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Instructions for Immigrant Visa (K) Applicants Applying for a Visa in London

The Immigrant Visa Unit at this Embassy is processing your application for a visa. While no assurance can be given regarding the appointment date of your visa interview, you should now prepare for that appointment and take the following three steps.

Step One

Complete the Form DS-160 for each family member applying for a visa and print the confirmation sheet as it will be required on the day of the interview.   If a question does not apply to you, please mark it with a N/A.  Note: The failure to complete the form promptly will delay the processing of your application. 

Step Two

Assemble all of the documents required in support of your application.  When you have obtained all of the required documents and are prepared for the visa interview, you are required to email the Notification of Applicant(s) Readiness form to the Immigrant Visa Unit. See "Contact and Mailing Address" on the right-hand side of the page.  Note:  The failure to notify the Immigrant Visa Unit promptly will delay the processing of your application.   

 Step Three

Schedule a medical examination with the Embassy approved physician. Visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to the issuance of a visa.  Please note:  The visa interview will not be scheduled until the Immigrant Visa Unit is in receipt of the results of the medical examination.  The failure to schedule the medical examination will result in delays to your application.  Information about the medical, including how to make an appointment is available here.   

 Children of U.S. Citizens

Your child may have claim to U.S. citizenship through birth abroad to a U.S. citizen. If your child is an American citizen he or she will require a U.S. passport to travel to the United States. If your child's eligibility for citizenship has not yet been determined, you should contact American Citizen Services at the Embassy for further information.

Children who are about to Reach 21 Years of Age

If you have children who intend to immigrate with you to the United States, or to join you in the United States at a later date, please read this important information. In order to immigrate with you to the United States, or to follow you at a later date, your children must be:

  • unmarried;
  • Eligible to be listed under your visa classification; and
  • Under the age of 21 at the time they enter the United States.

What Happens Next?

On receipt of the forms the Immigrant Visa Unit will complete all necesary administrative processing of your visa application. You will be required to provide additional information if you have incomplete or missing forms and will be contacted in writing if that is the case.

Approximately one month before your scheduled interview appointment with a consular officer, you will receive an appointment letter containing the date and time of your visa interview.

On the day of the visa interview, you will be required to bring all of your original documents, or certified copies, plus one photocopy to the visa interview. Click on "The Interview" and "Visa Fees"on the left-hand Navigation bar for further information.

 When to call or write

The Embassy cannot guarantee how long it may be before you are scheduled for an appointment for a visa interview. Please notify the Embassy if the circumstances of your application have changed.

For example:

  • Change of address;
  • Change of Marital status;
  • Death of petitioner; or
  • Birth or adoption of additional children.

Download the Visa Application Forms

  • The online nonimmigrant visa application DS-160 replaces the forms DS-230 Part I & II,Form DS-156,Form DS-157 and DS-156-K.

    The document checklist Form DS-2001 is no longer in use. Please download this list of required documents.   Once you are in possession of all of the documents required in support of your visa application, you are required to notify the Immigrant Visa Unit using the online Notification of Readiness form.  Click here for the form.

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Contact and Mailing Address

  • Contact and Mailing Address
    Contact and Mailing Address

    Immigrant Visa Unit
    US Embassy
    24 Grosvenor Square
    London W1K 6AH