The NVC just announced that, as of the 12th of November, they are no longer requiring that original documents (except the affidavit of support documentation) be submitted to their office with Immigrant Visa applications. Instead, applicants need only submit copies of documents, and, once the NVC reviews the documents and ensures that all copies are present, the case will be sent to the consular post. The Applicant will then be directed to bring the original documents to the consular post at the time of their interview.
Hopefully this will speed up the process. It will certainly help in those cases where the NVC actually looses documents, instead of having to get all new originals, applicants will now be able to just send in copies.We sincerely hope that this will also soon lead to the possibility of filing documents online as opposed to through mail, but the NVC has made no move in this direction as of yet. We will update you with anything further as we hear about it from the NVC.
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