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Immigrant Visas

General Information

The Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit processes visa applications of people who have been petitioned by U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents to reside permanently in the United States. This includes immediate family members, fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens, and alien workers.

The Visa Process At A Glance

In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. When USCIS approves the petition, it will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing. Once the NVC completes the administrative processing of a case, NVC will schedule an interview appointment and forward the case file to the U.S. Consulate in Lagos for an interview.  IV interviews are ONLY conducted in Lagos (there is not an IV Unit in Abuja).  

The steps for the entire process can be found here. Below are some additional resources for specific visas classes.

  • Information for filing a petition for a fiancé(e) –  click here for more information from the USCIS website.
  • Information for filing a petition for a family member – click here for more information from the USCIS website.  
  • Once your case has been approved by USCIS, it is moved to NVC – click here for more information about NVC.

 Interviews: All interviews are by appointment only.  All IV applicants except for K-1 (fiancé/fiancée) and SB-1 (returning resident) visa applicants are given appointments by the National Visa Center (NVC).  K visa applicants can schedule their appointments and pay the visa application processing fee by clicking here.  K visa applicants should not schedule their appointment until after they have received an Instruction package from the Consulate. 

Required Documents


Medical Examination

All visa applicants must have a completed medical report from a designated medical facility (the list of facilities is available here) before they are eligible for an interview.  Medical reports from other medical centers will not be honored. A Medical Report is valid for six months from the date of the physical.  Your medical report must still be valid by the time you travel, so you must plan accordingly. If your medical report will expire near the time of your interview, you are requested to get a new medical report completed to avoid slowing down the processing of your case. Click here for information for the medical report.

Police Report

All visa applicants must have a completed police report from ALL countries in which he or she has lived for more than six months when they were over the age of 16.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to collect these reports from every country in which he or she has lived. The police report is valid for one year and must be valid by the time you travel, so plan accordingly. Click here for additional information on where to obtain a police report.