Immigrant Visas

DV-2020 Update: For more information about the rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014 and DV-2020 applicants, please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014.”

Immigrant Visa Update: Following the rescission of Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10014 on February 24, 2021, U.S. Embassy Tirana will resume limited immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas according to the Department’s existing phased resumption of visa services framework.

Please note that appointment availability will continue to be very limited as we take precautions to ensure the health and welfare of all Embassy employees, as well as those we serve.  We appreciate your continued patience, and your cooperation with all required safety precautions. Immigrant visa applicants will be contacted directly once their case has been scheduled for an interview.

For more information about the rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014, please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014.”

Routine nonimmigrant visa services remain suspended at this time.  Please continue to monitor this website for updates.  We will provide additional details as we are able to resume additional services.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Albania at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas