Immigrant Visas

Overview

  • Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate and live permanently in the U.S. must follow specific procedures in order to apply for an immigrant visa. You cannot begin the immigration process by yourself and must have an approved petition or be eligible for the Diversity Visa Lottery. For  information about how to file a petition, please see the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services  (USCIS) website. For exceptional filing at Embassy Paris, click here.
  • After a petition has been approved or you have been selected for the Diversity Visa Lottery, you may then submit an immigrant visa application.  Application submission procedures at Embassy Paris vary by immigrant visa category. Instructions for submitting an immigrant visa application after a petition has been approved by USCIS can be found below.
  • An immigrant visa allows you to travel to the United States for admission as a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR). Once admitted you will have the right to live and work in the United States permanently. Further information can be found at the USCIS website.

How to Apply

  1. Wait to receive an interview date notification from the National Visa Center (NVC).  Follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Register your Immigrant Visa appointment as soon as possible after interview date notification is received.
  3. Assemble the required documents.
  4. Schedule a medical examination with the Embassy-approved physician in Paris, Lisbon, or Ponta Delgada. (PDF 832 KB) All visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination. Your medical exam results will be given to you in a sealed envelope.  Opened medical exam results are invalidated and a new exam will be required at your expense. Medical exams from a doctor other than a designated panel physician will not be accepted.
  5. Appear for your interview appointment at the Embassy.  See prohibited items.
  6. If issued, the Embassy will ship the visa and documents to you in approximately 7-10 business days. For residents of France shipment will be via TNT. Portugal/Azores residents must provide a Chronopost envelope, 2 Kg format 25x36cm for Union Europeen international delivery. Chronopost envelopes are only available from the French post office La Poste. Visas are not available for pickup on the day of the interview.
  7. If not issued, the Consular Officer will provide you with further information.
  1. Wait to receive notification from Embassy Paris that your file has been received from the National Visa Center (NVC).  Follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Register, pay the visa fee, and schedule a K visa appointment through the online appointment system.  Note:  You must have a French mailing address to register.  Residents of Portugal/Azores only:  Use the Embassy address for your mailing address: Immigrant Visa Unit, 4 Ave Gabriel, Paris 75008.
  3. Assemble the required documents.
  4. Schedule a medical examination with the Embassy-approved physician in Paris, Lisbon, or Ponta Delgada. (PDF 832 KB) All visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination. Your medical exam results will be given to you in a sealed envelope.  Opened medical exam results are invalidated and a new exam will be required at your expense. Medical exams from a doctor other than a designated panel physician will not be accepted.
  5. Appear for your interview appointment at the Embassy.  See prohibited items.
  6. If issued, the Embassy will ship the visa and documents to you in approximately 7-10 business days. For residents of France shipment will be via TNT. Portugal/Azores residents must provide a Chronopost envelope, 2 Kg format 25x36cm for Union Europeen international delivery. Chronopost envelopes are only available from the French post office La Poste. Visas are not available for pickup on the day of the interview.
  7. If not issued, the Consular Officer will provide you with further information.
  1. Check your DV application status using the Entry Status Check function on the E-DV website.  Entrants must have their confirmation number to access information through Entry Status Check, which will be the sole means by which Diversity Visa entrants are notified of their selection, provided instructions on how to proceed with their application, and notified of their immigrant visa interview appointment date and time.
  2. Wait to receive notification (for DV winners only) of your interview appointment date from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC).  Follow the instructions carefully.
  3. Assemble the required documents.
  4. Schedule a medical examination with the Embassy-approved physician in Paris, Lisbon, or Ponta Delgada. (PDF 832 KB) All visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination. Your medical exam results will be given to you in a sealed envelope.  Opened medical exam results are invalidated and a new exam will be required at your expense. Medical exams from a doctor other than a designated panel physician will not be accepted.
  5. Register your appointment before your interview date.
  6. Appear for your interview appointment at the Embassy.  See prohibited items.
  7. If issued, the Embassy will ship the visa and documents to you in approximately 7-10 business days. For residents of France shipment will be via TNT. Portugal/Azores residents must provide a Chronopost envelope, 2 Kg format 25x36cm for Union Europeen international delivery. Chronopost envelopes are only available from the French post office La Poste. Visas are not available for pickup on the day of the interview.
  8. If refused, the Consular Officer will provide you with further information.
  9. Further info regarding the Diversity Visa process.

See here and follow the instructions for a “Boarding Foil”.

See here and follow the instructions for a Re-entry Permit (SB-1).