Immigrant Visa Information

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Important Notice to Immigrant Visa Applicants

The U.S. Embassy in Amman has resumed full immigrant visa services.  Applicants should continue to expect delays in case processing due to substantial backlogs.  


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. immigration law also provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year. Specific information about requirements and how to register for the diversity immigrant program can be found here.

Petitioners residing in Jordan, where USCIS does not have a public counter presence, must file their Forms I-130 by mail with the USCIS Dallas 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..

USCIS Dallas Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:

Attn: I-130
P.O. Box 650264
Dallas, TX 75265

USCIS Dallas Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:

Attn: I-130
2501 S. State Hwy, 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

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

Petitioners who believe their situation merits an exception may request the Consular Section accept the filing. Each request will be evaluated individually.  A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 should contact the Consular Section at to request consideration for exception and explain the circumstances in detail. The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over the U.S. Embassy. The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances which warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS.  USCIS will publish guidance on the circumstances that may qualify as exceptional on their website.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

All individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a US$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.

U.S. Embassy Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the U.S. Embassy on the date of your appointment.  Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy that describe what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview.

Applicants must arrive at the Embassy on time for their appointment.  Applicants will not be allowed to enter the Embassy early before their appointment time.  Applicants arriving more than 30 minutes late for their appointment, will not be allowed to enter the Embassy and their appointments will be rescheduled at a later date.

If you have an appointment date, you are required to upload copies of all the required documents to edocs and bring the original documents with you to your interview.  Failing to upload all documents and provide the original copies during your interview will delay visa processing.  Detailed instructions can be found on the website of the Immigrant Visa section of the U.S. Embassy Amman at

The form DS-260, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration is to be completed and submitted online to the Department of State via the Internet through the Consular Electronic Applications Center (CEAC) at . The form may be partially completed, saved online to finish, and submitted later; or the form can be completed and submitted in a single session.  Paper DS-260s will not be accepted.

At this time, NVC and the U.S. Embassy in Amman are manually scheduling all appointments and we will contact you to inform you of your appointment date and time.