IV interview-related FAQs
Immigrant Visa interview related FAQs
Applicants should arrive at the Embassy’s Consular Section at the time of their scheduled interview. Applicants who arrive late may miss their interview.
Appointments are scheduled for 8:00AM. You should allow approximately two hours for the visa interview. In some cases you may need to wait for your interview until 12:00PM.
No. Due to the limited availability of certain types of visas, some applicants have been waiting more than 12 years since their petitions were first filed. In the interest of fairness, the Consular Section cannot entertain requests to expedite interview appointments. However, we will attempt to accommodate requests in life or death situations.
You may request to change or postpone your interview date by contacting us by our online system http://www.abudhabiivo.net/ivocontactus0.aspx
Your new interview date will be set according to the Consular Section’s schedule. Please note that in periods of high demand, this may be several months later.
No. If all the paperwork and administrative processing are complete at the time of the interview, preparing the immigrant visa and packet will take at least 3-4 workdays.
If additional administrative processing is needed after the interview, you should check our website for your case number/s. Once the number/s appears, then you may return to the Embassy with your passport any working Sunday or Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
In most cases, the priority date is the date the petition was filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Immediate Relative (IR and CR) and Fiancé (K-1) cases do not have priority dates since there are no numerical limits on these categories. Other categories have priority dates.
Current priority dates can be viewed here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.
Retrogression occurs only when the State Department has pushed back the monthly cutoff of priority dates (click on link for more information on priority dates) because the current demand has exceeded the visa numbers available for issuance.
Understandably, all applicants wish to obtain an immigrant visa as soon as possible, but U.S. immigration law requires that immigrant visa numbers be made available strictly in order of priority date. The numerical limitation cannot be waived, regardless of the circumstances.
The Affidavit of Support is a contract between a sponsor and the applicant that is required for some immigrant visas. The sponsor agrees to provide financial support for the applicant until the applicant becomes an American citizen or can be credited with 40 quarters (ten years or more) of work. The sponsor must show that he/she has income equal to or greater than 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (PDF 6KB) (click on link to access Guidelines) for his/her household size. Depending on the type of visa, either the Form I-864 (PDF 435KB) or I-134 (PDF 113KB)(click on links to access forms) will be required for this purpose.
Yes. All petitioners must accept legal responsibility for financially supporting the family members for which they petition.
In the case that the petitioner’s financial resources are insufficient to meet the necessary legal level to sponsor their beneficiary or beneficiaries, they will need to find one or more person/s willing to take on the same legal responsibility and file an affidavit of support for the beneficiary or beneficiaries in question. If an additional sponsor is a qualifying household member of the petitioner (a “co-sponsor”), then they must provide an I-864A Form(PDF 955KB)(click on link to access form) as well as the necessary supporting documentation. In the case that the additional sponsor in question is not a qualified household member (a “joint sponsor”), then he/she must provide an I-864 Form (PDF 435KB) (click on link to access form) and the necessary supporting documentation.
According to U.S. law, a sponsor must be at least 18 years old and either an American citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR). The sponsor must also have a domicile (residence) in the United States. Petitioners living abroad may still be eligible to be a sponsor if they can show that their residence abroad is temporary, and that they have maintained a domicile in the United States. For more information about domicile, you may follow this link:http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3183.html#_Domicile.
- Biological (natural-born) children of American citizens (IR-2 immigrant visa category) who will enter the United States before the age of eighteen will by law automatically acquire American citizenship.
- Orphans adopted by an American citizen abroad (IR-3 immigrant visa category) where the adoption is full and final.
- Self-petitioning widows or widowers of American citizens (IW immigrant visa category).
- Immigrants who have already worked or can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work as defined in title II of the Social Security Act.
Please follow this link:http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3183.html#_Domicile for further information about what constitutes a domicile and how domicile requirements can affect immigrant visa applications.
In order to protect the health, welfare, and security of the United States, certain applicants are ineligible for immigrant visas. There are several ineligibilities written into U.S. Immigration Laws, including: infection from certain communicable diseases; possessing a dangerous mental disorder; having committed serious criminal acts; being a terrorist; or having used illegal means to enter or remain in the U.S. beyond the permitted period of time. If you are found to have one of these ineligibilities, the Consular Section will advise you whether a waiver of the ineligibility is possible. For more detailed information about ineligibilities, please see:http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/ineligibilities/ineligibilities_1364.html.
In addition, former exchange visitors may be subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Your J1 visa will indicate whether or not you are subject to this requirement. Exchange visitors who are subject to, but do not wish to comply with, the two-year home country residence requirement may apply for a waiver of the requirement. For more information please visit the Department of State's website at:http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/ineligibilities/ineligibilities_1364.html.
If your visa is refused under the provisions of Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for lack of documentation, you will have twelve months to present the missing documents. Thereafter the process may be terminated and the petition returned to the U.S.
Your child may be able to receive a visa even after the age of 21 under the”Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)” (click on link for more information). We will determine whether or not the CSPA applies for your case during the interview.