Immigrant Visa Information

Overview

In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.

Immigrant Visa Petitions

In most cases, the immigrant visa process begins when a U.S. petitioner files a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Petitioners residing in Malaysia may, in exceptional circumstances only, be able to file Form I-130 directly with the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur. Petitioners who believe their situation merits an exception may request the Consular Section to accept the filing. Each request will be evaluated individually.

A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 should contact the Consular Section at KLIV@state.gov to request consideration for exception and explain the circumstances in detail. For information on filing procedures and the circumstances that may qualify for an exception, please visit USCIS’s Policy Manual.

Immigrant Visa Fees

For the most up to date information on immigrant visa fees, please visit the USCIS website.

Modernized Immigrant Visa (MIV)

The U.S. Department of State is going paperless to better serve visa applicants. If you have received a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) saying you may begin online processing, you need to scan and upload all necessary civil and financial documents to our online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). Please note this method is required for visa applicants who received such a letter from NVC.

Please visit the website to obtain detailed information on the various documents that you are required to include in your immigrant visa application. Then carefully read the instructions and follow the steps to upload all necessary civil and financial documents to our online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) here. The instructions are available for download here.

Click here for step-by-step video instructions on how to upload electronic documents to the CEAC.

Embassy Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the Embassy on the date of your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the Embassy that describe what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.