How will I know when my interview is scheduled?
The National Visa Center, NVC, will send notifications of the date, time, and location of your interview to you, your petitioner, and your attorney/agent of record (if applicable) when the interview has been scheduled.
What if I need to change the interview date and time?
To determine the proper procedure for rescheduling your interview appointment, please click Embassy/Consulate General-Specific Interview Guidelines. If the Embassy/Consulate does not have any specific interview guidelines listed, you should contact the Embassy/Consulate directly to reschedule your interview.
My interview hasn't been scheduled yet, but I want to get started on my medical exam. Where should I go to get an exam?
You will receive instructions concerning interview preparation in the appointment letter that you will receive from the NVC. You should not have your exam until your interview has been scheduled. For further information about how to arrange for your medical examination click Medical Examination. IMPORTANT NOTE: Medical examination results are valid for one year in normal circumstances. But if you have certain medical conditions your examination results could expire in as little as 3 months. In any case you should not have your medical examination until the NVC notifies you of your interview appointment date. You may be denied entry to the United States if your medical examination results expire before your arrival.
Does the petitioner have to be present at the interview?
No, only applicants must appear to be interviewed.
If a derivative applicant is following to join the principal applicant, do they have to be present at the interview?
Only the applicants who are listed on the interview appointment letter issued by the NVC must appear to be interviewed at the scheduled time. Applicants who will follow to join the principal applicant later will be interviewed separately. You should contact the Embassy/Consulate directly to arrange separate interviews.
Are there any additional fees to be paid at post?
The immigrant visa application processing fee for each applicant must be paid before his/her visa can be issued. Applicants whose fee has not been paid should be prepared to pay the fee at the interview or the visa cannot be issued even if the interview was otherwise successful. You should contact the Embassy/Consulate to understand what payment methods are acceptable.
What must I bring to interview?
Each applicant must bring the following items to their interview:
Do I need to bring copies of the originals submitted to the NVC?
If photocopies of original documents were not provided to the NVC with the original submission, they should be presented during the visa interview so that the original documents may be returned to you.
What happens to the documents submitted to the NVC?
Original documents submitted to the NVC with photocopies will be returned to the applicant(s) when the interview has been successfully completed.
Does every applicant need to fill out Form DS-260?
Yes, Online Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-260 is required for all Immigrant Visa applicants.
My children were going to follow to join me. Can they accompany me instead?
Yes, you may change your children's status from follow-to-join to accompanying by directly contacting the Embassy/Consulate where your interview is scheduled.
Can I include my children if they were not originally part of the case?
If the visa for which you are applying allows derivative children, your unmarried children under the age of 21 may be added as derivative applicants after your interview has been scheduled. You must directly contact the embassy/consulate to request specific instructions. At the interview the added applicant(s) will be required to pay the same fees, and submit the same forms and supporting documents as the original applicant(s).
My child will turn 21 years old soon. Will that affect their visa?
If you plan to immigrate to the United States with your children, or to have your children join you in the United States later, you must prove that your children are:
If your child will soon turn 21, your child could become ineligible to immigrate with you. If your child cannot immigrate with you because of their age, then a separate petition must be filed for your child and there may be a significant delay before your child becomes eligible for a visa.
If visas are available in your visa category before your child's birthday, the NVC may be able to expedite your case so that you and your child can immigrate together. Unfortunately, if visas are not available before the child's birthday, the NVC cannot expedite the case.
There is also a law called the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), which applies to a narrow range of cases and may allow the principal applicant's son or daughter to remain eligible under this petition. At the time of the parent's visa interview, the consular officer will determine whether or not CSPA is applicable in your particular situation.
What will my immigrant visa consist of, and how much time do I have to travel?
If you are issued an immigrant visa, the consular officer will give you your passport containing the immigrant visa and a sealed packet containing the documents which you provided. It is important that you do not open the sealed packet. Only the U.S. immigration official should open this packet when you enter the United States. You are required to enter the United States before the expiration date printed on your visa. When traveling, the primary (or principal) applicant must enter the United States before or at the same time as family members holding visas.
Must I pay a fee after my visa issued?
Yes, if you receive your immigrant visa on or after February 1, 2013. You must pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after you receive your immigrant visa and before you travel to the United States. Only children who enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague adoption programs, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants, returning residents (SB-1s), and those issued K visas are exempt from this fee. Select USCIS Immigrant Fee on the USCIS website for more information.
Important Notice: USCIS will not issue a Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551 or Green Card) until you have paid the fee.