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last updated on 2018-02-02 by Jeto

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
E-Mail: support-australia@ustraveldocs.com Please ensure you include your case number in ALL correspondence with the consulate.
Address: MLC Centre
Level 59
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/
Sydney Trains: http://www.sydneytrains.info/
Working Hours: All visitors are subject to security checks prior to entering the Consular Section. There is no access after 11:45am.

Visitors cannot take any food/drink/bags or electronics through the security checkpoint. There is limited storage available so it is advised not to try and take any suitcases or carry on baggage. If it is too large it will not be stored and you will be required to find alternate arrangements for your baggage.

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 Contact Method: Email as a primary method, this is usually the fastest for replies. Alternatively fax or phone.
Approx Waiting Time for Interview After Consulate Recieves NVC Package: Approximately 10-28 days This will depend on how long it takes you to accumulate required documents and return "Applicants Statement of Readiness To Be Interviewed". Usually advertised is 2-4 months (approximately 10-28 days between readiness form sent in and scheduled interview date)
Issues Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: 07 DEC 2016 via email
Subject: Confirmation of I-129F Petition

Dear K Visa Petitioner,
The U.S. Consulate General in Sydney has received your approved petition.  Please have your fiancée create a profile via http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/au/ and email (mailto:support-australia@ustraveldocs.com) our office.  In the email they must provide the following information:
1) Name:
2) Case number (must begin with SYD):
3) Email address:
4) Online Nonimmigrant Visa application (DS-160):
DS-160 confirmation number
Please ensure that you select SYDNEY as your place of interview
5) MRV Fee receipt for K Visa applicants (USD265.00):
An interview will not be scheduled until we see that this fee has been paid. You may pay the fee;
Online payment with a credit card
Via your USTravelDocs profile 
Australia Payment in Person at Australia Post
You will be required to scan and email a copy of the receipt with the above documents.
Note: you will also need to bring the original receipt to your interview. There is no other way to
verify this payment other than the original receipt.
Thank you,
Immigrant Visa Unit (CC)
U.S. Consulate General, Sydney
General: https://au.usembassy.gov    Visas: www.ustraveldocs.com     
Note: You should never pay for travel arrangements (e.g., airfare, hotels) without having a visa in your possession.  The U.S. Consulate General accepts no responsibility if you do so. You risk significant financial losses if you ignore this advice.
Issues Packet 4? Yes
Packet 4 Contents (if known): 12 DEC 2016
Subject: K1 Instruction & Appointment Package - SYD2016nnnnnn - LAST, FIRST MIDDLE

Dear Visa Applicant,

This office is ready to begin final processing of the immigrant visa applicant(s) and we have scheduled an appointment for a visa interview in the Visa section.

Please immediately email to confirm if you can “attend” or if you wish to “cancel”.
We must receive your response no later than {date one day prior to interview date}. Please respond to avoid having your appointment cancelled.
You must include your name, case number and date of appointment in the response.

Be sure to read all of the attached information and follow the instructions very carefully and bring the required documents to the final visa interview. Failure to provide documents on the day of your interview will cause a delay in the issuance of the visa.

When communicating with this office, please email. You must provide your name and case number exactly as shown in this letter.

Visa Appointment               

Case Number: SYD2016nnnnnn
Visa Category: K1 - ASTL

Traveling Applicants:

