Immigrant Visas: Family-Based Immigration

Two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories, immediate relatives and family preference, are provided under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories  on to learn more about these two categories of immigrant visas, as well as other types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.

To apply for an immediate relative or family preference immigrant visa, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Documents Required for Immigrant Visa Interviews in Ashgabat
  1. Passport: An international passport and a copy of the biographical data page for each applicant. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of entry into the U.S.
  2. Immigrant Visa Application: Click here for information on how to fill out your online immigrant visa application forms.
  3. Birth Certificates: Original birth certificates, with copy and translation into English for all applicants.
  4. Marriage Certificates: Copy and original of your marriage certificate (if you are married). For those with prior marriages, bring your marriage certificate, a copy and translation into English and the original divorce certificate/death certificate of spouse, if applicable, with a copy and translation into English.
  5. Medical Exam Results: Your medical exam results in a sealed envelope.
  6. Police Certificates: Your Turkmen police certificate AND police certificates from all countries where you have lived for more than one year since the age of 16. Contact the Embassy in advance of your interview for assistance in obtaining your Turkmen police certificate.
  7. Court and Prison Records: If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, submit copies and originals of all relevant court and prison documents.
  8. Military Record: Copy and original (if applicable).
  9. Photos: 7 photos 5×5 cm, with white background (you will need three of these for the medical examination forms).
  10. Evidence of Support: The petitioner and/or joint sponsor(s) must submit a complete, original, signed Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) for each beneficiary and a copy for each member of the beneficiary’s family who will be traveling to the U.S. (Fiancé(e) visa applicants require form I-134). In case your petitioner has already submitted these financial documents to the National Visa Center, you do not need to re-submit them at the interview. If not, please be prepared to submit them on your interview date. For further information about the I-864, please visit:
  11. Evidence of Relationship: Photos, emails, letters and any other evidence demonstrating your relationship to the petitioner.