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Immigrant Visas

How to Qualify/Apply for an Immigrant Visa

U.S. Embassy Dili does not process immigrant visas. Please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta for information on how to apply for a visa there. Timorese residents may also apply at other U.S. Embassies or Consulates in the region.

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 applying for an immigrant visa.