Immigrant Visas

Update on Afghan Immigrant Visa Processing at U.S. Mission Pakistan

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and U.S. Consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar are not designated special processing posts for Afghan immigrant visas. However, some cases may be eligible for processing in Islamabad. We are working closely with the National Visa Center (NVC) on individual cases.

  • If you have questions about an active Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) case, you can contact the National Visa Center (NVC) at AfghanSIVapplication@state.gov or + 1- 603-334-0888 (Monday-Friday); +1-603-526-7594 (7 days a week 7:00AM -12:00AM Eastern Standard Time).
  • Applicants with approved I-360 petitions should contact NVCSIV@state.gov.
  • SIV applicants whose cases are ready for consular interview and who are interested in transferring their case to an immigrant visa processing post outside of Afghanistan should refer to:  https://nvc.state.gov/inquiry.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Pakistan at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

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 the process for an immigrant visa petition.

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