US Embassy / Consulate Info
Embassy Webpage :: Embassy
Reviews & Ratings
Update / Add Information Click here to view the Previous Entry
last updated on 2012-11-28 by Captain Ewok
Consulate Phone Number:
||Immigrant and Non Immigrant visa enquires 1902-941-641
Main Switchboard: +61-2- 9373-9200 (If calling from the U.S. dial 011-61-2-9373-9200)
Visas Fax (61-2) 9373-9185
General Fax (61-2) 9373-9125
Foreign & Commercial Service Fax (61-2) 9221-0573
Public Affairs Office Fax (61-2) 9221-0551
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Map of Sydney: http://www.whereis.com/whereis/getMap.do?ref=homeMap#
public transportation: http://131500.com.au/
||All visitors are subject to security checks prior to entering the Consular Section. There is no access after 11:45am.
Passports and American Citizen Services: Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00 noon
Non-immigrant visa: By appointment only. Visa applicants will be notified by the Visa Section of their interview dates.
Immigrant visa interviews: By appointment only. Visa applicants will be notified by the Visa Section of their interview dates.
Immigrant visa general inquiries: Friday only, 8:00am - 12 noon.
General Consulate Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Best Way to Contact Consulate:
||Email or if immigrant visa queries then fax
Approx Waiting Time for interview date from when the Consulate receives
the package from the NVC:
||about 1 month
This will depend on how long it takes you to accumulate required documents and return "Applicant's Statement of Readiness To Be Interviewed". Usually advertised is 2-4 months (approximately 1 month between readiness form sent in and scheduled interview date)
Issues a Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains:
||--- Packet 3 is typically sent via email if you supplied an email address at the time of sending the I-129F ---
* An introductory letter with case number
* Visa Instructions via this link: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/consular/visas/iv/fiance.html . Also an attachment called "Applicant's Statement of Readiness to be Interviewed", example here: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/consular/visas/iv/DSL-1076.pdf
You will be asked to immediately return the following form to the embassy:
1. Form DS-230 part 1 application for immigrant visa and Alien Registration (Biographic Data Part 1) - http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/81807.pdf
Then the following must be collected and once received by the Embassy, your interview will be scheduled. This is a basic list. Other documents may be required depending on your personal circumstances:
1. Form DS-156 - http://evisaforms.state.gov/ this form must be completed and printed online. It cannot be saved. This is due to a personalised barcode that will be inserted into the document.
2. Form DS-156 (K), Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application - http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/82063.pdf
3. Affidavit of support I-134 form (completed by petitioner) - http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-134.pdf
4. Medical Examination Instructions and link to authorised Practitioners (forms supplied by doctor) - http://canberra.usembassy.gov/consular/visas/iv/doctors.html
5. Australian Police Certificate Instructions and link - http://canberra.usembassy.gov/consular/visas/policecertificate.html
**Other paperwork may be required depending on your personal situation. Please read the instructions to find what is best for you**
Packet 3 for DCF received via e-mail. Current as of 7/2/2008 and includes clickable links:
The National Visa Center (NVC) has returned the results of the Adam Walsh name check to the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney. The petition has been approved and the immigrant visa process may begin.
The initial set of instructions (“Packet 3”) may be downloaded from the following website:
Form DS-230 Parts I&II — Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
Form DS-2001 — Notification of Applicant Readiness
Form I-864 — Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act
Form I-864A — Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member
Form I-864EZ — Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act
Form I-864P — Poverty Guidelines
Form I-864W — Intending Immigrant’s Affidavit of Support Exemption
Form I-865 — Sponsor’s Notice of Change of Address
A medical examination is required, for further information; please refer to the following website: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/consular/visas/iv/medical.html.
To obtain a list of the Panel Physicians, please refer to the following website http://canberra.usembassy.gov/consular/visas/iv/doctors.html . Medical forms are only obtained from the Panel Physician.
If you need to obtain a police certificate for Australia, please refer to the following website: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/consular/policecertificate.html. Please visit the State Department website on www.uscis.gov if you need to obtain a police certificate for another country.
Please send the completed DS230 Parts I & II forms immediately. Do not sign DS230 Part II. You should begin to collect all items applicable to your case that is listed on the following pages. Please do not fax forms DS-230 Parts I & II. The original forms must be mailed.
When you have gathered all documentation, complete & mail all applicable documentation with the DS-2001 form and checklist to the U.S. Consulate General, Sydney.
You are required to furnish the original of each document PLUS one photocopy. That office will contact you with your immigrant visa interview time. Your original documents will be returned to you at the time of your final visa interview.
Immigrant visa processing times vary. There may be unexpected ineligibilities that become apparent only at the time of your interview which require additional time and processing. For this reason, you should not make any irrevocable arrangements, such as purchasing non-refundable tickets, selling your home, or quitting your job, until after your immigrant visa is actually approved and issued to you.
Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Consulate General, Sydney(TY)
Issues a Packet 4?
Packet 4 contents (if known):
||The Letter: Packet 4 also is sent via email (23 Sep, 2011)
Visa appointment date and time.
An attachment will be included detailing interview requirements including any documents previously requested that haven't been received, or further copies that may be required.
At the very least you will be required to take receipt of payment of Visa fee (US$350- as of 6/24/11 embassy website), express post platinum 3Kg envelope, and your passport.
Packet 4 for DCF received via e-mail. Current as of 7/22/2008 and includes includes an attached document titled " IV - Checklist for Day of Interview - Mail in apps.doc" (not pasted):
Your appointment has been scheduled for Monday, Jannuary 1, 2000 at 9:00am. Please bring this email as confirmation of your appointment and present it to our security guards on the day of your interview.
Please review attachment regarding additional required documents. Failure to provide documents on the day of your interview may cause a delay in the issuance of your visa.
Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Consulate General, Sydney
What forms should be send back to the Consulate?
||As soon as first package is received
*Form DS-230I Biographic Data Part 1
When all required documents are accumulated for interview (including medical)
*Applicant's Statement of Readiness to be Interviewed complete with all forms and supporting documents (i.e. birth certificate, military records, etc). Make sure to make copies of supporting documents.
ASAP, Form DS-230 Parts I&II — Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
Then, Form DS-2001 — Notification of Applicant Readiness
+ all required documentation as explained in Packet 3
Other Forms (if any)?
||The below is not related to the K1 process --
1. processing fee receipt: US$350 for each applicant. Go to any post office , pay the fee, and obtain one receipt for each applicant, attached to the outside cover of each passport. Valid passport (and any expired passports bearing United states visas)
2. Two Passport-U.S sized photograghs
3. Two completed aplications forms DS-156
4. One completed copy form DS-156k - supplement to form DS-156
5. Long form birth certificate showing both parents names (with engish translation if applicable)
6. For accompanying children : court order verifying sole custody to the immigrating parent or a signed and dated affidavit from the child's other parent advising of his/her knowledge and consent for the child to live in the united states which should includee a copy of a photo ID of that parent, or a death certificate of the other parent.
7. Evidence of termination of all prior marriages( with english translation if applicable)
8. Police certificate (Australian and other countries if applicable & English translation if applicable)
9. Court record (if applicable)
10. Military Records (if applicable and with english translation if applicable)
11. Evidence of financial support
(original signature(s) must be on affidaits of support, Form I-134 or letters of affidavits of support. Photocopies or faxed copies of notarized signatures will not be accepted.)
12. Medical examination results.
Consulate offers Direct Consular Filing?
If so, for all or only for US citizen who is lawfully resident in your country?
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend the interview?
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"?
Did the embassy schedule your interview or could you walk-in?
Visa issued same day?
If not whats the waiting period?
||On the day of your interview, if you are found to be fully documented and eligible to receive a fiancé(e) or immigrant visa, the visa will be issued to you that morning.
If the visa is not issued to you the same day of your interview, you will be required to supply a self-addressed 3kg Express Post envelope. Once the Consulate has received all pending documents and your application is approved for issuance, your visa will be issued and mailed to you in the envelope you provided.
Increasingly, next day pickup or Express Post is the norm rather than same day issuance of visa.
Processing usually takes two working days.
Is the Medical exam same day as interview?
Cost of Medical Exam?
||(July 2008) QUEENSLAND (Dr. Ross Taylor, Anzac Square Medical Center)
Total: $443.35 AU
Doctor Appt: $253.00
Blood Test: $91.35
(Sept 2008)QUEENSLAND (Cairns Tourist & Local Medical Services)
Total: $620.00 AU
Doctor Appt: $275.00
Blood Test: $200.00
Immunizations: (Hep A/C needed): $75.00
SYDNEY - Dr Joseph Waks (as of 8th Feb 2012) - TOTAL: $390.00 AUD
Medical: $275.00 AU
Blood Tests: $35.00 AU
X-Ray: $80.00 AU
Medical cost in Brisbane:
Blood tests $73.90
Medical cost in Melbourne(July 2012)
Medical:$346.5(including Blood tests+X-ray)
List of doctors?
For up to date costs of medicals please contact the Doctors below for your state
The Following is CORRECT as of "22 Feb 2007" Sydney Consulate date stamp.
New South Wales:
Dr. Anthony Millar, Macquarie Street Sydney, 02 9232 3932
Dr Joseph N. Waks, George Street Sydney, 02 9239 1677
Dr David Lee, Red Hill ACT, 02 6295 0966
Sept.2008-Dr. Gary Litherland Cairns Tourist & Local Medical Services
Cairns Travel Clinic
15 Lake Street
Cairns, QLD 4870
Drs Ross Taylor, Brian Kable & James Yates, Brisbane, 07 3229 1344
Dr Julie Ann Whitehouse, Cairns, 07 4033 7666 (Dec. 17 was notified Dr Whitehouse did not renew her qualifications to perform this kind of medical since November - Jennybeni4)
Dr David Miller, Adelaide, 08 8267 5600
Dr Charles Okraglik,Bridge Street Clinic 141 Bridge
Street Port Melbourne, VIC 3207 (03) 9646-3551 (medical exam au$346.50)
Dr Ralph Poppenbeek (medical exam au$165.00 x-rays $75.00)
Dr John Banks, Hobart, 03 6223 6822
Dr Augustine Matarazoo, Alice Springs, 08 8952 2000
Dr John Bateman, Perth, 08 9321 7022
Dr Elizabeth Sinclair, Perth, 08 9322 4788
Altone Medical Centre, Beechboro, 08 9279 1079
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical?
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview?
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview?
||A few hours
||Depends on age but the main ones are MMR, Tetanus (Td) and Varicella
Many people have asked their Doctor's to have a blood test to determine their ammunity. If you cannot remember when your last Tetanus jab was have one done and get the Doctor to print out the date you had it. This can be claimed on Medicare, ask the Doctor to print out the results to show the Medical Examiner.
A blood test for immunity is recommended if a full vaccination history cannot be found.
IMPORTANT: Request original documents from blood test results and vaccination history. Photocopies and faxes are not accepted.
For the most up to date list see table on page 12 of the attached pdf
This is the official CDC published list which the panel doctors use to review your immunization history.
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate?
||Travelodge on Phillip Street. Its one of the closest hotels to the U.S Consulate (about a 5 minute walk).
Display accommodation with a click of the mouse.
||Information for Police Checks for all states:
U.S. passport photo specifications....