Immigrant Visa Information

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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 (fiancé(e) nonimmigrant visa.


Petitioners residing in the consular district (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) must file the I-130 petition directly with the Citizenship and Immigration Services in the United States. Since the U.S. Embassy has no USCIS office presence in Sweden, the Embassy will only be able to accept and process form I-130 in exceptional circumstances as outlined below.

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

Attn: I-130
P.O. Box 650264
Dallas, TX 75265

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

Attn: I-130
2501 S. State Hwy, 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS, visit the USCIS website at  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:

Exceptional Filing

U.S. citizen petitioners who believe their situation merits an exception may request the Consular Section to accept the filing of I-130 petition. 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. Proof of exceptional circumstances should be provided along with a signed statement from the U.S. citizen petitioner and a copy of a valid U.S. passport. The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances which warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by a consular officer. Please visit USCIS website for guidance on the circumstances that may qualify as exceptional.

Medical Requirements

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

U.S. Embassy Appointment

You may choose to keep your existing appointment set by NVC or reschedule that interview appointment by accessing this link. The first step of the interview rescheduling process will involve submitting a request for appointment through your profile. That step is completed when the system prompts you with the message “Your request to schedule an appointment has been received and will be reviewed. You will receive an email once your request is approved". As soon as the US consulate approves it, you will be notified via email to log back into your profile to access the calendar and choose an appointment date and time.

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your appointment. Applicants who do not appear at the appointed time can experience considerable delays for months.

Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy’s website that describes which items are prohibited. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.