Immigrant Visas

Important: While we are processing all categories of immigrant and fiancé(e) (K-1 and K-2) visas, unavoidable backlogs mean that you should expect delays at each stage of the process for the foreseeable future and we cannot predict when your case will be ready. Thank you for your patience while we process as many cases as we can as quickly as possible. Please keep checking our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for guidance about your case.

If you have recently entered the UK following international travel, your appointment must take place in compliance with UK quarantine requirements following international travel. This may vary depending on which country you have traveled from. Please see the UK government’s website for further details.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of the United Kingdom at the U.S. Embassy in London.

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 – usvisas.state.gov 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.

European Travel Info & Health Advisory:  advice on travel for UK citizens and Global Health Advisory

Immigrant Visas