Immigrant Visas

Immigrant Visa Process: 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 petitioner 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, or on the Diversity 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 been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

 Immigrant Visa Updates: Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Armenia and Iran at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan. The U.S. Embassy in Armenia has not resumed routine immigrant visa services. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Applicants will be contacted directly by the Embassy if a case is able to be scheduled for interview once documentarily complete.  Cases previously interviewed will be reviewed and processed as resources allow.  For citizens and residents of Armenia, please contact if your immigrant visa has expired.  For citizens and residents of Iran, please contact if your immigrant visa has expired.

Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052: On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. The proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020, unless extended by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and certain family members of U.S. citizens and others are not subject to the proclamation.  These exceptions include, among others: spouses, children, and prospective adoptive children of U.S. citizens; lawful permanent residents; immigrants seeking to enter as a healthcare professional; and certain Special Immigrant Visa applicants.  These proclamations do not apply to persons who held a valid U.S. immigrant visa issued prior to 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on April 23, 2020. The proclamations are not retroactive and no valid visas will be revoked under these proclamations. The full text of the Presidential Proclamations is available on the White House website at:

For a full list of exceptions, please visit:

Additional information on National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052 can be found here:

Applicants for most types of immigrant visas, including Diversity Visa 2020 (DV-2020) applicants, who have not been issued an immigrant visa as of April 23, 2020, are subject to the proclamation’s restrictions unless they can establish that they are eligible for an exception.  No valid visas will be revoked under this proclamation.

 Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus: Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and 10041:

  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Additional information on National Interest Exceptions for certain travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland can be found here:

If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel any country under a Regional COVID-19 Presidential Proclamation, the Department of State strongly encourages you to postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days.

If you have not been outside of a proclamation country for at least 14 days prior to the interview, your application will be refused and visa issuance may be delayed until you can satisfy the Consular Officer that you have been and will not be in a proclamation country prior to visa issuance and onward travel to the United States.

The U.S. Embassy in Armenia has not resumed routine immigrant visa services. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  

Immigrant Visas