Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Immigration

Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow-to-join employment-based immigrants.  You can learn more about these five categories of employment-based immigrant visas on

To apply for an employment-based immigrant visa, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.


All IV applicants who reside in Poland have to register with the GSS service and choose their visa pick-up option before coming to the Embassy. Please note that we will not be able to accept your visa applications and supporting documents without the proof of your registration (your UID confirmation number). For registration and selection of your visa pick-up option, please visit or call the information line at +48 22 307 1361 in Poland or (703) 988 7101 in the United States. Visas for residents of Poland are returned to applicants by TNT courier service after they register at You can choose either Premium Delivery (for additional 24 PLN paid directly to a TNT courier on delivery to your home address in Poland) or you can select a TNT office pick-up location before you come for your interview.

The TNT delivery option is not available to residents of Belarus. Therefore they do not have to register with the GSS system (except for fiancé visa applicants). Their immigrant visas will be ready for pick-up at the Embassy the next afternoon.