Immigrant Visas

Status of Immigrant Visa Services:

Immigrant Visas: We have resumed processing of all categories of immigrant visas; however, wait times for appointments will still be protracted as we work on the backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrant visa applicants who have not yet been scheduled for an interview will receive notification from the National Visa Center 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.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Travel to the United States: Foreign national air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions. See our FAQs to learn more.

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