U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras - TGG


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

 

Step 1: Register your appointment online

All applicants need to create a profile prior to their appointment. Your profile provides us with the information we need to return your passport after the interview through our mail courier, Cargo Expreso. Every visa applicant (even if part of a family) needs to create a profile. Registration is free. Click the “Create my Profile” button below. If you want to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please contact the Call Center

 

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Step 2: Get a Medical Exam in Honduras

As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must schedule a medical exam in Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below for a list of designated doctors’ offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. 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, fiancé (K) and Asylees/refugee 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 examinations must be presented in a sealed envelope. Do not open the envelope under any circumstance. Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.

Approved Physicians:

DRA. ELISA CARRASCO
Honduras Medical Center
Clinica de Medicina Migratoria (CMM)
2nd floorm Office #2403
Colonia Las Minitas, Ave.
Juan Lindo, Tegucigalpa DC
Tel: 9603-3142, 9758-0556, 2280-1373, 2280-1374, 2280-1296
Email: informacion@cmmhonduras.com
citas@cmmhonduras.com
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00am-5:00pm


DRA. CLAUDIA BRAVO
Honduras Medical Center
6th Floor, Office #6311
Colonia Las Minitas, Ave.
Juan Lindo
Tegucigalpa, DC
Tel. 2280-1376 / 2280-1377, 9449-6247, or 8833-0285
Email: clinicatencionintegral@gmail.com
Facebook: @clinicatencionintegral
Hours: Monday - Friday
7:00am-5:00pm 
 

DR. FERNANDO VALERIO
Hospital CEMESA
3rd Floor, Office #351-352,
Colonia Altamira, 
Blvd. del Sur,
San Pedro Sula
Tel: 2516-0223 / 3199-0109, 9641-9846
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00am-12:00pm / 2:00pm-5:00pm

Items to bring to your medical examination

1. CEAC confirmation page (Form DS-260) and appointment confirmation from the National Visa Center (NVC).

2. Valid Passport (at least one year validity) and a copy. Please make sure that your name, date of birth, sex, and expiration date shown on your passport are correct.

3. Five color photographs: on a white background, Honduran ID size (4x3cm).

4. Vaccination Card. Please make sure it is current. U.S. law requires certain vaccinations based on your age and sex, medical history and current condition. If you cannot provide a vaccination card to the physician, they will tell you what you need and the cost of vaccines.

5. A document showing your appointment date and Case Number (TGGXXXX-XXX-XXX).

6. On a white sheet of paper list the following information:

a. Current home address in Honduras.

b. Address in the U.S. where you plan to live.

c. Your current email address.

d. Date of previous surgeries.

e. If you are female and have given birth, provide the date(s) of birth of all children.

7. Previous medical records.

The medical examination is generally valid for 6 months, but for those with certain medical conditions, the validity period is 3 months. You will have to repeat your medical examination if you do not complete the visa process before your medical examination expires, or if you change your passport after you have undergone your medical examination.

General Exam Price: Lps. 1,000 (Doctor's fee). The total cost of the medical exam which includes tests and vaccines can reach up to Lps. 23,000. This will depend on your inidvidual medical condition

During the medical exam

The medical examination includes a medical history review - including a physical and mental health examination - a chest X-ray, gonorrhea test (for those 15 years of age and older), and blood tests. It also requires tuberculosis (TB) testing for all applicants 2-14 years old. The results of the TB can take up to 2 weeks. Gonorrhea tests must occur at least four (4) days before the general medical exam. When you schedule your medical exam with one of the physicians listed below, please ask for instructions on completing TB and gonorrhea tests.

Please note that, depending on the initial clinical results of the medical evaluation, the process may take up to six months. Applicants who take medication should have a supply of their medication for that time. 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.

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.

After the medical exam

When your examination is completed, the doctor will either give you the exam 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.

If the doctor determines that you need any follow-up treatment, he or she may not be able to provide you with your exam results and will instead contact the embassy directly with the results.

