In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website for notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Review Required Documents for Immigrant Visas – Download here (PDF 373 KB) the required documents.
These instructions apply only in cases when you’ve been asked by National Visa Center (NVC), your agent, or Consular Section to do so. All of the following documents will be mailed to NVC, as instructed by them. Only when contacted by the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, you will mail these documents directly to our office. All documents must be current on the appointment date. Any expired documents may delay the processing of the visa. If your documents were issued more than one year prior to the interview date, they are considered expired. In such cases, you must bring updated documentation with you to your interview at the Consulate. Please note that a Consular Officer may request additional documents, depending on the visa case. If you fail to bring the relevant documents, your case will be refused until we receive those documents. Please, therefore, take the time to review the required documents’ checklist before attending the interview. Post encounters many numerically limited cases (F, E, etc.), whose documents are expired due to extended time spent with NVC while the cases were not current;
A birth certificate listing your accurate civil status. For example, if you were married outside of Albania and submit a birth certificate with your civil status listed as single, you will be refused until you send in a new birth certificate that shows your updated marital status;
If a sponsor filed an I-864 (Affidavit of Support) and provided the NVC with proof of an IRS Federal Income Tax Extension in lieu of a Federal Income Tax Return, you must bring the sponsor’s most recent Federal Income Tax Return to the visa interview.
Medical examination: all immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to their visa interview date. Only a physician accredited by the U.S. Embassy can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to submit the online medical examination form exactly three (3) weeks prior to your interview date, and schedule a medical exam with one of the doctors before your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Please visit panel physicians’ website for detailed information on how to apply for an appointment, and on the required documents you must submit to the panel physician. Medical examination results from other doctors will not be accepted.
During the entire visa application and interview process you must tell the truth and give complete and accurate information. This includes the documents you provide; they must be legitimate. If you do not, your visa will be delayed or you may be found ineligible for a visa.