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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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  • The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem andexpect our system to be fully operational again soon.

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