Immigrant Visas

IMPORTANT NOTICE.

U.S. CITIZEN SERVICES:

As of June 18, 2020, all U.S. Citizen services will be available by appointment only. You may now schedule an appointment for the following services:

  • U.S. Passports
  • Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
  • Federal benefits processing
  • Notarial services
  • Certificate of Loss of Nationality

 You must schedule an appointment for all services. Walk in hours for notaries and federal benefits are no longer available.

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VISA SERVICES: 

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: travel.state.gov.

As of June 22, 2020, most immigrant visa categories (with the exception of IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, and CR-2), as well as the nonimmigrant visa categories H-1B, H-2B, L, and several J visa categories (au pair, intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, and summer work travel), are suspended through December 31, 2020.

For further information about the Presidential Proclamations, please visit travel.state.gov.

For the latest updates of COVID-19, please visit nz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information.

Immigrant visas to the United States for citizens and residents of New Zealand are processed only at the U.S. Consulate in Auckland.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas