Applying for an Immigrant Visa

Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate and live permanently in the United States must comply with U.S. visa immigration law, and specific procedures to apply for a visa. An Affidavit of Support form is required for most family-based and some employment-based immigrants to show that there are acceptable means of financial support in the U.S., by the petitioner or other sponsor(s) for the immigrant.

Changes to United States immigration law now require immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa. Panel physicians who conduct medical examinations of immigrant visa applicants are now required to verify that they have met the new vaccination requirement, or that it is medically inappropriate for them to receive one or more of the listed vaccinations.  All immigrant visa applicants should have their vaccination records available for the panel physician's review at the time of the immigrant medical examination. The list of vaccines needed is below:

  • mumps
  • rubella
  • polio
  • tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
  • measles
  • pertussis
  • influenzae type b (Hib)
  • hepatitis B
  • varicella
  • pneumococcal

If the NVC has notified you for an interview, follow the guidelines listed below to prepare for your interview:

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

2. Prepare for the medical examination.

3. Obtain photographs that meet the Department of State’s immigration requirements.

4. Ensure that all necessary original documents will be available at the time of the interview.

5. Review the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General-specific interview guidelines.

6. Review the important visa interview notices.

It is important that you do not take any action without firstbeing authorized by the NVC.  Taking action without their consent may result your visa being delayed.