U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia - ZGB


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

Step 1: Get a medical exam in Croatia

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

Medical Exam Instructions >>


Step 2: 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 3: 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. Consulate can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to schedule a medical exam with one of the doctors listed below before your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. 

THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR IMMIGRANT VISAS MUST BE PERFORMED BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DOCTORS:

Dr. Vesna Goldoni
Poliklinika Pronatal
Tratinska 36, first floor
10000 Zagreb
Tel: +385-98-182-1208
Email: goldoniv@gmail.com
 

Dr. Mijo Bergovec
Poliklina Centar
Kurelčeva 4
10000 Zagreb
Tel: +385-98-228-688
Email: mijo.bergovec@usa.net

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ONE OF THE DOCTORS AND ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT (REGULAR, EXPEDITED OR URGENT PROCEDURE).

 

Items to bring to your medical examination


The doctor will need the following items to complete the medical exam forms:

  • Your visa interview appointment letter
  • Your passport
  • Three (3) recently taken passport-sized color photographs (5cm X 5cm), only 1 photo for persons under 15.
  • A copy of your immunization records and all relevant medical documentation
  • DS-260 Confirmation page

Any medical examination fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, must be paid directly to the examining physician. For a list of current fees, please click on the button below.

Medical Exam Fees >>
 

During the medical exam


The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, and chest X-ray, gonorrhea test, and blood tests (for applicants 15 years of age or older). The United States also requires tuberculosis (TB) testing for all applicants two years of age and older. 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.

After the medical exam


When your examination is completed, the doctor will provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope or send them 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. 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 months old when you enter the United States as an immigrant.

Vaccination Requirements for IV Applicants


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS CONCERNING VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Recent changes to United States immigration law now require immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations (listed below) prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa. Panel physicians who conduct medical examinations of immigrant visa applicants are now required to verify that immigrant visa applicants have met the new vaccination requirement, or that it is medically inappropriate for the visa applicant to receive one or more of the listed vaccinations:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis 
  • Diphtheria and tetanus
  • Measles, rubella and mumps
  • Polio (inactivated) or (live oral) 
  • Hepatitis A:
  • Hepatitis B:
  • Pneumococcus for adults:
  • Pneumococcus for children:
  • Meningococcus:  
  • Influenza:
  • Rotavirus:

In order to assist the panel physician, and to avoid delays in the processing of an immigrant visa, all immigrant visa applicants should have their vaccination records available for the panel physician’s review at the time of the immigrant medical examination. Visa applicants should consult with their regular health care provider to obtain a copy of their immunization record, if one is available. If you do not have a vaccination record, the panel physician will work with you to determine which vaccinations you may need to meet the requirement. Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the panel physician.

Only a physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for you, given your age, medical history and current medical condition.

 

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Pre-Interview checklist

Please use the list below to determine the items that the applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview:

  • A copy of you 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.
  • 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 a photocopy.

  • 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).

Applicants who fall into any category below should bring these additional documents

For family based visa applicants: 

  • The appropriate Form I-864 Affidavit of Support for each financial sponsor along with a photocopy of the sponsor’s IRS transcript or most recent U.S. federal income tax return, and any relevant W-2s. 
  • 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 (photocopy of a U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, or lawful permanent resident card)
     

If you are married:  Your original marriage certificate, English translation, and a photocopy.

If you were previously married:  Your original divorce or spouse’s death certificate, English translation, 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. If these three items are all true, you must bring a more recent police certificate to the interview:

  1. You are older than 16 years of age;
  2. You obtained a police certificate and submitted it to NVC more than one year ago; and
  3. You still live in the country that issued the police certificate.


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, English translation, and a photocopy.
 

If you have served in any country’s military: Military records, English translation, and a photocopy.
 

If you are adopted:  Adoption papers or custody documents, English translation, 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.

 

 

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Interview Guidelines

Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy


If the U.S. Embassy requests additional information or documentation, the letter given to you by the Consular Officer at the interview will instruct you how to complete your application. Please follow the instructions in the letter.

Rescheduling or cancelling your interview


If you are unable to attend your appointment, email ZagrebIV@state.gov. 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 decide to reschedule your interview.

Security screening procedures


All visitors to the U.S. Embassy 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.

Accompanying persons


The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:

  • Interpreter:  Applicants may bring ONE interpreter if they do not speak English or Croatian 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. 

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. 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 Croatia


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 Croatia while your passport is still with us, please make sure you have a valid picture ID other than your passport.

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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, 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 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 (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 - 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 have two years of qualifying work experience in the last five years immediately prior to application (for the principal applicant only; more information is available online).
  • Payment in cash of the $330 Diversity Visa Application Fee

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 Fees

These fees are current as of October 2nd, 2018, and must be paid by the visa applicant directly to the examining physician or clinic. Fees are required for each visa applicant.

A) If the report is done in fifteen days (regular procedure).
For each applicant 15 years of age and older, the fee is Kn 1,399.00 shall include:

  • Physical examination and documentation  -  Kn 960.00
  • Chest x-ray and radiology consult  -  Kn 100.00
  • Serologic test for syphilis  -  Kn 123.00
  • Screening for goorrhea  -  Kn 216.00
     

B) If the report is done the next day (expedited procedure).
For each applicant 15 years of age and older, the fee is Kn 2,081.00 and includes:

  • Physical examination and doctmentation  -  Kn 1,590
  • Chest x-ray and radiology consult  -  Kn 100.00
  • Serologic test for syphilis  -  Kn 175.00
  • Screening for gonorrhea  -  Kn 216.00
     

C) If the report is done the same day (urgent procedure).
For each applicant 15 years of age and older, the fee is Kn 2,341.00 and includes:

  • Physical examination and documentation  -  Kn 1,690.00
  • Chest x-ray and radiology consult  -  Kn 100.00
  • Serologic test for syphilis  -  Kn 335.00
  • Screening for gonorrhea  -  Kn 216.00
     

D) The fee for applicants under 15 years of age is Kn 590.00.

Supplemental charges are approved for vaccination against:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis  -  Kn 200.00
  • Diphtheria and tetanus  -  Kn 80.00
  • Measles, rubella and mumps   -  Kn 110.00
  • Polio (inactivated) or (live oral)  -  Kn 50.00
  • Hepatitis A  -  Kn 245.00
  • Hepatitis B  -  Kn 130.00
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B  -  Kn 125.00
  • Varicella  -  Not Available
  • Pococcus for adults  -  Kn 120.00
  • Pococcus for children  -  Kn 370.00
  • Meningococcus  -  Kn 180.00
  • Influenza  -  Kn 65.00
  • Rotovirus  -  Not Available


Should the general examination reveal the need for additional tests or a more specialized examination, the work will be performed by consultants chosen by the applicants or designated by you. Any fee in conjunction with further tests or examinations will be at the expense of the applicant. Any additional chest radiographs or laboratory tests required to clarify results compromised by performance or laboratory error must be performed at no extra charge to the applicant.


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Last Updated: 9/26/2019

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Zagreb

Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb

Telephone
385-1-661-2245
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