Immigrant Visas

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.

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This remains the status of operations following national restrictions effective November 5: We will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. Visa appointments remain limited.

We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

Please keep checking our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the latest information about travel to the United States and visa services in the UK.

If you have an interview scheduled, please check your email and your Visa Appointment Service account for appointment status.

If you have recently entered the UK, your appointment must take place more than 14 days after your arrival into the UK. Please sign in to your Visa Appointment Service account if you need to reschedule your appointment.

Immigrant Visas