Finally, the interview is here!!!! The finish line is within arms reach.
However, many things need to get done, and be done ASAP.
But but but THEY MUST BE DONE IN ORDER.
Please don’t focus on something minor, when other matters must be done since time is of the essence.
First: LOCATE and REVIEW the Immigrant Visa Instructions for the Embassy or Consulate the Interview will be located at
Most Instructions can be located in the following regions of the world:
Americas and Caribbean: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration/consular-processing/us-consulate-immigrant-visa-instructions-western-hemisphere/
UK and Europe: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration/consular-processing/us-consulate-immigrant-visa-instructions-europe/
Middle East: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration/consular-processing/us-consulate-immigrant-visa-instructions-middle-east/
South East Asia: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration/consular-processing/us-consulate-immigrant-visa-instructions-south-eastern-asia/
Eastern Asia: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration/consular-processing/us-consulate-immigrant-visa-instructions-eastern-asia/
Central-South Asia: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration/us-consulate-immigrant-visa-instructions-central-south-asia/
Second: SCHEDULE THE MEDICAL
Once the Visa Instructions are located, you are provided the Contact Information and checklist for the Doctor. You MUST go to an approved Doctor. The Approved Doctor must do all of the testing. You CANNOT schedule the medical prior to being scheduled. Moreover, the medical is usually only valid for 6 months.
The Medical Exam is MANDATORY!!! You cannot claim “religious exemption” or “request a waiver” if you have EVER IN YOUR LIFE received a Vaccine.
The Medical Exam REQUIRES the appropriate COVID Vaccines. You cannot claim “religious exemption” or “request a waiver” if you have EVER IN YOUR LIFE received a Vaccine.
The Medical should be done ASAP, as the clinic may be backlogged, bloodwork can be delayed, results may require further testing or medication regimens.
If the Medical is NOT APPROVED prior to the interview, the INTERVIEW/VISA WILL WILL WILL BE DENIED. The Embassy or Consulate CANNOT approve a visa when the person hasn’t been approved by the medical doctor previously.
Third: UPDATE POLICE CERTIFICATE(S)
If the Police Certificates provided are more than 1 year old, THEY HAVE EXPIRED and you should acquire an updated version. The Interview Instructions will state clear information on the need to update this item.
Fourth: UPDATE FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS
The following financial documents MUST be updated and be the most recent. These documents MUST be taken in paper-format (meaning printed out) to the Interview. The Documents are as follows:
- Most Recent 1040 Tax Return
- Most Recent IRS Return Transcript
- Most Recent W2 and/or 1099
- Past 12 months of pay stubs
The I-864 SHOULD BE UPDATED with the most recent information, and signed very close to the Interview Date. A copy of the updated I-864 should be taken in-person to the interview. It may also be uploaded to the NVC, but the priority is taking to the interview.
Fifth: REGISTER CONSULAR ACCOUNT AND SELECT COURIER
The Interview Instructions usually provide a link to setting up a Consulate Account. If the link is not present, it is generally available at:
Americas, Europe, Africa, and Middle East: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-us/countries_list/iv
Sixth: UPDATED RELATIONSHIP PROOF
The Petitioner must be a part of the Beneficiary’s Life, regardless if the filing is marriage-based or parent-child-based. A few recent items proving communication or ongoing relationship should be printed out and taken to the interview. “Recent,” meaning something within the last 1-3 months.
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