Recently, in response to receiving civil documents, the NVC has begun issuing 30-day letters instead of the typical 60-days letters. Below is the text from a letter received in our office on behalf of a client:

The National Visa Center (NVC) received your documents on 19-MAY-15. We are experiencing a high volume of incoming mail at this time. Please allow 30 days from the date we received your mail for the NVC to review your documents. We are diligently working to reduce our review time and appreciate your patience. The NVC will notify you after our review if there is additional information required or if we are able to schedule your case for an interview overseas.

It remains to be seen whether the NVC is actually processing documents in 30 days as many cases are now stalled due to retrogression. While this offers a¬†glimmer of hope that the NVC is now processing petitions in a more timely matter, it may be all for naught as civil documents submitted between now and the¬†time one’s priority date becomes current again may have to be resubmitted as police clearances expire, and family circumstances change.