The Immigrant Visa Process
- After Your Petition is Approved
- Begin National Visa Center (NVC) Processing
- Choose an Agent
- Pay Fees
- Collect and Submit Forms and Documents to the NVC
- Submit Visa Application Form
- Collect Financial Documents
- Collect Supporting Documents
- Submit Documents to the NVC
Step 3: Submit Visa Application Form
After you pay your fees, you and each qualified family member immigrating with you must complete the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Form DS-260) in the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). You may wish to preview a sample DS-260 (PDF - 6.4MB) before beginning.
Submitting Form DS-260 does not formally execute a visa application. The visa application is not formally made until the visa applicant(s) is interviewed by a U.S. consular officer.
Note: You will need your NVC Case Number, Beneficiary ID Number, and Invoice ID Number from your NVC Welcome Letter, to access CEAC.
Online Payment and Visa Application Forms Temporarily Unavailable on April 29
Applicants will be unable to pay fees online or access the Form DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application on Saturday, April 29 while we perform scheduled maintenance on the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). You will be unable to pay fees online from 9:00 am until midnight (Washington, DC time) and unable to access the Form DS-260 or check your status from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. If you try to make a fee payment or submit a visa application during these times, you will receive an error message. Thank you for your understanding.
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