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Filing an Immigrant Visa Petition DS-117
Immigrant visas

Step 1 – 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. Please complete the Interview Request Form  to request an appointment. Due to security concerns and space constraints, only those with appointments will be admitted.

  • Required Documentation

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 of the necessary documents on the DS-117 Checklist below.

  • DS-117 Checklist of Necessary Supporting Documents
    • Any foreign language document must be accompanied by a full English translation that the translator has certified as complete and correct. The translator must certify that he/she is competent to translate the foreign language into English. It is not necessary to have the translation notarized.
    • It is strongly recommended that applicants keep a duplicate file copy of all documents submitted in connection with the application. The consulate does not provide copying services.
      • 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 U.S. and intent to return: 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 Application Fee  should be paid at the Consulate cashier in Mexican pesos or U.S. dollars on the day of your interview. You may pay by cash, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express).
      • Notes:
        1. Be prepared to pay with cash in case the credit card verification system is temporarily unavailable.
        2. Payment by credit card is billed in U.S. dollars.
        3. DO NOT pay the fee through the Non-Immigrant visa Web site. Application fees paid for the wrong visa category will not be accepted and cannot be refunded.
        4. This fee is non-refundable, regardless of any action taken on your petition.
    • English translations of all documents written in a foreign language.