Thank you,

Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Consulate General, Sydney

**** The following is from an attached PDF file.
Required Documents
Passport: Original only
ï‚· Your valid passport
DS-160 Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application Form: Copy only
ï‚· Complete DS-160
 Ensure you select “Australia, Sydney” as the location where you will be applying for this visa
 You must print the completed “Application form” to submit.
MRV Fee receipt for K Visa applicants: Copy only
ï‚· This fee is not payable at/to our office.
ï‚· It can be paid online or at Australia Post.
o Please ensure you print and bring the receipt showing the amount you paid to submit.
Photograph: Original only
ï‚· One U.S. passport size photograph (5cm x 5cm)
ï‚· Refer to our website for a list of photographers
ï‚· On the back of your photo
ï‚· Print the date the photo was taken, it must be less than 6 months old ï‚· Attach your photo to the DS-160 confirmation page
ï‚· paperclip only
Revalidation Letter
 Your I-129F petition may expire by the time you attend your final visa interview. To revalidate your petition, please have your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) provide you with a letter requesting that your petition be extended to a further 4 months from the approval date of the I-129F petition. This letter must be dated and signed by your fiancé(e) The letter from your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) should state their intention to still marry you within 90 days of your arrival into the U.S. with the K-1 visa and that you both are still free to marry.
Birth certificate: Original only
The original birth certificate which must contain:
ï‚· Name
ï‚· Date of birth
ï‚· Place of birth
ï‚· Names of both parents (if applicable)
Unobtainable birth certificate: Original only
Your birth record may not be obtainable because it was never officially recorded, it was destroyed or the appropriate government authority will not issue one.
ï‚· Obtain a certified statement from the appropriate government authority stating the reason your birth record is not available.
ï‚· In addition you must also obtain secondary evidence:
o A baptismal certificate that contains the date and place of birth and both parent’s names (if applicable),
providing the baptism took place shortly after birth
o An adoption decree for an adopted child
o An affidavit from a close relative, preferably the applicant’s mother, stating the date and place of birth,
both parents names (if applicable), and the mother’s maiden name.
Termination of prior marriage(s): Original only
ï‚· Final divorce decree
ï‚· Death certificate ï‚· Annulment
Australian police certificates: Original only
You must apply for an Australian Federal Police Certificate (AFP). Australian police certificates are valid for 12 months from date of issuance.
Your certificate can be based on a name check or fingerprint check.
If it’s based on a name check, it must contain all aliases previously and presently used. Failure to provide a name check certificate with all aliases may result in the consular officer refusing your application for a police certificate based on a fingerprint check.
Other County(ies) Police Certificate(s) (if applicable):
If you answer YES to the following, the police certificate is required from that country.
1a. Since turning 16, I have resided in another country for 6 months or more. YES 1b. At that time I held / currently hold citizenship of that country. YES
2. Since turning 16, I have resided in another country (besides Australia and the U.S.) for 12 months or more?
Note: U.S. police certificates are not required.
Court and/or Prison Record(s): Original only
If you have been convicted of a crime you must provide the record, regardless of any subsequent amnesty, pardon or other act of clemency.
Records may include:
ï‚· Complete information regarding the circumstance surrounding the crime of which the applicant was convicted, and
ï‚· The disposition of the case, including sentence or other penalty or fine imposed.
ï‚· The statute under which you were convicted.
Military record(s): Original only
ï‚· A record of your military service must be provided.
Translation(s): Original only
All documents not in English must be accompanied by an English translation
ï‚· The translator must be competent to translate
ï‚· The translation must be from the original document
ï‚· The translation must be signed and dated by the translator
Form I-134 Affidavit of Support: Original only
ï‚· Form I-134 must have an original signature
ï‚· Submit the required supporting documentation
Medical Examination Report: Original only
ï‚· Arrange for a medical examination with one of our approved physicians.
USCIS's pamphlet
Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa

ï‚· Please ensure you have read through this information.
K1 Checklist
 Use the provided checklist to ensure you have all the required documents (mark with a “”) to show that the document is provided
ï‚· Ensure you have put your documents in order of the required checklist.
ï‚· Place the checklist on the top of the required documents
Forms to Consulate? Confirmation page only of Online Nonimmigrant Visa application (DS-160)
MRV Fee receipt for K Visa applicants (USD265.00)
Other Forms (if any)? See packet 4.
Direct Consular Filing Offered? Yes
If DCF Allowed: For all or only US citizen lawfully resident in country? Residents_Only
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend interview? Yes
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Advance
Did embassy schedule interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? No
If not what's the waiting period? Your visa will usually not be issued the same day. You will be required to leave your passport with the embassy and it will be posted back to you with your other documents once the visa has been printed. You can elect to have the Visa returned via Toll Couriers which requires signature, alternatively you can supply at your own cost, 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. Increasingly, next day pick-up or delivery is the norm rather than same day issuance of visa. Processing of the document return usually takes two to three business days.
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? No
Cost of Medical Exam? December 19th 2017 Brisbane QUEENSLAND, Dr. Ross Taylor/Dr James Yates, Anzac Square Medical Center
Total Medical Examination (including blood tests and x-rays): $580 AUD

If you need vaccinations MMR $35, Varicella (Chicken Pox) $85, extra blood tests could cost $75, depending on whether or not the doctor decides to bulk bill.

Also note they are now asking for 6 Australian size passport photographs to be brought in to medical.

