Immigrant Visas

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Embassy in Kuwait remains unable to resume routine visa operations. We are currently offering as many appointments as resources and safety allow. Due to the prioritization of Immigrant Visa cases, the Embassy has a reduced capacity to process Non-Immigrant Visas. We do not currently envision being able to offer most routine Non-Immigrant Visa appointments that require an interview, including for petition-based employment visas or business/tourist visas.  The Embassy will continue to process student visas, visas for emergency medical travel, all immigrant visa categories, and K-1 fiancé/fiancée visa applications.  If you have a valid visa or had a US visa that expired within the last 48 months, you may be able to renew your visa without an interview.  For more information on MRV fees and scheduling a visa appointment, visit our visa information website. If you have an urgent medical matter and need to travel immediately, follow the guidance provided at our expedited appointment website to request an emergency appointment.

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 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 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