Immigrant Visas

On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014 entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak”.


If you have not yet interviewed: Immigrant visas who have not yet received an appointment or have not come to the Embassy for an interview can schedule their appointment by visiting our website at  Note: visa applications will be processed according to our existing phased resumption of visa services framework.


If you were previously refused: Immigrant visa applicants with valid petitions and were previously interviewed but refused due to P.P. 10014 should wait for instructions from Embassy Lima.  Immigrant visa applicant with valid petitions who were previously refused for reasons other than P.P. 10014 should proceed with sending in any requested documents from initial interview or proceeding with applying for waivers.

Note that USCIS permanently closed its field office in Lima, Peru on January 31, 2020. The Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy Lima assumed responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS. Many services remain suspended due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have filed the petition with an overseas USCIS office because the petitioner is resident abroad, review the instructions given to you by the NVC or by USCIS, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas