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.

As of October 1, 2021, if a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or licensed or authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available to the applicant in the country where the medical examination is conducted, the eligible applicant must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series in addition to all other necessary vaccines required for the medical exam. Refugees and Non-immigrant visa applicants, including K-visa applicants, are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the immigration medical examination. Approved COVID-19 vaccines are those vaccines authorized for emergency use (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) (see “Status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process”).

Foreign national air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions. This is in addition to the requirement to show a negative Covid-19 test. Please see our “Visas” page for a more complete description.

  • The CDC has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include those FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO).  See for more details. Of vaccines available in Zimbabwe, only the Russia-produced “Sputnik V” does not meet this requirement.
  • Air travelers will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States before boarding. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.

 Please visit Travel.State.Gov for more details, including information about children travelers, and answers to frequently asked questions about the new proof of vaccination policy.

When your case is ready for interview at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe, you will receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) with the date and time of your interview. You should plan to come to the embassy at that time for your interview.

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.