Immigrant Visas

Due to the ongoing security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv are offering limited nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services.  If your visa appointment has been canceled or rescheduled, you will be notified by email.

Immigrant visa applicants may apply wherever they are either resident or physically present and able to remain for the required processing time.  Alternately, consular sections in countries where applicants are neither resident nor present may accept a case at their discretion in cases clearly involving hardship.  Applicants who desire a case transfer should write the immigrant visa processing section of the desired U.S. embassy or consulate through the email address or other contact mechanism provided on the Mission’s web site.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for residents of Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem.

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, 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 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.

It is not necessary for children under 14 to come to the U.S. Embassy for a visa interview if they are applying for an immigrant visa as derivatives of a parent’s immigrant visa case.  Parents may submit the oath on their behalf.

However, children who are principle applicants (PA) under 14 years of age applying in the IR2/F22/FX2 categories must attend their visa interview with their parents.

Immigrant Visas