status. However, these are not too useful. If you call, the NVC officer will most likely not be very helpful and can possibly give you incorrect information. Moreover, all that matters anyways is what is reflected in the online system, and so speaking to someone who isn’t going to walk you through it is probably not a good idea. Plus, if you send a case status request through Ask NVC page, you will be waiting a very, very long time for a response and one that may not give you the information you’re looking for.
At the end of the day, the online system is the best and quickest way to find out what’s going on with the case.