Immigrant Requirements

All applicants must submit certain personal documents such as passports, birth certificates, police certificates, and other civil documents, as well as evidence that they will not become public charges of the United States. All applicants will be informed of the documents needed for the visa application.

Medical Examination

Before the issuance of an immigrant visa, every applicant, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination. Examinations must be conducted by a Consulate-approved doctor. Costs for such examinations must be borne by the applicant. For more information, please visit our Medical Examination and Vaccination Information page.

DNA Testing

The U.S. State Department is implementing worldwide new procedures for the collection of DNA samples for immigrant visa classifications.  More details on the procedure are available on our DNA Sampling Process page.

Immigrant Visa Fee

All immigrant visa applicants must appear at the consular section for a personal interview. The fee for applying for an immigrant visa depends on the requested service. This non-refundable fee is either paid in advance to the National Visa Center (if the petition was filed in the United States) or must be paid on the day of the immigrant visa interview at the Embassy.

You can review the new fees on the web site of the U.S. Department of State.

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $220.00 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 USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions.

Immigration Forms

For downloadable immigration forms, please visit the Immigration Forms page on the web site of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where you can also find the Fee Schedule. DS forms are available on the web site of the Department of State.