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Frequently Asked Questions - Immigrant Visas
 

After analyzing the large number of incoming emails we receive (we average more than 1,000 messages every month), we are providing this automatic response to answer the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive.

  • I am a friend of the applicant and have sent an inquiry, but have not received case specific responses. Why?

    I am a friend of the applicant and have sent an inquiry, but have not received case specific responses. Why?

    • We are prohibited under the U.S. Privacy Act and INA 222(f) from providing information about specific visa applications to third parties. The applicant, petitioner, or lawyer (with a complete G-28 on file) are the only parties who will receive a case specific response.
  • As an American, how can I file an immigrant petition for my spouse or child or parent and pay the I-130 filing fees?

    As an American, how can I file an immigrant petition for my spouse or child or parent and pay the I-130 filing fees?

    • Petitioners residing in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, or Jerusalem, who wish to file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, may do so by filing the I-130 and a money order, cashier’s check, or a personal check drawn on an American bank for the appropriate fee, with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox at one of the addresses below:

      USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:

      USCIS
      P.O. Box 804625
      Chicago, IL 60680-4107

      USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries: 

      USCIS
      Attn: I-130
      131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
      Chicago, IL 60603-5517

      For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox and the associated fees, please see the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/ or contact USCIS by phone at 1-800-375-5283.

  • How long does it take between filing the petition and visa issuance?

    How long does it take between filing the petition and visa issuance?

    • The processing time varies from case to case.   Most immigrant visa interview appointments are scheduled by the National Visa Center, (NVC) once the required documents have been received.  After your appointment is set, NVC will forward the case to post for action.  We assure you that we will do everything we can to process your case as quickly as we can (you are important to us), but applicants should not make travel plans or commitments prior to having the immigrant visa in hand.
  • Where is the Consular Section located? How can I contact you?

    Where is the Consular Section located? How can I contact you?

    • The best way to contact us is by email at Jerusalemivinquiries@state.gov. We are located at 14 David Flusser in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 91002. Additional contact information is available at the following link:

      http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/contact_us4.html

      Please note that all visa interviews for immigrant visas take place at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem at the above mentioned address.

  • Where can I get more information about Immigrant Visas and the NVC?

    Where can I get more information about Immigrant Visas and the NVC?

  • Where can I get more information about the Diversity Visa?

    Where can I get more information about the Diversity Visa?

    • Please visit this site for more information on Diversity Visas: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html.  Be aware that there are currently numerous scams related to Diversity Visas.  There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.

      The Kentucky Consular Center no longer mails notification letters and does not use email to notify Diversity Visa entrants of their selection in the program. Therefore, all entrants may check the status of their entries and whether they were selected through the Entrant Status Check on the Electronic Diversity Visa website. Additionally, Entrant Status Check will provide successful selectees instructions on how to proceed with their application.

  • When will I get an appointment?

    When will I get an appointment?

    • The National Visa Center (NVC) will schedule your appointment after you notify them that you have all of your required documents and you have mailed a signed checklist indicating that you are ready to proceed with your immigrant visa.  You will receive an appointment letter in the mail when your appointment has been scheduled by NVC and your case will then be forwarded to the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.  You can expect to receive this appointment letter several weeks before your appointment.  Please remember to bring ORIGINAL documents of all required documents, including birth, marriage, and divorce certificates.

      If your inquiry concerns an immigrant visa case where the I-130 petition was filed in the U.S. and it has not been scheduled for an appointment, please send your inquiry directly to NVC. To contact NVC, please forward your inquiries by e-mail to: NVCInquiry@state.gov.  If you have been informed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that your petition has been approved and forwarded to the Department of State, please contact NVC directly.

  • If I cancel my appointment when will I be rescheduled?

    If I cancel my appointment when will I be rescheduled?

    • Please notify us as far in advance as possible so we can schedule another applicant into that appointment slot.  Upon receipt of your e-mail, we will schedule you for the next available appointment.
  • What documents do I need to bring?

    What documents do I need to bring?

