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Filing a Petition for an Immediate Relative
Updated April 28, 2016

U.S. citizens seeking to apply on behalf of their immediate relatives should direct petition applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Filing directly with USCIS is the normal method for petitioning for an immediate relative and is used by petitioners with relatives of all nationalities. For information on how to file a petition with USCIS, go to the USCIS website.

Information for Yemeni Citizens Applying for Petition-Based Immigrant Visas

Updated April 28, 2016

Beginning with appointments in June 2016, the U.S. Department of State is scheduling immigrant visa appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti instead of the U.S. Embassy in Algeria in order to prevent delays and move more applicants to the interview stage. The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti no longer requires applicants to be physically present in the country prior to transferring their case. 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. There is additional information on the U.S. Embassy in Algiers’s website.

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 the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti. Interviews are scheduled in order of the date the case became documentarily qualified and eligible for scheduling.

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 at the U.S. Embassy in 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 Algerian visa 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 NVC.

I am not able to attend an interview in Djibouti. Can I transfer my case to a different embassy?

Yes. Applicants who do not want their case to be handled by the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti can request to transfer their case to a U.S. embassy or consulate in another country. Send your request by email to IVYemen@state.gov with the following information:

  • NVC case number or USCIS receipt number
  • The principal applicant's name and date of birth
  • The petitioner's name
  • The city/country where the applicant wishes to attend a U.S. visa interview
  • An address and phone number in that country
  • Reminder: Please research a country’s visa requirements for Yemeni citizens before making a transfer request to ensure you will be allowed to enter the country.

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.

Notice to all U.S. Citizens Residing in or Traveling to Yemen:

Embassy Sanaa has suspended consular operations in Yemen. If you are a U.S. citizen residing in or traveling to Yemen, the Embassy may be unable to provide assistance or services to you, even if an emergency situation arises.  If you must travel to or remain in Yemen, please register with the State Department’s online Smart Traveler Enrollment Program as soon as possible. This will allow Embassy Sanaa to communicate travel alerts and Emergency Messages to you, should the need arise.

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