Immigrant Visas

The United States Consulate General Sydney has paused routine and emergency visa services, while we move to our new location. This includes Immigrant visa applicants (including K fiancé(e) visa applicants), Diversity visa (DV) applications and services for Lawful Permanent Residents.

To address the reduction in services and move delay in Sydney, the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne will start conducting interviews for immigrant visa applicants in December 2021. Our immigrant visa team contacted all of our immigrant visa applicants with pending cases held at U.S. Consulate Sydney by email last Friday, 05th November 2021. If you have not received an email, please email

Additional information on visa services and restrictions relating to COVID-19 is available here.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Australia only at the U.S. Consulate in Sydney.

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 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