(Sept 2008)QUEENSLAND (Cairns Tourist & Local Medical Services)
Total: $620.00 AU
Doctor Appt: $275.00
X-Ray: $70.00
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 Melbourne(March 2014)
Medical:$405.00 (including Blood tests + X-Ray)
Additional vaccination costs vary.
Postal :$7 or free local pick-up, usually in 5 business days
List of doctors? **** Complete web list of US Panel Doctors for Australia ****

**** Web instructions for completing the US Visa Medical ****

**** Downloadable version of US Visa Medical Instructions PDF ****

Costs are constantly changing. Please use this as a guide only and refer to your local US Visa Medical doctor for accurate costs for your state.

The Following is CORRECT as of "29 Apr 2014" as per Canberra Embassy details.


1) George St. Medical Centre
1st Floor, 308 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000
(02) 9239-1677

Dr. Joseph N. Waks
Dr. Celina Rappaport

2) Medibank Health Solutions
Level 3, 136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Dr. Fiona Stanaway
Dr. Simonne Shepperd
Dr. Rebekah Hoffman

*NB Medibank Health Solutions normally process medical checks for Australia and not US. You may experience delays in being contacted or having a medical scheduled as all US visa medical appointments are processed by West Australian Staff. There is no online appointment scheduling available and you must contact them via phone. Please factor this into your decision.

**** QUEENSLAND ****

1) Anzac Square Medical Center
280 Ann Street Brisbane, QLD
(07) 3229-1344

Dr. Ross Taylor
Dr. Brian Kable
Dr. James Yates

**** VICTORIA ****

1) Bridge Street Clinic
141 Bridge Street Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
(03) 9646-3551

Dr. Charles Okraglik

2) Medibank Health Solutions
Level 4, 501 Swanson St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Dr. Andre Dreyer
Dr. Maricar Sy
Dr. Bindhiya Venugapalan

*NB Medibank Health Solutions normally process medical checks for Australia and not US. You may experience delays in being contacted or having a medical scheduled as all US visa medical appointments are processed by West Australian Staff. There is no online appointment scheduling available and you must contact them via phone. Please factor this into your decision.

**** Western Australia ****

1) Kinetic Health � CBD
15-17 Williams Street, Perth, WA, 6000
(08) 6222 6555
Fax: (08) 9242-9732


Dr. John Bateman
(Will be unavailable from June 5 to July 1, 2014)

2) Mill Street Medical Practice
Ground Floor, 5 Mill Street
Perth, WA 6000
(08) 9322-4788

Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair
(Will be unavailable from April 1 to May 12, 2014)

3) St. Francis Medical Centre
Unit 12, 29 Station Street Subiaco, WA, 6008
(08) 9382 3334

Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair
(Will be unavailable from April 1 to May 12, 2014)

4) Fitzgerald Medical Practice
435 Fitzgerald St, North Perth, WA, 6006
(08) 9228-8173
Fax-(08) 9228-8175
email:- office@fitzmed.com.au

Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair
(Will be unavailable from April 1 to May 12, 2014)

****** NOTE ******

You will be required to travel to one of the panel doctors listed as they are the only doctors which have been certified to perform the visa medical.
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? Please expect to be at the consulate for a minimum of a few hours
Vaccination requirements? Depends on age but the main ones (18yo - 65yo) are MMR, Tetanus (Td) and Varicella(Chicken Pox).

You may also be required to have the influenza vaccination if you have your medical between April and September.


You can ask your doctor for vaccinations you might have had. Check your blue book from your childhood. You may also have documentation with your local council. A national register for vaccinations was created in 1996 for children's vaccinations.


Many people have ask their Doctor to have a blood (Titer) test to determine their immunity if they can't locate any vaccinations. This testing can vary in costs depending on what immunity testing is required. This may not be covered by Medicare. Ensure the doctor provides you with a copy of your Titer testing results to provide at the medical.

The US Panel doctor will provide you with any vaccinations which you have missed to ensure you are in compliance with the visa medical requirements. These will incur additional costs. These can cost upwards of $500 for a full course!

Applicants can also have all age related vaccinations again. This can take some time to complete, due to some vaccinations requiring multiple injections. Please take this into account if you proceed down this path.

IMPORTANT: Request original documents from blood test results and vaccination history. Photocopies and faxes are not accepted.

Full list (Not all are required for all ages)


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.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/Ncidod/dq/panel_vaccine_2007.htm
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? Siesta Sydney, 301 Kent St. Hostel, $89/night for a Queen room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities (Nov 2015) Clean, close, only 500-600m from Consulate.

Travelodge on Phillip Street. Its one of the closest hotels to the U.S Consulate (about a 5 minute walk).

Costs $175.00 for the night but is within 2-3 minutes walk of the consulate. (29/04/2014)

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