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Immigrant Visas

  Special Announcements

  • Diversity Lottery Visa 2015 Program: Online registration for the DV 2015 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). See the Diversity Visa Program Instructions webpage the DV 2015 Instructions and any available translations.
  • A same-sex marriage is now valid for immigration purposes, as long as the marriage is recognized in the “place of celebration.” The validity of a marriage will depend on whether it was legally valid in the place of celebration, rather than the place of domicile.   A same-sex marriage is valid for immigration purposes even if the couple intends ultimately to reside in one of the 37 states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.  The same-sex marriage is valid even if the applicant is applying in a country in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the U.S.  The filing of an immigrant visa petition is also the initial step required to receive a Permanent Resident card (also known as a “green card”).  An immigrant visa holder who successfully enters the U.S. with the intention to reside there will receive a Permanent resident card during the first year of residency.  In most cases, you can only receive an immigrant visa if someone files an immigrant visa petition on your behalf.  You cannot petition for your own immigrant visa.   

U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories: immediate relatives, family based, employment based and Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the "green card" lottery). Most immigrant visa category petitions cannot be filed at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.  Employment-based, family based and fiancé(e) visa petitions must be filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States. 

Please click on Categories and Filing Instructions for more information

Immigrant Visas Unit

  • U.S. Embassy Consular Section
    4 avenue Gabriel
    75008 Paris
    Metro: Concorde

  • If you have questions regarding the
    status of an immigrant visa petition,
    please fax us at 01 43 12 22 29
    or send an email inquiry.