What to Do If You Open the Visa Package Envelope Labeled “DO NOT OPEN”

The visa packet is a crucial component in the US immigration process for fiancé and spouse visas. After a successful interview at a US embassy or consulate abroad, you receive this packet. It contains important documents including your passport with the visa and a sealed envelope marked “DO NOT OPEN”. This sealed envelope is not meant for your eyes. Upon your arrival in the US, it is the border agent who opens this envelope as part of the entry process. Opening this envelope yourself can create complications in your immigration process.



In Case You Opened the Envelope

Immediate Steps

  1. Don’t Panic: It’s a common mistake. Take a deep breath and prepare to take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.
  2. Contact the Embassy or Consulate: Reach out to the embassy or consulate where you had your interview. You might need to schedule an appointment for them to reseal the envelope.

Communication with the Embassy

  • Email or Online Inquiry: Depending on the embassy, you may contact them via email or an online inquiry form.
  • Visa Navigator Tool: Some embassies, like the London embassy, use a Visa Navigator tool for inquiries.

The Importance of the Sealed Envelope

At the Border

When you land in the US, the customs officer will request this sealed envelope. It must be unopened to ensure a smooth entry process. The contents typically include your medical exam and possibly notes from the interviewing officer.

Ensuring Compliance

Resealing the envelope is crucial to comply with US immigration procedures. It guarantees that your entry into the country is based on the proper review and authentication of your documents by the appropriate authorities.

Resources and Assistance

Mistakes happen, and opening the “DO NOT OPEN” envelope is one of them. But with the right steps and guidance, you can rectify the situation without jeopardizing your immigration process. If you find yourself in this situation or have any questions regarding the US immigration process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is dedicated to providing clarity and support to couples navigating this complex journey. Remember, Immigration for Couples is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us for any assistance you might need in your immigration journey.