Immigrant Visas: Family-Based Immigration

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 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.

To apply for an immediate relative or family preference immigrant visa, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Please Note: 

Due to reduced staffing and support for APEC 2018 in Papua New Guinea, the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby will have limited operating hours as outlined below, and requests that all visa applicants apply for their visa interview a minimum of two weeks prior to their desired departure travel date. We sincerely regret we will be unable to process emergency cases during this time.

Temporarily Adjusted Hours:

  • September 10-28 – Visa interviews will only be held on Tuesday mornings (with pass-back on Wednesday morning, barring unforeseen circumstances).
  • November 5-16 – No Consular Services will be available for the entire two week period.
  • Normal services will resume on Monday, Nov. 19.

If you have any questions regarding any part of the U.S. visa process, please contact the Consular section at