Appointment and Interview

Important Announcement: Pursuant to the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals signed on January 27, 2017, the Department of State has temporarily stopped scheduling appointments and halted processing of Diversity Visa applications for individuals who are nationals or dual nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Further information


Appointments for DV-Lottery applicants are scheduled through KCC.

The Interview

All applicants registered for immigration, including children, are required to visit the Consulate in person for a formal visa interview. Please bring the following with you to the interview. Your interview will be held in either English or German.  If you do not speak/understand one of these languages, please make sure to bring someone with you who can translate for you into one of these languages.

  • Appointment letter/confirmation
  • Passport
  • Visa fee
  • Additional documents (originals and copies) you were instructed to turn in on your appointment day by KCC.

We regret that due to the size of our waiting room, we are unable to accommodate friends or family members accompanying you who are not applying for visas, with the exception of U.S. citizen petitioners and parents of minor children. Plan to spend roughly 2-3 hours at the U.S. Consulate General.

If you use a wheelchair or motorized chair and need assistance, please have someone accompany you to your appointment.  

Please cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment.

When I Arrive at the Consulate/Embassy

Please arrive 15 minutes prior, but no earlier, to your scheduled appointment.

When you arrive, you can expect to go through a security line similar to that at the airport and be screened for electronics and restricted objects.

Visa Ineligibilities
If you have been advised by a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt  that you are inadmissible to the United States, and you are eligible to apply for a waiver of grounds of inadmissibility, please follow the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services waiver application instructions.

Administrative Processing
Some immigrant visa applicants (including ‘K’ visa applicants) may require additional administrative processing. While most administrative procedures occur prior to the final immigrant visa interview, in some instances additional processing may be required after the interview.   Though rare, these procedures may last several months, or longer; therefore, applicants should not make final travel plans until they have the approved immigrant visa in hand.

The Visa

Immigrant visas are normally valid for travel to the United States for six months from the date on which they are issued.
The Immigrant Visa consists of:
• a visa foil in your passport
• a sealed envelope with all your personal documents (do NOT open this envelope!)
• x-ray film/CD handed to you at the medical examination
If the visa interview was completed successfully, your visa will be mailed to you via Deutsche Post after you have registered online at  Your approved visa package should arrive within ten working days.  Should any issues or delays arise, we will contact you.
If you are unable to use the visa before it expires, please return the complete package to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Frankfurt with a written explanation. Caution: Diversity Visa lottery winners may not be able to get their visas renewed/reissued.