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Filing a Petition for an Immediate Relative

As of July 02, U.S. citizens seeking to apply on behalf of their immediate relatives should direct petition applications to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (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 at http://www.uscis.gov/i-130.

U.S. Embassy Cairo and U.S. Embassy Algiers are the designated immigrant visa (IV) processing posts for Yemeni IV cases as these posts are equipped to accommodate the extra workload and are most easily reached by persons departing from Yemen.

In designating these embassies, the Department carefully evaluated visa requirements, flight patterns and schedules, language considerations, and the capacity of neighboring posts to absorb this additional workload before making a decision.  Other embassies in the region were considered, but were ultimately not viable options based on these factors.

 

Updated May 11, 2015

IMMIGRANT VISA CASE TRANSFER REQUESTS

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens and their non-U.S. citizen family members departing the unrest in Yemen and arriving in Djibouti via seaborne travel of requirements relating to immigrant visa case transfer requests. In order to improve service and appointment availability, non-U.S. citizen family members requesting a case transfer of an existing immigrant visa case are no longer required to make an appointment to physically present themselves at the Embassy. Non-U.S. citizen family members are now requested to send the following information to Consular staff: their case file number, a local contact number or email address, a photo of their Djiboutian entry visa and entry stamp, and a photo of their passport bio-data page. This information should be e-mailed to the Embassy at DJI-CONS-IV@state.gov, or dropped off at the Consular Security entrance in an envelope. Failure to provide all requested information may result in delays relating to immigrant visa case transfer requests to the Embassy. 

Updated October 8, 2015

Petition-Based Immigrant Visas

Notice:  The U.S. Department of State is scheduling immigrant visa (IV) appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers.  Interviews are being scheduled in order of the date the case became documentarily qualified and eligible for scheduling.  IV applicants who prefer that their case be processed at a U.S. embassy or consulate other than Algiers may request a transfer through the National Visa Center (NVC) by emailing their request to IVYemen@state.gov.  Applicants should include their full name, date of birth, petitioner’s name, and their NVC case number or USCIS receipt number as well as the embassy or consulate where they would like to interview.  All embassies schedule interviews in date order, and older cases will be seen first.  Thus, we cannot predict when someone will receive an interview once their case is documentarily qualified.  People who are physically present in Djibouti and unable to travel to another post may process their immigrant visas at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, but please do not contact the Embassy directly unless you have already received an appointment letter by e-mail or have been interviewed.  All issues related to case transfers and initial appointment requests in Djibouti should be directed to the National Visa Center also by emailing ivyemen@state.gov.

Diversity Visas 

Notice:  The U.S. Department of State is scheduling immigrant visa (IV) appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers (for the Diversity Visa program). Applicants should receive an e-mail when their case is scheduled.  Those who prefer to process at a post other than Algiers and whose case has not yet been scheduled may request a transfer through the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) by emailing their request to kccdv@state.gov.  Those whose cases have been scheduled and would like to transfer to another post should contact the post directly. 

Follow-to-Join Asylees/Refugees (Visas 92/ Visas 93)

Notice: The U.S. Department of State is scheduling follow-to-join refugees/asylee appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. Those who prefer to process at a post other than Algiers may request a transfer through the National Visa Center (NVC) by emailing their request to ivyemen@state.gov. Those whose cases have been scheduled and would like to transfer to another post should contact the post directly. 

Updated March 17, 2015

Notice: the U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the U.S. Embassy in Algiers to process Immigrant Visa cases emanating out of Yemen.

ALL CONSULAR SERVICES AT EMBASSY SANAA ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Updated February 24, 2015

Notice: the U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to handle American Citizens Services cases emanating out of Yemen, as well as process visas for Yemeni citizens.

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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