    • The required documents are listed on the checklist provided by NVC or on our prior communications with you.  Remember, however, that each case is different.  Please remember to bring ORIGINAL records of birth, marriage, divorce, police certificates, etc., including birth certificates of the petitioner if the petitioner is a son, daughter or sibling of the applicant.  Please bring photocopies and certified translations for us as well only if the documents are in a language other than English, Arabic or Hebrew.  Passports are always required.  For more details about original documents, please visit the following link.
  • What do you mean, certified translation?

    What do you mean, certified translation?

    • The document should be certified by someone who is fluent in both English and the original language.  The translator should append to the translation the statement, "I (name), certify that I am fluent in both English and (language)."  The translator should then print and sign their name, and date their signature.  Translations are only required for documents in languages other than English, Arabic or Hebrew.
  • Who must attend the interview? Do I need to bring all my children?

    Who must attend the interview? Do I need to bring all my children?

    • All immigrant visa applicants must appear at the interview (this includes children). Waiting times at the Consulate can sometimes be long. Please be prepared to wait, and know that we will process your application as quickly as we are able.

  • Can I pick up the visa the same day?

    Can I pick up the visa the same day?

    • Because of the administrative processing associated with visa issuance, it is not possible to issue visas on the same day of the interview. All immigrant visa cases do require additional processing, and this can take significant time. Please do not make travel plans until you have your visa in hand. Visas will be returned to applicants by courier when they are ready.

  • How I can register for the courier?

    How I can register for the courier?

    • You should visit the following U.S. Visa Service Website at and click the [Log In] button then follow the instructions.

  • Do I owe any money for the visas?

    Do I owe any money for the visas?

    • If you have been receiving documentation from the National Visa Center, then most likely you have already paid the visa fee.  If not, the current immigrant visa fee schedule can be found at the following link.

      American petitioners may pay by International/U.S. Credit Card at the U.S. Consulate at the time of the applicant’s visa interview. Otherwise fees can only be paid in cash at the U.S. Consulate at the time of your visa interview. 

  • How do I book my Medical Exam?

    How do I book my Medical Exam?

  • Where should I file my waiver request?

    Where should I file my waiver request?

    • If you wish to file a waiver for your ineligibility, you must file this directly through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Lockbox facility.

      USCIS Phoenix Lockbox addresses:

      For U.S. Postal Service:

      USCIS
      P.O. Box 21600
      Phoenix, AZ 85036

      For Express mail or Courier deliveries:

      USCIS
      Attn: 601/212 Foreign Filers
      1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Suite 100
      Phoenix, AZ 85034

      For additional information, please see the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov and www.uscis.gov/i-601 or contact USCIS by phone at 1-800-375-5283.

  • How do I check my priority date?

    How do I check my priority date?

    • The Department of State publishes the list of current priority dates every month (known as the Visa Bulletin). You can find the current one, as well as archived bulletins.

  • How do I replace a lost, stolen or expired (I-551) green card?

    How do I replace a lost, stolen or expired (I-551) green card?

    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues I-551 (green cards) in the United States.  The Consulate does NOT issue replacement green cards. New green cards can ONLY be obtained in the USCIS office in the United States.

      However, you do not need additional documentation to return to the United States if you can provide one of the following:

      • Expired Conditional Resident Card Form I-551 accompanied by Form I-797 Notice of Action indicating the card is extended.

      • Temporary Residence Stamp (“ADIT”) in your passport or on a Form I-94 (which is valid for one year from the date you were admitted)

      • A valid Reentry Permit, Form I-327

      If you are overseas and your green card was lost, stolen, or has expired and you have been out of the U.S. for less than 365 days, you may request a boarding foil from either the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv or from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Please note that, if you have been outside the U.S. for MORE than a year, you may have lost your status as a permanent resident.

      For more information on how to apply at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv please contact them at nivtelaviv@state.gov.  Information is also available on their website.

      To request this service at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, you must send an e-mail to jerusalemivinquiries@state.gov and request an appointment for boarding foil services. In your e-mail you must include your name, date of birth, passport number, status in the U.S. (permanent, conditional, etc.), and your Alien number (A number). Following are the documents required for a Boarding Foil:  

      1. One photo
      2.  Your green card or evidence that you are a Legal Permanent Resident applicant.
      3.  Your passport (to prove that you have been outside the United States for less than 365 consecutive days).
      4.  If you have temporary green card, please bring in original proof from USCIS that you applied for the removal of the conditional status.
      5. Completed, signed I-90 Form. 
  • I am a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) and had a baby overseas. How do I return to the U.S. with my child?

    I am a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) and had a baby overseas. How do I return to the U.S. with my child?

    • A child born abroad to a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) may board a flight to the United States with no further documentation if the child was born during a temporary visit abroad of a mother who is an LPR of the United States. This applies provided that the child’s application for admission to the United States is made within two years of birth and the child is accompanied by the parent who is applying for readmission as a permanent resident upon the first return of the parent.

      This information is available to airlines in the Carrier Information Guide.

  • I am a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) and have been outside the U.S. for more than a year? Can I return to reside there?

    I am a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) and have been outside the U.S. for more than a year? Can I return to reside there?

    • Legal permanent residents (LPRs) who have remained outside of the U.S. for more than 365 days have, in most cases, lost their permanent resident status. Such individuals may apply for permission to apply for a returning resident visa (SB-1); however, to obtain this visa they must convince a consular officer that the reason for the extended absence from the U.S. was "beyond their control."

      Applicants who wish to make this application should send an email to jerusalemivinquiries@state.gov to request an appointment. You must include in the email your name, date of birth, passport number, former status in the U.S. (permanent, conditional, etc.), and your Alien number (A number). Appointments for this service are only available on Friday mornings.

  • I am a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) and wish to remain outside the United States for an extended period. Can I apply for a reentry permit?

    I am a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) and wish to remain outside the United States for an extended period. Can I apply for a reentry permit?

    • Reentry permits are only issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. You should visit www.uscis.gov for further information. We are unable to assist you with this process.

  • I am a Legal Permanent Resident (Green card holder) and wish to relinquish my green card (I-551). How do I do that?

    I am a Legal Permanent Resident (Green card holder) and wish to relinquish my green card (I-551). How do I do that?

    • If you wish to abandon your green card (Permanent Resident Card [PRC] or I-551), kindly complete Form I-407 and mail the completed form along with your card to our office at the following address:  U.S. Consulate General, P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 9100201. Please note that you will not receive any confirmation from us upon receipt of the documents, so we strongly advise that you make a copy of the I-407 form and your PRC before mailing them.  The form I-407 and your PRC will be forwarded to U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) for their disposition.

      You may also surrender your PRC when you next apply for a non-immigrant visa at any U.S. consular section.

       

  • How can I expedite the issuance of my immigrant visa?

    How can I expedite the issuance of my immigrant visa?

    • We strongly encourage all visa applicants to review our Visa Fastlane Tips at http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/fastlane4.html. This section of our website offers helpful tips that will help you be better prepared for the interview. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that most cases are not ready for issuance on the interview day because applicants fail to complete all of the necessary steps. If you are missing required documents on the day of your interview, you can anticipate a delay of at least one month before the visa can be issued. Help yourself, and us, by having all of your documents in order on interview day.

  • How can I send missing documents to your office?

    How can I send missing documents to your office?

    • Missing documents can be sent via a courier service like UPS or WASSEL after you register on-line OR via postal mail to P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 9100201. Additionally, you may drop off documents in person (in an unsealed envelope that is clearly marked on the outside with your name and case number) between 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the front reception at 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 9378322. In either case you will need to present the refusal letter (provided after interview) or CSC confirmation document. All documents, including those brought in person, must be processed and reviewed. Hence, dropping off a document in person does not necessarily speed up the review process.

  • How can I get a response to a specific question that was not addressed above?

    How can I get a response to a specific question that was not addressed above?

    • If your question can be answered by the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) above, our office will consider that your question has been satisfactorily answered.  If you have a specific question about your case you may contact us at the following email addresses: 

      Petitioners or Beneficiaries may send inquiries to: JerusalemIVinquiries@state.gov

      Attorneys or Agents with a complete G-28 on file may send inquiries to JerusalemIVAttorneys@state.gov 

      To improve response times, all email inquiries are required to include the following information in the subject line of the message:  Case Number, Beneficiary's Full Name (i.e.  JRS2005205905, John Doe)     

      Please do not send inquires to both email addresses listed above.  We make every attempt to answer inquires within 3-5 business days (please note that the Consular Section observes a Monday through Friday work week.  We are closed on American and most local holidays.)

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