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The Immigrant Visa Process

Submit Visa Application and Supporting Documents

You, your spouse, and qualified unmarried children, if any, must complete Form DS-260, one for each person applying for an immigrant visa, and obtain supporting documents. The form and supporting documents must be submitted to the NVC using the instructions below.

Submit Form DS-260

The DS-260, Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, is a fully integrated online electronic visa application form used to collect the necessary application information from persons seeking an immigrant visa.

The DS-260 must be completed and submitted online through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). To log-in to CEAC, you will need the following numbers:

  • Your NVC case number
  • Your NVC invoice ID number
  • Your Beneficiary ID number

These numbers are noted on the letter or e-mail you received from the NVC.

To begin your own DS-260, click CEAC and follow the instructions displayed. You may wish to preview a sample DS-260 (6.4MB) before beginning.

Next Step

After submitting the Form DS-260 online, print the confirmation page.  You must bring the confirmation page to your visa interview. Click Additional Embassy or Consulate Instructions in the section below for further instructions.

Review Additional Embassy or Consulate Instructions

Civil and personal documents may differ from country to country, depending on availability. There may be either additional instructions for obtaining civil documents in a specific country or additional documents required, depending on the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will apply. Select the embassy or consulate where you will apply to learn what additional requirements there are, if any.

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Next Step

After reviewing the Additional Embassy or Consulate Instructions for your place of interview, review and click on both sections below and follow the instructions.

Obtain Supporting Documents

As part of your visa application, you must obtain certain civil and personal documents. These documents are required. Select Supporting Documents for a list of the required documents.

Submit Your Supporting Documents to the NVC

Where you will apply for your immigrant visa determines how you should submit supporting documents to the NVC. Click Submit Supporting Documents for further instructions and learn how to submit your supporting documents to the NVC.

Who's Involved

U.S. Embassies and Consulates: Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, nearest your residence abroad, where you will apply and be interviewed for your U.S. visa.

National Visa Center: After petition approval, the National Visa Center (NVC) handles processing for certain kinds of documents, sending them onward to U.S. Embassies & Consulates. When and how to Contact NVC

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