Immigrant Visas: Returning Resident Visa

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.

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