Skip Global Navigation to Main Content
Skip Breadcrumb Navigation
Immigrant Visas
 
TO RESIDE PERMANENTLY

If You Want to Live in the USA

The United States is a nation of immigrants and largely remains such after all these years. Hundreds of thousands come to the U.S. annually to reside.

Immigrant visas are for those seeking permanent residence in the United States, based on certain categories of family relationship with U. S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, or offers of employment.

By U.S. Immigration law, immigrants to the United States are divided into two general categories: those who may obtain Legal Permanent Resident status without numerical limitation, and those who are restricted by an annual limitation on the number of persons who may enter as permanent residents. The second category of immigrants is further divided into family-sponsored immigrants, employment-based immigrants and diversity immigrants. Non-numerically limited immigrants include the immediate relatives of United States citizens (the spouse or minor children of a U.S. citizen, or the parent of a U.S. citizen, if the US. citizen is over 21 years old) and returning residents (immigrants who have previously lived in the United States as Legal Permanent Residents, who have been forced to remain abroad for more than one year by circumstances beyond their control).

This section provides information for individuals who are planning to permanently resettle in the United States. It includes the following categories: family sponsored immigrants, employment based immigrants, diversity immigrants, and fiancé(e)s visas (K1).

Priority Dates - JULY 2014
F1 son/daughter over 21 of US citizen 01APR07
F2A spouse or child of Legal Permanent Resident 01MAY12
F2B son/daughter over 21 of Legal Permanent Resident 01MAY07
F3 married son/daughter of US citizen 15OCT03
F4 brother /sister of US citizen 22DEC01
E1/E2 employment first/second preference CURRENT
E3 employment third preference 01APR11
DV EU2014
36,300

Notice


The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system. We are operating at a significantly reduced capacity and will be until we clear the document backlog.

This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.

We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon. We will be posting updates to Travel.State.Gov as more information becomes available.

Immigrant Visas - Contact

  • Immigrant visa interviews and inquiries in person are by appointment only.
    For Immigrant Visa applications, Immigrant Visa Petitions, Diversity Visa Program and Diversity Visa applications, K or Fiancé(e) Visas, Returning Resident Status, Transportation Letters for Lawful Permanent Residents and Immigrant Visa waivers, please contact the Immigrant Visa unit:
    +381 11 706 4000
    E-mail: belgradeiv@state.gov

RIGHTS & PROTECTIONS PAMPHLET

  • If you are a spouse or fiance(e) of a U.S. Citizen, or spouse of a Lawful Permanent Resident, please read the Rights and Protections pamphlet before your visa interview to learn about your rights in the United States relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and protection available to you. The consular officer will verbally summarize the pamphlet to you during your interview.

WATCH OUR NEW VIDEO