Immigrant Visa Information

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All immigrant visas in Germany are issued at the Consulate General in Frankfurt. In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.


U.S. citizens residing in Germany may file I-130 petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt. USCIS requires evidence of petitioner's residence in Germany, such as a photocopy of a Certificate of Residence, a Foreigners' Permit to Stay, or a copy of the petitioner's orders if he/she is a member of the U.S. military stationed in Germany. U.S. citizens whose principal residence is not in Germany, and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. must file the petition in the United States.

To file a petition in person, make an appointment at the Frankfurt USCIS Office on InfoPass.

If you are not eligible to file in Frankfurt, you should file the petition with the Chicago Lockbox.

For further information, go to or, or contact USCIS by telephone in the United States at 1-800-375-5283

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective December 23, 2016, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a US$ 220.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by an Embassy-approved Panel Physician. Information about the medical exam can be found here. You will receive instructions about how to schedule an appointment for your medical exam from NVC or the Consulate. Do not try to make an appointment before receiving these instructions

U.S. Consulate Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the Consulate on the date and time of your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that describes what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.