Is USCIS case number same as NVC case number?


No, the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) case number is not the same as the NVC (National Visa Center) case number.

The USCIS case number is assigned to immigration-related applications that are filed with USCIS, such as petitions for family-based or employment-based immigration, adjustment of status applications, and naturalization applications. This case number typically starts with three letters (such as EAC, WAC, LIN) followed by a series of numbers.

On the other hand, the NVC case number is assigned to immigrant visa cases that have progressed beyond USCIS and are being processed by the NVC. The NVC case number consists of three letters followed by ten numbers, and it is used to track and identify specific immigrant visa cases.


The NVC case number is generally assigned after the USCIS approves an immigrant visa petition (such as a family-based or employment-based petition) and forwards the case to the NVC for further processing. The NVC case number is used to track the progress of the case as it goes through the visa application process, including document collection, fee payments, and scheduling of the visa interview.

It’s important to keep in mind that the USCIS and NVC case numbers are specific to their respective agencies and serve different purposes in the immigration process.

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