U.S. Visas: Consular Processing
This service is for those who already have a Notice of Action (Form I-797) granted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. A lawful permanent resident card (Green Card) is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate after an interview process. A lawful permanent resident card entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not quarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the card holder’s eligibility for admission into the U.S.
What is an Immigrant Visa?
Immigrant Visas: An immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant vsia holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card (PRC), commonly known as a Green Card. The holder of PRC may reside and work in the United States. There is no requirement that the holder of a PRC apply to become a naturalized U.S. citizen; he or she may retain his or her citizenship and passport. However, those seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens may file an application after five years; the period is three years if married to a U.S. citizen.
Must I make an appointment at the U.S. Consulate?
Yes. The U.S. State Department will notify you regarding your appointment time for your Lawful Permanent Resident status interview. If your children and spouse are following to join you in the U.S., the U.S. State Department will include them in the interview process.
Please go to the following link for detailed information regarding an Immigrant Visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate nearest you: