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.
After your petition for fiancé(e) visa has been approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and completed by the U.S. National Visa Center (NVC), NVC will send your case to our office for final processing.
At this step please follow the instructions below only after you have received a notification email from the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana. Both the beneficiary and the petitioner must mail the original documents that apply in your case to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana via a courier service. Our mailing address is:
Rr. Elbasanit, No. 103
|Note: It is applicant’s responsibility to mail in all the documents listed below. The consular section will not schedule an interview date until you have mailed all the required documents listed below. DO NOT pay the visa fee before you receive specific instructions from the Consular Section.|
Send the Required Documents by mail to the Consular Section
DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application Electronic Form
One original birth certificate for each applicant. It should read “Certificate of Birth”, not Personal Certificate (e.g., the certificate translated in six languages for use abroad reads “Certificate of Birth – Certifikatё Lindjeje”). Applicants not born in Albania must obtain a translated and notarized birth certificate from the country where they were born and an Albanian birth certificate.
If you were born in Greece, you must obtain a special authenticating seal called “Apostille” over your certificate, and then have it translated in English by the Translation Services of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please visit the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.
Divorce or Death Certificate(s)
If previously married, please include proof of termination of that marriage whether by death or divorce (e.g., death certificate of previous spouse, translated final decree of divorce, etc.)
Judicial Status Certificate
Each applicant, 16 years of age or older, must apply for the judicial status certificate (in Albanian – Dёshmi Penaliteti) at the Albanian Post Office. Answer “U.S. Embassy” to the question “Institution requesting the certificate” of the application form for the judicial status certificate. Apply in current and in any former names, including maiden names.
The Ministry of Justice certificates for U.S. visa applicants are transmitted to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana directly by the Ministry of Justice. U.S. Embassy Tirana will only accept certificates that are received by us directly from the Ministry of Justice. Applicants may not present their own certificates to U.S. Embassy Tirana. In order to certify that you’ve applied for the Ministry of Justice certificate, please submit a copy of the receipt of payment for the criminal record, which you received from the Albanian Post Office. Please note that applicants are often refused for not submitting the certificate in all the names/surnames used.
Court Decision or District Prosecution Certificate(s)
- Persons convicted of a crime must obtain full court decisions from district courts, regardless of the visa applicant having been pardoned or granted amnesty, or the criminal conviction has been expunged.
- Persons currently under criminal investigation by a Prosecution office must submit a certificate from that office.
These documents must be translated into English and notarized.
Police Records from a Foreign Country (if applicable)
A translated and notarized Police Record from a foreign country for applicants 16 years of age and older, if the applicant is currently residing in that country for more than six months, or if the applicant has previously lived in that country for more than one year, in current and in any former names, including maiden names. For further information, please read the Police Certificates title of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page “U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country.”
- Italian Police certificates: You must obtain (1) Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale and (2) Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti. Read more on how to obtain it in the above link.
- Greek Police certificates: You are required to apply for a Penal record of Judicial use (“Antigrafo Pinikou Mitroou Dikastikis Hrisis”) from the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, Bureau of Penal Records for Foreigners (Ipiresia Pinikou Mitroou Allodapon), Mesogion 96, 101 79 Athens, Greece, tel. 210776-7300, 210776-7185, 210776-7186, & 210776-7043. You may apply in person, or through an authorized representative by completing an Authorization form (“Exousiodotisi”) notarized by the Greek Embassy in Tirana. On the Penal Record application, ensure you tick the box requesting a record for Judicial Use while in the last two boxes, “Reason for Issue” and “Description”, please write Request for a Visa and Request for a Visa from the U.S. Embassy, Athens, respectively. You do not return to the Bureau to collect your Penal Record. The Bureau will send your record to the U.S. Consulate in Athens.
Please note that applicants are often refused under INA 221(g), because of failing to submit the certificate(s) in all the names/last names they’ve used.
Albanian citizens: All male applicants born before September 1990, regardless of whether they have served or not in the military service, including all female applicants with prior military service must apply at the Albanian Post office for the military record. Third country applicants: a military record is required. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page “U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country.”
Other Civil Documents (if applicable)
Decisions issued by the responsible state authority regarding any name changes, age amendments, adoption and similar subjects must also be submitted.
Regardless of age, all U.S. Immigrant Visa applicants must present two color photographs, approximately 5 X 5 cm in size, taken in front of a plain white or off-white background. The photo must be taken in full-face view directly facing the camera, with the head centered in the frame. Photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way. For more details please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page “Photograph Requirements.” If the requirements are not met, the photo will not be accepted. The photo should be taken within the last six months.
You are not required to translate documents issued by the Albanian authorities, except for court decisions. Certified English translations must accompany all documents that are not in Albanian or in English. Translations must be certified by a competent translator and sworn before a Notary Public.
A photocopy of all applicants’ passports must be provided. The beneficiary’s passport must be valid for travel to the United States with at least one year validity beyond the issuance date of the visa. You must present your passport at the interview date. Passport must bear your current legal name.
Petitioner's Evidence of Financial Support
- A signed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support. Regardless of whether the petitioner does or does not qualify to file, he or she must file Form I-134. This document must be less than 12 months old when submitted.
- A photocopy of petitioner’s U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, or U.S. birth certificate,
- A recently issued job letter, that includes information on length of employment and salary,
- An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return transcripts. Note: Tax return Form 1040 is not accepted.
- Most recent tax year W-2s for all jobs held,
Sponsor’s income must meet the requirements of 100 percent of the Poverty Guidelines, or, if the petitioner is not qualified to sponsor his/her relative financially, the petitioner will be required to find a joint sponsor (see below).
If petitioner’s income does not meet the requirements of 100 percent of the Poverty Guidelines, established annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or, if the petitioner is not qualified to sponsor his/her relative financially, s/he must find a joint sponsor, who must submit:
- A signed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (in addition to petitioner’s I-134 Affidavit of Support). This document must be less than 12 months old when submitted.
- A photocopy of joint sponsor’s U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, U.S. birth certificate, or legal permanent resident card,
- A recently issued job letter, that includes information on length of employment and salary,
- An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return transcript. Note: Tax return, Form 1040 is not accepted.
- W-2s for the most recent tax year for all the jobs held,
- If the joint sponsor is married, his/her spouse should also submit his or her own signed Form I-134, accompanied by a photocopy of the U.S. passport or of the legal permanent resident card of the spouse of joint sponsor, regardless of joint sponsor’s spouse tax filing situation.
Evidence of Relationship (to your U.S. citizen fiancé(e)
On your interview day, bring evidence of relationship to petitioner, such as photographs, correspondence, or phone calls, which should clearly show petitioner and beneficiary; or other evidence of relationship over a period of time. Evidence that the petitioner visited Albania, such as ticket stubs or travel reservations. Note that electronic devices, including DVDs are not accepted and will be destroyed if submitted.
All documents must have been issued within one year from the interview date. Otherwise, your case will be refused until we receive all the renewed documents. Medical examination usually expires six months after the signing of the medical form by the applicant (three months for certain cases with TB findings, etc.).
Once your case is documentary complete, the consular section will notify you and/or the petitioner by e-mail, or by mail, on how to schedule a visa appointment date. Follow the instructions in the e-mail on how to schedule your appointment. DO NOT schedule an interview date before receiving specific instructions to do so, as it will be otherwise be cancelled.