Immigrant Visas

The United States Embassy in Kuwait is resuming certain immigrant visa services, including for IR1/CR1 applicants (spouse of a U.S. citizen), IR2/CR2 applicants (child of a U.S. citizen), K-1 applicants (fiancé(e) of U.S. citizen), and certain medical professional visas.  While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please contact KuwaitIV@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.   

Applicants for immigrant visa categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.  In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we have instituted strict social distancing practices in our facilities.  All applicants must wear masks.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact us at KuwaitIV@state.gov to reschedule their interview.

Modern Immigration Visa (MIV) Transition:   The U.S. Department of State is transitioning to paperless processing for most types of immigration visas, which will provide faster and more convenient service for many immigration visa applicants. If your immigrant visa will be processed under the new MIV system, the National Visa Center (NVC) will provide you instructions on how to electronically upload required documents.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Kuwait at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas