Immigrant Visas

Beginning September 13th, 2021, all immigrant visa applicants above the age of 2 years will be required to complete a PCR COVID-19 test 24 to 72 hours before their regular medical exam.  Please do NOT take a COVID-19 test before receiving instructions from the panel physician, as only panel physician-designated lab(s) may perform the test.  Tests used for travel to El Salvador or at a non-approved lab will not be accepted.  

Applicants will receive COVID-19 test instructions from panel physicians by phone, including what documents to bring and where to take the test.  Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will have their medical exam rescheduled once they recover and test negative on a subsequent PCR test.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of El Salvador at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador.

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.

If your immigrant visa appointment is scheduled for dates later than Monday, April 26th, you must electronically upload your police certificate and recent taxes before coming to your interview. This will prevent your case from being unnecessarily delayed.

Click on the following link to learn how to upload your documents to the system using your own cell phone:

Immigrant Visas