The Interview

Appear at the ASC to submit application, fingerprints and photo

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You may not enter with food, guns, weapons, or any liquids, including beverages, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial gels. All electronic equipment is also prohibited, such as cellular telephones, photographic or video cameras, radios and computers.  There are not storage facilities; therefore, if you arrive with any of the items above, you will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment.

Use the drop-down menu on the right column to locate the most convenient ASC.

Appear for interview (not required for all applicants)

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You may not enter with food, guns, weapons, or any liquids, including beverages, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial gels.  All electronic equipment is also prohibited, such as cellular telephones, photographic or video cameras, radios and computers.  There are no storage facilities; therefore, if you arrive with any of the items above, you will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment.

For information, go to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and Consular Agencies page.

It is important to be honest during the interview; misleading, lying, and/or presenting false or altered documentation may result in a permanent visa ineligibility.

Appear at local DHL office to pick up passport and/or Visa (if approved)

When making the appointment during Step 3, you selected a local DHL Office to pick up their passport and visa if approved.  To change or review your DHL Office selection, log into the appointment website or call the appointment center at any of the phone numbers in Step 3.  There is no cost for this service.

Interview day can be an exciting experience.  You should be aware of the following before coming for your appointment:

The following situations may qualify you for an Emergency Appointment:

  • A medical emergency,
  • Death of an immediate family member,
  • A business emergency
  • U-Non-immigrant visa applicants

You may request an expedited appointment when you schedule your appointment at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mx/niv . Once you are logged in your account, in the appointment’s menu chose expedited appointment and follow the steps.

Interview day can be an exciting experience.  You should be aware of the following before coming for your appointment:

  • Your valid passport and previously issued passports
  • The DS-160 confirmation page with barcode
  • The Banamex or Santander visa application fee receipts
  • H, L, and other petition-based visa applicants may bring copies of the I-797, I-129 and other petition-related documents
  • F, M students must bring the SEVIS receipt and I-120.
  • J exchange visitors must bring the SEVIS receipt and DS-2019.
  • Minors should bring one recent (within the past six months) passport size photograph 50mm X 50mm (2″ x 2″) with a white background.
  • Third country nationals with Mexican residency should bring their IFE with them.

NOTE:  The above documents may or may not be reviewed at the time of your interview

We advise applicants to arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled interview.  Contrary to myth, it is not necessary to book space at a local hotel or shop to wait for your appointed time.

Due to security concerns and space limitations, U.S. consular sections do not permit interested parties such as friends, relatives, attorneys or business contacts to attend the visa interview with the applicant.

All U.S. Embassy and Consulates visitors and their personal belongings must pass through security screening before entering into the building.  For reasons of safety and security, visitors may not bring these prohibited items into the Embassy or Consulate:

  • Cellphones, computers,  and other electronic devices
  • Media devices such as CD’s, thumb drives, SD cards, headphones, speakers, etc.
  • Cameras or video equipment
  • Flashlights
  • Lighters and matches
  • Weapons or any item which can be used as a weapon
  • Knives and other sharp objects
  • Purses and bags larger than 18” x 18”
  • Liquids, gels, aerosols, oils, lotions, or powder (exceptions below)

The following items are permitted:

  • Declare medical devices before security screening
  • Small quantities of make-up
  • Small quantities of baby formula, baby food, milk
  • Small quantities of diapers
  • Belts
  • Watches
  • Keys
  • Non-liquid medication
  • Baby carriers and baby strollers that can be folded small enough to pass through an x-ray machine.

These lists are not all inclusive and security officials reserve the right to deny entry of items determined to be unsafe or a threat to security.

  • Upon arrival you will be given a numbered ticket or simply directed to a line.
  • Next, you may be called to a window to review your DS-160 application. This is a great opportunity to correct any information that may have been entered incorrectly on your DS-160 NIV Application.
  • Next, your fingerprints will be verified.
  • Finally, a visa officer will interview you and make a final decision regarding your qualifications for the visa.