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Interview Preparation (1)

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For a select number of US Embassies and Consulates, the National Visa Center (NVC)
arranges for the scheduling of the applicant’s interview.

After receiving notification from the NVC that the applicant has an interview scheduled, take
the following actions:

Warning: Do not take any action described below without authorization from the NVC.
Taking action without the NVC's authorization could result in a delay in processing.

Notification from the NVC


After receiving notification from the NVC that the applicant has been scheduled for an
interview:

1. Review the information sent by the NVC to determine the Date, Time, and Location
of the applicant’s immigrant visa interview.
2. Prepare for the Medical Examination. (Includes panel physician list by country)
3. Ensure that all necessary original documents will be available at the time of the
interview.
4. Review the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General-specific interview guidelines.
5. Review the Important Visa Interview Notices.
6. Questions: Please see the Immigrant Visa Interview Frequently Asked Questions.

NOTE: For information regarding how to obtain a social security number, please visit the
Social Security Administration’s website.

Above information Collected from the link below


http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3731.html
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Medical Examination
All intending immigrants, regardless of age, are required to have a medical examination
before a visa can be issued. Medical examinations may only be done by a specially appointed
panel physician.

The medical examination will include a medical history, physical examination, chest X-ray
and blood tests for syphilis and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The physical
examination will include at a minimum examination of the eyes, ears, nose and throat,
extremities, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin and external genitalia.

• Preparing for the medical examination


• Medical Examination Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for the medical examination


The applicant’s medical examination must be performed by one of a panel of doctors
authorized to complete the medical examination and x-ray of U.S. visa applicants. The
following steps will walk an applicant through the process of preparing for the medical
examination.

1. Select the first three letters of the applicant’s NVC case number from the following
dropdown list.
2. Click on Panel Physician List.

- Select NVC Case Number -

( Note - About Adobe Reader : In order to download the Panel Physician List, you will need
to have a recent version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have
Adobe Reader on your computer, please visit http://www.adobe.com. There is no charge to
download Adobe Reader. Please note that you may receive a "file corrupted" error message
if you are using an older version of Adobe Reader.)

3. Contact one of the designated physician’s offices to arrange the applicant’s


medical exam. Please give the doctor the date of the immigrant visa appointment or
explain that the exam is for an immigrant visa applicant. The panel physician will
advise you of the cost of the exam and tests.
4. Obtain the applicant’s vaccination records, immunization records, and prior chest x-
rays.
5. Bring the following to the examination:
o Copies of prior medical records, immunization records, and prior chest x-rays
o The applicant’s passport, identity card, laissez-passer, or travel document
6. Questions: If the applicant has any special medical conditions or to answer any
general questions about the medical examination, please see the Medical Examination
Frequently Asked Questions.

Above information Collected from the link below


http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3739.html

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Required Documents
The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all required documents are available at the time
of the interview. While the applicant may have previously submitted the majority of required
documents to the National Visa Center (NVC), the applicant may not have submitted all
necessary documents to the NVC. Failure to bring all required documentation to the interview
may result in a delay in visa issuance or a visa refusal. The following documents must be
available for the interview:

• Appointment Letter
• Passport(s) valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United
States
• Police Certificate(s)
• Birth Certificate(s)
• Court and prison records, if applicable
• Military records, if applicable
• Color photographs
• Marriage Certificate, if applicable
• Evidence of financial support (e.g. Affidavit of Support, a notarized offer of
employment, or evidence of assets)
• Divorce decree or death certificate of spouse, if applicable
• Family-based cases: All original documents used to establish the relationship between
the petitioner and the applicant
• Employment-based cases: A recent letter from the prospective employer confirming
the essential elements of the job offer

Note: All documents not in English or in the official language of the country in which the
interview takes place MUST be accompanied by a certified translation into English.
Translations must be certified by a competent translator and sworn to before a Notary Public.
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http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3740.html
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Embassy/Consulate General-specific interview guidelines


Several US Embassies and Consulates have information that they want to ensure that
applicants have before their interview. This information may vary from security
considerations to directions to the interview location. To determine if the embassy/consulate
where the visa interview will take place has any location-specific guidelines:

1. Select the first three letters of the applicant’s NVC case number from the following
dropdown list.
2. Click on US Embassy/Consulate-specific information.

- Select NVC Case Number -

In order to download US Embassy/Consulate General-specific information, you will need to


have a recent version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have Adobe
Reader on your computer, please visit http://www.adobe.com. There is no charge to
download Adobe Reader.

