- The Appointment
Scheduling an appointment
Once the National Visa Center (NVC) approves the petition and determines that the file is complete with all the required documents, they schedule the applicant’s interview appointment. NVC then sends the file, containing the applicant’s petition and documents, to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the applicant will be interviewed for a visa. It is each applicant’s responsibility to come to the Consular Section for his/her appointment as scheduled. If it is not possible to keep an appointment for any reason, the applicant must e-mail AbjVisa@state.gov or write to reschedule before the appointment. If sending a letter, ensure it is mailed in time to reach the Consular Section before the appointment date. If an applicant fails to attend an appointment as scheduled and fails to notify the Consular Section in advance, no action will be taken on the case. Applicants who have missed an appointment should NOT take it upon themselves to appear when it is convenient for them.
Medical Examination and Vaccinations
In preparing for your interview, you will need to schedule and complete your medical examination and any required vaccinations before your visa interview. Before an immigrant visa can be issued, every applicant, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination which must be performed by an authorized panel physician. NVC provides applicants instructions regarding medical examinations, including information on authorized panel physicians. Additional details on this process in Cote d’Ivoire are available under Additional Resources.
The applicant must bring all applications and supporting documents on the day of the interview. Any documents sent to the Embassy before the interview by e-mail, fax or other delivery services will be destroyed. The petitioner or the applicant must pay all fees before the interview. The applicant will be interviewed by a commissioned consular officer.
If the consular officer determines you are qualified for the visa, the Consular Section will process the case to completion as expeditiously as possible under the provisions of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990, current State Department policy, and good administrative practice. The process of assembling the supporting documentary package and performing the necessary accountability review normally takes two to three weeks. The Consular section will inform successful applicants what date their visas will be ready for pick-up. We strongly recommend that applicants do not make any travel plans until they have their passport and visa in their hands.
If the Consular Officer informs the beneficiary that additional documentation in required, the beneficiary or petitioner should submit the missing documentation as soon as possible for continued processing of the case. If the application and supporting documentation was submitted by the petitioner through the online CEAC submission system, additional documentation should similarly be uploaded by the petitioner in the online CEAC system for consideration by the Consular Officer. Detailed instructions on this process are available under Additional Resources.