Immigrant Visa Information

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In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.

New Immigrant Visa Form DS-260.  Beginning September 1, 2013, the Immigrant Visa application previously known as Form DS-230 will change to an electronic format known as Form DS-260, which can be found here.

Embassy Appointment

If you have received a letter of appointment with an interview date by the National Visa Center (NVC), you must appear at the Embassy on the date of your appointment. You should arrive at the Embassy fifteen minutes before your appointment. Please read about the security restrictions at the Embassy that describe what you can and cannot bring with you on the day of your interview. You must bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class. You will only be able to be interviewed if you have all the required documents. The following links will direct you to the steps you have to take to apply for an immigrant visa or a K visa for fiance and the documents required.

Information about Medical Exams

Important Disclaimer Notice

The visa appointment system is intended for eligible applicants who were not able to meet their original appointment dates or received notification that they must schedule an appointment with the call center.

If you meet any of the following conditions, do not schedule an immigrant visa interview appointment:

  • You have been interviewed and informed by a consular officer that you are ineligible to receive an immigrant or a K visa.
  • You are the principal beneficiary and have failed to reschedule your visa interview appointment within a year from the original appointment date.
  • You are the principal beneficiary and have failed to contact or communicate with the Embassy for more than a year from the time you were informed that your case is ready for final processing.
  • Your case priority date is not current for processing based on the current cut-off dates. This includes retrogressed cases.
  • Your case is still with the National Visa Center (NVC).
  • You have not received instructions from the Embassy or NVC that you may schedule an interview.
  • Follow to Join cases (spouse or children) whose principal applicant adjusted status in the U.S.
  • If you wish to apply for Returning Resident status.
  • If you are an SB1 visa applicant without a case number.
  • If you have not taken the medical exams.
  • If you have an ongoing treatment with any other doctor after taken the medical exams.
  • If you are under a waiver process and have not receive the approval notice.

If your case falls under any of the above conditions, please contact the call center at 2113-3122 or from the US at 703 745-5476 to confirm the status of your visa petition.



USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $220.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: