What happens after DS-260 is approved?

After your DS-260 form is approved, several steps typically follow in the immigrant visa process. Here’s an overview of what typically happens next:

  1. Visa Interview Scheduling: Once your DS-260 form is reviewed and approved, the next step is usually the scheduling of a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate. The embassy/consulate will notify you of the interview date, time, and any additional instructions or requirements.
  2. Medical Examination: Before the visa interview, you will likely need to undergo a medical examination conducted by an authorized panel physician. The medical examination ensures that you meet the health-related requirements for the visa category you have applied for. The results of the examination are usually sent directly to the embassy/consulate.
  3. Gather Required Documents: Prior to the visa interview, you will need to gather all the required documents as instructed by the embassy/consulate. This typically includes original or certified copies of civil documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and police certificates. You may also need to bring additional supporting documents related to your visa category, financial status, and relationship with the petitioner, if applicable.
  4. Visa Interview: At the scheduled visa interview, you will meet with a consular officer who will review your application, supporting documents, and ask you questions to assess your eligibility for the visa. The officer will make a decision based on the information provided and the results of the interview.
  5. Visa Issuance and Travel: If your visa is approved, it will be affixed to your passport, and you will receive instructions on how to collect your passport with the visa. The visa typically has an expiration date, which indicates the last date you can enter the United States. Once you receive your visa, you can make arrangements for travel to the United States and prepare for your new life as an immigrant.

It’s important to note that each case is unique, and there may be additional steps or requirements specific to your circumstances or visa category. It’s recommended to carefully review the instructions provided by the National Visa Center (NVC) or the U.S. embassy/consulate handling your case and follow their guidance throughout the process.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about the steps following the approval of your DS-260 form, it’s advisable to contact the NVC or the U.S. embassy/consulate for further information and assistance.


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