U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala - GTM

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

Step 1: Register your appointment online

You need to register your appointment online with Cargo Expreso prior to your appointment. 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.

Register


Step 2: Get a medical exam in Guatemala City

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

Medical Exam Instructions >>


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.

Pre-Interview Checklist >>


Step 4: Review interview guidelines

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

Interview Guidelines >>


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 a medical exam with one of the doctors listed below before your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.

Approved Physicians          

DR. THOMAS BUNGE
12 Calle 1-25, Zona 10,
Torre Norte Oficina 402
Edificio Géminis 10
PBX: 2427-2600 or 2335-3431 or 2335-3433
Fax: 2335-3565
Email: ccpgeminis10@gmail.com
Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Website:
panelphysiciansguatemala.com
and
examenesmedicosvisasguate.com

 

DRA. IRIS CAZALI
4 Ave. 3-04, Zona 10
Telephone: 2334-1743 or 2332-8066 or 2332-8070
Email: clinicazona10@yahoo.com.mx
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Thursdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

DR. JORGE MARIO FIGUEROA
12 Calle 1-25, Zona 10, Torre Norte Oficina 402, Edificio
Géminis 10
PBX: 2427-2600 or 2335-3431 or 2335-3433
Fax: 2335-3565
Email: ccpgeminis10@gmail.com
Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Website:
panelphysiciansguatemala.com
and
examenesmedicosvisasguate.com

 

DR. SYDNEY HAGEN
12 Calle 1-25, Zona 10,
Torre Norte Oficina 402, Edificio Géminis 10
PBX: 2427-2600 or 2335-3431 or 2335-3433
Fax: 2335-3565
Email: ccpgeminis10@gmail.com
Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Website:
panelphysiciansguatemala.com
and
examenesmedicosvisasguate.com
 

Items to bring to your medical examination


You must pay all medical examination fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, directly to the examining physician. Bring the following items to your medical exam:

  • Your visa interview appointment letter showing your GTM case number,
  • Your passport,
  • Five (5) recently taken passport-sized color photographs,
  • A copy of your immunization records and ongoing prescriptions,
  • Any relevant documents regarding your medical history, and
  • Police and court records relating to any criminal charges, especially for DUI or assault.
  • DS-260 confirmation page
     

During the medical exam


The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, and chest X-ray and blood tests (for applicants 15 years of age or older). Starting November 12, 208, the United States also requires IGRA  test for all applicants 2 to 14 years of age. 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 here.

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

You can see the fee schedule for all required medical tests and exams by clicking on the button below:

Medical Exam and Test Fees

After the medical exam


When your examination is complete, the doctor will either give you the results in a sealed envelope or send them directly to the U.S. Consulate. IF GIVEN AN ENVELOPE TO CARRY TO YOUR INTERVIEW, DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, 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 (6) months old when you enter the United States as an immigrant.

PLEASE NOTE: The expiration of your medical exam will be the expiration date of your visa. You must enter the United States before the expiration date of your visa.

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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:

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 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).

Two (2) 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.

Your original birth certificate, English translation, and one photocopy of each.

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). Please provide one photocopy of each document.
 

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

For family-based visa applications:

  • The appropriate Form I-864 Affidavit of Support for each financial sponsor along with a photocopy of the sponsor’s IRS transcript (found here https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript) or most recent U.S. federal income tax return, and any relevant W-2s.

    • Please note, if you have received an approved I-601A waiver, your waiver may be invalidated if your petitioner does not meet poverty guidelines and you do not have a joint sponsor who meets the guidelines.

  • 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: An original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, along with one photocopy.

If you were previously married: An original or certified copy of your divorce certificate or spouse’s death certificate. Please also bring one photocopy of each divorce certificate or spouse’s death certificate.

If you are older than 18 years of age: An original police certificate and court records from Guatemalan authorities along with one photocopy of each. You may also need to submit a police certificate from other countries if you: are 16 years or older and currently live in a country other than Guatemala, or if you lived more than 12 months in any country after the age of 16. Please read details on our website about when police certificates are required and how to obtain them. If you previously submitted a police certificate to NVC, it is more than one (1) year old, and you still live in that country, you must obtain and bring a more recent police certificate to the interview as the one you previously submitted will have expired.

For employment-based visa applications: Letter from your U.S. employer dated less than one month ago, and evidence of your qualifications for the position.

If you have ever been convicted of a crime: Court and criminal records along with one photocopy of each document.

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

If you are the petitioner’s stepchild: The original or certified copy of the marriage certificate of the petitioner and your biological parent, along with the original or an official copy of divorce records for any previous marriages of either parent. Please also provide one photocopy of each document.

