Employment-Based Immigration

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Germany at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa.

Employment-Based Immigration petitions filed and approved in the U.S. and any numerically limited visa applications are processed by the National Visa Center (NVC), which will also schedule the interview appointment.  For numerical limited visa applications, the NVC contacts the petitioner once the priority date is about to become current. Learn more about the National Visa Center and processing at the NVC.

The applicant, attorney, and third-party agent, if applicable, will receive appointment emails, or letters (if no email address is available) from NVC, containing the date and time of the applicant’s visa interview along with instructions, including guidance for obtaining a medical examination.

Applicants are responsible for scheduling their own appointment for a medical examination directly with one of our designated panel physicians before the scheduled interview date. The results of the exam are valid for six months. The results need to be valid by the time you enter the U.S. with the visa, therefore, the visa will be valid only for the validity time of the medical. The medical exam appointment should not be scheduled too early.

If these tests expire on or before your interview, you must undergo a modified examination to update your results. If the medical exam expires before the visa can be issued, you must also undergo a modified examination to update your results.

Medical examinations performed by non-authorized physicians or an approved panel physician outside of Germany will not be accepted.

The following documents are required for your medical examination:

  • Valid passport
  • 4 photographs (photo requirements)
  • Vaccination records (vaccination requirements )
  • Fee (varies depending on physician)
  • Medical history (disabilities, illnesses)
  • Statement of pregnancy (Mutterpass)

Panel Physicians Offices in Germany
You do not need an appointment with the physicians in Frankfurt; they accept walk-ins Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 07.30 am – 11.00 am.

Applicants will be provided with instructions by the NVC on where and when to pay the appropriate fees.