Immigrant Visas

[Updated September 28, 2020] 

With the exception of a limited number student visa appointments, all routine visa services at U.S. Embassy Nassau are currently suspended.  

In coordination with the Ministry of Health of The Bahamas, U.S. Embassy Nassau continues to implement all appropriate measures to help control the spread of COVID-19. 

As of March 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau suspended all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  On August 31, 2020, we resumed student visa interviews, limiting appointments to allow for appropriate physical distancing within the Embassy.  All other routine visa services will resume as soon as possible, but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

If you have already submitted a visa application, your application fee (also known as the MRV fee) remains valid in the country where the payment was made for one year from the date of payment or until December 31, 2021, whichever is later.

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please submit an application through, pay the application fee, and follow the guidance provided at under “I need an earlier appointment” to request an emergency interview.

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