Immigrant Visa Applicants: The National Visa Center (NVC) will no longer collect original civil documents for immigrant visa applicants. Immigrant visa applicants are instructed to mail photocopies of their civil documents (i.e. birth certificates, marriage certificates, police certificates, etc.) along with the original Affidavit of Support to NVC and bring the original documents to the immigrant visa interview at the embassy.
DS-260 form for all immigrant visa applicants:
Please make sure that all the information on your DS260 (immigrant visa application) is accurate and updated before your interview at the U.S. Embassy. If you need to update any information, such as a change in marital status, addresses, birth of child, new passport information or if you find any errors on your DS-260 before your interview, please contact the Embassy and request that your DS-260 be unlocked. You should then be able to make the necessary changes prior to the interview. Please contact us through email at email@example.com or by phone at 01-423-4500 between 9-11a.m. Errors or incomplete information found on your DS260 application at the time of interview will cause unnecessary delays and your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
New Immigrant Visa DHS Domestic Processing Fee (USCIS Immigrant Fee)
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.
Immigrant Visa Information
An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States. U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in five general categories:
- Immediate Relatives
- Fiancé(e) of a U.S. Citizen
- Family Based
- Employment Based
- Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (sometimes known as the "green card" lottery)
- Notice: After 8/15/2011, U.S.Citizens residing in Nepal may no longer file I-130 “Petition for Alien Relative” at U.S. Embassy Kathmandu. Click here for details.
Information for Immigrant Visa Applicants
All immigrant visa applicants who have received a letter scheduling an appointment for an interview at the Embassy are encouraged to read these instructions carefully in order to be better prepared for the interview by visiting the link Information for Immigrant Visa Applicants
Immigrant Visa Processing Fees Effecting September 12, 2014
|Type of Visa||Processing Fee|
|Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications||$ 325|
|Employment-Based Applications||$ 345|
|Other Immigrant Visa Applications||$ 205|
|Diversity Visa Program Fee||NRs 33000|
|Determining Returning Resident Status||NRs 18000|
|Fiancé(e) visas (K)||NRs 26500|
Immigrant visa applicants generally pay the application fee to the National Visa Center in the United States. Please contact the National Visa Center if you have questions about which fee level you should pay. Fees already paid to the National Visa Center are valid for one year from the time of issuance.
Diversity visa applicants pay the fee at the time of interview.
THERE IS NO ASSURANCE THAT A VISA WILL BE ISSUED. A Consular Officer will make a decision regarding your eligibility for an immigrant visa only after your visa application and all documents are reviewed and you have been personally interviewed. You are advised not to make any travel arrangements or to dispose of your property or give up your job until the visa has been issued. If your visa application is refused, you will be given a refusal sheet that will indicate the basis for your refusal. If applicable, it will tell you what actions you could take to overcome the refusal.
Visa issuance and validity: The visas are affixed inside each passport and the applicant is given a sealed envelope which should be hand carried, UNOPENED, to the United States and submitted to the immigration inspector at the U.S. port-of-entry.
Generally, an immigrant visa is valid for six months unless its validity is limited by medical or other restrictions.
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