Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa

If you’re dreaming of starting a new life in the United States, here’s a simple guide to help you apply for an immigrant visa. No need for fancy words – just clear steps!


  1. Get a Sponsor: Find a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident willing to sponsor you.
  2. Approved Petition: Make sure there’s an approved petition in your name.
  3. Apply Abroad: Head to a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad to start the process.

Immigrant Visa Process:

  1. Submit a Petition: Begin by submitting a petition to kickstart the process.
  2. NVC Processing: The National Visa Center (NVC) will handle your case.
  3. Pay Fees: Remember to pay the required fees for the visa process.
  4. Affidavit of Support: Provide an affidavit of support to show financial backing.
  5. Financial Documents: Share documents that prove your financial standing.
  6. Online Application: Fill out the online application form – it’s part of the process.
  7. Civil Documents: Gather and submit necessary civil documents.
  8. Scan Documents: Make sure to scan all required documents.

Required Documents for Family Immigration Visa:

  1. Passport: Your passport is a must.
  2. Photographs: Bring along some passport-sized photos.
  3. Appointment Letter and Courier Confirmation Page: Remember these essential documents.
  4. Birth Certificate: Provide a copy of your birth certificate.
  5. Adoption Certificate (if applicable): Bring that certificate if you’ve been adopted.
  6. Marriage Certificate (if applicable): Married? Bring along your marriage certificate.
  7. Divorce Decree or Death Certificate (if applicable): If divorced or widowed, provide the relevant documents.

Online Immigrant Visa Forms:

  1. DS-260: Fill out the Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application form.
  2. DS-261: Complete the Online Choice of Address and Agent form.

And that’s it! These easy steps can get you started on your journey to securing a U.S. immigrant visa.

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