How do I apply for an immigrant visa?
- In most cases, someone must sponsor you or file an immigrant petition for you.
- Wait until the petition is approved and a visa is available in your category. Then apply for an immigrant visa.
- Get a medical examination.
- Go to an interview.
- Wait for a decision on your application.
Is immigrant visa immediately available? An immigrant visa number must be immediately available to you, through the Department of State (DOS), even if you are in the United States. Once an immigrant visa number is available to you, you can apply for an Adjustment of Status if you are in the U.S., or you can apply for an Immigrant Visa at a consulate abroad.
How do I contact the Department of State for visa processing? (a) Immigrant Visa inquiries, including assistance regarding the DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa Application, call (603) 334-0700.
How long does it take to get an immigrant visa? Generally speaking, a fair timeframe is approximately 6-10 months from the filing of the immigrant petition to approval at the U.S. Consulate. Timeframes can vary depending on backlogs of cases at both the USCIS and the U.S. Consulate abroad.