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Supporting Documents

Preparing For Your Interview

Gathering Supporting Documentation

During the interview, your verbal responses to the consular officer's questions will serve as his/her primary source of information about your case. This means that the burden of proof will be upon you (rather than on the documents you bring) to make the case that you qualify to receive a visa.

During your interview, applicants MUST present the following documents to the consular officer:

  • A confirmation page from a completed Form DS-160, filled out electronically.
  • Persons wishing to study must also present a Form I-20 issued by the school. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to speak English (if necessary for the coursework).  The SEVIS fee must also be paid before a student visa can be issued, but the applicant need not have paid the fee at the time of the interview.  In the case such an applicant is otherwise qualified for the student visa, he/she will be directed to pay the SEVIS fee and return to the Embassy with a receipt prior to issuance of the visa.
  • Applicants who did not upload a photo as part of their DS-160 application must bring one (1) recent passport photograph that meets the Embassy's photo guidelines.
  • A passport valid at least six months beyond your expected arrival date. (Persons who are not citizens of Cape Verde should present their residence permits or passport with the applicant’s Cape Verdean residence visa.)
  • A receipt for payment of the non-immigrant visa processing fee, issued by Banco Comercial do Atlântico.

You should also be prepared to show the consular officer the following information:

  • A current letter of employment showing job title, length of service and monthly salary.
  • A bank statement going back at least 12 months.
  • A current trade license and current audited financial statements for the past two years showing status of business.
  • Passports of any immediate family members not traveling with the applicants.
  • National Identification card or Residence card.

Please do not fax or mail documents to the Embassy. The Embassy will not accept responsibility for documents that have been faxed or mailed in support of a visa application.