Immigrant Visas

[Updated December 23, 2020]

Courier process for returning visas and passports to applicants (Changes begin December 24, 2020) 

  • Beginning December 24, 2020, all applicants will be required to provide a pre-paid or cash-on-delivery waybill in order for the approved visa to be returned to the applicant.  

Applicants applying in-person for a Non-Immigrant or Immigrant Visa 

  • Beginning on December 24, 2020 all applicants must provide a pre-paid or cash-on-delivery waybill at the time of the interview. The courier service that is used must provide tracking services (see options below).
  • Only one waybill is necessary for family or applicant groups who wish for their visas/passports to be returned to the same address.
  • Visa pickup from the U.S. Embassy will not be granted except in emergency situations. An “emergency” is defined as a situation when the applicant has little to no control over his/her time of application and travel plans (e.g. funerals). 

Courier Options

Please Note:

  • If your visa application is refused, the U.S. Embassy is not able to assist in the refund of pre-paid waybills.
  • For general questions regarding waybills or refunds please reach out directly to your local courier service provider.

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

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