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  • Return of Documents

    Immigrant and K visa applicants are required to register with the Consular Section's Visa Information and Appointment Services'contractor for the return of their documents.  The documents will be returned by courier at no extra cost to one of the courier's 31 depots in the United Kingdom.  Home delivery is available at additional charge of $30.00 per applicant.  Please visit for further information.

    You are required to enter your case number and date of the scheduled interview at the time you register for the courier service.  DV applicants, please note, in order for your case number to be recognzied, you must drop the three zeros. 

    MRV Fee for K Visa Applicants

    K visa applicants are required to pay the MRV application fee to the Consular Section's Visa Information and Appointment Services contractor prior to the visa interview.  Payment is by debit card only through their website at https// Further information will be provided to you in the visa appointment letter.

An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States. U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories: immediate relative, family based, employment based, and the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, known as the "green card" lottery.

There are THREE steps involved in applying for an immigrant visa:

Step 1:  Filing an immigrant visa petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Step 2:  The processing of the immigrant visa either by the National Visa Center in New Hampshire or the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy in London.

Step 3:  The immigrant visa interview and medical examination.    

To find out more about this process, please click on the relevant tabs on the left-hand Navigation bar.  

Further information is available from the Department of State website.  

Retirement to the United States

  • No provision exists under U.S. visa law to qualify for immigration on the basis of retirement to the United States. Immigration is primarily family or employment based. Please click on the relevant tabs on the left-hand Navigation bar for further information 

Prepare For Your Interview - PDF

  • How to prepare for your Immigrant Visa Interview

Diversity Visa DV-2015

  • Diversity Visa program 2015 (DV-2015)

Guide for new immigrants

Internet Scams & Fraud

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