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.
Be prepared for your immigrant visa interview:
1. DS-260 form for all immigrant visa applicants: Please make sure that all the information on your DS-260 (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 a new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 01-423-4500 between 9-11 a.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.
2. Affidavit of support: This link shows the annual income a sponsor or joint sponsor must earn in order to support an immigrant visa applicant immigrating to the U.S.: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-864p.pdf.
3. Evidence of relationship: We strongly suggest that applicants bring extensive documentary evidence of the relationship between the petitioner and the beneficiary(ies). Examples of such evidence include: letters, photographs, telephone bills, remittance payments and any other evidence that demonstrates the relationship.
4. Police Certificate: Please consult the appropriate reciprocity table at http://travel.state.gov/ for information on the availability of police certificates where applicants resided for over one year.
If you are applying for any immigrant visa categories and you have received an appointment please follow the instructions (PDF 255.84KB).
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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