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CR-1 and IR-1 Visas: Why Does NVC Even Exist?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing Immigrant Spouse Visas. Now this could be the Immigrant spouse of either a Lawful Permanent Resident in the United States or an American citizen and we are posing the question "why does the NVC even exist?"

Full disclosure, I am not a big fan of the NVC. I have become less of a fan of the NVC and to be clear for those unaware the NVC stands for National Visa Center which is an institution that one has to deal with after being approved on a USCIS petition or an underlying petition for an alien relative. You then have to deal with the NVC before you can even get to the Embassy phase and start dealing with interviews etc.

The reason for this video is I have had a lot of people ask me this in the past few months because NVC is where these things just bog down. I view it as kind of a bureaucratic quagmire. In my opinion, its function is redundant and quite honestly I truly wonder especially after the last Administration, if it isn't designed to just simply be obtuse and keep people from getting their visa. The things that they ask for I threw up my hands, the other day I was just getting very upset dealing with the system and to be clear it is not something you have to deal with when dealing with fiancée visas oddly enough. They sort of bypass it and the case goes directly to the Embassy concerned. But the NVC, it is just these days they ask for something, I think it was a divorce decree on the petitioner. It wasn't immediately asked for, it is in the petition. I mean I don't understand why that is even an issue at the NVC point; that has already been adjudicated. They had asked for some other things, I think they may have just thrown it in there when they asked for some other stuff but I just found it kind of galling because as far as I was concerned it was redundant. Now I know in their little system they have got the box there for "Hey you know petitioners divorce decree", well it is not a requirement so I don't know.

Long story short, I just my personal opinion is I don't see the purpose of National Visa Center I think that function along with USCIS's function in an IR-1 and CR-1 context could easily be consolidated. Now that said often times when things of that nature happened which would be a major shift with the past usually doesn't auger well overall so maybe we should just be happy with the broken system we have as it is.