Processing Times & Return of Passport

Your passport will be returned to you by the Embassy approved courier service.  If your application was processed by the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy you are required to register for courier service at the time you schedule the appointment for the visa interview.  If your application was processed  by the National Visa Center and they have scheduled your appointment, you must register with courier as soon as you receive the appointment letter and before you attend the Embassy.

If you are advised on the day of your interview that your application is successful, you should allow 7-10 working days for your application to be processed.  We cannot guarantee that a visa will be issued to any applicant by a specific date, so please do not make final travel or wedding plans until your application has been fully processed and you have received the passport containing the valid visa.  Once the courier company takes delivery of your passport, they will send you a text with a tracking number.  You can use this to track delivery of your passport online by signing into your account at .

Your passport will be returned to you together with a large envelope containing your immigrant visa supporting documents. DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE, if you do so, you will invalidate the visa.  It should only be opened by a U.S. Immigration or Public Health Service officer.