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Immigrant Visa

An immigrant visa allows a foreign citizen to move to a country for permanent residence. It is compulsory to have an immigrant visa before you can permanently move to another country.

It is the first step towards becoming a legal citizen of any country.

Who can apply for an immigrant visa?

A U.S citizen can file the application. He/she can do it for:

  • Spouse
  • Son or daughter
  • Parent
  • Brother or sister

A Green Card Holder can file an application for:

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried son or daughter

Can anyone get an immigrant visa?

No. You need to fulfill the following conditions.

  • Have a sponsorship from a US citizen relative, US permanent citizen, or a prospective employer.
  • Be a beneficiary of an approved visa petition.

Moreover, for some categories of immigrant visa, the number of visas is limited each year. So, there might be a waiting list for getting the visa. In such cases, priority date will be a relevant factor for deciding whether you get the visa or not.

What is the Process?

It involves the following steps.

Submit a petition.

If the petition is approved.

  • Check priority date.
  • Start National Visa Center (NVC) processing.
  • Choose an agent.
  • Pay the fee.

Submit documents and forms to NVC.

  • Submit visa application.
  • Collect financial and supporting documents.
  • Submit the documents to NVC.

Schedule the Interview.

  • Prepare for the interview
  • Appear for the interview.

After the interview.

What documents do I need?

  • Proof of petitioner's ability to support you.
  • Affidavit of support form in I 864. You need it in most family-based cases and in some employment based cases.
  • Proof of domicile
  • Evidence of income
  • IRS tax transcript
  • Proof of U.S status
  • Proof of assets
  • Social Security Earnings Statement
  • Proof of relationship
  • Other Supporting Documents

What is the fee?

It depends on the country. The petition fee in the US is between $ 535 and $ 775. The processing fee in the US is $ 325 for family based visas and $ 345 for employment-based visas. The affidavit of support fee is $ 120.

Apart from this, an immigrant needs to pay the USCIS fee.

All the above information is specific to the USA. The process may be slightly different for different countries.

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