Please follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.
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.
As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must schedule a medical exam in Montevideo. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below for a list of designated doctor’s offices in Montevideo. Please schedule and attend a medical exam with one of these doctors two weeks prior to your interview.
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.
Read our interview guidelines to learn about any special actions that you need to take before your visa interview.
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 at least (2 weeks prior to your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.
All applicants 15 years and older, must have an x-ray taken, a blood test, and a urine test. X-rays are not required for pregnant women. Schedule these tests with one of the laboratories listed below. Applicants must pick up their x-ray and lab results in person and take them to their medical exam appointment.
Av. Italia 2420
Dr. Luis Castillo
Agustina Contucci de Oribe 2518
Bring the following items to the laboratory:
All applicants between the ages of two (2) and fourteen (14) years of age must be tested for tuberculosis (TB). TB screening is centralized by the Comision Honoraria de Lucha Antituberculosa y Enfermedades Prevalentes (CHLAEP) and is free of charge.
Br. Artigas 1276
Bring the following items to Laboratorio Castro Gherardi:
Your passport or Uruguayan ID card. You must bring the TB test examination results to your medical exam appointment.
All applicants regardless of age must attend a medical exam with one of the physicians listed below:
Dr. Javier PIETROPINTO
Dr. Malena BARRIOS
Av. Italia 2420
The doctor will need the following items to complete the medical exam forms:
Any medical examination fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, must be paid directly to the examining physician and/or laboratory.
The medical examination will include a medical history review and physical examination. 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.
When your examination is completed, the doctor will either provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope or send the report directly to the U.S. Embassy. IF GIVEN AN ENVELOPE TO CARRY TO YOUR INTERVIEW, DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your visa interview.
You DO NOT need to bring the x-raysor other test results from Step 1 and Step 2 to your visa interview. However, you must carry the x-rays with you when you travel to the United States for the first time.
Please use the list below to determine the items that the 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:
Applicants who fall into any category below should bring these additional documents
For family based visa applicants:
If you are married: Your original marriage certificate, and a photocopy.
If you were previously married: Your original divorce or spouse’s death certificate, 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.
For employment-based visa applications: A 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 of the petitioner and your biological parent, English translation, and a photocopy along with divorce records for any previous marriages of either parent.
Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay
If you need to send us any documents, please DO NOT mail them to us directly. Instead, visit ais.usvisa-info.com and ask for information on courier services. Please do not send any original documents to us; only send photocopies via courier or mail. You may bring original documents (plus a photocopy for the consulate’s files) to your visa interview.
Rescheduling or cancelling your interview
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please inform the Consular Section by email at ais.usvisa-info.com as soon as possible. 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.
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 Uruguay 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.
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:
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 Uruguayan Pesos equivalent. We accept cash and international credit cards only. 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 Uruguay
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. If you have to travel within Uruguay while your passport is still with us, please make sure you have a valid picture ID other than your passport.
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 documentations 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 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 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. 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 – 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. Once your card is issued, you should not stay outside of the United States for more than one year. If you do, you will 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 custodial papers from the authoritative court in your home country. You will likely need these papersapostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 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.
Fees for all medical tests and exams are paid by the applicants directly to the physician, clinic, or laboratory. The below prices are in Uruguayan pesos and include 10% of IVA and all local official stamps. We are not notified of fee changes; please verify all fees when scheduling your appointment. These fees are current as of November 19, 2020.
Laboratory test fees
The following fees are for the x-rays and gonorrhea, blood, and urine tests at one of the three clinics appointed by the U.S. Embassy:
|NAAT Gonorrhea Test
Av. Italia 2420
Dr. Luis Castillo
Agustina Contucci de Oribe 2518
Only for children between
Medical Exam Fees
The following fee is for the general medical examination:
|Dr. Javier Pietropinto
Dr. Malena Barrios
Av. Italia 2420
The following fees are for any vaccinations that you are required to have. That determination will be made by the embassy-approved physician during your general medical exam:
|Diphteria, tetanus||No fee|
|Measles, Rubella and Mumps||No fee|
|Hepatitis A (adults only)||$950 each dose (two)|
|Hepatitis B (up to 18 years old)||No fee|
||$2.300 each dose (two)|
|Rotavirus (babies up to 6 months)||$2.600|
|Rotavirus (babies up to 9 months)||$1.650|
|$2.300 each dose (two)|
|$2.300 each dose (two)|
Last Updated: 11/19/2020
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