Filing an Immigrant Visa Petition DS-117
If you wish to apply for a Returning Resident (SB-1) immigrant visa, you should contact the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez in advance of your intended travel (at least three months in advance, if possible) to permit sufficient time for visa processing. As part of the visa application process, an interview at the U.S. Consulate is required. In order for us to schedule an appointment for you to submit your Form DS-117 (Application to Determine Returning Resident Status) to a Consular Officer, please send us an email to CDJReturningResident@state.gov Due to security concerns and space constraints, only those with appointments will be admitted.
Applicants must appear in person to file a DS-117 and pay the application fee. Do not schedule an appointment until you have read the instructions carefully and assembled ALL the necessary documents on the DS-117 Checklist below.
DS-117 Checklist of Necessary Supporting Documents
Form DS-117: Completed Application to Determine Returning Resident Status.
Form I-551 and/or Form I-327, if available: Original “green card” and/or “re-entry permit”, if available.
Applicant’s original passport(s): Current and/or old passport(s) showing your identity, admission into the United States as a legal permanent resident.
Proof of ties to the United States and the intent to return, such as U.S. tax returns and evidence of economic, family, and social ties to the United States.
Evidence of stay abroad for reasons beyond the applicant’s control: Evidence that the protracted stay abroad was beyond your control.
Fee: The current DS-117 filing fee is USD $180 per applicant. Please note that this fee is non-refundable and must be paid directly to our consular cashier on the day of your appointment. The fee may only be paid in cash (U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos), by debit or credit card, cashier’s check or money order.
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