Immigrant Visas

As of April 8, 2021, the Embassy is currently able to process all categories of immigrant visa cases. Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions for information regarding scheduling and rescheduling of appointments.

Please see our nonimmigrant visa page for information relating to tourist/business (category B1/B2) visas, student visas (categories F and M), exchange visas (category J) and work visas (categories H, L, O, P and R).

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Poland, Belarus, and Russia at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.

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 Visa applicants from Russia:   U.S. Embassy Warsaw is the processing post for Russian immigrant visa applications.  (U.S. Embassy Moscow no longer offers immigrant visa services due to the government of Russia’s April 23, 2021 notification prohibiting U.S. Embassy Moscow from employing foreign nationals in any capacity.) 

  • If you are a Russian immigrant visa applicant and have not yet received an appointment notice for an interview from the National Visa Center (NVC), when you are eligible NVC will send you an appointment notice for an interview at U.S. Embassy Warsaw (not U.S. Embassy Moscow). 
    • Please contact NVC through the Ask NVC online contact form if you wish to inquire about your case status.
    • Please put your name and case number in the subject line to help aid swift processing (example: SMIRNOV, Mariya, MOS0001234567).  To further ensure processing as quickly as possible, please send only one inquiry.  We ask for your patience as NVC works through each inquiry.
    • If you have not yet received an NVC appointment notice, please do not contact U.S. Embassy Warsaw as we do not yet have your case.
  • If you have already received an appointment notice for somewhere else and would like your case transferred, U.S. Embassy Warsaw is currently accepting transfer of all categories of Russian immigrant visa cases on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Please email your request to  Please put your name and case number in the subject line to help aid swift processing (example: SMIRNOV, Mariya, MOS0001234567).
    • If you are a Diversity Visa (DV) selectee who was assigned to Embassy Moscow for processing, your case will be automatically reassigned to Embassy Warsaw.
      • There is no need for you to take any action unless you have a justified reason to request a different assignment.  Your case will be scheduled by the Kentucky Consular Center according to legally mandated precedence.
      • Please do not contact U.S. Embassy Warsaw regarding transfer of DV cases to Warsaw or to request DV appointments.
      • If you need to reschedule your DV appointment, we will not be able to do it until you e-mail us a scan of a valid Schengen visa or other proof of being able to attend a visa interview in Poland. If we are able to confirm this proof, we will do our best to set a new interview for you. This pertains also to citizens of Belarus.
  • On February 16, 2023, the Department of State designated U.S. Embassy Tashkent and U.S. Consulate General Almaty as processing posts for Russian IR-5 (parent of a U.S. citizen) immigrant visa (IV) applicants.  IR-5 immigrant visa appointments will be scheduled through the National Visa Center.  U.S. Embassy Warsaw remains the processing post for Russian applicants applying for all other IV categories.

Immigrant Visas