• U.S. Homeland Security Seal, American Flag and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services in gold text

A foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa.

Learn About Immigrating to the United States  Are you planning to immigrate to the United States? Learn more about the different steps in the immigrant visa process.

Family-Based Visas

For immigration of certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents

Intercountry Adoption Visas

For adopting orphans from other countries

Employment-Based Visas

For immigration based on permanent employment or investment by entrepeneurs.

All Employment Visas

Investor Visas

Diversity Visa

For information about the annual program that makes available immigrant diversity visas to eligible persons from certain countries.