The Interview for Family-Based

What to expect the day of your interview:

  • The Embassy is located at Rruga e Elbasanit, Nr. 103, Tirana.  Upon arrival, please proceed to the Consular Section entrance for further instruction.  Arrive no more than 15 minutes early for your appointment;
  • All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, should appear in person for their interview;
  • Do not bring any family members or other people into the Consulate.  Only those applying for visas may be allowed in.  Exceptions are made for applicants needing physical assistance;
  • Bring your appointment letter, valid passport, and other required documents;
  • Do not bring any prohibited items, such as: sharp objects, including pens; food and drinks; liquids; cell phones; cameras; mirrors; aerosols; tobacco products; matches and lighters; etc;
  • You will pass through the security checkpoint and will be directed to the appropriate waiting area or check-in window;
  • Applicants are called by name.  Please listen to all announcements over the loudspeakers.  When your name is called, go to the window number indicated;
  • Please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Fees for Visa Services” for detailed information about immigrant visa fees.  If the petitioner has already paid this fee with NVC for you, then you do not need to pay again.  If not, you will be required to pay the application fee at the time of your interview.  The payment for immigrant visas may be made in cash only to the consular cashier, in U.S. Dollars or Albanian Lek.  K visa applicants receive specific instruction by the Consular Section on how to pay the fee;
  • The interview date is scheduled by NVC, and you, the petitioner, or agent of choice will receive the notification regarding the appointment date by the NVC.  Only in a few cases the appointment date is scheduled by the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy in Tirana;
  • Give the check-in official your confirmation page, previous visa if you have one, passport and any other information the Consular Officer requests;
  • You will be called up again to record your fingerprints.  You will need to place your fingers on a small scanner screen.  The Officer will tell you which fingers to use first.  Following the fingerprint scan, a Consular Officer will conduct your interview;
  • Other U.S. visas you have may be canceled, even if they are still valid;
  • Once you qualify for an immigrant visa, you may pick up your visa at the DHL office you selected when you registered for DHL Courier Service;
  • If you were refused due to a request for additional documents, read carefully all marked items that apply to your case;
  • You can view the status of your visa case at the Department of State’s secured website: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/.  All you need is your case number and the location of your interview to monitor your case’s progress;

No assurance can be given in advance that a visa will be issued. You should NOT to make travel arrangements, dispose of property, or give up employment until the visa has been issued