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Step 3: The Visa Interview Appointment

Once the National Visa Center (NVC) has received all the documents necessary to complete the visa application, NVC will send the applicant a letter with the time and date of the visa interview.  All documents the applicant collected in Step 2 will be needed for the visa interview.

Applicants must attend their scheduled appointment at the Applicant Service Center PRIOR to their consular interview appointment.

Visa interviews are conducted on weekdays Monday through Friday during regular business hours, with the exception of U.S. and Mexican holidays as well as two rotating administrative days per month.

On the day of the interview, applicants must bring their appointment letter issued by NVC or the Consulate.  If you do not, you will be turned away.

While the Consulate strives to process all applicants within an hour of their appointment time, unforeseen circumstances may keep you in the Consulate longer. Additionally, it is sometimes necessary for applicants to have interviews over two or more days if there is a question concerning their application or they are missing documents. Please do not purchase a plane ticket or make travel arrangements to go to the U.S. for the same day as your visa interview.

Make Your Appointments

You must have an appointment at the Applicant Service Center and an appointment for your consular interview.

Go to the Applicant Service Center and follow the directions for making an appointment


Click here for a list of telephone numbers to contact our call center.  A representative will direct you through the appointment process.

Additional Information

If the applicant is unable to appear at the Consulate at the scheduled interview date, he/she should contact the applicant service center to inquire about the possibility of obtaining a different appointment. Rescheduling an appointment may result in a significant delay in processing your visa case. You should try to reschedule your appointment only if absolutely necessary.

Remember, during the entire visa application and interview process, you must tell the truth and give complete and accurate information. If you do not, your visa will be delayed or you may be found ineligible for a visa that you may have qualified for otherwise.

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