If you or someone you know applied for an immigrant visa, you may be wondering what the next steps are once you have been notified that your visa has been approved. Now, because this is a common concern for many who have applied and were approved for their visa, below we outline what you can expect following your interview when you first found out that your application was accepted and that you were granted a visa.
- After finding out that your visa has been approved, a consular officer should explain how and when your passport and visa will be returned to you. The U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Consular Affairs states that you should not “sell your house, car, or property, resign from your job or [book a] non-refundable flight or [make] other travel arrangements until you have received your immigrant visa.”
- Once your passport is returned to you, you should find in it your visa which should be attached to one of the pages. You will want to review the information printed on the visa to ensure it is all accurate. Should you come across any errors of any sort, you will want to contact the embassy or consulate as soon as possible.
- Aside from receiving your passport and visa, you should also receive a sealed immigrant packet. This packet contains documents that you will be required to present to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a port-of-entry upon your arrival into the United States.” The U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Consular Affairs says that you are not permitted to open the sealed packet.
- After receiving your passport and other important documents, you will want to check the date as to when your visa expires. It is important that you arrive and apply for admission into the U.S. no later than the expiration date stipulated on your visa. Most immigrant visas are valid for up to six months, however, certain visas expire sooner so be sure to check what date yours has on it.
- You will need to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee to USCIS following the acceptance of your visa but before you travel to the U.S.
- If you or the person whom you submitted the visa petition for is planning on bringing children, be sure they have complete vaccination records as children immigrating to the U.S. are not permitted to enter into a school until they have received all the necessary vaccinations or can show proof that they have already had them administered.
Now, if you have a loved one living outside of the U.S. whom you are wanting to bring over into the San Antonio, TX area, you will need to apply for a visa for them. If you aren’t sure which visa would be best for you and them to apply for, contact a TX immigration attorney today to find out. San Antonio, TX immigration lawyer J. Joseph Cohen is highly skilled in immigration law and is available to sit down and explain to you what the different visa categories are. Once you determine which visa is best for you or your loved one, he can then assist you in filling out and filing the paperwork with USCIS.
To get an initial consultation scheduled at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen, simply call 210-580-4902.
You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:
110 E. Houston Street, 7thFloor Box 186
San Antonio, TX 78205