San Salvador, El Salvador
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last updated on 2014-01-20 by Ray_Yessi
Consulate Phone Number: Callers in El Salvador: Call 2211-9392.
Callers in El Salvador: Call 2113-0344.
Callers in the United States 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time Saturdays: Call (646) 259-0557.

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Consulate E-Mail: congensansal@state.gov
Address: Embajada de Los Estados Unidos
Sección Consular
Final Boulevard Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad

Working Hours:
Best Way to Contact Consulate: congensansal@state.gov
Usually respond within 1-3 days.

Fax number:
503-278-5522
Approx Waiting Time for interview date from when the Consulate receives the package from the NVC: Usually, Packet 3 or 4 by physical mail never arrives or takes forever. About a week after approval of I-129F (NOA2), contact NVC to see if your petition has arrived to the embassy. As soon as it has arrived, email the embassy and request Packet 3 by email (give them your case number in the subject line, you can get that from NVC). This is much faster then physical mail, and often Packet 3 will never arrive by physical mail. As soon as you have completed packet 3 and mailed 2 copies of ds-156 back to the ebmassy (via Cargo Expreso), email the embassy again and they will send you Packet 4 via email.
Issues a Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: 1.Cover Letter (Basic Fiance Info)
2.Checklist and Instructions (Instrucciones para visa de prometido K1)
3.DS-156 (online)
4.DS-156 supplement (attached)
5.DS-156K (online)
6.DS-157 (If applicable: hombres mayores de 16 años)
7.DS-230 part 1 (attached)
8.I-134 (not included, to be fill by US fiancé(e)
7.Address of authorized Doctors and Labs

Es un sobre con 20 paginas + 1 pagina con los datos

http://sansalvador.usembassy.gov/consular/docs/package-K1.pdf - K1 packet
Issues a Packet 4? Yes
Packet 4 contents (if known): Packet 4 is just a letter with instructions on how to schedule the interview. It also gives you a link to the Packet 4 forms on the ebmassy website. But the link states ¨For all visas EXCEPT K1 and K3¨ so if you are applying for the K1 or K3 visa, you shouldn´t need any of those forms.



Packet 4 may never arrive by physical mail to the foreign fiance. The best way to receive it is by emailing the embassy as soon as you have sent them 2 copies of DS-156 via Cargo Expreso.

The Packet 3 letter states that you must wait to receive Packet 4 before scheduling the medical exam, but really Packet 4 offered nothing more than was already in Packet 3. In fact, it is a link to a website that has one of the exact same letters that was provided in Packet 3. Still...probably worth it to send in the DS-156 copies as instructed in Packet 3 and wait until getting the email with Packet 4 info prior to scheduling the exam (which is what we did)
What forms should be send back to the Consulate? ONLY send 2 copies of DS-156 as soon as you get packet 3. The rest you bring with you to the interview.


Enviar DS-156 de Packet 3 "Doble Via" a la embajada por Cargo Expreso.
Other Forms (if any)?
Consulate offers Direct Consular Filing? Yes
If so, for all or only for US citizen who is lawfully resident in your country? All
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend the interview? No
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Advance
Did the embassy schedule your interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? No
If not whats the waiting period? Consular official says one week, but that is not true. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. Do not make any travel arrangements based on what the embassy says. Wait until you have visa and passport returned by embassy.
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? The approximate cost is $250 but could be up to $600 depending on your medical history. You need to bring:

1) Passport
2) letter from the embassy authorizing scheduling of interview
3) 1 passport photo
4) vaccination record (if you have it)
List of doctors? Centros Médicos Autorizados por la Embajada de los Estados Unidos (para los exámenes de Visa de Inmigrantes):

Dra. Alicia Castro de Cruz
Centro Comercial Feria Rosa, Local Nº117-B,
Alameda Manuel Enrique Araujo, Contiguo a Canal 6
Colonia San Benito, San Salvador
Tel: 2243-8472
Horario: 7:00 am a 5:00 pm, Lunes a Viernes

Dr. Ernesto Rivera Richardson
Paseo General Escalón y 99 Avenida Norte,
Plaza Villavicencio, 2do Nivel, Local 2-25, San Salvador
Tel: 2264-6189, 2264-6191
Horario: 7:00 am a 4:00 pm, Lunes a Viernes

Dr. Roberto Zelaya
Paseo General Escalón y 99 Avenida Norte,
Plaza Villavicencio, 3er Nivel, Local 3-5, San Salvador
Tel: 2263-4143
Horario: 7:00 am a 5:00 pm, Lunes a Viernes.

Dra. Claudia Noemi Cruz
Pje. Dordelly, entre 85 y 87 Ave. Nte. #4414
Col. Escalon, San Salvador
Tel.: 2263-7535
Horario: 7:00 am a 5:00 pm, Lunes a Viernes

Laboratorios y Clínicas de Rayos X Autorizados: Para realizarse dichos exámenes, el requisito indispensable es presentar la orden de cualquier médico autorizado de la Embajada Americana.

Clínica Rayos X

Clínica Rayos X Brito-Mejía Peña
Plaza Villavicencio, Colonia Escalón, San Salvador
Tel. 2506-2110, 2506-2116, 2506-2157
Horario: 7:00 am a 5:00 pm, Lunes a Viernes

Laboratorio de Pruebas Serológicas Sífilis, las muestras de esputo y el ácido microscópico)

Laboratorio Diagnóstico Escalón
Plaza Villavicencio - Col. Escalón, San Salvador; Tel: 2506-2044
Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 7:00 am a 6:00 pm y Sábados de 7:00 am a 12:00 pm

How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 1
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview?
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? Applicants are assigned interviews by time groups. Interviews start at 7:30am folowed by interviews every half hour after that. Waiting time from the time you enter the consulate is approx 5 hours. There are two appointment lines in the waiting area outside the consulate. One is for residency applicants, the other for tourist visas. K-1 applicants should use the Residency line.
Vaccination requirements? NO son necesarios para la visa K1; pero SI se requieren para AOS (adjustment of Status: para residencia); llevar los comprobantes de las vacunas
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate?
Additional Info?

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