After the Interview

  1. The Interview
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  3. After the Interview

If the interview officer has approved your immigrant visa, we will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. Please review your visa to make sure there are no errors. We will also give you a sealed envelope containing documents that you must give to U.S. immigration authorities when you arrive in the United States for the first time. Do not open this envelope. You must carry it with you; do not put it in your checked luggage. If you receive X-rays during your medical examination, carry those with you and give them to the U.S. immigration authorities.

The U.S. Department of State is going paperless to better serve visa applicants.  If you have received an immigrant visa endorsed with a “IV Docs in CCD” annotation, which means your immigrant visa was issued under the Modernized Immigrant Visa (MIV) program, you will not receive a sealed package of documents. Documents previously hands carried by the immigrant are now automatically forwarded to the DHS official at the port of entry.

In some cases, immigrants will receive an immigrant visa with two annotations.  If your visa has a second annotation saying “CLASS A or B req. ATTN of USPHS at POE”, you will receive a sealed medical package.  You must carry this packet with you to the United States.

Carefully review the After the Interview section on to learn what to do when you receive your visa, entering the United States, paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee, and other important information.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on ineligibilities and waivers on