After the Interview

The Visa: Immigrant visas are normally valid for travel to the United States for six months from the date of your medical exam. Visa issued for less than six months will be annotated with “Visa shortened due to medical validity”. The visa validity can also be shortened due to passport validity, or age of applicant.

If the visa interview was completed successfully, the Immigrant Visa consists of:
• a visa foil in your passport
• a sealed envelope with all your personal documents (do NOT open this envelope!). Please note: The envelope will have one corner cut off.

If you have received your passport, but not an envelope, please refer to our FAQs. Your visa will have been processed electronically.
• x-ray film/CD handed to you at the medical examination.

If the visa interview was completed successfully, your visa will be returned to you via the option you choose prior to your interview, either home delivery or pick-up at a designated location in Berlin, Munich or Frankfurt. The passport and all documents will be returned to you with the chosen delivery option with our Visa Service Provider within three to four working days after visa issuance. Applicants receive a notification via e-mail and SMS as soon as the passport is ready to be delivered/to be collected from the selected location. Should any issues or delays arise, we will contact you.

If you are unable to use the visa, please return the complete package to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Frankfurt after the visa has expired and provide a written explanation. Caution: Diversity Visa lottery winners may not be able to get their visas renewed/reissued.

Administrative Processing
Some immigrant visa applicants (including K-Visa and DV-Visa  applicants) may require additional administrative processing. While most administrative procedures occur prior to the 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.

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 (PDF).