Your photos or digital images must be:

  1. You must provide two (2) identical photos at your immigrant visa interview.
  2. The size of the photo, including background, must be 2 inches square (roughly 51 mm square).
  3. The photo must be unmounted, full face, taken within the last 6 months and printed on photo quality paper
  4. The applicant must be facing the camera, looking straight on, with the face covering approximately 50% of the area of the photo.
  5. The entire face of the applicant must be shown. From the crown of the head to the tip of the chin, and from hairline side to side, preferably with the ears exposed.
  6. Photo must be in color and have a white or off-white background, without borders.
  7. Bring the photos already cut to size.

We recommend you use a professional visa photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.

For photo hints, tips, guidance and examples of acceptable photos, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

All immigrant visa applicants must submit a DS-260 unless:

  • The case was already documentarily qualified and sent for scheduling at National Visa Center (NVC).
  • Beneficiaries already submitted a DS-230 or received instruction to do so prior to September 1, 2013.

The Form DS-260 is available for use at the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) page.

For instructions on completing the DS-260 please visit the webpage of the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Please review the answers to frequently asked questions about the DS-260.

NOTE: All questions on the DS-260 form must be answered in detail, including complete employment and education histories, and U.S. sponsor contact information. Failure to complete your form in full may result in delays in processing your visa application. If you have been assisted by someone else in completing your application, you must thoroughly review the answers they provide on your behalf for every question, as you will be held legally responsible for those answers.

Applicants for either an immigrant visa or refugee status are required to undergo a medical examination overseas before being allowed to travel to the United States. Panel physicians at the Tashkent International Clinic are appointed by the Consular Section to perform the examinations in accordance with instructions provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC).

To schedule a medical examination, applicants must contact the Tashkent International Clinic and be ready to provide their immigrant visa case number(s) to the clinic’s representative. Applicants must bring their appointment letters to their medical examination and their passport.

Tashkent International Clinic
38 Sarikulskaya Street, Tashkent
Telephone: (998-71) 291-0142

In 2007, the CDC issued enhanced standards for Tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis and treatment, including the addition of sputum cultures (which are more sensitive than smears) as a diagnostic tool and treatment delivered as directly observed therapy (DOT).

The new standards for TB were implemented in Uzbekistan on February 1, 2013 and some of the major changes include:

  • Applicants with Class A tuberculosis must complete a full course of TB treatment before receiving medical clearance for an immigrant visa.
  • A chest x-ray is required for all applicants ≥15 years of age, including pregnant women.
  • A chest x-ray is required for children 2-14 years of age with a tuberculin skin test (TST) reaction <  10 mm who have signs or symptoms of TB or immunosuppression.
  • A chest x-ray is required for children 2-14 years of age with a TST reaction ≥  10 mm.
  • Sputum cultures and drug susceptibility testing for positive cultures are required for applicants with chest x-ray findings suggestive of active TB disease

More details about immigrant visa TB screening can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.