Beginning with appointments in June 2016, the U.S. Department of State is scheduling immigrant visa (IV) appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti instead of the U.S. Embassy in Algeria. Interviews are being scheduled in order of the date the case became documentarily qualified and eligible for scheduling.
The U.S. Department of State previously scheduled visa interviews for Yemeni citizens in Algiers; however, as of March 23, 2016, the Government of Algeria requires Yemeni nationals to have a visa to enter Algeria. While some applicants have successfully obtained Algerian visas, this is preventing many applicants from attending interviews scheduled at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers.
In an effort to prevent delays and move more applicants to the interview stage, the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) will schedule all Yemeni applicants for interviews in Djibouti. The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti no longer requires applicants to be physically present in the country prior to transferring their case.
Please review the below frequently asked questions on immigrant visa interviews for Yemeni applicants. Please check this website periodically for updates or new instructions. Thank you for your continued patience in the immigrant visa process.
What if I have an immigrant visa interview already scheduled in Algeria?
Your interview will not be canceled. If you do not attend the interview, the U.S. Embassy in Algiers will return your case to NVC with the assumption that you were unable to enter the country. When NVC receives your case file from Algiers, NVC will assign the case to Djibouti. Interviews are scheduled in order of the date the case became documentarily qualified and eligible for scheduling.
I am in Algeria now, or I have a valid Algerian visa – can I still interview in Algiers?
Yes. The U.S. Embassy in Algiers is compiling a list of Yemeni IV applicants currently present in Algeria. Any applicant who is in Algeria or has a valid visa to Algiers can process there. Please email the U.S. Embassy in Algiers at Algiers-YemenIV@state.gov with the following information to let us know you wish to process your immigrant visa application at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers:
- NVC case number
- The principal applicant’s name and date of birth (as well as that of any derivative family members)
- The petitioner’s name
- A copy of the principal applicant’s Yemeni passport biographical page
- A copy of the Algerian entry stamp or valid Algerian visa
- A current phone number in Algeria
The embassy will then request the case from the NVC. Note on Medical Exam in Algiers: There is no fee for scheduling an appointment with the panel physician; the only fee should be paid when you are at the clinic itself.
I am waiting to receive a visa interview appointment – what will happen to my case?
If your case file is documentarily complete at NVC and you are waiting for a visa interview appointment, you do not need to take any action. Your case will be moved into the queue to receive an appointment in Djibouti. Interviews are scheduled in order of the date the case became documentarily qualified and eligible for scheduling.
I’ve been waiting a long time for an interview. When will you give me an appointment?
Given the high demand for visa appointments worldwide, you should expect to wait several months – if not longer – before we can schedule an interview for your case. Interviews are scheduled in order of the date the case became documentarily qualified and eligible for scheduling. NVC will contact you by mail or email when there is an appointment available. You do not need to take any action at this time unless instructed or if you want to request a case transfer. Please note that any decision to take on costs associated with travel and stay in a third country for the purpose of the visa interview is at the applicant’s discretion. Most countries have strict immigration rules regarding overstay, and it is the applicant’s sole responsibility to maintain their legal stay while remaining in a third country for their visa interview and processing.