Immigrant Visas

Information for visa applicants regarding the novel coronavirus

On February 10, ​2021, the government of Peru announced the extension of emergency self-quarantine and movement restrictions due to high levels of COVID-19 spread for an additional 14 days until February 28, 2021 in ​32 provinces of 17 regions of Peru.  The U.S. Embassy in Lima is rescheduling all immigrant visa appointments scheduled for February 1-February 28, 2021. Applicants whose appointments are affected will receive an automatic email from the U.S. Visa Appointment Service confirming their new appointment date and time. 

The U.S. Embassy in Lima is only accepting emergency appointments at this time. To request an emergency appointment, create an account via the U.S. Visa Appointment website to review any future appointment availability and to schedule an appointment. Once scheduled, applicants can submit an expedite request for emergency appointment consideration. Appointment availability beyond February 28 will be subject to local quarantine regulations.

Presidential Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 (extended through March 31, 2021) suspended the issuance and entry of certain immigrant visa categories, including most employment-based immigrant visas.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation.  No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation.  Monitor U.S. Visas News ( for updated information.

The U.S. Embassy in Lima appreciates your patience and flexibility with these scheduling changes.

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