The Interview


Beginning October 1, 2021, all immigrant visa (except K visa) applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for the medical examination to be considered complete. Some waivers for the COVID vaccination will still be applicable, including if the vaccine is not age appropriate. Panel physicians will begin screening applicants for age-appropriate COVID-19 vaccinations on October 1, 2021. Medical exams completed prior to that date will not be subject to this requirement, regardless of when the immigrant or K visa is issued and when the traveler enters the United States. Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please also note that:

  • All applicants with symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested for COVID-19 and must postpone the immigrant visa medical examination until they have met recovery criteria to end isolation.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 should also be tested and must postpone the medical examination until quarantine criteria have been met.
  • Screening testing of asymptomatic applicants for COVID-19 as part of the immigrant medical evaluation may be required at the discretion of the panel physician.

COVID-19 Screening Results and Travel Clearance

All international air travelers to the United States aged 2 years or older must be tested within 3 days of the flight and show documentation of a negative COVID-19 result to the airline before boarding their flight. Applicants who have recovered from COVID-19 will not need to be retested for travel if they travel within 3 months of their positive test and can provide appropriate documentation.

After you have completed the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on U.S. Department of State website, including paying the necessary fees and submitting the required immigrant visa application form (DS-260), Affidavit of Support, and supporting documents to the National Visa Center (NVC), they will review your file for completeness.

Once your case becomes qualified for an interview, NVC will work with U. Embassy Jakarta, Immigrant Visa Unit, to schedule an interview appointment for you.

All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, are required to visit the Embassy or Consulate in person for a formal visa interview. If you cannot keep the appointment, please notify our offices immediately.

Check the date and time of your interview. The time on the appointment letter is the time to arrive at the Embassy gate. It is not the time for your interview with the visa officer. You are only allowed to come to the gate 10 minutes before the appointment time. Arriving too late may result in cancellation of your appointment.

Do not send anything to the Embassy. Bring all pertinent documents to the interview. If you fail to bring all the required documents or have incomplete forms, your appointment may be cancelled.

We will return the original to you after the interview by request. It is strongly recommended that applicants keep a duplicate file copy of all documents submitted in connection with the application. The embassy does not provide copying services.

Only applicants with scheduled appointments will be admitted to the Embassy/Consulate, with the exception of children under 16 years of age accompanied by a parent and assistants for the disabled.

Entry to all U.S. government facilities is strictly controlled, similar to that encountered in international air travel.

All visitors to the Embassy/Consulate is strictly controlled (please create link to IV Security Regulation), similar to that encountered in international air travel.  When planning your visit, bring only what is needed for your business with us. Due to security measures, you may have to wait a considerable amount of time outside the Embassy/Consulate.

You can learn more about the interview process on U.S. Department of State website.