Please note that you may receive a "file corrupted" error message if you are using an older
version of Adobe Reader.
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Above information Collected from the link below


http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3742.html

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Important Visa Interview Notices


The applicant should be aware of the following information prior to the interview:

• Failure to bring a copy of the appointment letter to the interview may delay the
interview
• No assurance can be given in advance that a visa will be issued. A consular officer
can make a decision only after the applicant’s formal application and documents are
reviewed, and the applicant interviewed.
• The applicant is advised to NOT make any travel arrangements, dispose of any
property, or give up employment until the visa has been issued.
• An immigrant visa is usually valid for a maximum of six months from the date of
issuance. The applicant must travel and apply for admission to the United States
within that 6-month period.
• The interviewing office will make every effort to expedite the applicant’s visa
application on the day of the interview; however, it is a process that requires several
hours. It is possible that the applicant will have to spend several hours in the office
before final action can be taken on the application. Should complications arise, it is
unlikely that the applicant will receive a visa on the day of the appointment; the
applicant may have to return to the US Embassy/Consulate General another time.
• Applicants who were previously issued J1 visas and studied, worked, or lived in the
United States as exchange visitors (and those who are currently in the U.S. as
exchange visitors) should be aware that the two-year foreign residence requirement
may apply to them. Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA)
provides that certain aliens admitted to the U.S. under INA 101(a)(15)(J) are subject
to a two-year foreign residence and physical presence. The requirement also applies to
spouses and children of the J1 visa holders if they entered the U.S. under the
exchange visitor program.
• An immigrant visa may not be issued if there is a finding of ineligibility under section
212(e). The consular officer will provide those affected by this requirement with
information about how this ineligibility may be overcome.
• If the applicant is 20 years old and the applicant's 21st birthday is prior to the
appointment date, please immediately contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General
where the applicant is scheduled for an interview so that they can advise you whether
an earlier appointment is possible. Visa categories are based upon the age of the
applicant at the time of visa issuance, rather than when the petition was filed, and
failure to receive a visa prior to the applicant's 21st birthday may mean that the
applicant is no longer eligible for an immigrant visa at this time.

Failure to appear
Section 203(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires that an intending immigrant
pursue his/her visa application within one year from the date he/she is informed that it is
possible to do so. Receiving notification from the NVC that a visa interview appointment has
been set is notice to the applicant that it is possible to pursue an application for a visa. If the
applicant fails to do so within one year from the date of the interview, the application and any
visa petition approved for the applicant will be cancelled.

Immigrants Advised to Carry Immunization and Other


Records to United States
Every state in the United States now requires that children have a record of complete
immunization at the time of a child’s first enrollment into school. In most states, this applies
to transfer students entering any grade. Therefore, the US Public Health Services (USPHS)
strongly recommends that children entering the country should either have evidence of
immunity consisting of physician documentation of prior disease, or a record of
immunizations.
Panel physicians shall inform immigrant visa applicants at the time of examination that
problems may be encountered should they enter the United States without proper health
records and certifications of vaccinations, and they shall urge the applicants to obtain such
documents from their private physicians, local health departments, or schools prior to
departure.

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Above information Collected from the link below


http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3743.html

Immigrant Visa Interview

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

• Appointment Date, Time, and Location

• Medical Examination

• Photographs

• Original Documents

• Contact Information

Appointment Date, Time, and Location


How will I know when the applicant’s interview is scheduled?

For most US Embassies and US Consulates, the National Visa Center, NVC, will send
appointment letters to all interested parties once the case is scheduled for an interview. The
principal applicant, petitioner, and attorney/agent of record (if applicable) will each receive a
copy of the appointment letter. The appointment letter will provide the reader with the date,
time, and location of the applicant’s visa interview. The appointment letter should be brought
to the visa interview.
Medical Examination
General Questions

• Are children required to have chest x-rays or blood tests?


• What if the applicant is mentally retarded or has a learning disability?
• What is the legal basis for requesting medical information for visa applicants?
• What should the applicant expect at the medical examination?

Medical Conditions/History

• What if the applicant had a positive tuberculosis skin test?


• What if the applicant had syphilis?
• If the applicant is pregnant must she have a chest x-ray?
• What if the applicant has a history of harmful or violent behavior?
• What if the applicant has been treated or hospitalized for psychiatric or mental illness,
or alcohol or drug abuse?
• What if the applicant is being treated for a chronic medical condition or is taking
medication on a regular basis?
• Can the applicant have a medical examination if she is having her menstrual period?

Physicians

• Can the applicant have his/her physician perform the medical examination?
• Can the medical examination take place in the United States if the applicant is
pursuing a visa application abroad while physically present in the United States?

Vaccinations

• What vaccinations are required?


• What do I do if the applicant does not have a vaccination record?
• What if there is a medical reason for the applicant to not receive a listed vaccination?

