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How to Make an Immigrant Visa Appointment
  • How to Schedule an Appointment

    How to Schedule an Appointment

    • Once the National Visa Center (NVC) has received all the documents necessary to complete the visa application, NVC will send the applicant a letter with the time and date of the visa interview.  All required ocuments the applicant collected will be needed for the visa interview.

      Applicants must attend their scheduled appointment at the Applicant Service Center PRIOR to their consular interview appointment.

      Visa interviews are conducted on weekdays Monday through Friday during regular business hours, with the exception of U.S. and Mexican holidays as well as two rotating administrative days per month.

      On the day of the interview, applicants must bring their appointment letter issued by NVC or the Consulate.  If you do not, you will be turned away.

      While the Consulate strives to process all applicants within an hour of their appointment time, unforeseen circumstances may keep you in the Consulate longer. Additionally, it is sometimes necessary for applicants to have interviews over two or more days if there is a question concerning their application or they are missing documents. Please do not purchase a plane ticket or make travel arrangements to go to the U.S. for the same day as your visa interview.

      Make Your Appointments

      You must have an appointment at the Applicant Service Center and an appointment for your consular interview.

      Go to the Applicant Service Center and follow the directions for making an appointment


      You can contact our call center by phone using a list of telephone numbers. A representative will direct you through the appointment process.

      Additional Information

      If the applicant is unable to appear at the Consulate at the scheduled interview date, he/she should contact the applicant service center to inquire about the possibility of obtaining a different appointment. Rescheduling an appointment may result in a significant delay in processing your visa case. You should try to reschedule your appointment only if absolutely necessary.

      During the entire visa application and interview process you must tell the truth and give complete and accurate information.  If you do not, your visa will be delayed or you may be found  ineligible for a visa.

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    • It is the applicant and/or the petitioner’s responsibility to gather and complete the documentation needed for the visa. All documents must be current. Any expired documents may delay the processing of the visa. You must bring all documentation with you to your interview at the Consulate:

      1. Biographic Data questionnaire (DS-260)*  Applicants must fill out and submit the form online. Print the confirmation page and bring this page to your interview.
      2. Original and photocopy of petitioner’s long form birth certificate (not an abstract) and applicant’s birth certificate. Applicants with non-English or non-Spanish birth certificates must submit a notarized translation with the original and a photocopy.
      3. Original and photocopy of applicant’s marriage certificate (if applicable).
      4. Original and photocopy of proof of termination of all previous marriages of both the applicant and petitioner (if applicable).
      5. A signed original of Form I-864 Affidavit of Support from the petitioner and any joint sponsor/s, as well as supporting documentation that proves the individual offering to support the applicant earns the amount of money indicated on the affidavit (proof of legal status in the U.S., job letter, most recent tax forms, and recent pay slips).
      6. I-797 petition approval notice (optional).
      7. Any type of previously issued U.S. non-immigrant visa (for example: tourist visa, border crossing card, student visa, etc.)
      8. Valid Mexican passport issued by the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations (S.R.E.) or a Mexican Consulate in the U.S.
      9. Two recent color passport-sized photographs.

       Additional Information

      • At the end of the interview, all original birth and marriage certificates, divorce decrees and death certificates will be returned to the applicant.
      • Packet instructions and other forms

      During the entire visa application and interview process you must tell the truth and give complete and accurate information.  If you do not, your visa will be delayed or you may be found ineligible for a visa.

      *Please note: Cases with no NVC Invoice number may enter the applicant's date of birth in the following format - YYYYMMDD- as a substitute invoice number.

  • I-864 Affidavit of Support

    I-864 Affidavit of Support

    • The purpose of the Affidavit of Support is to show that the applying immigrant has enough financial support to live without concern of becoming reliant on U.S. government welfare.

      Although USCIS does not charge a fee for this form, the Department of State does charge a fee when the Affidavit of Support is reviewed domestically. This does not apply when the Affidavit of Support is filed abroad. 

      You are expected to bring your Affidavit of Support with you to your Immigrant Visa Interview. 

      For complete instructions on how to fill out the form Instructions on how to fill the form I-864 (Affidavit of Support)  
  • Fees


    • Filing an Immigrant Visa Petition (When collected by U.S. Embassies and Consulates for USCIS. Fees subject to change.

      Table of basic fees
      Immigrant petition for relative (I-130) $420
      Orphan (intercountry adoption) immediate relative petition  (I-600, I-800) $720


      Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fees (non-refundable, per person)

      Table of Processing Fees
      Immediate relative and family preference applications(processed on the basis of an approved I-130, I-600 or I-800 petition) $230
      Employment-based applications (processed on the basis of an approved I-140 petition) $405
      Other immigrant visa applications (including approved I-360 self-petitioners, special immigrant visa applicants, and all others, except DV program selectees) $220
      Certain Iraqi and Afghan special immigrant visa applications No fee

      Other Fees

      Table of other Fees
      Diversity Visa Lottery fee (per person applying as a DV program selectee for a DV category immigrant visa) $330
      Affidavit of Support Review (only when reviewed domestically) $88

      Note: Forms and fee amounts are listed for immigration petitions which are submitted to Department of State, either accepted at an Embassy or Consulate abroad, or within the U.S. to the National Visa Center or Kentucky Consular Center. Other immigration related forms can only be approved by the Department of Homeland Security's United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For other fees (relating to forms starting with an "I" select USCIS Forms and Fees for additional information.

  • Medical Examination

    Medical Examination

    • The date of your visa interview appointment is indicated in the letter that you received from the National Visa Center. However, you should be aware that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to complete your medical examination BEFORE THAT DATE.  We suggest that you make arrangements for your medical examination at least FIVE (5) days before your interview appointment date.

      Note:  Applicants ages two (2) to fourteen (14) must undergo the medical examination at least five (5) workdays before their scheduled interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  Failure to do so may result in processing delays or rescheduling of the initial appointment.  Children within this age range should be immunized at least four (4) weeks before their medical examination.

      The only medical office authorized to perform medical examinations on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is:

      Médicos Especializados Internacionales
      Hamburgo 206, 2nd Floor,
      Colonia Juárez, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, D.F.
      Mexico D.F. 06600, Tel. 2624-0630.

      Appointments Hours

      7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

      (Call to schedule an appointment 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

      Required Documents for Medical Visit

      • Visa Appointment Letter
      • Passport
      • Required fee of $2865.20 Mexican pesos covering the medical examination ($2262.50 for minors under age 15) paid via cash or credit card only (Visa or MasterCard)

      Additional Guidance

      • If you suffer from a chronic illness, have been treated for any venereal disease, or are under psychiatric care, please bring your medical file or have one forwarded to the doctor before your medical examination.
      • If you take prescription medication, please have the prescription from your doctor with you on the day of the medical appointment.
      • Applicants do not need to bring photos to the medical exam; they will be provided by the medical clinic.
      • Any required DNA testing must be covered by the applicant. 
      •  The vaccination fee is separate from the cost of your required medical examinations.
      • Because of space limitations, family members will not be permitted to accompany applicants into the clinic or the medical building; the only exception to this policy is the parents of adoptees. Please present your appointment letter to the receptionist at the entrance. You must have your complete set of documents with you.
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