Immigrant Visas

As of January 7, 2021, the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Beirut has suspended routine visa operations in the interest of public health safety during the current Lebanese Government lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All visa appointments have been suspended until further notice. Persons whose appointments have been cancelled may reschedule at a later date. 

Please visit regularly for more information on the availability of visa services in Lebanon.  There is no fee to change an appointment. The U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and attend a visa appointment.

Applicants who need to travel for emergency reasons may request expedited appointments via their profile for expedite requests.  All emergency appointment requests must include documentation to support the reason for urgent travel.  The Consular Section will consider requests for emergency appointments on a case-by-case basis.

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