Immigrant Visas

The United States Consulate General in Sydney has paused routine and emergency visa services, including Diversity visa (DV) applications and services for Lawful Permanent Residents. These applications are processed at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney only. There are no exemptions for this, nor are there options for Skype, Zoom etc. There will be no extensions for DV Visas, as no DV 2021 visa can be issued after September 30, 2021. 

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra and the U.S. Consulates General in Perth and Melbourne do not process Immigrant Visa applications however, you may still lodge an I-130 Petition or Form DS-117 at the U.S. Consulate General Perth and Melbourne when their consular services return to normal. 

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 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