Immigrant Visa Information

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In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the U.S. Embassy in Accra accepts I-130 petitions from American citizens who are residents in Ghana for immediate relative immigrant classification where the beneficiary is a parent, spouse or minor child. American citizens may file an I-130 petition by appointment with USCIS at the US Embassy in Accra Monday through Thursday at 2:00PM, except on U.S. and Ghanaian holidays. For an appointment, please call USCIS Accra at 0302-741730 or send an email to

Beginning August 15, 2011, petitioners in Ghana may also file through the USCIS Chicago Lockbox at one of the following addresses:

USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, please see the USCIS website at or contact USCIS by telephone in the U.S. at 1-800-375-5283.

The American citizen petitioner must have been resident in Ghana for at least six months before filing the petition and be able to present proof-of-residency. American citizens who are in Ghana on temporary status, such as students or tourists, do not meet the residency standard and must file their petitions directly with the domestic USCIS office having jurisdiction over the American citizen's place of residence.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective December 23, 2016, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $220.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by an Embassy-approved Panel Physician. Information about the medical exam can be found here. You will receive instructions about how to schedule an appointment for your medical exam from NVC or the Embassy. Do not try to make an appointment before receiving these instructions.

Embassy Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the Embassy on the date of your appointment. You should arrive at the Embassy fifteen minutes before your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the Embassy that describe what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.


In order to pick up your immigrant visa issued in Lagos, you MUST create an account on  Creating an account online gives us the information we need to return your passport and documents to you after your interview. When your documents are ready for pick up, you will receive an SMS and email notice on the phone number and email address provided on this link. It is therefore important that you provide the correct information. Registration is free.

Scheduling Appointments

Only applicants who have been contacted or directed by the Embassy to schedule appointments are required to schedule appointments. Applicants who have been contacted by the Embassy may create profiles on this link and follow the instructions on scheduling appointments.