Immigrant Visas

IMPORTANT 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. When in doubt, please email the visa unit at tbilisiconsular@state.gov for guidance before making any travel plans.

As of February 17, the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia is resuming certain immigrant visa services, including immediate relative spouse and child immigrant visas, and K visas. In addition, a limited number of family preference, employment-based, returning resident, and diversity visa cases are also being processed. 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 tbilisiconsular@state.gov and request an emergency appointment, providing your full name and date of birth, case number if known, and justification for an emergency appointment.

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