Please follow the steps below before your Diversity Visa interview at the U.S. Embassyin 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.
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. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent 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 sealed in an envelope and delivered to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent by the clinic prior to your immigrant visa appointment. If granted a visa, your medical exam results will be returned to you in a sealed envelope after your visa interview. DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. You will need to bring it with you when you enter the United States for the first time as an immigrant, and give it to U.S. immigration authorities.
Each applicant is required to bring the following documents to the interview. Failure to bring all or some of these required documents may result in a delay of processing or a visa refusal. Any supporting documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation. The translator must include a sealed or stamped statement that the translation is accurate and that s/he is competent to translate. NOTARIZATION OF DOCUMENTS IS NOT REQUIRED.
The above individuals, however, must present a draft registration card (приписной билет) in the place of a military book
Diversity Visa applicants are cautioned not to work with agents or individuals offering “visa assistance.” These agents may guarantee issuance of a visa and charge large sums of money. None of their services will have any influence on the U.S. Embassy and its determination as to whether a visa applicant qualifies for a visa. If you have any information or questions regarding visa abuse and visa fraud, please contact the U.S. Embassy by email at TashkentIV@state.gov. Any communication you have with the Embassy will be treated as confidential.
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 were legally married at the time of your entry, you must have listed your spouse, even if you are currently separated from him/her (unless your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Legal 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.
Rescheduling or cancelling your interview
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please send an email to TashkentIV@state.gov. prior to your visa interview date. 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. Applicants who have failed to attend their initial appointment may not be rescheduled in the future due to capacity issues. Please carefully consult the Visa Bulletin before you decide 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 TashkentIV@state.gov. 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.
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 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 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.
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 at your visa interview, carry those with you and give them to the U.S. immigration authorities, if 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. Children who turn 21 years old after visa issuance must enter the United States before they turn 21 years old; otherwise they will lose 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 – 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 apostilled 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.
Last updated: 10/1/2017
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