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Immigrant Visas

The Immigrant Visa Unit does not accept phone calls or walk-in visits.  Individuals who are seeking information on a visa case should either use our email form, send a fax to +92-51-262-3673 or send a letter through a courier or by surface mail.   American citizens seeking information on visa cases should submit an inquiry through one of these mechanisms – information and status updates will not be given out over the phone.

Notice: Access to the U.S. Embassy Immigrant Visa Unit will only be granted to individuals with appointments.  All visa applicants must have an appointment letter to enter the Embassy.  Walk-in appointments are not accepted. 

What is an Immigrant Visa?

An immigrant visa is required for anyone who wishes to move permanently to the United States.  Once you enter the U.S. on an immigrant visa, you will become a Permanent Resident (also known as a "green card" holder).  There are three main ways to be eligible for an immigrant visa.  Detailed information on each category can be found through the Department of State and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Family Members of U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents

U.S. citizens can file immigrant petitions to sponsor their spouse, siblings, parents, and children.  Permanent Residents can file petitions to sponsor their spouse and unmarried children. U.S. law does not permit either American citizens or Permanent Residents to sponsor grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or in-laws.  Some categories of visas are numerically limited each year.  For information on numerical limits, priority dates and age cut-offs, please see the State Department’s Visa Bulletin.

Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow-to-join employment-based immigrants.   Depending on the visa category, the employer may need to file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and a labor certification with the U.S. Department of Labor, describing the job and the prospective employee's unique qualifications for that position.  In other categories, an immigrant may be able to file a petition for him/herself and no labor certification is necessary.  Only a certain number of employment-based immigrant visas are approved each year.  For information on numerical limits, priority dates and age cut-offs, please see the State Department’s Visa Bulletin.

Diversity Visa Program

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Please visit the Diversity Visa Program page for more information.   We would note that there is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.  Individuals applying for the diversity visa program should exercise caution as fraudulent websites and companies have been known to pose as the U.S. government and charge money to "complete" DV entry forms.  To learn more, see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.  The Department of State does NOT notify successful DV applicants by letter or email.  Entrants can check the status of their entries, as explained below, by returning to the website at to find out if their entry was or was not selected.

How to Check on your Case Status

Diversity Visa Scam Alert

  • Visa Scam Alert

Important Notice

  • Applicants who arrive for their scheduled interview without their medical report will not be allowed into the Consulate for an interview. They will need to reschedule their appointment. For more information about the medical exams, please click on: medical exams.

How do I get an Immigrant Visa? (Urdu)