Immigrant Visas

Update June 4, 2021:

The Immigrant Visa at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm has begun a phased resumption of some limited immigrant visa services. After meeting increased demand for services for U.S. citizens due to COVID-19 delays, the Embassy 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:

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. Applicants who have already been interviewed and solely refused under Presidential Proclamation 10014 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak) will be contacted as soon as our resources permit.

The Immigrant Visa Unit is currently not processing other family-based, employment-based, or diversity visa applications. We encourage all applicants to monitor our website for updates on availability of visa services.

K-1 Visa Processing:

We have contacted all K-1 applicants who have been seeking re-issuance of expired visas and applicants who were previously refused under the geographical presidential proclamation. To be fair to the large numbers of applicants waiting for an initial visa interview, we will be sending out checklists to applicants in the order that the I-129F petition was received at the U.S. Embassy. The I-129F will not expire. It remains valid and can be re-validated at the time of the applicant’s interview. We are unable to provide a specific date for when the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm will return to processing at pre-COVID workload levels.

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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 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