Immigrate to usa
Immigrate (Immigrant visa)
Foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States must first obtain an immigrant visa. This is the first step to becoming a lawful permanent resident.
Immigrating to the United States is an important and complex decision. In this section, you will learn about who may immigrate to the United States, the different types of immigrant visas, the required forms, and the steps in the immigrant visa process. Because most immigrants receive visas in the family or employment based visa categories, they are a key focus of this section. To be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or a prospective employer, with a few exceptions, explained below. The sponsor begins the immigration process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Family-Based Visas
- Intercountry Adoption Visas
- Employment-Based Visas
- Special Immigrant Visas
- Diversity Visa
The chart below contains different purposes for immigrating to the United States, and the related immigrant visa categories for which information is available on this website. Select a visa category below to learn more:
|Immediate Relative & Family Sponsored||Visa Category|
|Spouse of a U.S. Citizen||IR1, CR1|
|Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition||K-3 *|
|Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S.||K-1 *|
|Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens||IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4|
|Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens||IR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4|
|Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents||F2A, F2B|
|Employer Sponsored – Employment|
|Employment-Based Immigrants, including (preference group):
[First] Priority workers
[Second] Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability
[Third] Professionals and Other Workers
[Fifth] Employment Creation/Investors
[Fourth] Certain Special Immigrants:
E2E3, EW3C5, T5, R5, I5S (many**)
|Religious Workers||SD, SR|
|Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters||SI|
|Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government||SQ|
|Afghans Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government||SQ|
|Diversity Immigrant Visa||DV|
*K Visas – Listed with immigrant visas because they are for immigration related purposes.
About this chart – This chart is a list of many immigrant visa categories, but not every immigrant visa category.