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Immigrant Visas

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The Embassy of the United States in Lima will be closed during the Peruvian national celebrations, from Monday, July 27th, through Wednesday, July 29th.

Important Notice

  • Window 13 will remain closed on Tuesday, June 30th.

Change to Access Policy

  • All U.S. citizens and visa applicants must go through a security screening process before entering the embassy.  Please note that the embassy will not provide storage of any kind and applicants with prohibited items will not be allowed to enter the Consular Section.  In order to make the process as quick as possible, applicants should only carry their passports and supporting documents for their consular service.

Notice about Returning Residents

  • A lawfully permanent resident who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year due to circumstances beyond his/her control my apply for a Returning Resident (SB-1) visa.  You may obtain information about this type of visa and submit the SB-1 application, on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Window 13 in the Consular Section.

Notice about Medical Examination Fees

  • Starting April 28, 2015, the fees for medical examinations of immigrant visa applicants will be:

    • • S/.650 for applicants ages 15 and up (includes exam and lab fees)
    • • S/.900 for applicants ages 2 to 14 (includes exam and IGRA-Quantiferon test)
    • • S/.450 for applicants newborns to 23 months of age

Immigrant Visas

In general, to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition.  Therefore, a first step is filing a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  For information on this step, visit the USCIS website.

After an immigrant petition filed in the United States is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing.  NVC plays an important role in the next steps of the immigrant visa process by providing instructions to petitioners, sponsors, and visa applicants; reviewing required Affidavit of Support forms from sponsors; and receiving fees, application forms, and other required documents from visa applicants.  For numerically limited family preference petitions, NVC contacts the petitioner once the petition's priority date is about to become current

The National Visa Center will only send cases to the U.S. Embassy in Lima with current priority dates.  A Consular Officer in the Immigrant Visa section then interviews beneficiaries during their scheduled appointment to ensure that they qualify for resident status prior to issuing an immigrant visa.  To check if your priority date is current, please review the monthly visa bulletin or contact the National Visa Center

Please note that no assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance.  A consular officer can make a decision regarding your visa application only after your formal application and all documents have been reviewed, and you have been personally interviewed by a consular officer.  Do not make any travel arrangements to move to the United States, dispose of property or give up your job until a visa has been issued to you and you have received your passport via DHL.

Effective February 1, 2013 all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a US$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: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.

Fees for Visa Services

  • Immigrant visa application processing fees are tiered based on the visa category you apply for.  Please see the Bureau of Consular Affairs website for a complete list of visa fees.

Fraud Warning: Visa Lottery

  • Peru does not currently qualify to participate in the Diversity Visa Program, commonly referred to as the Visa Lottery.

    Fraudulent websites are posing as official U.S. Government sites.  Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" DV entry forms.  There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.  To learn more, see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.

    The Department of State does not notify successful DV applicants by letter or email.  Entrants can check the status of their entries by visiting the DV Entrant Status Check website.