Immigrant Visa Information

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Overview

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.

Embassy Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the Embassy on the date of your appointment. Arrive at the Consulate 15 minutes before your appointment. Please review the security restrictions at the Embassy, which describe what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and all required documents.

It is very important for you to be well prepared for the interview and to have all of your documents.

You must bring the original documents listed on the following pages to the visa interview. Click here for a checklist of all necessary documents, a detailed description of each one, and suggestions as to how to obtain it.

If you are unable to obtain the required documents in time, click here to reschedule your interview with an agent or online after you create a profile. If you are missing documents when you go to the Embassy for your interview, your case will be significantly delayed, and you will not receive a visa until the documents are processed.

Caution: No one can assure you in advance that the visa will be issued. The approved immigrant petition does not mean that a visa will automatically be issued. An approved immigrant visa petition signifies that the applicant has demonstrated a relationship with a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident that qualifies the applicant to apply for an immigrant visa. It is the purpose of the visa interview to determine whether the applicant is eligible under U.S. law to receive the visa. Please do not make plans to depart Honduras or buy airplane tickets before your visa is issued. If you receive a visa, you will have six months to travel to the U.S.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 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: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.