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last updated on 2018-02-28 by msscarlette

Phone Number: 00-(965) 2259-1001
E-Mail: kuwaitIV@state.gov
Address: Bayan (block 6) near the intersection of Routes 206 (Khaled bin Abdul Aziz Street) and 302 (Masjed Al-Aqsa Street)
Working Hours: Sunday - Thursday
8:00 - 4:30
Except American and local holidays
Best Contact Method: Consulate E-mail (see above)
Approx Waiting Time for Interview After Consulate Recieves NVC Package: The interview date is provided by the NVC or the Embassy.
Issues Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: SUBMIT VISA APPLICATION FORM DS-160 (K VISAS) OR DS-260 (ALL OTHER VISA TYPES): You and each qualified family member immigrating with you must complete the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Form DS-160 or DS-260) in the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC): https://ceac.state.gov/

DS-260: You may wish to preview a sample DS-260 (PDF - 6.4MB) before beginning. http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/DS-260%20Exemplar.pdf

Submitting the visa application does not formally execute a visa application. The visa application is not formally made until the visa applicant(s) is interviewed by a U.S. consular officer.

Note: You will need your NVC Case Number, Beneficiary ID Number, and Invoice ID Number from your NVC Welcome Letter, to access CEAC.

After submitting Form DS-260 online, you must print the confirmation page and bring it to your interview. You can print this from CEAC any time after you complete your DS-260 application.


DS-160(for K1 Fiancé Visa applicants): Submit your DS-160 application by visiting: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS: Your photo is a vital part of your visa application. To learn more, review the information in the link below on how to provide a suitable photo: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/photos.html

EVIDENCE OF RELATIONSHIP: You must present evidence that you have a legitimate relationship with the person who has petitioned for you, such as letters, photographs, telephone bills and/or any other evidence that demonstrates your relationship.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: The medical examination can be completed at one of the following two clinics in Kuwait and is required for each beneficiary, regardless of age:

Dr. Riyad Saud Al Nafisi Dr. Sulaiman F. Al-Ali

Medical Consultation Center Commercial Medical Centre

Maidan Hawalli, Opposite 4th Ring Road Al-Jabriya – Block 3A, St. # 104

Abdullah Al Fadalah St. Bldg. # 9, 2nd floor, clinic 6

Tel: 2565-1544 or 2565-1455 Tel: 2533-8266 / 2533- 8277

Processing will take approximately one to two weeks. An authorized employee of the American Embassy will collect all medical reports. It is not necessary to call the Embassy to check on the arrival of your medical report. Your interview will be conducted even if the medical report has been not received.

The Medical exam is valid for 6 months from exam date. Please note that your Immigrant visa expiration date will match the validity of your medical exam. We recommend that you conduct the medical exam at least 1 week before your immigrant visa interview at the Embassy.

KUWAIT POLICE CLEARANCE: All immigrant visa applicants age 18 and over are required to present a police clearance certificate (original & photocopy) from the country of their current residence (Kuwait), if residence in this country exceeds six months. In order to obtain a Police Clearance from the Kuwaiti government, you will need to pick up a clearance request letter at the U.S. Embassy, Window #2, Sunday through Thursday, from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. You will need a copy of your Case Notification from NVC or KCC (Diversity Visas) in order to pick up the letter. Please note that the Kuwaiti government will not issue police certificates without the Embassy letter.

OTHER COUNTRY POLICE CLEARANCES: All immigrant visa applicants age 16 and over are also required to present police clearance certificates from countries of their previous residence, if residence there exceeded one year. For country-specific guidelines on how to obtain a police certificate from a country other than Kuwait, please review the Country Documents section in the following link: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html

MARRIAGE DOCUMENTATION & MARRIAGE TERMINATION DOCUMENTATION: If you are married, you must obtain an original (or certified copy) of your marriage certificate. You must submit an original (or certified copy) and a photocopy of your marriage certificate to the U.S. Embassy at the time of your interview. (Exception: If you are the Petitioner for your parent (IR-5, Parent of a U.S. Citizen), you do not have to submit your marriage certificate.)

If you were previously married, you must obtain evidence of the termination of EACH prior marriage. Your evidence must be an original or certified copy of one of the following documents: FINAL divorce decree, Death certificate, or Annulment papers. You must submit the original (or certified copy) and a photocopy of your marriage termination documentation to the U.S. Embassy at the time of your interview.

TRANSLATION REQUIREMENT: Please note that all documents not originally in English MUST be translated into English. Please submit any original document with a photocopy. The Embassy will not accept a document unless it is accompanied by an official translation.

REQUIRED IMMIGRANT VISA FEES: Your case requires that you pay the immigrant visa fee on the day of your interview at the U.S. Embassy. Please note that the Embassy only accepts cash (exact change) or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX). We do not accept KNET. The fees are as follows:

- Family Preference (KD 104.0, $325.00)

- Employment Preference (KD 110.4, $345.00)

- Diversity Visa (KD 105.6, $330.00)

- Returning Resident (KD 57.6, $180.00)

- K Visa Categories (KD 84.8, $265.00)

- Other IVs: SIV, I-360 ETC (KD 65.6, $205.00)

- Photo Copies: Please note you must provide photocopies of all original documents, if you fail to do so, you will be charged $1.00 or KD 0.300 cash per photo copy. Do not make copies of the forms provided to you by the Immigrant Visa Unit.

