Immigrant Visas

Immigrant Visa Update: U.S. Embassy Tirana has resumed limited immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas according to the Department’s prioritization framework.

Please note that appointment availability will continue to be limited due to resource constraints related to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We appreciate your patience. Immigrant visa applicants will be contacted directly once their case has been scheduled for an interview.

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 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 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