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Immigrant Visas

If you already have an appointment scheduled at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, please note these instructions (PDF 35KB) and see the preparation instructions for your interview (PDF 258KB).

If you have not already done so please fill out the DS-260.

Please remember you must attend a separate appointment at the Applicant Service Center before your consular interview.

What is an immigrant visa?

An immigrant visa is a document issued by a U.S. consular officer abroad that allows you to travel to the United States and apply for admission as a legal permanent resident (LPR).

An immigration inspector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security makes the final decision as to whether or not to admit you as an LPR.

Once you are admitted as an LPR, you generally have the right to live and work in the United States permanently. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security will mail your permanent resident card (often called a “green card”) to your new address in the United States, usually within three months of your entry into the United States. 

A complete list of types of immigrant visas can be found at the Department of State.

Please read the important information regarding Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents.


  • All U.S. citizens accompanying immigrant visa applicants to Juarez must possess a valid U.S. passport or passport card to cross back into the United States. Visit the State Department site for a complete list of acceptable travel documents and for information on applying for a passport.

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