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Immigrant Visas

General Information

Immigrant visas are for persons who plan to live permanently in the United States. Processing an immigrant visa takes time and planning. Please review the information on the left side of this web page about eligibility, fees and documents required.

Most immigrant visas (IV) require a petition approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before any IV processing starts. For additional information on the IV petition approval process, follow the link on the left side of this page to the USCIS office at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. General information on the immigration process is available at USCIS site

If you would like information on a visa other than an immigrant visa, such as a visa for a short-term stay in the U.S. to vacation, conduct business or study, please follow the link to the main nonimmigrant visas page.

In order to process an immigrant visa to the U.S., all applicants must complete the necessary forms, provide all relevant documentation, pay the immigrant visa fees, and appear for an interview. Immigrant visa forms are available at the Department of State Travel site.