U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela - CRS


Please follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.

Step 1: Register your appointment online

You need to register your appointment online. Registering your appointment provides us with the information we need to return your passport to you after your interview. Registration is free. Click the “Register” button below to register.

If you want to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you will be able to do so after you register your appointment.

 

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Step 2: Schedule a medical exam in Venezuela

As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must schedule a medical exam in Venezuela. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below for a list of designated doctors’ offices in Venezuela Please schedule and attend a medical exam with one of these doctors before your interview.

 

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Step 3: Complete your pre-interview checklist

It is important that you bring all required original documents to your interview. We’ve created a checklist that will tell you what to bring. Please print the checklist below and bring it to your interview along with the listed documents.

 

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Step 4: Review interview guidelines

Read our interview guidelines to learn about any special actions that you need to take before your visa interview.

 

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Medical Exam Instructions

All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to the issuance of a visa. Only a physician accredited by the U.S. Embassy can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to schedule and attend a medical exam with one of the doctors listed below before your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. Medical examination results from other physicians, including those at U.S. military facilities, will not be accepted.  

Approved Physicians:

CARACAS

Clínica Sanatrix
4ta Av. con 2da Calle, Piso 1, Consultorio 107, Urb. Campo Alegre, Caracas
Central: 0212-201-6255
Tel: 0212-265-9602 and 201-6167

Dr. Rigoberto Marcano
Ambulatorio Medis - Av. Jose María Vargas, C.C. Santa Fe, Nivel Oficina C3, Consultorio 2, Urb. Santa Fe Norte, Caracas
Tel: 0212-979-5275
Website:  www.medicinapreventiva.com.ve/usembass

MARACAIBO

Dr. Pedro Páez-Bermúdez
Calle 63 #10-166, entre Av. 10 y 12, Quinta. Airinos, Urb. La Estrella, Maracaibo, Edo. Zulia
Tel: 0261-742-5880 and 0416-867-2480

Items to bring to your medical examination

The doctor will need the following items to complete the medical exam forms:

  • Your visa interview appointment letter,
  • Your passport,
  • Four (4) recently taken passport-sized color photographs,
  • A copy of your immunization records, and
  • Relevant X-rays and/or medical reports from any disease or serious injury you had.

Any medical exam fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, must be paid directly to the examining physician. The exam fee for applicants 15 years of age and older is Bs. 80,000.00. The fee for applicants under 15 years of age is Bs. 35,000.00.

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During the medical exam

The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, and chest X-ray, gonorrhea test, and blood test (for applicants 15 years of age or older). The United States also requires tuberculosis (TB) testing for all applicants two years of age and older. Please be prepared to discuss your medical history, medications you are taking, and current treatments you are undergoing. More information on general medical requirements for U.S. immigrants is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website.

U.S. immigration law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa. Current immigrant vaccination requirements are available on CDC’s website. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions about our medical examination requirements online.

After the medical exam

When your examination is completed, the doctor will provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope. DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, you must bring it to your visa interview

Any x-rays taken will be given to you. You DO NOT need to bring the x-rays to your visa interview unless you suffer from tuberculosis (TB). However, you must carry the x-rays with you when you travel to the United States for the first time. The medical report must be less than six months old when you enter the United States as an immigrant.

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Pre-Interview Checklist

Please use the list below to determine the items that every applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview. Any documents that are not in either English or Spanish must be accompanied by a certified English translation unless you a Diversity Visa (DV) applicant. DV applicants must provide an English translation of ALL documents, even those in Spanish:

  • A copy of your NVC interview letter (does not apply to Diversity Visa, fiancé(e), adoptive, or asylee/refugee applicants).

  • Unexpired passport valid for six (6) months beyond your intended date of entry to the United States and a photocopy of the biographic page (where your name and photo are located).

  • One (1) color passport-size photographs of each person applying for a visa (5 cm x 5 cm, or 2 inch x 2 inch).  Please review our online photo requirements.

  • Confirmation page from the Form DS-260 Application for an Immigrant Visa you submitted online at ceac.state.gov/iv.
  • Confirmation page with barcode from your online registration for a passport delivery address (See Step 1).
  • Your original birth certificate and a photocopy.
  • Medical examination results in a sealed envelope (if the physician gives you these results).
  • Original or certified copies of birth certificates for all children of the principal applicant (even if he or she is not accompanying).

