"Begin National Visa Center (NVC) Processing" refers to a series of actions performed by an individual whose immigrant visa petition received approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The steps required for this stage of the immigrant visa process are provided on NVC's official website.
Individuals with an approved immigrant visa petition can begin preliminary processing of their legal documentation by completing six steps, as instructed by the NVC. These steps include selecting an agent, paying fees, submitting a visa application form, preparing financial records, collecting supporting documents and forwarding the documents to the NVC.
The failure to start the pre-processing of approved petitions within 12 months of notice of visa availability results in the legal termination of the petition by the United States Secretary of State, notes NVC.