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What should I bring to my Immigrant Visa interview? What items are not allowed inside the Consulate?

April 4, 2011

Applicants must have a passport (valid for at least 6 months after the interview), an Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Form DS-230), certificates of birth, all prior and current marriages, and all prior or current divorces (legalized and in extensa), a medical report, a police certificate, and an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) from the petitioner, even if they are not currently working, and a Banco Popular receipt for applicants who will be age 18 or older on the day of their interview.  Please have your medical exam at least 5 days before your interview date to allow time for the results to be ready.

There are also several supporting documents which you may need to bring with you depending on your case. Supporting documents for the Affidavit of Support include proof of residency or citizenship, from the Petitioner or Joint Sponsor and the 1040 income tax return.  If the petitioner does not file taxes, he/she must submit a letter explaining why he/she is not required to file income taxes. If you already submitted the requested documents to the NVC it is not necessary for you to bring those again.  Other optional supporting documents include anything that could document the relationship you have with the petitioner, such as photos. However, please remember to remove the photos from the albums as most albums do not fit under the window.  If you have photos stored on your camera or computer, please print them before your interview.

Certain items, such as cell phones, cameras or weapons, are never allowed inside the consulate. Please review our FAQs on our website before your appointment: