U.S. Permanent Immigrant Visas
The U.S. visa attorneys at Hodkinson Law Group can help you select the immigrant visa category and application process that is right for your needs.
CATEGORIES FOR PERMANENT IMMIGRANT U.S. VISAS
Applicants Who Are Not Subject to the Annual Numerical Limitation
- Immediate Relatives
- Special Immigrants
Applicants Who Are Subject to the Annual Numerical Limitation
- Family-Based Preferences
- Employment-Based Preferences
- Diversity Immigrants – U.S. Visa Lottery Program
Click on the following link to learn more about the categories available for a U.S. permanent immigrant visa.
APPLICATION PROCESSING FOR PERMANENT IMMIGRANT U.S. VISAS
Prior to submission of an immigrant visa application to the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in London, a petition for immigrant visa classification must be approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Who may apply for an immigrant (permanent) visa at the U.S. Embassy in London?
Any person who is a resident of the UK, or who is in the U.S. and whose last residence prior to entering the U.S. was in the UK, may apply for an immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy in London. Read more about this part of the permanent immigrant visa application process.
How to Apply for an Immigrant Visa in London
When the USCIS in the U.S. has approved an immigrant visa petition, the approved petition and accompanying documents are forwarded to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC then sends the applicant or the applicant’s designated representative instructions to pay the required immigrant visa fee. Upon receipt of payment the NVC sends the applicant or representative an “Instruction Package for Immigrant Visa Applicants” with forms that must be completed and returned to the NVC. Read more about this part of the permanent immigrant visa application process.
Immigrant Visa Medical Examinations
A medical examination must be performed prior to the applicant’s visa interview by one of two Embassy approved facilities in London. Information regarding the location of the medical center and scheduling are provided to the applicant with the Instruction Package. Read more about this part of the permanent immigrant visa application process.
UK Police Certificate for Immigrant Visas
The Immigrant Visa Branch requires all applicants to submit a police certificate from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) issued within six months of the date of the visa interview. Read more about this part of the permanent immigrant visa application process.
The Immigrant Visa Interview
On the day of the pre-scheduled interview, the applicant and any accompanying family members must appear at the Immigrant Visa Branch for their in-person interview. Read more about this part of the permanent immigrant visa application process.
Who May File an Immigrant Visa Petition in London
Generally, a U.S. citizen resident in the UK may file an immigrant visa petition with the USCIS Sub Office at the U.S. Embassy in London on behalf of a spouse, parent or unmarried child under the age of 21. Read more about this part of the permanent immigrant visa application process.
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