Please follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must schedule a medical exam in Uzbekistan. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below for a list of designated doctors’ offices in Uzbekistan. Please schedule and attend a medical exam with one of these doctors before 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 physicians accredited by the U.S. Embassy can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to schedule a medical exam with the clinic listed below before your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. We recommend that you schedule a medical exam at least three (3) weeks prior to your visa interview to ensure the results of your medical examination are ready. Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.
Applicants younger than 17 years of age must be escorted to the medical exam by a parent or a legal guardian. You should bring the following items to your medical exam:
The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, and chest X-ray, gonorrhea test, syphilis test and blood test (for applicants 15 years of age or older). The United States also requires tuberculosis (TB) testing for all applicants two (2) years of age and older. Please be prepared to discuss your medical history, medications you are taking, and current treatments. More information on general medical requirements for U.S. immigrants is available here.
Medical Examination Fees: You must pay all medical examination fees directly to the examining physician or clinic. Current fees are as follows:
|Applicant's age||Exam fee||Included in the fee|
|15 years of age and older||USD $205||
|14 years of age and younger||USD $90||
Applicants who need confirmation screening and/or treatment (if tested positive) for TB, syphilis or gonorrhea will incur additional costs. If the physician determines that any vaccinations are needed, there will be an additional charge per vaccination. Please see below for detailed information on required medical tests.
Vaccinations: 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.
TB screening: Tuberculosis is a disease of public health significance to the United States. All applicants 15 years of age and older, including pregnant women, are required to have a chest radiograph. All applicants two (2) to 14 years of age will be tested with a tuberculin skin test. If these tests indicate signs of TB, the applicant must undergo additional TB testing in accordance with U.S. regulations titled “Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment Technical Instructions (TB TIs) using Cultures and Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for Panel Physicians.” The additional tests will be conducted at a designated laboratory in Uzbekistan. TIC will issue a referral to the local laboratory with specific instructions. If physicians conclude after these confirmatory tests that the applicant has tested positive for TB, s/he will be required to undergo treatment in accordance with U.S. regulations on “Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment Technical Instructions (TB TIs) using Cultures and Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for Panel Physicians” at a designated clinic in Uzbekistan.
Syphilis screening: All applicants 15 years of age or older must be tested for syphilis. Applicants under 15 must be tested only if there is reason to suspect infection with syphilis, or if there is a history of syphilis. A Rapid Plasma Reagin [RPR] or equivalent test will be used for screening. If the result is inconclusive, a confirmatory screening will be performed at a designated laboratory in Uzbekistan. The U.S. Embassy will issue a referral to the laboratory with specific instructions on additional syphilis testing. If physicians conclude after these confirmatory tests that the applicant has tested positive for syphilis, s/he will be required to undergo treatment in accordance with U.S. regulations titled “CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Treatment Guidelines” at a designated clinic in Uzbekistan.
Gonorrhea screening: All applicants 15 years of age or older must be tested for gonorrhea. Applicants under 15 must be tested only if there is a history of gonorrhea or reason to suspect infection with gonorrhea. A nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) will be used for screening. If the result is inconclusive, a confirmatory screening will be performed at a designated laboratory in Uzbekistan. The U.S. Embassy will issue a referral to the laboratory with specific instructions on additional testing. If physicians conclude after these confirmatory tests that the applicant has tested positive for gonorrhea, s/he will be required to undergo treatment in accordance with U.S. regulations titled “CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Treatment Guidelines” at a designated clinic in Uzbekistan.
The medical examination results will be delivered to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent by the clinic prior to your immigrant visa appointment.
Please use the list below to determine the items that the applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview.
Your immigration visa interview will consist of two appointments: Pre-interview Documents Collection and Immigrant Visa Interview Appointment. Therefore, please make arrangements to stay in Tashkent for two full business days.
If your case is being processed ELECTRONICALLY your petitioner submitted the copies of the following documents to NVC via Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).
Any documents that are submitted to CEAC and are not in English must be uploaded with certified English translation. It is very important that copies and translations of each document is scanned and uploaded in one file. If your documents are not submitted in the required format, they will be rejected at the time of your interview which may delay the processing of your case. Therefore, ensure to review all documents submitted to CEAC before your Pre-interview Documents Review appointment.
For additional information on how to upload documents to CEAC please review Scanning and Uploading Tips.
You are required to bring the originals of all documents which were submitted to CEAC to your Pre-interview Document Review Appointment.
If your case is being processed REGULARLY (PAPER BASED) any documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation:
Applicants who fall into any category below should bring these additional documents
For family-based visa applications:
If you are applying for a K1, K2, K3, or K4 visa:
Rescheduling or cancelling your interview
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. DV applicants should be aware that visas are numerically limited and must be issued by September 30 of the program year. 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 request to reschedule your interview.
Security screening procedures
All visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent 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. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. If you are late, you may not be allowed into the embassy for your appointment.
The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:
To notify the embassy that one of the above persons will attend your visa interview with you, please email email@example.com. All persons entering the embassy must bring their passport. Please see our Contact Us webpage for more information.
Please note that attorneys are not permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or to their interview.
Immigrant visa fees
If you have not paid all required fees to the National Visa Center, please be prepared to pay these fees on the day of your interview. All fees may be paid in U.S. dollars. We accept cash 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 Uzbekistan
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. If you have to travel within Uzbekistan while your passport is still with us, please make sure you keep a copy of 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 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 submit 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 your case has been processed electronially you will not hand-carry your packet as it will be transmitted to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) electronically If you receive X-rays CDs 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 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. Do not travel outside of the United States until you receive your Permanent Resident Card. 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.
Last Updated: 1/24/2020
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