National Visa Center

The NVC has our paperwork!  They send Steven case numbers on Lillian Meng and Alex.  So, that means the cable to the US Consulate in China is going out/has gone out and we should be getting a PDF of whatever paper our agency needs in order to forward our Visas to the US Consulate in China.  Sorry for ignorance here.  Steven is handling this part.  Mama is tired of paperwork.  I think it is a notice from the NVC that they cabled our information to China.  Here is the link that explains the process we are in right now: NVC Explained

Within 1-3 business days, the NVC will “cable” (basically emailing/sending electronically) your file to the US Embassy in Guangzhou, China.  This is approval of your visa petition.

Upon doing this, the NVC will then mail you a letter stating that your petition has been forwarded to the Embassy. Your agency needs this NVC letter in order to proceed with your adoption! Unfortunately, this letter can take up to a few weeks to arrive in the mail. So instead, ask the NVC to email you the letter as a .pdf attachment.

And after we get send the PDF and Visa Apps to our agency, and our agency forwards those to China, we do the Article 5 Process.  I am copying and pasting information below.

After you have received I-800 Approvaland have been cabled (and gotten the NVC letter),it’s time for your Article 5 letter to be issued by the US Embassy. This is a step that you don’t have to really DO anything about, but it is helpful to know what is going on.

The in-China rep will take the NVC letter to the US Embassy in Guangzhou along with your DS-230 application and Parental LOA. The US Embassy only allows representatives to drop off the paperwork on certain days.

Once you have emailed your NVC letterto your agency, they will forward it to their in-China representative.

Why is my paperwork going to the consulate?

The consulate needs to review your new child’s visa application (the DS-230), make sure it meets the qualifications for an immigrant visa, and then signs off that everything is in order for the adoption to be completed. This is called the Article 5 letter. You cannot obtain custody of your child until the Article 5 letter is issued!

The consulate takes a standard two weeks to complete this process. If your paperwork is dropped off on a Monday, it will be picked up from the consulate by your agency rep two Mondays later.

Once it’s picked up from the consulate, it will be delivered directly to the CCAA for Travel Approval!

So there, we both learned something this morning…hehe….I am just waiting on Steven and our agency to hand me the plane ticket and tell me when we are going.  I micromanaged the dossier process and filled out numerous grant applications, painted and set up both the kids’ rooms, rearranged the entire house….so this last part is Steven’s job!  He gladly accepted (I am so thankful) and will be coordinating all of our travel arrangements.  I usually am the travel agent of the family, but since Steven has already been to China and he has specific ideas of which airlines to use, what seats to purchase (business class), how he would like to travel with three kids, I am more than happy to hand the reins over.

Extremely excited!  We are getting down to the end of the road!

Don’t forget our Silent Auctino on FB starting September 26th!  I will post an announcement and instructinos about 3 days before the auctions starts…stay tuned!


Steven, Andrea and Vivian (soon to be Lillian Meng and Alex too!)




About perpetualrenovator

Preservationist, lover of all things old, scrapbooker, mom and wife. Questions? Email me at: Awarren1802@gmail dot com
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