General Questions

Are children required to have chest x-rays or blood tests?

Children under 15 years of age do not routinely require a chest X-ray or blood tests.

What if the applicant is mentally retarded or has a learning disability?

Applicants with mental retardation or learning disabilities must present a report outlining
their problems and any special requirements as far as education or supervision that may be
required.

What is the legal basis for requesting medical information for visa applicants?
Medical eligibility is a requirement under INA Sections 212(a) and 221(d). Failure to provide
this information may delay or prevent the processing of an immigrant visa. If an immigrant
visa is not issued, all medical eligibility forms will be treated as confidential under INA
Section 222(f).

What should the applicant expect at the medical examination?

On the day of the medical appointment, the applicant must bring his/her passport (or other
photo identification) and appointment letter to the doctor’s office.

The medical examination will include a medical history, physical examination, chest X-ray
and blood tests for syphilis and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

The physical examination will include at a minimum: examination of the eyes, ears, nose and
throat, extremities, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin and external genitalia.

In some countries, the panel physician will forward the results to the Embassy/Consulate
directly. In other countries, the panel physician will provide the applicant with his/her
medical exam results in a sealed envelope. If the panel physician provides the applicant with
the results, the applicant must bring the x-ray and the unopened medical report to the
interview.

Note: The medical examination is not a full and complete physical examination. Its purpose
is to screen only for certain medical conditions relevant to U.S. immigration law. Although in
the course of the examination, the panel physician might uncover other matters related to
your health, the physician is not required to examine you for any conditions except those the
U.S. Public Health Service specifies for U.S. immigration purposes, nor is the physician
required to provide you with any diagnosis or treatment. As such, you should not consider
this examination to be a substitute for a full physical examination, consultation, diagnosis, or
treatment by your primary health care provider.

Medical Conditions/History

What if the applicant had a positive tuberculosis skin test?

If the applicant ever had a positive skin test for tuberculosis, please bring a certificate from
the applicant’s doctor, outlining the circumstances surrounding the positive test result and,
indicating what, if any, treatment was prescribed and for how may months. If the applicant
has ever been diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis, the applicant must present a written
certification, signed by the applicant’s doctor, proving that the applicant was adequately
treated. The certificate must include dates and types of medications taken. If the applicant
ever had an abnormal chest X-ray, please arrange to borrow the last X-ray films taken and
bring them to the medical appointment. The actual films, not the typed reports, may be
required to compare with the X-rays that will be taken at the medical appointment.

What if the applicant had syphilis?

If the applicant had syphilis, the applicant must present the panel doctor with a written
certificate, signed by a doctor or public health official, proving that the applicant was
adequately treated. If the applicant ever had a positive VDRL or other blood test for syphilis,
and was not treated, please bring a written explanation signed by the applicant’s doctor.

If the applicant is pregnant must she have a chest x-ray?

United States Public Health Service regulations allow for an exemption of the chest x-ray
requirement for pregnant women. If the applicant is pregnant and does not wish to have the
X-ray, a temporary exemption will be granted. To be granted the exemption, the applicant
must bring to the examination written certification of her pregnancy signed by her personal
physician or obstetrician.

What if the applicant has a history of harmful or violent behavior?

If the applicant has had any history of harmful or violent behavior resulting in injury to
people or animals, or harm to inanimate objects, the applicant must provide information that
will allow the doctors to determine if the behavior was related to any psychiatric or medical
problem, or to drug or alcohol use. Harmful behavior includes attempted suicide or self-harm,
no matter how minor in nature.

What if the applicant has been treated or hospitalized for psychiatric or mental illness,
or alcohol or drug abuse?

Applicants treated or hospitalized for psychiatric or mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse
must present written certification, which must include the diagnosis, duration of treatment
rendered, and prognosis.

What if the applicant is being treated for a chronic medical condition or is taking
medication on a regular basis?

Applicants being treated for chronic medical problems, or those taking medications on a
regular basis, should be familiar with the medical conditions that they are suffering from, and
the names of the medications they are taking. If the applicant is not sure of the diagnoses,
please have the doctor prepare a certificate outlining the problems, the current treatment, and
prognosis. Please bring a list of any medications that the applicant may be taking.

Can the applicant have a medical examination if she is having her menstrual period?

Yes, the applicant may have the examination even if she is having her menstrual period.

Physicians

Can the applicant have his/her physician perform the medical examination?

The medical examination may not be done by the applicant’s family physician or any other
doctor not listed as an approved panel physician.

Can the medical examination take place in the United States if the applicant is pursuing
a visa application abroad while physically present in the United States?
Visa medical examinations may not be conducted in the United States. An alien pursuing a
visa application abroad while physically present in the United States must have the medical
examination conducted by a panel physician who has been designated by the visa issuing post
to conduct medical examination of aliens in the country in which the alien applies for a visa.

