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Types of Immigrant Visas

An immigrant visa is a document issued by a consular officer abroad, which allows you to travel to the United States and apply for admission as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), commonly known as a "green card holder".  An immigrant visa is required for any foreign national who wishes to permanently reside in the United States.

There are different ways to apply for an immigrant visa.  The most common categories are:  

Immigrating to the United States is an important and complex decision. Before you make a determination on whether you wish to apply for an immigrant visa, we invite you to learn more information about immigrating to the United States.