Applicants who fall into any category listed in italics below should bring these additional documents:

For family based applications:

  • The appropriate Form I-864 Affidavit of Support for each financial sponsor along with a photocopy of the sponsor’s IRS transcript or most recent U.S. federal income tax return, and any relevant W-2s. 

  • Proof of your U.S. petitioner’s status and domicile in the United States (photocopy of a U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, or lawful permanent resident card).

  • Evidence of the relationship between the petitioner and visa applicant (such as photographs, letters, or emails).

 

If you are married:  Your original marriage certificate and a photocopy.

If you were previously married:  Your original divorce or spouse’s death certificate, English translation, and a photocopy.

If you are older than 16 years of age:  The original police certificate from your country of current residence and countries of previous residence. If these three items are all true, you must bring a more recent police certificate to the interview:

  1. You are older than 16 years of age;
  2. You obtained a police certificate and submitted it to NVC more than one year ago; and
  3. You still live in the country that issued the police certificate.

Please note we only accept Venezuelan police certificates that are issued by the Ministerio del Poder Popular de Relaciones Interiores, Justicia y Paz. We do not accept letters of conduct. If you are a dual national, a police certificate from each country where you hold citizenship is required.
 

For employment-based visa applications: Letter from your U.S. employer dated less than one month ago.


If you have ever been convicted of a crime:
 Court and criminal records, and a photocopy.


If you have served in any country’s military: 
Military records and a photocopy.


If you are adopted:  
Adoption papers or custody documents and a photocopy.
 

If you are the petitioner’s stepchild:  The original marriage certificate between either the petitioner and your biological relative, or yourself and the petitioner’s biological relative and a photocopy along with divorce records for any previous marriages of either party.

 

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Interview Guidelines

Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas


If you have been asked to send us any documents, please DO NOT mail them to us directly. Instead, visit our customer service provider for information on document drop-off locations through Grupo Zoom. Envelopes should be addressed to the Immigrant Visa Unit, P.O. Box CCS-355237.

Rescheduling or cancelling your interview


If you are unable to attend your appointment, please go to www.ustraveldocs.com/ve to select a new appointment date. There may be a significant wait before the next available appointment, so please attempt to attend the date already assigned. For some family-based and employment preference visa categories, a visa became available within the month you have been scheduled by NVC. There is no guarantee that a visa will still be available on the date of your rescheduled interview. Please carefully consult the Visa Bulletin before you decide to reschedule your interview. DV applicants should be aware that visas are numerically limited and must be issued by September 30 of the program year.

Please note: You need to register your original NVC/KCC appointment online before you can reschedule it. Rescheduling is only possible on a date after your assigned appointment.

Security screening procedures


All visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas must follow certain security procedures. Any visitor who declines to be screened by U.S. Embassy security personnel will be unable to enter the embassy. To avoid delaying your entry and that of those in line behind you, please bring only what is required for your interview. 

Accompanying persons


Every applicant must be present at the interview regardless of age. The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:

  • Petitioners.
  • Registered attorneys.
  • Interpreter:  Applicants may bring ONE interpreter if they do not speak English or Spanish well enough to participate in an interview.
  • Special Needs Visitors:  Applicants may bring ONE person to help if they are elderly, disabled, or a minor child. 

Immigrant visa fees


If you have not paid all required fees to either the National Visa Center or via the appointment website, please be prepared to pay these fees on the day of your interview. All fees may be paid in either U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Venezuelan bolivars. We accept cash, U.S. issued Visa and MasterCard credit cards (credit cards will be charged in U.S. dollars). We do not accept checks or debit cards from Venezuela. Please note that if you are found ineligible to receive a visa, the application fee cannot be refunded. A complete list of fees can be found here.   

Do not make travel plans outside of Venezuela


If your visa is approved, we will keep your passport at the embassy while we prepare your immigration packet and print a visa for your passport. We will return your passport to you later via courier services only. (Applicants living in Aruba and Curacao will have to arrange prepaid delivery service with DHL. Please do this only after being informed that your visa has been approved.) If you have to travel within Venezuela while your passport is still with us, please make sure you have a valid picture ID other than your passport.

 

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After Your Visa Interview

A consular officer can make a decision on a visa application only after reviewing the formal application and interviewing the applicant. There is no guarantee that you will receive a visa. Do not sell your house, car or property, resign from your job or make non-refundable flight or other travel arrangements until you have received your immigrant visa. 

If more information is needed


Sometimes a consular officer is unable to make a decision on a visa application because he/she needs to review additional documents or the case requires further administrative processing. When additional documents are requested, the consular officer will give you a refusal letter that asks you to submit additional documents. The letter will include instructions on how to send those documents to the embassy. Administrative processing takes additional time after the interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days. However, the timing varies based on the circumstances of each case. Before inquiring about the status of administrative processing, please wait at least 60 days after your interview. 

What happens after visa approval


Passport, Visa, and Sealed Immigrant Packet – We will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. Please review your visa to make sure there are no spelling errors. We will also give you a sealed envelope containing documents that you must give to U.S. immigration authorities when you arrive in the United States for the first time. Do not open this envelope. You must carry it with you sealed. Do not put it in your checked luggage. If you receive X-rays during your medical examination, carry those with you and give them to the U.S. immigration authorities, if required. If there is a typo on your visa, bring it back to the embassy with the sealed immigration packet. We will send the corrected documents back to you via courier.

USCIS Immigrant Fee – All individuals who are issued Immigrant Visas overseas must pay an Immigrant Fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to traveling to the United States. This fee is for processing your residency status and printing your Permanent Resident Card. The only people exempt from paying this fee are:  children entering the United States under the Hague Process, returning residents, and people traveling on a fiancé(e) (K) visa. 

When You Should Travel – You must enter the United States before the expiration date on your visa, which is usually six (6) months from the date of printing. Your visa cannot be extended and all fees are nonrefundable. The principal applicant must enter before or at the same time as other family members with visas. 

Getting a Green Card – Your Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, will be automatically mailed to the address in the United States that you write in your visa application form. This is a very important document that proves you have permission to reside in the United States. If you plan to travel outside the U.S. before your green card arrives:  Please consult USCIS’s and CBP’s websites for rules about what documents you need to re-enter the country. We also recommend you check with the airline to ensure you are in compliance with their rules. Once your card is issued, you should not stay outside of the United States for more than one year. If you do, you may lose your status as a Lawful Permanent Resident.

Children’s Issues – In the United States, children are required to have certain vaccinations before they can enroll in school. We recommend that you bring your child’s complete vaccination records with you to the United States. If your child is adopted, you have full custody as a result of a divorce, or you share custody with another parent, you should bring a copy of all applicable adoption or custody papers from the authoritative court in your home country. You will need these papers (translated into English) for issues such as school enrollment, medical care, and eventual citizenship.

Information for New Immigrants – Please visit the USCIS web page for helpful information on moving to the United States. You can read their publication “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” online.

 

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Diversity Visa Applicants - Additional Information

If you are interviewing for a Diversity Visa (DV), all of the above instructions apply to you. Please schedule and attend a medical examination prior to your visa interview; enroll in the required courier service; and gather the required documents.

Below are additional instructions that apply only to DV applicants.

Bring to your interview


In addition to the documents listed on the Pre-Interview Checklist in this package, DV applicants should also bring the following items to their visa interview:

  • Appointment information printed from the “Entrant Status Check” on the E-DV website
  • Documents showing that you have either a qualifying high school education OR have two years of qualifying work experience in the last five (5) years immediately prior to application (for the principal applicant only; more information is available on our Diversity Visa Process webpage).
  • Payment in cash of the $330 Diversity Visa Application Fee for each visa applicant.

Any documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Review your DV Lottery entry


Prior to your visa interview, we recommend that you review the data on your initial E-DV entry. On your initial E-DV application, you must have correctly entered your marital status. If you are legally married you must have listed your spouse, even if you are currently separated from him/her (unless your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident).

Additionally, you must have listed ALL of your living children who are unmarried and under 21 years old. This includes your natural children, your spouse’s children, or children you have formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country.

Failure to have listed an existing spouse or children at the time of your entry in the Diversity Visa lottery will result in the denial of your visa and visas for your family. Any fees paid to the U.S. government in support of your visa application(s) are nonrefundable. If you failed to include a child who had already been born, or a spouse to whom you were married when you entered the lottery, you should not proceed with the visa application. You can review the eligibility requirements online.

 

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Last Updated: 3/14/2018

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Caracas

Calle F con Calle Suapure,
Urb. Colinas de Valle Arriba,
Caracas, Venezuela 1080

Telephone
58 (212) 975-6411
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