The individual must be immediately eligible to receive a green card which means that the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin must be consulted. The Visa Bulletin is released monthly and controls immigrant visa availability for family-based, employment-based and diversity lottery categories. A link to the Visa Bulletin is available at For further discussion on this topic, please refer to the Green Card Quota Backlog FAQ. The individual must have an approved Immigrant Petition that is designated for Consular Processing at a specific U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. In addition to the above, the individual must be admissible to the U.S. or, if there is an admissibility issue, be eligible to apply a waiver.