Immigrant Visas

As of July 20, 2020, the United States Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia is resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including:

  • Immigrant visa categories: IR/CR1, IR/CR2, IR/IH3, IR/IH4,
  • Nonimmigrant visa categories: F1, M1, and certain J1 and C1/D

Student visa applicants including F-1, M-1, and J-1 categories whose program start dates are quickly approaching should use the emergency appointment request function at to inform us of your start date, so that we can prioritize accordingly.

For all visa categories, if you have an urgent need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at email:;
website link:; or call center number +995 32 2471 160 to request an emergency appointment. Emergency requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 may request an emergency appointment if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Presidential Proclamation here:

While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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

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 Visas