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Important Visa Interview Notices
You should be aware of the following information prior to your visa interview:
- Failure to complete the medical examination prior to the visa interview can lead to possible refusal.
- Failure to bring a copy of the appointment letter to the interview may delay the interview
- Advance assurance that a visa will be issued cannot be given. A consular officer can make a decision only after your formal
application and documents are reviewed, and you are interviewed.
- DO NOT make arrangements to travel to the U.S., to dispose of property, or to resign employment until the visa has been issued.
- An immigrant visa is usually valid for up to six months from the date of issuance unless your medical examination validity
expires sooner, which may make your visa valid for less than six months. You must arrive and apply for admission in the United
States before the visa Expiration Date.
- The interviewing officer will try to conduct the visa interview quickly; however, several hours may pass before final action
can be taken. If problems arise, you may not receive a visa on the day of the appointment and may have to visit the U.S. Embassy/Consulate again.
- If you, your spouse and/or children who were previously issued J1 visas, and were admitted to the U.S. under INA 101(a)(15)(J),
and studied, worked, lived, or are now in the United States as exchange visitors, you and/or they may need to satisfy a two-year
foreign residence and physical presence requirement.
- An immigrant visa may not be issued to an applicant found to be ineligible under section 212(e). The consular officer will
advise those affected by this requirement about how to become eligible.
- Applicants whose 21st birthday is before the appointment date should immediately contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General
where the interview will occur to request an earlier appointment. Failure to receive a visa before the applicant's 21st birthday
may make the applicant ineligible for an immigrant visa at this time.
- J1 Exchange Visitor visa holders: Certain government-sponsored J1 Exchange Visitors may be ineligible for an immigrant visa
if they have not fulfilled their two-year home country physical presence requirement or have not obtained a waiver. Please
review the Exchange Visitor two-year home country physical presence requirement and J-1 waiver webpage for more information.
Failure to Appear
Intending immigrants have one year after notification of the visa interview appointment schedule from the NVC to pursue a
visa or the visa application and any approved visa petition for the applicant will be cancelled.
Immigrants Advised to Carry Immunization and Other Records to United States
Immigrant children entering the U.S. must show a record of complete immunization to enroll in school. Therefore, the US Public
Health Services (USPHS) strongly recommends that children have evidence from a physician documenting immunity, or a record
of immunizations. During the Medical Examination panel physicians will advise applicants of this recommendation and urge them
to obtain evidence from a physician, local health department, or school prior to departure.
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