Immigrant Visa Information


Overview

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 by visiting 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. Immigrant visa applicants will be notified by either the National Visa Center (NVC) or the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka when it is time to schedule an interview. K visa applicants will be notified by the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka when it is time to schedule an interview.

Immigrant Visa Petitions

In most cases, the immigrant visa process begins when a U.S. petitioner files a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office that covers his/her permanent place of residence. Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing in Bangladesh, where USCIS does not have a public counter presence, must file their Forms I-130 by mail with the USCIS Chicago lockbox. U.S. Embassies and Consulates that do not have a USCIS presence will only be able to accept and process Forms I-130 in exceptional circumstances, as outlined below. Forms I-130 that were properly filed at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas where USCIS does not have a presence before August 15, 2011, will not be affected by this change.

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

USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, visit the USCIS website at https://uscis.gov/ or contact USCIS by telephone in the United States at 1-800-375-5283

K Visa Petitions

For K visas, a U.S. citizen files the I-129F petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office that covers your permanent place of residence. It is important to note that I-129F petitions CANNOT be filed overseas.

For additional information about how to file a Form I-129F with the USCIS, visit the USCIS website or contact USCIS by telephone in the United States at 1-800-375-5283.

Modernized Immigrant Visa (MIV)

For many Immigrant Visa applications, the Department of State is utilizing a new Immigrant Visa process called Modernized Immigrant Visa, or MIV. This is an online system that will improve the processing of immigrant visas by making the application process faster, more transparent, and more secure. If you have received a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) saying you may begin online processing, you need to scan and upload all necessary civil and financial documents to our online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).  Please note this method is required for visa applicants who received such a letter from NVC.   

Please visit the website:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-8-scan-collected-documents.html and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-8-scan-collected-documents/step-9-upload-and-submit-scanned-documents.html to obtain detailed information on how to scan and submit the required documents. The instruction on how to upload documents is also available for download at 
https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/PDF-other/Uploading%20to%20CEAC-instrucions.pdf.

Click here for step-by-step video instructions on how to upload electronic documents to the CEAC:
https://ceac.state.gov/IV/Docs/HowToUploadAndUpdateDocumentsVideo.html