Consular Processing for T and U Nonimmigrant Status: Questions and Answers, Part II
Q6. What should derivative family members do when they arrive at the
Consulate for an interview? U.S.
A6. Overseas derivative family members should enter the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with other visa applicants and clearly indicate that their appointment is for a T or U nonimmigrant visa. DOS strongly recommends they bring a copy of the online submission of Form DS-160 and the USCIS notice of the T or U application or petition approval to the interview to avoid potential processing delays. A consular officer will ask a series of questions to determine eligibility to obtain a T or U visa to enter the
The officer may request that additional information be mailed, or be
hand-delivered, if a second interview is scheduled. United States
Q7. Overseas family members can receive a waiver for a ground of inadmissibility, if USCIS approves Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant. However, DOS sometimes discovers additional grounds of inadmissibility for family members with approved Forms I-192. When this occurs, what must these overseas family members do to enter the
? United States
A7. The approved Form I-192 in conjunction with an application or petition for T or U nonimmigrant status waives only the inadmissibility ground(s) listed on the Form I-192. If additional inadmissibility grounds are found by the consular officer or stated during the consular interview, the overseas derivative family member will not be allowed to enter the
unless they are able to waive the inadmissibility ground(s) by filing a new
Form I-192 with USCIS. If the new Form I-192 waiver is approved, USCIS will
notify the overseas derivative family member and the DOS of the decision. It
will again be the responsibility of the overseas derivative family member to
schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to continue with
their consular processing. U.S.
Q8. Can DOS request that an overseas derivative family member provide DNA test results —or any other evidence or documentation—before they may receive a T or U nonimmigrant visa?
A8. Yes. DOS, through the consular interview process, may request any and all evidence that is deemed necessary to determine if an overseas derivative family member is eligible for a T or U nonimmigrant visa. This may include DNA test results to establish family relationships and any other evidence needed to address ineligibility issues raised during the consular interview.
Q9. What can a principal T or U nonimmigrant in the United States do if overseas derivative family members are told when they arrive for an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that DOS has no information or evidence from USCIS on their approved application or petition (e.g. derivative T or U nonimmigrant petition or Form I-192 waiver)?
A9. If a T or U nonimmigrant application or petition is approved, USCIS will notify DOS of the decision. If DOS tells the overseas family member that no evidence of an approval has been received, the attorney, representative or principal T or U nonimmigrant should contact USCIS, either (please choose only one):
By email at hotlinefollowupI918I914.email@example.com or
By phone at 802-527-4888.
When you contact USCIS for this reason, please:
Provide the derivative family member’s name, "A" number and receipt number, and
Describe the problem.
USCIS sends all information relating to an approval of T or U nonimmigrant status directly to the DOS to upload into the electronic database used by every U.S. Embassy and Consulate. Overseas family members can also avoid delays by bringing their USCIS approval notice to the interview.
Q10. Where can I find more information on specific
Embassies or Consulates?
(Information such as office hours, scheduling an interview, and what a
derivative family member should bring to the interview?) Who can I contact if
there are issues with consular processing? U.S.
A10. This information and more is available on the DOS website at www.usembassy.gov. If, after contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, there are issues with an overseas derivative family member’s case, call the Department of State’s public inquiries line at 202-663-1225.