Immigrant Visas

USCIS will permanently close its field office in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 31, 2020.  The last day the office will accept applications/petitions and be open to the public is Dec. 20, 2019.  The Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy Lima will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS to individuals residing in Peru.

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 usvisas.state.gov 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 usvisas.state.gov 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