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 in the last 14 days;
  • Be physically present in Georgia for at least 10 days; and
  • Comply with any Georgian Government quarantine and COVID testing requirements.

Access may be similarly restricted for applicants who were physically present in the last 10 days in areas within Georgia of epidemiological concern for increased COVID risk.

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 resumed certain routine processing on February 17.  Immediate relative spouse and child immigrant visa, and K visa, interviews are conducted on Wednesdays. In addition, a limited number of family preference, employment-based, returning resident, and diversity visa interviews are held on Thursdays. 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 ( 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.

We are not currently able to accept transfer requests for cases assigned to other consulates or embassies except for citizens and current residents of Georgia and Azerbaijan.   

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 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