Do I submit documents to the NVC or the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt?
If the petition was filed in the United States, please follow the instructions provided on the USCIS approval notice.
If the I-130 petition was filed through USCIS at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, the National Visa Center is not involved in the processing of the application. All documents should be mailed to:
U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt
Immigrant Visa Unit
Giessener Strasse 30
Must documents be translated?
All documents not in English or German must be accompanied by an English translation. Translations must be certified by a competent and registered translator.
Please note that a German-language police certificate with an entry must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Present and former residents of the U.S. should not obtain a police certificate covering their residence in the United States.
Why are police certificates required and how to I obtain them?
The term police certificate means a statement which will advise the consular officer whether or not any criminal convictions are held in your name. See the Department of State’s website: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html, find the country and look under ”Police, Court, Prison Records”. If it is your place of birth, or current residence you will require a police certificate if you have resided in that country for more than 6 months from your sixteenth birthday. The period of residence is twelve months, for any other country.
Are U.S. police certificates required?
Present and former residents of the U.S. should not obtain a police certificate covering their residence in the United States.
Are police certificates required for spouses of members of the U.S. Forces?
Persons who reside in Germany but are not required to register (for example, military family members covered by the Status of Forces Agreement) should first apply for the police certificate with the registration authority in the district where they reside. Some offices will process the application if it can be shown why the applicant is not required to be registered in Germany. If the local office will not process the request, the application form should be sent to:
Generalbundesanwalt beim Bundesgerichtshof
Sachgebiet BZR 32 – Internationale Rechtshilfe
In order to confirm the identity of the applicant, the applicant must sign the application before a German diplomatic or consular representative or by a notary . The application form can be downloaded from the following website: https://www.bundesjustizamt.de/EN/SharedDocs/Public/BZR/antrag_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&
What is the validity period of a police certificate?
With the exception of the police certificate from your current country of residence, which is considered valid for 12 months from the date of issuance, a police certificate is valid indefinitely, provided you do not return to the country and reside for six months or more, if it’s your country of birth or current residence. The period is twelve months for any other country.
DS-260 - Are children's details required even if they are not applying for a visa?
You are required to enter the details of every child under the age of 21, including step-children from a marriage that was entered into while the child was under the age of 18. You are not required to enter the details of children who are U.S. citizens.
DS-260 - I don't yet know where I will reside in the United States, but the form requires a U.S. address
You will need to enter a stateside address in the “mailing and permanent address” field on the DS-260, as this is where the green card will be mailed after the beneficiary has entered the U.S. with the immigrant visa. If you do not have a stateside address yet, you may put the address of family or friends in the U.S. that are trustworthy to forward the green card to your address upon receipt. The address can be updated with USCIS at the port of entry or filing a change of address through the USCIS website after entry into the U.S.
I cannot find the invoice number for the DS-260, what should I do?
If the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt is processing your immigrant visa application, you should enter your case number (normally beginning with FRN) and, in place of the invoice number, your date of birth (in the format YYYYMMDD). If you have further questions about completing the DS-260, see the Department of State’s website for further information.
I have made an error on the DS-260, what should I do?
If you have made an error when completing the DS-260 you are required to correct the error and re-transmit it if the error concerns the Background and Security questions or passport number. Please contact us through our website as we will be required to unlock your case before you can amend the information.
Why is an Affidavit of Support required?
Intending immigrants must be able to prove that they will not become a public charge in accordance with guidelines. Please see poverty guidelines sheet which is available on the USCIS website: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-864p.pdf.
Do I submit Form I-864 or I-134?
A Form I-864 is required by individuals qualifying for immigration in the immediate relative category as a spouse, child (including orphans), or parent of a U.S. citizen (IR1, CR1, CR2, IR5) as well as individuals qualifying for immigration in the family based preference categories as the unmarried son/daughter, married son/daughter, brother/sister of a U.S. citizen and the spouse and unmarried child of a Lawful Permanent Resident (F1, F2, F3, F4).
If you are applying for a K, DV or SB1 (Returning Resident) you may complete form I-134, not I-864, or submit evidence that you will not become a public charge.
FAQs for filling in the I-864 and I-864A can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/immigrantprocess/documents/support/i-864-frequently-asked-questions.html
Complete instructions and forms may be downloaded from http://www.uscis.gov.