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last updated on 2015-04-13 by peregrinoazul
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:
Address: Embajada de Los Estados Unidos
Sección Consular
Final Boulevard Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad

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

Fax number:
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 - 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.

Send DS-156 de Packet 3 "Doble Via" to the embassy via Cargo Expreso.

It is highly recommendable to do this through email. If you request to receive Packets 3 & 4 via email, not only will you save money, but also time.
We got Packets 3 & 4 via email, and we did this in almost 3 days.

just email and request that packets be sent through email. Use the case number (SNS) as subject.
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? This may vary. If the visa is approved, you will get a sheet of paper that tells you to contact the call center if you havent chosen a Cargo Expreso agency. Time (based on VJers experiences) may go between 1-2 weeks, more or less.
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? Here is the updated list of doctors for the medical examinations.

Centros Médicos Autorizados por la Embajada de los Estados Unidos ((para los exámenes de Visa
de Inmigrantes):
Dra. Claudia
3 calle poniente # 5151
Col. Escalón, local 1, San Salvador
Tel: 2124
2644, 2532
7493, 7683
0171, 6143
Horario: 7:00 am a 5:00 pm, Lunes
Dr. Roberto Zelaya
General Escalón y 99 Ave. Norte,
Plaza Villavicencio, 3er Nivel, Local 3
5, San Salvador
Tel: 2263
Horario: 7:00 am a 5:00 pm, Lunes
Dr. Karla Tobar
Edificio Avante
Nivel 9, Local 13, Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlán
Tel: 21001088, 2
1001445, 22460722
Horario: 7:0
0 am a 5:00 pm, Lunes
Dr. Juan Ernesto Guillen
Paseo General
y 99 Ave. Norte
Plaza Villavicencio, Local 0
3, San Salvador
Tel: 2411
6351 Horario: Lunes a Viernes 7:00 am a 5:00 pm
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
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 Es
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? 4
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 2
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? Your medical examination will take care of this. You will probably get some shots (Influeza, Measles, etc). You will not neet this for K1, but will be used later for the Adjustment of Status.
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate?
Additional Info? Be there Early for your consular interview. One hour before, if possible. If you can, leave your cellphone in your car, if not, you can deposit it for $1.00 (I paid the $1.00 because I had to tell my love of the results as soon as possible).
Also, be organized. Use folders with names and categories for the different files or proofs that you're taking to the interview. This will pay off.

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