Who is entitled to submit a visa application in the Gulf countries ?
Two sets of family immigrant visa categories, direct relatives and family preference, are provided under the provisions of the United States Immigration Act and specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
To apply for an immigrant visa for a direct relative or family preference, follow the steps in the immigrant visa process at usvisas.state.gov. Once you have completed these steps, review the instructions provided by the National Visa Center, in addition to the information provided on this website for further guidance and instructions.
The K-1 non-immigrant fiancé(e) visa is for a foreign fiancé (fiancée) of a U.S. citizen. The K-1 visa allows a foreign fiancé (fiancée) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. sponsor within 90 days of arrival. You can find out more about fiancé (fiancée) visas at usvisas.state.gov.
Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), approximately 140,000 work-based immigrant visas are provided for eligible applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law. Work-based immigrant visas fall into five preferential categories. Some spouses and children may accompany or continue to join immigrants for work. You can learn more about these five categories of immigrant work visas at usvisas.state.gov.
To apply for a work immigrant visa, follow the steps in the immigrant visa process at usvisas.state.gov. Once you have completed these steps, review the instructions provided by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information provided on this website for further guidance and instructions.
The Immigration Act of 1990 created the Diversity Visa (DV) program, whereby 55,000 immigrant visas would be available in an annual Program, starting in the fiscal year of 1995. The DV Program aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low immigration rates to the United States in the past five years.
To apply for a Diversity Visa, follow the steps in the Diversity Visa process at usvisas.state.gov. Once you have completed these steps, review the information provided on this website for further guidance and instructions.
Returning Resident Visa
A permanent resident (called lawful permanent resident or LPR) or conditional resident (CR) who has stayed outside the United States for more than one year, or exceeded the validity period of the re-entry permit, will need a new immigrant visa to enter the United States and resume permanent residence. You can learn more about returning resident visas at usvisas.state.gov.
Every year, millions of people from all over the world migrate to the United States, from tourists visiting the country for two weeks to workers coming for a job and refugees fleeing persecution. The number of people coming to the United States, where they come from, and why they come has changed dramatically over time.
The reasons why people emigrate to the United States have changed in recent years. In 2015, (987,894) student visas were issued. This number decreased by (27.6%) to (714,885) in 2018. During the same period, the number of work visas – including skilled and unskilled workers – increased by (16.4%) from (762,473) to (887,528).
Refugees and asylum-seekers, migrants who flee their countries due to danger or persecution, constitute a small segment of immigrants. In 2018, there were 61,092 refugees and asylum seekers settled in the United States, decreased by (42.2%) from (105,350) immigrants approved in 2016.
In 2018, there were 44.7 million foreign-born residents in the United States, representing (13.6%) of the population. In the same year, the naturalized population surpassed the number of stateless immigrants for the first time.