Immigrant Visas

Given the suspension of routine visa processing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and under the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10014, as of December 1, U.S. Embassy Beirut can only schedule emergency and mission-critical IV cases, including IR/CR1, IR/CR2, IR/IH3, IR/IH4, K1s, SQ/SI-SIVs, certain employment-based healthcare professionals, and cases involving an applicant who is aging out of eligibility.  Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: 

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

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.

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Immigrant Visas