Immigrant Visas: Returning Resident Visa

U.S. Embassy Kabul has resumed immigrant visa interviews. The Consular Section is rescheduling applicants who had their interviews cancelled due to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section halting in person appearances because of COVID.  Once this phase is complete, the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, in coordination with the National Visa Center, will resume scheduling new immigrant visa appointments for applications that are documentarily complete.The Consular Section will schedule applicants in the order that they became documentarily qualified and will not have capacity for expedited appointments.

Due to ongoing COVID-mitigation measures, the Embassy will have a reduced appointment capacity. The health and safety of applicants and staff will be the first priority as the Consular Section resumes visa interviews and may require future cancellations or reductions in appointments. Applicants with a pending appointment or with a case that is ready for scheduling may still face significant delays.

Nonimmigrant visa interviews remain suspended due to COVID.

A permanent resident (called lawful permanent resident or LPR) or conditional resident (CR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year, or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit, will require a new immigrant visa to enter the United States and resume permanent residence.  You can learn more about Returning Resident Visas on usvisas.state.gov.