Family-Based Immigration

We are only accepting applications from residents of Zimbabwe at this time. Non-resident applicants cannot currently apply for a U.S. visa in Zimbabwe and should reach out to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to their place of habitual residence resumes visa services.

If you received a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) with a date and time for a scheduled interview at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe, please disregard that date and time. The letter from NVC means that your case has been transferred to the Embassy in Zimbabwe for processing. We will email you with instructions and with a date and time for interview once you indicate you are documentarily ready. If you have not received instructions directly from within two weeks of receiving your letter from NVC, please email us.

Two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories, immediate relatives and family preference, are provided under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  You may wish to review the Family Immigration page on to learn more about these two categories of immigrant visas, as well as other types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.

To apply for an immediate relative or family preference immigrant visa, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.