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:
- Family-based Visas: For immigration of certain family members of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs)
- Employment-based Visas: For immigration based on permanent employment or investment by entrepreneurs
- Special Immigrant Visas: a) For Iraqi Translators/Interpreters, b) Iraqis who were employed by/on behalf of the U.S. Government, c) Religious Workers, or d) Other special immigrants
- Diversity Visa Program (also known as the "green card lottery"): Immigrant visa lottery program available to persons of certain nationalities
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.