Kingstone, Jamaica
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last updated on 2014-09-28 by C & D
Consulate Phone Number: 876-702-6000 Main Number. Consulate prefers E-mail

1-888-243-4840 (Calling from US only) US Visa Information Service in Jamaica Can answer questions about Visa and schedule a visa appointment. 8 am - 6 pm M-F
Consulate E-Mail: Non-Immigrant Visas E-mail: kingstonNIV@state.gov; Immigrant Visas E-mail: kingstonIV@state.gov; Scheudule Appointments or Issues with Appointments E-mail: KingstonIVappointment@state.gov; KingstonNIVemergency@state.gov;
Address: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica,
Consular Services
142 Old Hope Road,
Kingston 6,
Jamaica,
W.I.
Working Hours: American citizen services office hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 to 11:00am
Best Way to Contact Consulate: -- KingstonIV@state.gov: for general information about the immigrant visa process, questions about specific cases (always include 2ND INQUIRY and your case number in the subject line)

-- KingstonIVappointment@state.gov: to make a follow up appointment as a “blue sheet” applicant

-- KingstonNIVemergency@state.gov: for an expedited appointment due to a qualifying medical, family or business emergency
Approx Waiting Time for interview date from when the Consulate receives the package from the NVC: Approx. 60-90 days for K-1 Approx. 150-190 days for CR1/IR1
Issues a Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: For CR1/IR1 - Packet 3 is issued by the NVC
Submit: Letter w/ case number, DS-260, Original birth and marriage certificates, original police certificate (beneficiary); affidavit of support application and supporting documents (Tax returns, W2) and two passport pictures(updated 02/05/08)



FOR K-1: Letter w/case number, 3pg instruction sheet (with all the info and forms you will need), Photo Specifications, DS-260, Instructions for ON-LINE Completion of DS-156, DS-157, DS-156K, Evidence Which May Be Presented To Meet The Public Charge Provisions Of The Law (DS-2000), I-134, Vaccination Requirements, Information Sheet for your Medical Examination (2 pages), Medical History Form.

EMBASSY WEBSITE INFORMATION: http://kingston.usembassy.gov/mobile//fees/forms.html


!!! NEW AS OF 10/07/2013!!!!

Department of State Transitions to DS-160 for K Visa Applications
Effective immediately, all K visa applicants are required to complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 replaces forms DS-156, DS-156K, and DS-230.

For K visa cases already in process at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the DS-160 is not required when, prior to October 7, 2013, one of the following situations exist:
The K visa applicant is already scheduled for an interview.
The K visa applicant has already been interviewed and has been requested to submit additional documentation or is pending administrative processing.
The K visa applicant has already submitted a valid, signed, unexpired DS-156, DS-156K and/or DS-230 or received instructions to do so.



Issues a Packet 4? Yes
Packet 4 contents (if known): FOR K1: A letter containing your scheduled interview date. You MUST bring this letter with you to your interview. They WILL NOT let you in the Embassy without it.

FOR CR1/IR1: A letter containing your scheduled interview date. You MUST bring this letter with you to your interview. They WILL NOT let you in the Embassy without it.

What forms should be send back to the Consulate? FOR K1: DS-260 Send to the embassy either a mailed copy or a signed, scanned, & emailed copy to Kingstonivappointment@state.gov. When you submit DS-260, request that Packet 3& 4 be emailed to you. (updated 08/25/13). ( SEE NEW INFORMATION ABOVE)

For IR1/CR1 - all the documents sent to the NVC will be forwarded to the Embassy. Take copies of your documents with you to your interview in case anything is misplaced (original birth certificates, original marriage certificates, tax returns, W2, pictures). (updated 11/25/07)

BE SURE THE BENEFICIARY FOLLOWS THE INSTRUCTIONS AND HAS A MEDICAL DONE BEFORE THE INTERVIEW. See the web-site to find the panel physician contact information.
Other Forms (if any)? K-1: Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage; Original Birth Certificate; Original Police Certificate;



Consulate offers Direct Consular Filing? Yes
If so, for all or only for US citizen who is lawfully resident in your country? Residents_Only
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? Average is 2-4 weeks; everyone goes through an Additional Processing (AP)period after the interview.
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? Actual exam costs $110.00 USD. On average each individual needs approximately 3 shots which can range in cost. (Average cost can be $250.00 USD for the entire process.) Depending on the physician, will they accept shot records recently completed at a local clinic prior to medical exam.
List of doctors? Info on Medical can be located here: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/medical/KNG-MED-ENGL-0001-0707.pdf

MoBay Hope Medical -- Montego Bay 876.953.3981 ($110.00 US)
Andrews Memorial -- Kingston 876.926.7401-3 ($90.00 US)


YOU MUST bring the following to your medical: 4 Passport Photos, Completed Medical History Form, Passport, Any Immunization Records Showing Prior Vaccinations and Your Appointment Letter (from the Embassy - "Packet #4")
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 4
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 4
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? There are three stages to the interview process. The initial stage is when you get fingerprinted and provide the officer your paperwork (avg. wait time is 1 hour) The second stage is while the officer reviews your paperwork prior to your interview. (avg. wait time 2-3 hours). Final stage is the actual interview (Avg interview time is 5-15 mins.)
Vaccination requirements? Yes see website (http://travel.state.gov/pdf/medical/KNG-MED-ENGL-0001-0707.pdf)

Vaccination Guide (page 15 - per CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/pdf/ti_vacc.pdf
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? Hilton: 876.926.5430 -- Good, not cheap
Four Seasons Hotel. You can book through Hotels.Com only $85.00 a night US dollars.

Sandhurst (also known as The Prestige)
Additional Info? All visitors to the Consular section must enter the facilities via a dedicated consular entrance on Old Hope Road. All visitors to the Embassy are required to undergo a security check. Electronic items, including cell phones, cameras, beepers, and pagers, are prohibited on the Embassy compound and should be secured elsewhere before entering the Embassy. In addition, you are not allowed to bring in lotions, gels, or anything like that as well. The Embassy reserves the right to limit the entry of possessions and does not have the means to store these items.
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If you bring prohibited items, there are people outside who hold them for you for a small fee.

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DHL Registration:(updated 08/25/13)
Go to https://usvisa-info.com/en-jm/selfservice/ss_country_welcome
to set up the DHL process and register immigrant's passport.  You'll need the case #, passport number, TRN, and standard bio information. You'll create an account with this information.  Once the account is set up you'll then have to go to  "Immigrant Visa" and click on the link in the 2nd bullet point and continue on. Remember fee for DHL is now included in $240 embassy fee so you  
don't pay anything online. You'll have the option to choose between DHL's Kingston or Montego Bay pick-up points. Once you have completed this step you'll take a screenshot or copy the entire page and pasted it into a Word doc, scan and email it to kingstonIVappointment@state.gov with proper email format to communicate with embassy.

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