USCIS Immigrant Fee
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued
immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant
Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective
adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United
States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and
Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S.
government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are
exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more
details on the new fee, including contact information for
USCIS, if there are further questions: www.uscis.gov/immigrantfee
Security Notice for individuals who have business with the US Consulate in Bern
In order to ensure everyone's safety and to ensure that security screening does not delay admission to the Consulate, no electronic devices (including phones) may be brought into the Embassy or Consulate. Backpacks, handbags and suitcases are not permitted. Security personnel will not store items for applicants. We therefore suggest that all such items be left at home, in a locked car, at a locker at the train station, or with a friend or relative who remains outside the premises.
We encourage visitors to bring only necessary documents with them.
Immigrants to the United States are divided into two categories:
(I) those who may obtain permanent residence status without numerical limitation, and
(II) those subject to an annual limitation. The latter category is further divided into
(B) employment-based, and
(C) diversity immigrants
General information can be obtained from the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Please note: The Consular Agency Geneva and the Consular Agency Zurich cannot issue visas or accept visa applicants.