Expedited/ Age Out/ Follow-To-Join Cases
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The visa appointment system is intended for eligible applicants who received written notification from the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad that they must schedule an appointment.
Family based immigration petitions with a prior expedited approval are forwarded to the U.S. Embassy from the National Visa Center (NVC).
When post receives these cases, they are often documentarily incomplete in order to save processing time at NVC.
1. Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)
A family based petition may include a child of the principal applicant. In order to protect children from aging out of their cases at age 21, CSPA may extend the eligibility of the applicant, should the applicant meet the CSPA requirements.
2. Child Citizenship Act (CCA)
If an American Citizen files an immigration petition for a child that is about to reach the age of 18, NVC sends the case to Post with an EXPEDITED request to process the case. The CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT (CCA) intends to help eligible children reach the United States before their 18th birthday, so they can benefit from U.S. Citizenship on arrival in the U.S.
A family based petition may allow applicants to immigrate to the U.S. after the principal applicant. Cases where applicants decided to “follow” the principal applicant to the U.S. at a later date are called FOLLOW-TO-JOIN CASES.
The other applicants on the petition that did not immigrate with the principal applicant can have their cases/visas processed until the principal applicant becomes a U.S. Citizen. Upon receiving these cases from NVC, Post contacts the applicants to schedule them for an interview.
Immigrant visa cases are interviewed at the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad ONLY.
The information below explains how to set an interview appointment online and what documents are required for the interview.
Step 1: Filling Out the Immigrant Visa Electronic Application
Carefully read the guidelines for completing the Immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-260) before filling it out. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, you may consult a translator or immigration attorney. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-260.
You will need the ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-260 confirmation page to book your appointments.
Step 2: Creating A User Account and Scheduling Your Visa Appointment
Go to www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/ and create a user account.
To create an account, you will need your passport. After creating the account, the system will prompt you to select a passport pickup location.
You are almost ready to schedule your visa appointment!
You will need the following information to schedule your appointment:
- Your passport number.
- The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-260 confirmation page.
- Case Number (ISL followed by 10 digits).
- Click on Schedule Appointment located on the left-hand side menu. This will start the process for scheduling your appointment.
Step 3: Medical Examination
Complete your medical examination with an approved panel physician. The list of approved panel physicians can be found here.
Step 4: Supporting Documents
On the day of your interview, please bring the following items (originals, copies, and English translations of all civil documents):
- The confirmation page for a completed Electronic Visa Application Form DS-260, Original Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, and Divorce/Death Certificates for all prior marriages.
- If you are older than 16 years of age, police certificates are not required from Pakistan. However, an original police certificate is required from any country that you resided in for more than 6 months. For more information on obtaining these certificates, visit Reciprocity by Country.
Two (2) visa photos (front view) with white background (2x2 inches) - photos must be un-cropped and without any editing or enhancements. Please click here for instructions.
- A valid passport.
An Affidavit of Support (form I-864) with all supporting documents from the petitioner and/or a qualified Joint Sponsor, click here if an original affidavit of support has not already been submitted to NVC in the United States.
- If applicable, a contract between the Sponsor and a Household Member (I-864A).
An Affidavit of Support Waiver (Form I-864 W) for children of a U.S. Citizen that are under 18 years of age (These children are exempted from the Affidavit of Support I-864).
- Applicants must provide medical examination results from an Embassy designated physician. The list of these physicians is available here.
If your petitioner has not previously paid the immigrant visa application processing fee, you will be required to pay the fee at the time of the interview. The fee must be paid in cash (dollars or the equivalent amount in Pakistani rupees). Please bring exact change.
Note that the fees are per person.
- US$325 - For immediate relatives and family based visa categories (IR and F cases).
- US$345 - For employment visa categories (E cases).
- US$330 - For diversity visa categories (DV cases).
NOTE: Please be sure to bring your sealed medical examination results with you to the Embassy. If you appear without your medical results, your appointment may be rescheduled, delaying your case. There is no need to bring your x-ray CDs to the Embassy. You are advised NOT to make travel plans or life-changing decisions, such as quitting a job or selling a house, until after a visa is issued to you.