Immigrant Visas

[Updated August 4, 2020]

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 United States Embassy in Nassau suspended all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. After temporarily offering limited student visa appointments on July 29, student visa services are once again suspended as a result of the two-week national lockdown announced on August 3. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com, by phone at +1-242-603-1290 or +1-703-831-3448, or via email to VisaNassau@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

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 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