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. If the embassy is unable to issue your visa within six (6) months of your medical exam, you will need to obtain a new medical exam. A consular officer will let you know if this is required.

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Pre-Interview checklist

The applicant should show up 45 minutes before their appointment time. Please use the list below to determine the items that each applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview.

1. Create your profile on www.ustraveldocs.com by clicking on “Login”. Registration is free. Then select a Cargo Express agency to receive your passport. If you skip this step, you will not be able to receive your visa. For inquiries, contact the Call Center.

2. Valid passport with at least one year validity, starting from the date of your interview.

3. Two color photographs, white background, passport size (2"X2"). Review the requirements online.

4. Form DS-260 Confirmation page: This form must be filled in completely and accurately by each applicant and presented the day of the interview. To fill in the form online, you will need a personal email address, the casenumber, and the “Invoice ID” number, which you can get by writing an email to NVCinquiry@state.gov or dialing (603)334-0700. Errors or misrepresentations on this form may cause your interview to be delayed or rescheduled.

5. Fiancé (e) Visa - K1/K2: You and each eligible child applying for K-2 visas will be required to bring Form DS-160 confirmation page the day of the interview. A unique barcode will be generated for each form. This barcode is required to book the appointment in your profile. Additionally each visa applicant, principal and derivatives, must pay the visa application processing fee before the interview. More information for bank and payment options is available online.

6. Proof of Relationship between the Beneficiary and Petitioner; or between the Petitioner and the biological father/mother; between the main applicant and the derivatives (for example: printed photographs, remittances, correspondence, etc.)

7. Results of medical examinations. Please do not open the envelope before the interview. If you still do not have the results of your medical exams, you can always attend your interview at the Embassy.

8. Copy with signature and original seal of the Folio of the birth book of the beneficiary issued by the National Registry of Persons (RNP). 

9. If you are adopted: adoption documents or custody documents and a photocopy.

10. Copy with signature and original stamp of the RNP of the folio of Marriage between petitioner and beneficiary or marriage certificate if it took place outside of Honduras. If you are the petitioner's stepchild, you must submit an original copy of the marriage certificate or a certified copy of the petitioner's court marriage with your biological parent. In addition, your biological parents and/or petitioner’s, official copy of the divorce certificates of previous marriages, if applicable.

11. In case of divorce: copy with signature and original seal of the RNP of the Marriage Folio with marginal annotation of divorce. If it happened outside Honduras, decree of divorce of the country where it was sentenced.

12. Death Certificate of previous spouse, if applicable.

13. Affidavit of Support: For more information on compliance requirements, go to http://uscis.gov/i-864. The petitioner must complete Form I-864 and submit it along with the most recent IRS tax transcript.

  • If the petitioner did not declare taxes, please present a letter signed by the petitioner explaining why.
  • One of the ways in which you can qualify for an Affidavit of Support is through the Poverty Guide. If the petitioner does not meet the minimum income required, a joint sponsor must also file the I-864 with a copy of their most recent IRS tax transcript and proof of US citizenship or permanent legal residence.
  • If the petitioner or joint sponsor has a family member in the transcript of their IRS taxes who would like to be a joint sponsor, this member must complete Form I-864A (http://uscis.gov/i-864a). 

14. For applicants who have the I-601A Waiver approved or pending: If the petitioner or the joint sponsor does not meet the financial requirements at the time the applicant attends his interview at the American Embassy in Tegucigalpa, I-601A waiver will be invalidated. It is very important that the petitioner or joint sponsor meet the financial requirements. Read the Poverty Guidelines. This is one of the ways you can qualify as a sponsor. The third column presents the required income.

For example: the sponsor is married with 2 children = 4 people + 1 beneficiary = 5 people. Check the income line for 5 people.

