Family-Based and Employment-Based Immigration (I-130 petition)

I-130 Immigrant Visa Petitions are filed through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Only in exceptional circumstances may U.S. citizens residing in France file directly through the U.S. Embassy Paris, for more information click here.

After filing an I-130 petition through USCIS on behalf of a family member, follow the steps below for the immigrant visa interview:

  • Wait to receive an interview date notification from the National Visa Center (NVC).  Follow the instructions carefully.
  • Register your Immigrant Visa appointment as soon as possible after interview date notification is received.
  • Assemble the required documents.
  • Schedule a medical examination with the Embassy-approved physician in Paris, Lisbon, or Ponta Delgada. (PDF 814 KB) All visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination. Your medical exam results will be given to you in a sealed envelope. Opened medical exam results are invalidated and a new exam will be required at your expense. Medical exams from a doctor other than a designated panel physician will not be accepted.
  • Appear for your interview appointment at the Embassy.  See prohibited items.
  • If issued, the Embassy will ship the visa and documents to you in approximately 7-10 business days. For residents of France shipment will be via TNT. Portugal/Azores residents must provide a Chronopost envelope, 2 Kg format 25x36cm for Union Europeen international delivery. Chronopost envelopes are only available from the French post office La Poste. Visas are not available for pickup on the day of the interview.
  • If not issued, the Consular Officer will provide you with further information.