Immigrant Visas

The Department of State is aware of the various court orders regarding the reservation of DV-2020 and DV-2021 diversity visas. Public guidance will be published here regarding the Department’s plan for complying with these orders as it becomes available.

NOTE:  Applicants required to appear at the Embassy for an interview or other consular service must meet the following requirements:

  • Have no COVID or other illness symptoms, or a positive COVID test, or been under quarantine, or had close contact with anyone under quarantine or who had a positive COVID test, in the last 14 days; and
  • Comply with all Georgian Government entry requirements (generally being fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test result administered 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia), if applicable.

Please note that vaccination status does not affect the above requirements and there is no waiver of or exemption from these requirements.

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia’s Immigrant Visa unit is now conducting a limited number of immediate relative spouse and child immigrant visa, K visa, family preference immigrant visa, employment-based immigrant visa, returning resident SB-1, and diversity visa interviews. Applicants will receive instructions regarding the scheduling of appointments when their cases are ready for interview. We will resume additional visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.

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. If you have an urgent immigrant visa matter, please email the National Visa Center (NVCExpedite@state.gov) and provide the reason for the expedite request, the case number, the petitioner’s name and date of birth, and the beneficiary’s name and date of birth.  Expedite requests made directly to the Embassy will not receive a response.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Georgia and Azerbaijan 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 usvisas.state.gov 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 usvisas.state.gov 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