Before the Interview

Certain documentation is required for your immigrant visa interview.  Please ensure that you have all required documentation as detailed below prior to your appointment.  Failure to provide full documentation will result in processing delays.

You must fill out and submit this form online. Print the confirmation page and bring it with you to the interview. Please ensure that all of the information on the form is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief. All declarations made in the application are unsworn declarations made under penalty of perjury.

You must bring an original and photocopy of your birth certificate. Certificates issued by the Nigerian Population Commission are also acceptable.  If derivative children are included on the petition (including follow-to-join children), you must also bring originals and photocopies of their birth certificates.

If applicable, you must provide documentation of any marriages or divorces for both yourself and the petitioner. In particular, applicants for spousal and fiancé visas should bring this documentation with them (both originals and copies).

Applicants should be aware that customary and traditional marriages are recognized as legal and binding marital relationships for the purpose of U.S. immigration law. Any documentation of such marriages, or the termination of such marriages, should be brought to the interview.

The passport should be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States.

Applicants should bring two recent color passport-sized photos to the interview.

All visa applicants must have a completed medical report from a designated medical facility (the list of facilities is available here (PDF 332KB)) before they are eligible for an interview.  Medical reports from other medical centers will not be honored. A medical report is valid for six months from the date of the physical.  Your medical report must still be valid by the time you travel, so you must plan accordingly. If your medical report will expire near the time of your interview, you are requested to complete a new medical report to avoid further delays in the processing of your case.

Effective October 1, 2016, applicants 15 years and older are required to take a gonorrhea test as part of the medical exam. The Basic Medical Examination fee charged to each applicant is:

  1. Applicants 15 years and above: N110,000.00 (includes cost of mandatory Urine NAAT test for gonorrhea)
  2. Applicants less than 15 years: N25, 000.00

All visa applicants must have a completed police report from ALL countries in which he or she has lived for more than six months after the age of 16.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to collect these reports from every country in which he or she has lived. The police report is valid for one year and must be valid by the time you travel, so plan accordingly. 

If you are unsure of how to obtain a police report from a country of prior residence, please check the reciprocity schedule here. Please bear in mind that many countries can issue police certificates for prior residents even if the individual no longer resides in that country.

Petitions generally include the required I-864 form (the affidavit of support) and accompanying tax documents.  However, in the event that your petition does not include these documents, you should bring a copy of the I-864 from your petitioner as well as any joint sponsors. Each affidavit should be accompanied by recent tax documents.  Acceptable tax documents include the Form 1040 (U.S. Individual Income Tax Return) or tax transcripts from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The consulate does not accept W-2 forms, copies of bank statements, or letters from employers as stand-alone proof of financial support. If you do not have your petitioner’s and/or joint sponsor’s most recent tax return statements, it could delay the Consulate’s ability to process your visa application”

Please be advised that for petitions with a principal applicant and derivatives, the consulate requires only one copy of the affidavit of support with all derivatives listed. However, the affidavit and the accompanying tax documents must demonstrate that the petitioner and/or joint sponsor can meet the financial minimums set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the household size of the petitioner plus all applicants on the petition.  For example, if your petitioner currently supports a household of three (3) individuals, and they are petitioning for you, your spouse, and your two children (a family of 4), the affidavit of support should demonstrate the financial means to support seven (7) people as outlined by HHS. The updated poverty guidelines for 2017 can be found here.

There are several different kinds of affidavit of support forms. Please review the guidance below to determine which form is appropriate for your case.

I-864

This is the standard affidavit of support form that must be filed by the petitioner for the majority of immigrant visa petitions.  This is also the form used by joint sponsors.  Please ensure that your sponsor has signed the form.

I-864EZ

Your petitioner may be able to fill out an I-864EZ. Do all of the following criteria apply to your petitioner?

  1. My petitioner filed the I-130 on my behalf
  2. I am the only person on the petition.
  3. The income my petitioner is using to qualify is based entirely on his or her salary or pension, as shown on one or more tax documents from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

I-864A

This form is the Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, and may be used when a sponsor’s income and assets do not meet the income requirements of Form I-864 and the qualifying household member chooses to combine his or her resources with the income of a sponsor to meet the requirements.  A household member is generally a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who has the same principal residence as the sponsor and is related to the sponsor as a spouse, adult child, parent or sibling.  For more information on the filing of the I-864A, please click here.

I-864W

Some immigrant visa petitions do not require the filing of an I-864. If one or more of the following criteria apply, you may be able to file with an I-864W instead.

  1. You have earned or can receive credit for 40 qualifying quarters (credits) of work in the United States. The U.S. Social Security Administration can provide information on how to count quarters of work earned or credited and how to provide evidence of such.
  2. You are a child under the age of 18 with at least one parent who holds U.S. citizenship through birth or naturalization. These beneficiaries acquire U.S. citizenship under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) upon admission into the United States.
  3. You have an approved I-360.

The petitioner is the mandatory sponsor regardless of their financial situation. This means they MUST provide an I-864 with an official tax transcript or supporting financial documents even if they do not meet the poverty guidelines. If the petitioner alone cannot meet the poverty guidelines with their income and assets, your petition may require a joint sponsor.  A petition may have up to two (2) joint sponsors to meet the poverty guidelines outlined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information on affidavits of support and sponsorship, click here.

To qualify as a sponsor, a petitioner residing abroad must have a principal residence in the United States and intend to maintain it indefinitely. Lawful permanent resident (LPR) sponsors must show they are maintaining their LPR status. For more information on whether or not your sponsors qualify, click here.