Immigrant Visa Information

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Overview

In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.

Petitions

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident sponsors residing in the United States may file Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, online at  https://www.uscis.gov or, if filing by mail, must file Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the USCIS Chicago, Dallas, or Phoenix Lockbox facility, depending on where you live.  Please see the complete list of addresses on the USCIS Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-130 page.    

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident sponsors residing outside of the United States, including those who are residing in Ghana, may file Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, online at  https://www.uscis.gov or by mail to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox using one of the following addresses:

USCIS Dallas Lockbox addresses

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: I-130
P.O. Box 650264
Dallas, TX 75265

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: I-130
2501 S. State Hwy, 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Dallas lockbox, please see the USCIS website at http://uscis.gov or contact USCIS by telephone in the U.S. at 1-800-375-5283.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective December 23, 2016, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $220.00 Immigrant Fee to USCIS before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. USCIS strongly encourages visa applicants to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee after you pick up your immigrant visa from the Department of State and before you depart for the United States. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: USCIS.gov/immigrantfee

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by an Embassy-approved Panel Physician. Information about the medical exam can be found here. You will receive instructions about how to schedule an appointment for your medical exam from NVC or the Embassy. Do not try to make an appointment before receiving these instructions

Embassy Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the Embassy on the date of your appointment. You should arrive at the Embassy 15 minutes before your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the Embassy that describe what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.

Registration

In order to pick up your immigrant visa issued in Accra, you MUST create an account on here. Creating an account online gives us the information we need to return your passport and documents to you after your interview. When your documents are ready for pick up, you will receive an SMS and email notice on the phone number and email address provided on this link. It is therefore important that you provide the correct information. Registration is free.

Scheduling Appointments

Only applicants who have been contacted or directed by the Embassy to schedule appointments are required to schedule appointments. Applicants who have been contacted by the Embassy may create profiles on this link and follow the instructions on scheduling appointments.