Immigrant Visas

Status of Visa Services

The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana has resumed visa operations under the State Department’s existing phased resumption of visa services framework and local safety and health guidelines.  We continue to closely monitor local conditions in Guyana and implement safeguards to keep our staff and customers safe, including physical distancing in our waiting rooms, scheduling fewer interviews at a time, frequent disinfection of high touch areas, and requiring masks in all indoor spaces.

The Embassy has remained open to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services throughout the pandemic. In September 2020, we resumed scheduling emergency nonimmigrant visa applications and some immigrant visa interview appointments.

Immigrant Visas: Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014 – With the Feb 24 rescission of this Proclamation, we are now able to process all categories of immigrant visas; however, our operations continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this time, we are still operating at a reduced capacity to provide routine visa services, so wait times for appointments will continue to be significantly longer than pre-pandemic levels. Immigrant visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications processed according to our existing phased resumption of visa services framework. These applicants will receive appointment notices or scheduling instructions once their case gets to the head of the scheduling queue. 


If you are an immigrant visa applicant and you missed your previous immigrant interview appointment, you can request or schedule a new appointment by logging into your case at or by calling our Customer Service Center 1-877-246-6788 (local) or 703-988-5765 (U.S).  There is no fee to schedule or reschedule an appointment—do not pay fees to third parties.

The geographic COVID-19-related Proclamations:  9984, 9992, and 10143, remain in effect; however all immigrant and fiancé visa applicants are now exempt.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Guyana, Cuba, Suriname, and French Guiana at the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown.

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 on 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 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.

Applicants should not contact to the Embassy until all steps have been completed and an interview has been scheduled by NVC or KCC. To check the status of your case prior to the interview, you must contact the National Visa Center directly using their online inquiry form at

Immigrant Visas