Immigrant Visas: Family-Based Immigration

Afghanistan is experiencing an intense third wave of COVID-19 cases throughout the country.  In response to the current outbreak, effective June 13 the Embassy’s Consular Section is suspending all visa operations. Those scheduled for appointments in coming days will be contacted directly to reschedule as soon as visa operations resume.

Applicants do not need to contact the Embassy to reschedule and should not come to the Embassy.  We acknowledge and regret the inconvenience to applicants, as we seek to protect the health of our staff and applicants to ensure we can fully support visa and other consular services going forward. 

Two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories, immediate relatives and family preference, are provided under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories  on usvisas.state.gov to learn more about these two categories of immigrant visas, as well as other types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.