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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.

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Statue of Liberty in front of American flag Learn About Immigrating to the United States  Are you planning to immigrate to the United States? Learn more about the different steps in the immigrant visa process.


Family-Based Visas

For immigration of certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents


Intercountry Adoption Visas

For adopting orphans from other countries


Employment-Based Visas

For immigration based on permanent employment or investment by entrepeneurs.

Special Immigrant Visas

For immigration based on special categories, including former U.S. government employees.

Diversity Visa

For information about the annual program that makes available immigrant diversity visas to eligible persons from certain countries.