Immigrant Visas

Disruption to Immigrant Visa Processing in Abu Dhabi for Iranian Nationals

Due to entry regulations enforced by the Abu Dhabi authorities, the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi must cancel all immigrant visa appointments for Iranian nationals who are not UAE residents.  Immigrant visa scheduling for Iranian nationals will continue when the authorities in Abu Dhabi relax entry regulations into the Abu Dhabi emirate.  All Iranian applicants who had an appointment in April, May, and June will be contacted regarding the cancellation of their appointment.

Resumption of Limited, Routine Immigrant Visa Processing in Abu Dhabi

Effective immediately, we have increased the range of immigrant visa services available and resumed limited, routine immigrant visa interviews.  Among immigrant visa applications, we will prioritize emergency cases and then Immediate Relative family members of U.S. citizens including intercountry adoptions, fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens, and certain Special Immigrant Visa applications.

Immigrant visa applicants whose petitions remain valid and who were previously interviewed but refused visas due to P.P. 10014 and/or P.P. 9645 should contact us at AbuDhabiIV@state.gov. You must include your ABD case number in the subject line to get a response. We are currently experiencing a high-volume of inquiries and will review every inquiry in the order received.  Multiple, identical inquiries will slow down case review and processing.

As we increase the range of our immigrant services available, we’ll be processing cases in the order that the National Visa Center determined the case to be “documentarily qualified.”  When a case becomes documentarily qualified, the National Visa Center sends an email to notify you that it is complete and pending scheduling at the Embassy, so please review your past emails from the National Visa Center to determine what date your case became documentarily qualified. You may also check your CEAC account to find this date.

Diversity Visa 2020:  Those holding diversity visas issued in 2020 that are still valid may seek entry to the United States immediately, despite the visa annotation, “Entry Subject to PP 10014.” All DV-2020 visa holders are encouraged to travel as soon as practicable.

Diversity Visa 2021:  DV applicants for the 2021 fiscal year (DV-2021) should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview.

Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 10143

COVID-19-related Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 10143, which suspend entry into the United States of aliens who have been physically present in the People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa, respectively, in the 14-day period prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States, remain in effect. Visa categories IR/CR-1, IR/CR-2, IR/IH-3, IR/IH-4, and F2A applicants are explicitly excepted; all other IV applicants and K fiancé(e) nonimmigrant visa applicants remain subject to these three geographical COVID-19 Proclamations.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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 travel.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.

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