Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)

A special immigrant is a person who qualifies for a green card (permanent residence) under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) special immigrant program. In order to apply for immigration documents under this status, an individual must fill out a petition documenting his or her circumstances and submit the petition to USCIS. For more information about how to apply under a particular special immigrant group, click here and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/siv-iraqi-afghan-translators-interpreters.html#step2.

The first step toward applying for SIV status is to file a petition with USCIS. Following approval, the petition will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC). Once NVC receives your approved petition from USCIS, NVC will contact you by e-mail to advise you to begin collecting the appropriate documents to move ahead with your visa application, and to obtain a passport. NVC will schedule your immigrant visa interview for you and your family at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas.

Applicants are responsible for scheduling their own appointment for a medical examination directly with one of our designated panel physicians. Applicants for SIV visa should NOT schedule an appointment before the interview date as many immigrant visa cases require additional administrative processing after the interview. The visa interview can take place without the results of the medical exam being on file.

Please note: The results of the exam are valid for six months and 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. If these tests expire on or before your interview, or before the visa can be issued, you must 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.