Your Immigrant Visa Appointment
To prepare for your immigrant visa appointment, please read the following instructions carefully:
First: Complete the Form DS-260 (Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application). You must answer all the questions. If your spouse and/or children are applying for an immigrant visa with you, each person must complete a Form DS-260. Once you submit your application, print the confirmation page, and bring it with you the day of your appointment.
Second: Obtain the following documents corresponding to your case, but DO NOT send them to this office. Bring them with you the day of your appointment.
- Passport: The Passport must be unexpired and valid for at least six (6) months beyond the visa issuance date.
- Immigrant Visa fees: If you had previously paid you interview fees with a check or money order through National Visa Center (NVC), you do not need to pay again at this Consulate. However, if you did not, please be prepared to pay these fees at the Consulate. You can pay by cash (in one single currency: either Mexican Pesos or US Dollars), please bring exact change. You may also pay with the following credit or debit cards: American Express, Visa, Discover or Master Card, Banco Azteca, Visa Electron, or Coppel cards are not accepted. If you are found ineligible to receive a visa, the application fee cannot be refunded.
- Birth Certificate: An original birth certificate for each applicant and petitioner. You should also have a birth certificate for each minor child below 21 years of age, even though they are not applying for an immigrant visa with you at the moment. The birth certificate must state the date and place of birth as well as the parents’ names.
- Marriage Certificate: If you are or have been married, you must present an original or certified copy of marriage certificate for every marriage. If you were previously married, you must bring evidence of termination of every prior marriage. Your evidence must be an original or certified of death certificate, divorce decree or annulment papers. The same requirements apply to the petitioner.
- Evidence of your relationship to the petitioner: You must present evidence that you have a legitimate relationship with the person who filed a petition for you, such as: letters, photographs, service bills, common bank account statements, and/or any other evidence of your relationship. If the petitioner is your stepmother/stepfather, you must present documents as evidence of the marriage relationship between your biological parent and your petitioner; and original and photocopy of the marriage termination certificates of the previous marriages of either parent. It is not a requirement for your petitioner to attend the visa appointment, however, the petitioner may by required during the interview.
- Court and Prison Records: People who have been arrested for a crime in any country (including the United States) or who have any penal/judicial record must present copies of ALL the documents related to the case, even when said person has been benefited by an amnesty or another act of clemency or even if the person was found innocent, or if the charges were dropped.
- Military Records: You must obtain a military record certificate if it applies and it is obtainable.
- Police Certificate: You must present a police certificate from all countries you have lived in for more than 6 months since you turned 16 years of age, from the country of current residence, and your country of nationality (if different from residence).
- Financial Evidence: You must present a Form I-864, (Affidavit of Support under Section 213A of the INA) completed by the petitioner, even if she or he is not working, along with U.S. federal income tax returns for the last three years. If the petitioner does not file tax returns, you must provide a letter explaining the situation and the reason for not filing tax returns. You may count the income of spouse of a member of your household. To use their income you must complete Form I-864A (Contract between Sponsor and Household Member).
- Medical Exam: You must obtain a medical exam, and in some cases receive vaccinations. When your examination is completed, the doctor will provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope. DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your appointment at the Consulate. Please consult our webpage on Information about Medical Exams and Vaccinations to learn about the steps to follow.
- Translations: All documents not written in Spanish or English, must be accompanied by certified translations.
Third: If you wish to keep any original document, you must bring a photocopy of said document as the Consular Section does not provide photocopying service. The consular officer will return the original document to the applicant if he/she asks for it after the interview is concluded. It is recommended that applicants keep a duplicate file with copies of all the submitted documents in relation to their application, except for medical exams. Medical exams must remain sealed until the moment of the appointment.
The day of the consular appointment, every applicant must go to the Consulate. Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before your appointment. Your place in line is not determined by the order of arrival.
Only the following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their appointment at the Consulate:
Interpreters: Applicants may bring one interpreter if they do not speak English or Spanish well enough to participate in their visa interview with support.
Special needs visitors: Applicants may bring one person to help if they are elderly, disabled, or a minor child.
- Any adult who accompanies a minor to a visa interview must possess a legal relationship to the minor and provide official government photo identification (such as your credencial para votar/tarjeta de elector issued by the Instituto Nacional Electoral – formerly the Instituto Federal Electoral, Mexican Passport or Driver’s License).
- If the accompanying adult does not have a legal relationship to the applicant, in addition to providing official government identification she or he must provide a notarized and signed affidavit from the minor’s parent or legal guardian/custodian authorizing him or her to act as the minor’s proxy.
Attorneys: Attorneys are NOT permitted to accompany clients into the consulate’s waiting room nor their interview. Because of the limited occupancy in our waiting room, the high volume of visa applicants and the time required to review consular clients, other accompanying persons will not be admitted into the Consulate. Drivers, friends, family members and others not specifically mentioned Will not be allowed entrance.
AFTER YOUR VISA INTERVIEW
If your visa application is approved, we will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. We will send you a sealed packet complete with your visa and passport through DHL without any extra charge. The approximate delivery time is of 5-10 business days.
We thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you at your interview.
Questions: Please visit the website Travel.State.Gov