Immigrant Visas

U.S. Embassy Tirana resumed immigrant visa services for Spouse (IR1, CR1) and Fiancé(e) (K1) visa categories on October 19, 2020, for those applicants with currently valid petitions from USCIS. Please note that routine services for other immigrant visa categories remain suspended at this time.  For other types of visas, please visit our nonimmigrant visas page.

If you previously were issued an immigrant visa that was valid on April 23, 2020, but you were unable to travel to the U.S. prior to your visa expiration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may request a visa re-issuance. Please email the Embassy at TiranaUSConsulate@state.gov for more information.

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