After the Interview

  1. How to Apply
  2. The Interview
  3. Case Status
  4. After the Interview

If your visa has been approved, you will be informed how and when your passport and visa will be returned to you.  In general, a passport with a visa will be returned by mail within seven to ten days from an interview.

Normally, you will also receive a sealed packet containing documents. However, if “IV Docs in CCD” is annotated in your immigrant visa, it means that your visa is a digitalized visa and you will only receive your passport from us.  Under rare circumstances, you will still receive a sealed packet containing documents along with your passport even if you your visa is annotated.   When you receive a packet, do not open the sealed packet and present it to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a port-of-entry (often an airport) upon your arrival in the United States.

You must pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after you receive your immigrant visa and before you travel to the United States. Only children who enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague adoption programs, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants, returning residents (SB-1s), and those issued K visas are exempt from this fee. Select USCIS Immigrant Fee on the USCIS website for more information.

Carefully review After the Interview on usvisas.state.gov to learn other important information.