Immigrant Visas

The Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm has begun a phased resumption of some immigrant visa services and offers limited appointments to those applicants who will qualify for an exception to the COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations (IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, CR-2). While the Embassy aims to process the cases as soon practicable, there is likely to be increased waiting times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.

Update: September 3, 2020.  We are not processing K visa applications unless they qualify for an exception under Presidential Proclamation 9993.  If you feel that you are eligible for an exception from Presidential Proclamation 9993 (ex. you have a minor U.S. citizen or LPR child under 21), please contact us at stkivinfo@state.gov. The I-129F petition remains valid and can be re-validated at the time of applicant´s interview. We are unable to provide a specific date for when the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm will resume K-1 visa services, or when the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm will return to processing at pre-COVID workload levels, but please be assured that we will resume K-1 visa services as soon as possible while complying with operational and travel regulations and restrictions. This is why we encourage applicants to monitor this website regularly for the latest information about the Embassy’s operating status and any further updates.

Presidential Proclamations in effect:

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and 10041:

  • Brazil;
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau

Please review the Presidential Proclamation for detailed information, including exceptions:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-novel-coronavirus/

On June 22, 2020, the President signed a Proclamation which extends the previous Proclamation 10014 and suspends the entry of certain additional foreign nationals to the United States through December 31, 2020. Please read the Proclamation in full for details, including exceptions: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/

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