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Immigrant Visas

Important Notice

The Department of State acknowledges the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) deadline, requiring all travelers have a machine readable passport by November 24, 2015. Please note that under U.S. law a machine readable passport is NOT required for visa issuing purposes. So long as an applicant presents a valid passport, a visa can placed in it. However, non-machine readable passport bearers will be ineligible for international travel on commercial aircraft.

Dhaka IV Clinic - Dec 10, 2015    In Bengali

U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s immigrant visa unit will be holding an immigrant visa outreach program on December 10, 2015 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the American Center, Dhaka. A consular officer from the visa section and the head of the immigrant visa section will be there to talk about Family, Employment, and Investment-based immigration to the United States. There will be a presentation explaining how to legally immigrate to the United States. Also, a detailed explanation will be there on how you can prepare yourself on the day of your immigrant visa interview so that you are successful on your very first interview day. In this presentation, there will no questions and answers regarding any specific immigrant visa case. You are cordially invited to join us and learn about U.S. immigrant visa processing. Please let us know on or before December 9, 2015 if you are interested in attending by emailing us at

Notice - New Location of Green Crescent Health Services

Effective December 1, 2015, our Panel Physician's office, Green Crescent Health Services is moving to a new location. The new address is: House # 60, Road: Park Road (North Side of U.S. Embassy, Dhaka), Baridhara Diplomatic Zone, Dhaka -1212. Thank you.

 What is an Immigrant Visa?

Immigrant Visas (IVs) allow a citizen of another country to enter the United States to live and work there on a permanent basis.  Except for Diversity Visas (DVs), all IVs require a petition to be filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services through the Department of Homeland Security. 

Under U.S. law, IVs are generally reserved for persons who are either close relatives of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, or who have been hired to work in jobs that the government has determined cannot be filled by U.S. citizens due to a shortage of Americans with the skills needed to perform these jobs.  Most immigration to the United States is initiated by a close relative or employer who submits a petition on the applicant’s behalf in the United States.

All immigrant visa applicants must create a Profile at in order to either collect their approved immigrant visa or submit additional 221(g) documents. The Principal applicant only needs to create this profile. 

For more information regarding rules and procedures, legal permanent residency, petition-based visas of all types, and forms, please visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website at or the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at

The petition has been approved. What do I do next? 

Generally, immigrant visa petitions are filled with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States. If your petition is approved, it will be sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) which will process your application. Click here for further information.

How do I prepare for the Immigrant Visa interview?

If you have been notified of the date of your visa interview by NVC, click here for more information.

What happens after the interview?

You have attended the visa interview and want to know what is next? Click here for more information.

Visa Inquiries

  • By Phone:

    Within Bangladesh: 09610202040
    (hours: Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)

    Within the United States: 703-988-3466
    (Hours: Sunday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time in the United States)

    By Email:

    For routine visa inquiries:
    For case-specific visa inquiries:  
    Visa Fraud, Malfeasance or Crime Tips: