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.

Carefully review the information on the State Department’s website to learn other important information.