Can the visa interview be done at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or the U.S. Consulate General Munich?
All immigrant and K-visa applications are processed in Frankfurt and the interview will take place at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt.
I do not speak/understand English or German. Can I bring a translator 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.
How much time should I allow on the day of my immigrant visa interview?
You should expect to be at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt 2-3 hours
Do children need to attend the immigrant visa interview?
Yes. All applicants registered for immigration, including children, are required to be present at the Consulate in person at the time of the visa interview.
Is my petitioner or U.S. citizen child required to attend the immigrant visa interview with me?
There is no requirement that the petitioner or U.S. citizen children attend. There is also no requirement that your petitioner remain in Germany until your immigrant visa is issued. Your spouse may travel to the United States ahead of you or with you.
Is the immigrant visa issued on the day of the interview? How do I receive the immigrant visa package?
No. Your visa application will take 5 and 10 workdays to process.
Your documents will be returned to you by one of the two delivery options described below. You will be notified by email and SMS as soon as the visa package can be collected or is being been mailed to you.
- Collection from one of the Mail Boxes Etc offices listed below – this delivery option is free of charge
- Mail Boxes Etc 0001 located at Charlottenstraße 17, Berlin, 10117 – opening times Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 19:00
- Mail Boxes Etc 2545 located at Schleißheimer Straße 15, Garching bei München, 85748 – opening times Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00
- Mail Boxes Etc 0009 located at Eschersheimer Landstraße 42, Frankfurt, 60322 – Opening times Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 18:00
When coming to collect your passport from the Mail Boxes Etc. locations you will be required to present a photo ID. If somebody else will come to collect the passport on your behalf, that person will be required to provide a signed authorization letter and a copy of the applicant’s photo ID.
The passport will be available for pickup at the Mail Boxes Etc. location for a maximum of 14 calendar days.
- Premium Home Delivery – Your documents will be sent to the address indicated in the profile via UPS delivery services. There is an additional fee of 18.03 eur for this delivery option, which will have to be paid at the time of scheduling an interview or registering for interview waiver. Please ensure that your name, as stated in your profile, is also on the mailbox. If the shipment does not state the correct name and address, the courier will not be able to deliver your documents and they will be returned to the sender.Please note that UPS does not deliver on Saturdays.
Your address information can be updated until the day of the visa interview by logging into your profile at http://ustraveldocs.com/de.
How long will I have to travel to the U.S. once the visa is issued? What does "Visa Validity shortened due to medical" mean?
Immigrant and fiancé(e) visas are normally issued for the validity period of the medical examination, the maximum validity of which is six months. Example: If the medical exam is taken three months before the visa interview appointment, the immigrant visa will be issued with a three months validity instead of six month.
If the validity is less than six months, the visa will be annotated “Visa Validity shortened due to medical”.
I have received my visa but I have opened the sealed envelope without realizing that the packet should only be opened by Immigration. What do I do now?
By opening the visa packet you have invalidated the visa. You should contact the U.S. Consulate General as soon as possible for assistance. When contacting the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, please provide your planned date of travel, if you have one.
I recently had my immigrant visa interview at the embassy/consulate and received my passport and visa. However, I did not receive a packet of documents in a sealed envelope to take with me on the plane to the United States. My lawyer/petitioner/friends are saying that I can’t fly without one. What should I do?
The Department of State has begun electronic processing of some immigrant visa applications. If either the National Visa Center or the embassy/consulate which conducted your visa interview required that you electronically submit your civil and financial supporting documents via the CEAC portal, then your visa was issued under the new electronic process. Unless specifically informed by the embassy/consulate which interviewed you and issued the visa, you are NOT required to hand-carry a packet of documents in a sealed envelope to present at the U.S. Port of Entry. Be assured that your documents were transmitted electronically from the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP), the agency that inspects all immigrants entering into the country. When you arrive at Immigration Control at the U.S. Port of Entry, the CBP officers will have access to all of the information required to process your entry into the United States. This new electronic process will streamline the processing of your immigrant visa application and entry to the United States.
I don’t remember if I submitted my civil and financial documents electronically or by mail. Is there another way to determine if my visa was issued under the paperless process?
Yes. Look at your visa. If you do not need a packet of papers, your visa will have an annotation by the bottom right corner of your picture that says “IV DOCS in CCD”.
I know other people that have received immigrant visas and they had to hand-carry and sealed envelope to the U.S. Port of Entry. Why is the process different for them?
The electronic processing of some immigrant visa applications began in 2018. To convert all the different types of immigrant visas to electronic processing will take several years. Until the process is complete, some immigrant visa holders will still need to hand-carry a packet of documents in a sealed envelope to the U.S. Port of Entry. These individuals will not have the annotation “IV DOCS in CCD” printed in the lower right hand corner of their visa.
My visa has expired, but I did not travel to the U.S. Can the visa be extended?
The validity of the visa is linked to the validity of the medical report. If your visa has been issued and you will not use the visa before the expiry date, you are required to return your passport and visa package to the Embassy for cancellation with a covering letter explaining why you did not use the visa. Do not return the passport and visa package before the visa has expired. If you wish, you may request that the visa is re-issued. If the Consular officer determines that the reason for not traveling was due to circumstances beyond your control, you will be required to attend a new medical, obtain a new police certificate (if the previous certificate was issued more than 12 months ago) and pay new visa issuance fees.