The Appointment

  1. How to Apply
  2. The Appointment
  3. Fees

Scheduling an appointment

Petitioners will receive written notification from the National Visa Center (NVC), that a petition has been transferred to the U.S. Embassy where the beneficiary resides. You, the foreign-citizen fiancé(e), (and eligible children applying for K-2 visas) will be required to bring the following forms and documents to the Consular Section Information Window from Monday to Thursday 15:00-16:00 before your interview is scheduled:

  • Completed Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. You (and any eligible children applying for K-2 visas) must: (1) complete Form DS-160 and (2) print the DS-160 confirmation page to bring to your interview.
  • A passport valid for travel
  • Birth certificate
  • Divorce or death certificate(s) of any previous spouse(s) for both you and the U.S. citizen sponsor
  • Police certificates from your present country of residence and all countries where you have lived for six months or more since age 16
  • Evidence of financial support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, IRS Tax Transcript for the last available fiscal year)
  • Two (2) 2×2 photographs. See the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements
  • Evidence of relationship with your U.S. citizen fiancé(e)

The Consular Section will contact fiancée applicants to schedule their appointment. 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 referencing their case number to reschedule before the appointment.  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.

The Medical Exam

Only the panel physician agreed by the U.S. Embassy is authorized to provide medical examinations for immigration purposes:
Clinique Médicale Spécialisée (CMS), Rue de la Polyclinique des Deux Plateaux, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Tel: (+225) 22-41-72-96/22-41-75-09

Please do your medical examination as soon as possible so that the results may be sent to the Embassy before your interview. The medical report will be forwarded directly to the consular section by the panel physician.

The Interview

The applicant must bring all original supporting documents on the day of the interview. Please read the pamphlet (Information on your Legal Rights in the U.S. (IMBRA)) before coming to your 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.

Visa Processing

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.