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Immigrant Visas

General Information for Immigrant Visas

The Consular Section processes immigrant visas for travel to the United States. The U.S. Embassy is located on Jameat al Duwal al Arabiya Street in Shatti Al Qurum.

E-mail Inquiries:

E-mail inquiries about the immigrant visa process should be directed to

In general, in order to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s) or by a prospective employer. Unlike most other immigrant categories, immediate relatives are not subject to numerical limits under immigration law. The major immigrant categories are:

  • Immediate Relatives
  • Special Immigrants
  • Family-sponsored
  • Employer-sponsored

Additionally, the Diversity Visa Program provides a certain number of permanent resident visas annually. These visas are drawn from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Please consult the links on the left-hand side of this page for more information about U.S. immigrant visas. Comprehensive information about immigrant visas can be accessed at the State Department's travel website.

The following are types of immigrant visas:


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