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Immigrant Visas

Immigrant Visas: The Basics

The 2017 Diversity Visa program is online.  It is free to apply and you will only pay if you are selected for an interview.  For more information and to apply, please visit  Hurry, because the deadline to apply is November 3, 2015.

You may qualify to immigrate to the United States if you are:


All prospective immigrants except for Diversity Visa candidates must have a petition filed on their behalf.  The “petitioner” is the person or company who files the petition, and the “beneficiary” is the prospective immigrant.  Filing the petition is the first step in the immigrant visa process.

Almost all immigrant visa petitions must be filed in the United States.  Visit for more information.

Public Inquiries

Please send all questions regarding immigrant visas to The visa section no longer accepts phone calls.  All questions must be submitted by email.  Thank you.

In order to ensure a prompt response:

  • Enter your NVC Case Number or USCIS Receipt Number in the Subject Line of the e-mail.
  • Provide the beneficiary’s name and date of birth and the petitioner’s name and date of birth.

For submission of requested documentation after the Immigration interview

All required follow-up documents requested in the refusal letter provided at the time of  interview, including your passport, should be sent via FedEx with a return air way bill to permit us to return them when the review is completed.

Please allow several days for receipt of the documents from Fed Ex and approximately 3-4 weeks to complete the review process.

Mailing address for FedEx:

U.S. Embassy Riyadh
Attn: Immigrant Visa Unit
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia