Immigrant Visas

Important information for visa applicants at U.S. Embassy, Doha regarding novel coronavirus:  U.S. Embassy, Doha has resumed the processing of immigrant visas for family-based applicants and for employment-based applicants. The spouses and children of U.S. citizens and employment-based applicants are eligible for an immigrant visa interview appointment provided they are physically present in Doha and their file has been transferred from the NVC to Doha.

Please note: NVC is scheduling all documentarily ready family-based and employment-based cases according to pre-determined scheduling order. In the meantime, for more information regarding the interview requirements, please visit prepare-for-the-interview.  

If you are facing an emergency or a severe hardship and your case is documentarily ready, you may contact NVC and request an expedited appointment. Please include all relevant documents and information regarding your emergency/hardship situation. The case will be forwarded to U.S. Embassy, Doha for review. If it meets the criteria for an emergency/hardship, the Consular Section will expedite your case.

If you have not started the process yet, please visit: the-immigrant-visa-process and Family-Immigration for complete information about the immigration process and its requirements.

Presidential Proclamation 10014: On Wednesday, April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proclamation was effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 23. It was continued by President Trump on June 23, and will expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued. 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.  The Proclamation is not retroactive. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. The proclamation provides exceptions to its restrictions for certain categories of immigrants, including: certain healthcare professionals, aliens seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an EB-5 investor visa, spouses and children (categories IR2, CR2, IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4) of U.S. citizens, members of the United States Armed Forces and any spouse and children of a member of the United States Armed Forces, and aliens seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa. In addition, cases involving a child applicant who may age out may be considered for a national interest exception. Please refer to the proclamation for a full list of exceptions.

For more information about Presidential Proclamations Regarding Novel Coronavirus visit:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Qatar at the U.S. Embassy in Doha.

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, or on the Diversity 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 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 Visas