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Packet Four - Information for Immigrant Visa Applicants

We have scheduled an appointment for you to come to this office and formally apply for an immigrant visa. All members of your family immigrating with you must appear with you for the appointment. Each person immigrating, regardless of age, requires a separate visa. If you cannot keep your visa appointment, please notify this office at 2363-7407,

Required documents should be presented in the following order for each applicant. Please use the checklist below to be sure that you have collected all the documents for the interview. You will not be issued a visa unless you have all the required documents. If you will not have all the documents for your scheduled interview, please call/write us to reschedule.

BIOGRAPHIC DATA FORM: Completely filled Biographic data form (DS 230) Part I, II (separate forms have to be completed for each applicant). Do not sign Part II until you are in the presence of a consular officer, after taking the oath.

Following to Join Applicant

Family members following to join the principal applicant:

When family member of the principal applicant (the person for whom a petition has been filed by a relative in the United States) intend to stay in India longer than the principal applicant and immigrate to the United States at a later date, some additional documents are required.

Each of the items listed below are needed for each child under 21 years who will be following to join the principal applicant later:

  1. Original and photocopy of birth certificate.
  2. A passport size latest photograph
  3. Passport or some photo identification such as driving license.

Additional Information

Applicants arriving at the Visa Section will be interviewed and given an oath by a consular officer. Their documents will be reviewed, and they will be advised of the outcome of their applications. The Consular Section is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and American and Indian holidays.

Due to the volume of applicants, this process takes most of the day. We suggest bringing books, crossword puzzles and other diversions. The waiting room is air conditioned, has toilets, and is a no-smoking area.

No Assurance Visa will be issued

No assurance can be given in advance that a visa will be issued. A consular officer can make a decision only after your visa application and all documents are reviewed, and you have been personally interviewed. You are advised not to make any travel arrangements, and not to dispose of your property or give up your job until the visa has been issued. If your visa application is refused, you will be given a refusal sheet that will indicate the basis for your refusal. If applicable, it will tell you what actions you could take to overcome the refusal.

Visa Validity

An immigrant visa is valid for a maximum period of six months from the date of issuance. You must travel and apply for admission to the United States within that six months period. A visa may not be transferred from one person to another, or used by any person other than the one to whom issued.

Immigration Procedures at the Port of Entry

Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry to the United States. Legally, the visa specifies the period during which the bearer may apply at a port of entry to enter the United States. The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) authorizes the traveler's admission to the United States, not the consular officer.

Abandoned Applications

Section 203(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires that an intending immigrant pursue his/her visa application within one year from the date he/she is informed that it is possible to do so. This is our notice to you that it is now possible for you to pursue your application for a visa.

If you fail to do so within one year from the date of the attached letter, your application and any visa petition approved for you will be canceled.

Age 21 Notice

If you or any other members of your family planning to immigrate is turning 21 years of age within the next three months, this may change your or family member visa status. Under U.S. immigration law you will be considered an adult rather than a child. Please consult with the Consular Section if this will be an issue in your family's immigrant visa applications. Note: If your priority date has not yet become current, even if your family member is turning 21, there will be no visa available.

Please note that any false statement or concealment of a material fact may result in your permanent exclusion from the United States.