Vaccinations

What vaccinations are required?

The following vaccinations are required for immigration purposes:

• Acellular pertussis
• Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B
• Human papillomavirus (HPV)
• Influenza
• Influenza type b (Hib)
• Measles
• Meningococcal
• Mumps
• Penumococcal
• Pertussis
• Polio
• Rotavirus
• Rubella
• Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
• Varicella
• Zoster

For the Panel Physician Technical Instructions relating to the vaccination requirements,
please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What do I do if the applicant does not have a vaccination record?

The panel physician will work with the applicant to determine which vaccinations the
applicant may need to meet the requirement.

What if there is a medical reason for the applicant to not receive a listed vaccination?

Only a physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for
the applicant, given the applicant’s age, medical history, and current medical condition.
Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the
panel physician.

Above information Collected from the link below


http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3745.html
Photographs

Appointment NVC Processing


The applicant and each family member who will accompany the applicant to the United
States will need to submit two front-view color photographs with a white background.

Guidelines
The photographs must be square measuring 2 inches x 2 inches (5 cm x 5 cm).

• Head should be positioned directly facing the camera


• Photographs should capture from slightly above top of hair to middle of chest
• Eyes should be open and looking at the camera
• Eyeglasses should be worn if normally used by the subject
o Glare on eyeglasses can usually be avoided with a slight upward or downward
tilt of the head
• Background should be white or off-white
• Include headpieces if worn daily for religious purposes; they should not obscure or
cause shadows on the eyes or any other part of the face

Photo Assistance
Head Facing the Camera

To prevent geometric distortion and ensure an adequate depth of field, the camera should be
placed at the subject’s eye level and approximately 4 ft (120 cm) from the subject.

By placing the subject on an adjustable height seat, the height of the camera tripod can be
fixed.

A lens of about 105 mm focal length on a 35 mm film camera, or its equivalent on any other
camera, should provide a sufficiently flat field of view.

Eyes

A slight downward tilt of the head will usually eliminate glare on eyeglasses. If this does not
reduce the glare, try tilting the head slightly upward or rotating the glasses slightly upward or
downward. The head should not be tilted by more than a few degrees to eliminate glare.

“Red Eye” conditions should be avoided. Red eye is caused by a direct reflection, through the
pupil, from the retina of the eye when an on-camera flash is used, particularly for a subject
who has adapted to a darkened environment. Red eye can be reduced by using an off-camera
flash or by brightening the ambient lighting.

Background
A distracting background should be avoided. Use a plain wall or a photographer’s backdrop
cloth as the background. The background color may be white or off-white.

Ideally, the background will be out of focus so that minor markings or texture on the
background are not apparent in the photo.

Above information Collected from the link below


http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3740.html

Original documents
What original civil documents are required for an immigrant visa?

The applicant and each family member who will accompany the applicant to the United
States will need to obtain the following original documents or certified copies of the
documents from an appropriate authority (the issuing entity).

• Birth Certificate
• Court and Prison Records
• Deportation Documentation
• Marriage Certificate
• Marriage Termination Documentation
• Military Records
• Photocopy of Valid Passport Biographic Data Page
• Police Certificate(s)

All documents that pertain to the applicant’s petition are required, even if they were
previously submitted to the CIS with the applicant’s petition.

Do the applicant’s civil documents need to be translated to English?

All documents not in English, or in the official language of the country in which application
for a visa is being made, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

The Translation must include a statement signed by the translator that states that the:

• Translation is accurate, and


• Translator is competent to translate.

If the applicant previously submitted a civil document to Citizenship and Immigration


Services, does the applicant need to submit it to the Department of State as well?

All documents that pertain to the applicant’s petition are required, even if they were
previously submitted to the CIS with the applicant’s petition.

What if the applicant is unable to obtain a civil document?


Additional information on obtaining civil documents or what to do if a document is
unobtainable are available by clicking on the following links or by contacting the National
Visa Center.

• Birth Certificate
• Court and Prison Records
• Deportation Documentation
• Marriage Certificate
• Marriage Termination Documentation
• Military Records
• Photocopy of Valid Passport Biographic Data Page
• Police Certificate(s)

Above information Collected from the link below


http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3747.html

Contact information
If the applicant has received an appointment letter, the National Visa Center (NVC) has
completed processing the case and forwarded it to the assigned embassy/consulate.
Therefore, if any questions regarding the interview should be directed to the assigned
embassy/consulate.

If the applicant has not had an interview scheduled and you would like additional information
about the interview process, you may contact the NVC via the NVC’s Contact Information
page.