Skip Global Navigation to Main Content
Skip Breadcrumb Navigation


Updated 02 February 2015

An immigrant visa is required of anyone seeking to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States.

Immigration is a two-step process and involves both the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

If you require information on how you may qualify for an immigrant visa, please see our Immigrant Visa Unit.


Filing immigrant visa petitions & Lawful Permanent Residents ("Green Card" holders)

For information on filing an immigrant visa petition and the services provided to Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States, please follow see the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


Customs assistance

For Customs information, our Embassy Customs & Border Protection unit has these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).