PHILIPPINES K1 INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants from the Philippines applying for K1 are required to request NSO documents to be sent directly from the Philippines to the US Embassy in Kuwait. Required documents must include Birth Certificate, Cenomar, Marriage Certificate, Divorce/Annulment certificate and Death Certificate (if applicable). It can take anywhere between 6-8 weeks to process. The visa will not be issued without these documents. Please visit the website below to begin the process.

Please visit the following links for specific instructions on how to obtain required documents from the National Statistics Office (NSO):

https://www.ecensus.com.ph/default.aspx

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/kuwait/63599/PDF/PhillipinesK1Instructions.pdf

https://photos.state.gov/libraries/kuwait/63599/PDF/CensusSerbilisCenters.pdf
Issues Packet 4? No
Packet 4 Contents (if known): N/A
Forms to Consulate? No forms (see Packet 3 instructions: Please do not send any documents to the Immigrant Visa Unit before your interview date.)

PHILIPPINES K1 INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants from the Philippines applying for K1 are required to request NSO documents to be sent directly from the Philippines to the US Embassy in Kuwait. Required documents must include Birth Certificate, Cenomar, Marriage Certificate, Divorce/Annulment certificate and Death Certificate (if applicable). It can take anywhere between 6-8 weeks to process. The visa will not be issued without these documents. Please visit the website below to begin the process.
Other Forms (if any)? N/A
Direct Consular Filing Offered? No
If DCF Allowed: For all or only US citizen lawfully resident in country?
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend interview? No
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Same_Day
Did embassy schedule interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? No
If not what's the waiting period? 10 to 14 days. This is the general time frame provided there are no issues with the visa application and one can always check CEAC for the latest update. For Immigrant Visa (such as K1, etc.) one will need to collect the passport from the Embassy. The rest will be dispatched via Aramex (make sure to retain the UID Number).
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? Dr. Riyad Saud Al Nafisi -63KD
Dr. Sulaymaniyah F. Al-Ali -65KD

***You can’t book an appointment for the medical exam until the petitioner receives the email from the US Embassy indicating the case number and interview date. A print out of the email is needed during the medical exam.
List of doctors? Dr. Riyad Saud Al Nafisi
Medical Consultation Center
Maidan Hawalli, Opposite 4th Ring Road
Abdullah Al Fadalah St.
Tel: 2565-1544 or 2565-1455

or

Dr. Sulaiman F. Al-Ali
Commercial Medical Centre
Al-Jabriya � Block 3A, St. # 104
Bldg. # 9, 2nd floor, clinic 6
Tel: 2533-8266 / 2533- 8277
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 4
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 3
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? 1 - 1.5 hours waiting.
Vaccination requirements? http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_1331.html

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS CONCERNING VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Influenza
Influenza type b (Hib)
Measles
Meningococcal
Mumps
Pneumococcal
Pertussis
Polio
Rotavirus
Rubella
Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
Varicella

In order to assist the panel physican, and to avoid delays in the processing of an immigrant visa, all immigrant visa applicants should have their vaccination records available for the panel physician's review at the time of the immigrant medical examination. Visa applicants should consult with their regular health care provider to obtain a copy of their immunization record, if one is available. If you do not have a vaccination record, the panel physician will work with you to determine which vaccinations you may need to meet the requirement. Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the panel physician.

Only a physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for you, given your age, medical history and current medical condition.
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? Unknown
Additional Info? Parking: The Embassy opened a new 120-car parking lot for your convenience. During periods of high demand, however, you may be required to find on-street parking in the residential neighborhood surrounding the Embassy and walk to the main gate. Please plan accordingly.

Arrive early: Arrive thirty (30) minutes prior to your interview time. Proceed to window #2 at the Embassy�s main gate and present a copy of your appointment notice. You may have to wait for your personal interview so you are encouraged to bring reading material.

Identification: Bring a second form of identification (for example, Kuwaiti civil id) to leave with the guard before entering the Embassy in addition to your passport.

Prohibited items: You will pass through a security screening prior to entering the Embassy. Leave mobile phones, pagers, cameras and other electronic devices at home or in your vehicle. Visa applicants are not permitted to bring these items onto the Embassy compound.

Once inside the Embassy:

Take a number: Once you enter the Consular Section, take a number from the machine and have a seat in the waiting room. Once your number is called, proceed to the appropriate window to begin processing.

Complete all forms: Ensure that all required forms have been completed in their entirety before approaching the window. Have your photos and supporting documents in hand. Note: Incomplete or unsigned forms will not be accepted.

Interview: Be prepared to present all the required and recommended documentation at the time of your interview. At the end of your interview, the Consular Officer will inform you whether your application has been:

�Approved,
�Held pending additional information from you,
�Held pending administrative processing or
�Refused.



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