Immigrant Visas: The Basics
You may qualify to immigrate to the United States if you are:
The fiancé of an American citizen
A prospective employee of a United States company
Selected through the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program
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 www.uscis.gov for more information.
Please send all questions regarding immigrant visas to riyadhIV@state.gov. 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