Contacting the U.S. Consulate abroad

by Richard Bracken on October 12, 2009

international_flags-200x300Nearly every case for a visa is ultimately decided within a U.S. Consulate abroad, sometimes referred to as a U.S. embassy.  Each Consulate processes cases differently; nevertheless, the Consulate will eventually communicate with the parties at some point.  The way it does this also varies but will be made with the information submitted to it in the I-129f and G-325A’s.  Correctly indicating addresses and contact information is critically important throughout the entire process to ensure that you receive correspondence for the Consulate the first, and usually, the only time it is sent.  The information that the Consulate will provide informs the parties as to how it intends to proceed with the case.  Such information usually requests additional forms that it will need, the location of fingerprinting to be taken, medical exams to be made, and any additional supporting documents that is needed. 

Each Consulate will usually indicate its best means of communication.  Some prefer e-mail while others prefer telephone.  Occasionally it is necessary for parties to contact the U.S. consulate for a variety of reasons. If you are unsure of how to contact the U.S. embassy with jurisdiction over your case you can normally locate the pertinent contact information on the State Department’s website at www.usembassy.gov.  Be sure that when contacting the Consulate to be prepared to provide any case numbers that you have received from the National Visa Center (NVC) or the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service (USCIS).  Also, don’t forget to be patient!

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