Visainterview and Visa

All applicants applying for immigration, including children, are required to attend the visa interview. The petitioner or U.S. citizen children may accompany the applicant(s), but do not need to be present. We are unable to accommodate friends or family members who are not applying for visas. Please cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend.

Please bring the following with you to the interview:
• Appointment letter/confirmation
• Passport
• Visa fee or payment receipt
• Additional documents, IF requested do so by the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior, but no earlier, to your scheduled appointment. Please see our list of prohibited items that cannot be taken into the building or left with the security guards. Please plan to spend a total of roughly 2-3 hours at the U.S. Consulate General.

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.
• x-ray film/CD handed to you at the medical examination.
If the visa interview was completed successfully, your visa will be mailed to you via German registered mail to the address you have provided online at  Your approved visa package should arrive within ten working days.  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).