15. For all applicants over 18 years of age, they must present the original Police Record Certificate issued by the Police Investigation Directorate (DPI) in Tegucigalpa and any other country in which the beneficiary has lived for a minimum of six months. If you sent a police certificate to the National Visa Center (NVC) more than six months ago, you must present a new certificate on the day of the interview.

16. If you have served in the armed forces of any country: provide military records and a photocopy.

17. If you have had a criminal charge or accusation, you must provide a copy of the sentence of criminal activities. Failure to include these documents may delay your application considerably.

18. If you have been convicted of a crime: provide the court disposition, police records and a photocopy.

19. If you have lived in the United States: documents that show your legal entry and exit or immigration court procedures and/or the letter of your voluntary departure or deportation orders, TPS or DACA.

20. If you have resided illegally in the United States, other documents may be required: Waiver I-601, I-601A or a Permit to re-enter I-212, as well as immigration court documents, including procedures of deportation.

21. For employment visa applications: letter from your employer in the United States with a date of issuance of less than one month.

 

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Interview Guidelines

Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa


Paper Cases: Send us the documents requested during the interview through the Cargo Expreso Office. Place them in an envelope labeled with the case number TGGXXXX-XXX-XXX, applicant's full name, directed to the Immigrant Visa Section in Tegucigalpa.

Electronic Cases: You must upload the documents that were requested during the interview following the instructions of the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).
 

Rescheduling or cancelling your interview


If you are unable to attend your appointment, please email tggiv@state.gov. To reschedule your appointment, you must do so through the Call Center. There may be a significant wait time before the next available appointment, so please attempt to attend the date assigned.

  • K Visas: derivatives of the principal applicant (the children of the fiancé of a U.S. citizen) must be issued their visa within one (1) year of the principal applicant (their parent) receiving a visa.
  • Diversity Visa: 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 appointment online before you can reschedule it. Log into your profile, select an available date on the calendar and reschedule your appointment.
 

Security screening procedures


All visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa 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. You may not bring a purse, backpacks, cell phones, electronic devices, cigarette lighters, etc.
 

Accompanying persons


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

  • 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. Persons accompanying minors should bring photo identification into the embassy.
     

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 U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Lempiras. We accept cash and 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 Honduras


If your visa is approved, we will keep your passport at the embassy while we prepare your immigration packet and print a visa. The visa package is generally available within 10 days but can be delayed. Even if the consular officer has told you that your case is approved, do not book airline tickets until you have received your visa and ensured that all of the information is correct. We will return your passport to you later via Cargo Expreso only (see Step 1). If you have to travel within Honduras while your passport is with us, please make sure you have a valid picture ID other than your passport.
 

Fiancé(e) Visas


  • For Affidavit of Support letter, applicant must submit Form I-134.
  • More information is available online.
     

Diversity Visa Program


Prior to your visa interview, we recommend that you review the data on your initial E-DV entry. You must also have the interview appointment information printed, which you can obtain from “Entrant Status Check” on the E-DV website.

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 (only available in English).
 

Returning Resident Visa


Employment-Based Visa


More information is available online
 

YY Follow-to-Join Asylees Visas


More information is available online


Humanitarian Parole

This process is done through the USCIS office. If your case is approved, you will be contacted later via email tggparole@state.gov to schedule your appointment.

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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, Sealed Immigrant Packet, and Instructions for USCIS immigrant fee – We will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. Please review your visa to make sure there are no spelling errors.

  • Paper Cases: You will receive your passport, visa, instructions for USCIS immigrant fee and a sealed envelope that correspond to the documents 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.

  • Electronic Cases: You will only receive your visa, passport, and instructions for USCIS immigrant fee in a plastic envelope through the Cargo Expreso courier service at no additional cost. Immigration officers will review your case directly in the system. Printed documents are not required. 
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 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. 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 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 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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Last Updated: 10/15/2019

Contact Information

Embassy the United States of America

Avenida La Paz
P.O. Box 3453
Tegucigalpa, Honduras