National visa center (NVC) immigrant visa backlog report
There has been a dramatic backlog in green card interviews.
In October, Reported 468,891 pending interviews which minimally decreased by November, with 461,125 pending interviews remaining.
The U.S. Department of State has yet to significantly increase its number of monthly interviews. Wait times have surged since the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The pandemic continues to restrict the number of visas the State Department can process. The backlog exists due to several reasons, including annual quotas for green card issuance, per-country limits, and administrative processing delays. The result is a backlog that forces many highly-skilled immigrants to wait for years, and sometimes even decades, for their green card applications to be approved. After USCIS approves your petition, they will transfer your case to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) for pre-processing. The first step in this processing is the creation of your case in our system. Once this is complete, we will send you a Welcome Letter by e-mail or physical mail.