Immigrant Visas

Update November 2, 2021:

COVID-19 vaccine requirement for Immigrant Visa Applicants:

 Starting on October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring that all Immigrant Visa applicants over the age of 12 be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  The Immigrant Visa Section wants to help prevent any delays in our applicant’s medical screening process and therefore, we are encouraging our applicants to begin the vaccination process now, if you are not already vaccinated for COVID-19.  Being fully vaccinated means that the applicant has completed the vaccine series (1 or 2 doses depending on formulation), which can take up to 28 days.  You will need to present your original vaccination card to the panel physician at the time of your medical appointment.  This new requirement is a crucial step forward as we all work together to fight COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Please note that the COVID-19 requirement will only apply to regular immigrant visa applicants. 

Only a panel physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for you, given your age, medical history and current medical condition and availability in country. Any questions regarding the medical examination must be directed to the panel physician once you have been scheduled for an appointment. For more detailed information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Panel Physician Technical Instructions for Vaccination. 

Status of Immigrant Visa operation:

 The Immigrant Visa at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm has resumed immigrant visa services. The Immigrant visa unit will continue to prioritize immediate family members of U.S. citizens including spouses and minor children, as well as fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens, and certain Special Immigrant Visa applications, in accordance with the phased resumption of visa services guidance. For information about Immigrant Visa Prioritization, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/immigrant-visa-prioritization.html. The Immigrant Visa Unit is mainly processing tier 1 and tier 2 cases. We encourage all applicants to monitor our website for updates on availability of visa services. 

While the Immigrant Visa Unit aims to process the cases as soon practicable, there are substantial backlogs which have resulted in significantly increased wait times. Please help us conserve our limited resources. If your case is still with the National Visa Center do not email the Embassy asking for updates as the Immigrant Visa Unit cannot answer questions regarding when your case will be scheduled for an interview.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm.

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