If you are the petitioner’s parent or sibling: The petitioner’s original or certified copy birth certificate, along with one photcoopy.

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Interview Guidelines

Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala 


If you need to send us any documents, please DO NOT mail them to us directly. Instead, visit ustraveldocs.com to set up your account with Cargo Express or email support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com and ask for information on courier services. You may bring original documents (plus a photocopy for the embassy’s files) to your visa interview.

Rescheduling or cancelling your interview


If you are unable to attend your appointment, please email support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com 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 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.

Security screening procedures


All visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City 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. Please do not bring your phone or plan to have someone hold your phone for you. Please read the full list of prohibited items online.

Accompanying persons


Attorneys are not permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or to their interview. The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:

• The petitioner.
• The guardian or parent of minors under age 18.
• 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.

The Immigrant Visa fee is $325 per applicant. All fees may be paid in U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Quetzales. We accept cash and Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. We do not accept Discover card or Banrural debit cards. 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 Guatemala


If you need to send us any documents, please DO NOT mail them to us directly. Instead, visit ustraveldocs.com to set up your account with Cargo Expreso or email support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com and ask for information on courier services. You may bring original documents (plus a photocopy for the embassy’s files) to 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; 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.

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 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 your medical examination. 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. Unless they are eligible for benefits under the Child Status Protection Act, children who are issued a visa before turning 21 years of age must enter the United States before their 21st birthday to avoid losing their immigrant status.

Getting a Green Card – You must enter the United States before the expiration date on your visa, which is usually six (6) months from the date of your medical examination. 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. Unless they are eligible for benefits under the Child Status Protection Act, children who are issued a visa before turning 21 years of age must enter the United States before their 21st birthday to avoid losing their immigrant status.

Children’s Issues – Children are required to have certain vaccinations before they can enroll in school in the United States. Therefore, we recommend that you bring your child’s complete vaccination records with you to the United States. Additionally, if your child is adopted, you have full custody as a result of a divorce, or you share custody with the child’s other parent, we recommend that you bring a copy of all applicable adoption or custodial papers from the authoritative court in your home country. You will likely need these papers (translated into English) in the United States 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 your 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 two (2) years of qualifying work experience in the five (5) years immediately prior to application (for the principal applicant only; more information is available online).
  • Diversity Visa Application Fee for each visa applicant.

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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Medical Examination-Fee Schedule

Fees for all medical tests and exams are paid by the applicants directly to the physician, clinic, or laboratory.

Medical exam fees


Age Required Price
CHILDREN UNDER AGE 2: $90* (or equivalent in Quetzales)
CHILDREN BETWEEN 2 & 14 YEARS OLD $200*(or equivalent in Quetzales)
PERSONS AGE 15 OR OLDER: $240** (or equivalent in Quetzales)

*Includes review of immunization history, but not the cost for individual vaccines and their administration.  This fee also includes the cost of an IGRA test, which is a new requirement starting November 12, 2018 for all applicants between 2 and 14 years old.

**Includes review of immunization history, but not the cost for individual vaccines and their administration.  This fee also includes the cost of a Gonorrhea test, which is a new requirement starting October 1, 2016 for all applicants age 15 or older.
 

Vaccination fees


In order to assist the physician, and to avoid delays in the immigrant visa process, all applicants must bring their vaccination records for review by the physician at the time of their examination. If possible, applicants should obtain a copy of their vaccination record from their personal physician. Note: If you are bringing a vaccination card to the medical appointment, each recorded vaccination MUST be accompanied by the stamp and signature of the physician who performed the vaccination.

If you do not have a vaccination record, the panel physician will discuss with you what vaccinations you need. Some vaccinations can be omitted at the discretion of the panel physician. Only the panel physician can determine what vaccines you need, taking into account your age, medical history, and your current medical condition.

VACCINATION FEE'S

VACCINE

AGE REQUIRED

PRICE

Hexavalente 2 months – 18 months $72
Prevenar (pneumococo) 2 months – 18 months $127
Rotavirus 2 months – 18 months $98
MMR 15 months – 64 years $25
Varicela** 1 year and older $84
Influenza 50 years and older $35
DTAP 5 years and older $50
Pneumo 23 50 years and older $39
Hepatitis A 12 months – 23 months $42
  0 to 18 years $32
Polio 2 months – 18 years $9
Meningococcal (MCV4) 11 yrs -18 years $160

**NOT REQUIRED IF PREGNANT


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Last Updated: 8/15/2019

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Guatemala

Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10
Guatemala City, Guatemala