Transferring Your Immigration Case to Another US Embassy or Consulate

In the fiancé and spouse visa process, the interview at a US embassy or consulate abroad is a pivotal step. This interview is typically scheduled in the country of the immigrant beneficiary’s citizenship. However, the global nature of our world means that applicants often reside in different countries. Transferring your immigration case to another embassy or consulate is possible. This can be necessary for various reasons, like residing in a different country or the closure of the embassy in your home country.



How to Request a Transfer

Each US embassy or consulate has the authority to accept or decline your transfer request. The decision is based on the specific embassy’s requirements and its capacity to handle additional cases.

  1. Initial Application: Indicate your preferred embassy for the interview when filing your initial application.
  2. Post-Application Request: If circumstances change, contact the embassy where you wish to transfer your case.

Factors Influencing Embassy Decisions

If one embassy denies your transfer request, you may inquire at others, depending on your situation and location. Remember, there is no assurance of acceptance, and you may need to attend the interview at the originally assigned location. Different embassies have different policies. It’s crucial to understand these before making a request. Some embassies, like in the United Arab Emirates, are stringent and usually require residency, not just a work permit, to accept a case transfer.

During the visa process, it’s possible to update your passport. Ensure you have the new passport in time for the National Visa Center phase and the interview. Be aware that waiting for a new passport could delay your case, depending on the processing times in your country.

We’re Here For Your Questions

Transferring your immigration case to another US embassy or consulate is an option, but it requires careful consideration of various factors. Each embassy has its discretion, and policies can vary significantly. If you find yourself needing to transfer your case or have any questions about the immigration process, feel free to reach out to us at Immigration for Couples. We are here to support you through every step of your journey.