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The Immigrant Visa Process

Prepare for the Interview

Important Notices

  • You will be required to present the original documents at your interview, along with a photocopy of each document.
  • Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (IR-1/CR/1 and F2A visas) - You should read the Rights and Protections pamphlet before your visa interview to learn about your rights in the United States relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and protection available to you. The consular officer will verbally summarize the pamphlet to you during your interview.

When you are on this webpage, the NVC has already notified you of your interview appointment date, time, and location by sending you, your petitioner, as well as your designated agent or attorney (if applicable) an email or a letter. 

After you have been notified of your scheduled interview, you will need to take the following important steps in advance of the interview date:

1. Carefully Review the information sent by the NVC noting the date, time, and location of your immigrant visa interview. 

2. Review U.S. Embassy or Consulate Interview Instructions 

There may be additional instructions provided by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will be applying and be interviewed, so please review those instructions carefully. To see this information, select below the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will be interviewed.

3. Schedule and Complete a Medical Examination

You (and each family member applying for a visa with you) are required to schedule a medical appointment with an authorized physician in the country where you will be interviewed. You must complete your medical examination, along with any required vaccinations, before your scheduled visa interview date. When your medical exam is completed, if you are given a medical exam envelope to bring the sealed (not opened) envelope to your visa interview. Some physicians will send the medical exam results directly to the embassy or consulate.

Review Medical Examination for more details, and review the embassy specific instructions about the medical exam.

4. Gather All Remaining Documents Required

You are required to obtain the original documents or certified copies, and one photocopy (with the exception of your passport and photographs) for yourself and each family member applying for a visa. If you were required to send original or certified copies of supporting documents to the NVC, the NVC will forward your documents to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for your interview, together with your visa application. Review, Interview Preparation - Required Documents, as needed, and then ensure that you have collected all required documents.

Translated Documents - All documents not written in English or in the official language of the country in which the interview takes place must be accompanied by a translation in English. Translations must be certified by a competent translator. Note: Review interview instructions for the embassy or consulate where you will be interviewed (step 2 above) for any additional document translation requirements.

5.  Review important Interview Preparation Notices.

6.  Additional Information - Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will be interviewed for any additional information.