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Immigrant Visas


  • Starting November 3, 2014, most Immigrant Visas currently processed at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City will be transferred to the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez. The last day of operations for the Immigrant Visa section at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is October 17, 2014. Please note, international adoption cases under the Hague Convention will continue to be processed at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

    Effective immediately, all Immigrant Visa applicants residing in Mexico City and Estado de Mexico should visit the Panel Physician clinic located in Mexico City for their medical examinations prior to their Immigrant Visa appointment in Ciudad Juarez.

    We understand and apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. For more information regarding your Immigrant Visa application or how this change will affect your process please visit the following link:

    To contact the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about your case, please visit this webpage:

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What is an immigrant visa?

An immigrant visa is a document issued by a U.S. consular officer abroad that allows you to travel to the United States and apply for admission as a legal permanent resident (LPR).

An immigration inspector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security makes the final decision as to whether or not to admit you as an LPR.

Once you are admitted as an LPR, you generally have the right to live and work in the United States permanently. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security will mail your permanent resident card (often called a “green card”) to your new address in the United States, usually within three months of your entry into the United States. 

A complete list of types of immigrant visas can be found at the Department of State.

U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is currently processing immigrant visas in the F4 and adoption categories.  F4 beneficiaries are the brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens who have filed immigrant visa petitions on their behalf.

Applicants who will have their interviews in Mexico City will be contacted directly by the Department of State’s National Visa Center and given instructions on requirements they must fulfill before their immigrant visa interview.

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