Immigrant Visa Information

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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.

New Immigrant Visa Form DS-260.  Beginning September 1, 2013, the Immigrant Visa application previously known as Form DS-230 will change to an electronic format known as Form DS-260, which can be found here.


As of February 1, 2013, the petitioners living in Panama, where USCIS does not have a public service office, must submit Form I-130 by mail to PO USCIS Chicago. The Form I-130 submitted before February 1, 2013 was properly admitted to an Embassy or Consulate where USCIS does not have a customer service office will not be affected by this change.

PO Box address USCIS in Chicago for regular mailings:

P. O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

PO Box address USCIS in Chicago for express delivery service:

Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information on how to submit a Form I-130 through USCIS PO box in Chicago, visit the USCIS website or contact USCIS by phone in the USA 1-800 -375-5283.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective December 23, 2016, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $220.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

Embassy Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the Embassy on the date of your appointment. You should arrive at the Embassy fifteen minutes before 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. For detailed information about immigrant visas, click here.