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Immigrant Visas

Important Notice:

The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system.  We are operating at a significantly reduced capacity and will be until we clear the document backlog.

This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.

We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.  We will be posting updates to Travel.State.Gov as more information becomes available.


The Consular Section has changed the timings of submission of the OF-194 forms (blue sheets) and accompanying documents. Visa applicants of all visa categories who have been given an OF-194 (blue sheet) and asked to submit additional documents should come to the Embassy on any Sunday, Monday or Wednesday between 3.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. instead of any Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 12.00-12.30 p.m. at gate # 2 of the Embassy to submit their documents. Visa applicants should also bring all of thier passports.

This change will be in effect from July 06, 2014. However, for the ease of all visa applicants we will still be collecting documents on any Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 12.00-12.30 p.m. at gate # 2 of the Embassy until July 17, 2014. Please note that, from July 20, 2014, this service will stop and we will only be collecting documents on any Sunday, Monday or Wednesday between 3.00-3.30 p.m.

How to Communicate with the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy - Dhaka

As part of U.S. Embassy – Dhaka’s efforts to improve customer service and facilitate public outreach for consular customers, the Consular Section’s Information Unit will receive and process all inquiries related to immigrant and nonimmigrant visa inquiries solely via email.  In addition, the Consular Section no longer accepts mailed or faxed correspondence. This standard is intended to ensure that communications are fully documented and consistent from one customer to the next.

The U.S. Embassy’s website contains detailed information for all consular services and answers to most questions. If the needed information cannot be found on the website, individuals may contact the Consular Section by email.

• For inquiries related to immigration visas, the email address is

With the exception of emergencies involving American citizens, anyone calling by phone will be advised to send their inquiry by email to  Questions will generally not be answered over the phone.

Regarding USCIS Immigrant Fee

All individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

General Information

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. 

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 following websites may also be helpful for more information on types of visas, entry procedures and consular services: 

Instructions for IV Applicants Scheduled for an Interview

  1. Interview checklist for IV applicants (PDF 164 KB) | In Bangla (PDF 210 KB)
  2. Instructions for Registered Birth/Death Certificates (PDF 15.1KB) | In Bangla (PDF 52 KB)
  3. Instructions for Marriage Certificates (PDF 15 KB) | In Bangla (PDF 57 KB)
  4. Instructions for obtaining Police Certificates (PDF 192 KB) | In Bangla (PDF 212 KB)
  5. Instructions for Medical Examination for Immigrant Visas (PDF 208 KB)  | In Bangla (PDF 388 KB)
  6. List of photo studios in Dhaka (PDF 93 KB) | In Bangla (PDF 66 KB)
  7. Visa Application Forms
  8. Important Pamphlet: For K-1, K-3, IR-1/CR-1, and F2A Immigrant Visa Applicants (International Marriage Broker Regulation Act)