Immigrant Visa Information

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Overview

In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.

  • US Embassy Algiers is providing limited visa services only at this time, which includes renewals/re-issuance of ​previously issued IVs and valid on April 23, 2020. 
  • The Embassy is not yet rescheduling cancelled appointments or scheduling new appointments, except in cases of emergency. You will need to contact the consular section at IV-DVAlgiers@state.govif you have an emergency.
  • You may use your existing ustraveldocs.com account to schedule an appointment if you have one already, otherwise you will need to create one.
  • For non-PIVOT cases (You were provided with sealed packets after your visa was issued): Before you schedule an appointment you need to 1. send your old visa packet to the Embassy and 2. have a new medical exam scheduled. In the packet, which you should send via Aramex, include your old visa packet, new visa photo(s) (if the previous one is more than 6 months old), and the following information: name, name(s) of derivatives (if applicable), case number, email address, and phone number. Send these to the Embassy via Aramex.
  • For PIVOT cases (You were issued a visa without an accompanying visa packet): Email your name, name(s) of derivatives (if applicable), case number(s), email address, and phone number to IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov. You will not be able to schedule a medical exam and visa appointment until after you have emailed us. 
  • After you have sent your file to the Embassy (non-PIVOT cases), or emailed us with your information (PIVOT cases), you will be contacted by the panel physician to schedule a new medical appointment.
  • Please do not make a visa appointment through ustraveldocs.com until AFTER you know when your medical exam will be. This way, you can ensure that your Embassy appointment is AFTER your medical exam. 
  • On the day of your appointment at the Embassy, only one family member per case will be permitted inside the U.S. Embassy (unless otherwise instructed by Consular staff). 
  • On the day of the appointment, you should bring all family members' passports, cash for fee payments (USD or DZD), new visa photos (if you have not already sent them to us), medical exam documentation, and any other documents requested by Consular staff in advance of the appointment.
  • You will be required to wear a mask to enter the Embassy and one will not be provided for you. 
  • All cases are required to repay the visa processing fees. K1/K2 applicants may repay their visa fees directly at Aramex.

U.S. immigration law also provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year. Specific information about requirements and how to register for the diversity immigrant program can be found here.

Petitions

Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing in Algeria, where USCIS does not have a public counter presence, must file their Forms I-130 by mail with the USCIS Chicago lockbox. U.S. Embassies and Consulates that do not have a USCIS presence will only be able to accept and process Forms I-130 in exceptional circumstances, as outlined below. Forms I-130 that were properly filed at the U.S. Embassy overseas where USCIS does not have a presence before August 15, 2011, will not be affected by this change.

USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:
USCIS
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, visit the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov or contact USCIS by telephone in the United States at 1-800-375-5283

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a US$220.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.

Exceptional Filing

Beginning August 15, 2011, petitioners who believe their situation merits an exception may request the Consular Section to accept the filing. Each request will be evaluated individually.

A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 should contact the Consular Section to request consideration for exception and explain the circumstances in detail. The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over the U.S. Embassy. The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances which warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS. USCIS will publish guidance on the circumstances that may qualify as exceptional on their website.

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by an Embassy-approved Panel Physician. Information about the medical exam can be found here. You will receive instructions about how to schedule an appointment for your medical exam from NVC or the Embassy. Do not try to make an appointment before receiving these instructions.

U.S. Embassy Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the U.S. Embassy on the date of your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy that describes what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.