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Family-Based Immigration
Interview and Follow-up

At the end of your immigrant visa interview, the consular officer will inform you whether your visa application is approved or denied.  If you are approved, proceed to Step 5 below.

If you are denied, follow the instructions in the letter that was given to you during the interview.

Administrative processing: Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer.  If it applies to you, we will advise you of this requirement at the time of interview.  While most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. As in all cases, please do not make travel plans until you receive your approved visa.

You can check the status of your visa application at ceac.state.gov. See our page on what happens After the Interview for additional important information.

Additional information is also available on Ineligibilities and Waivers.

Document submission through CEAC

See the link below for guidance on submitting additional documents/information through CEAC (https://ceac.state.gov/IV/Login.aspx)

How to upload documents to CEAC (Consular Electronic Application Center)

If you need to submit your documents through CEAC, please watch this video on step-by-step instructions and tips on how to do it correctly.

Document submission by post

When submitting additional documents/information by post, please mail the documents to our physical address by trackable mail. The Embassy/Consulate will not verify the receipt of the shipment.

U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, Immigrant Visa Unit

1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420

U.S. Consulate General, Naha, Immigrant Visa Unit

2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe-city, Okinawa 901-2104