Immigrant Visas

Important note: As of April 1, 2020, U.S. Embassy Vientiane discontinued issuing all immigrant visas for Lao citizens and nationals applying in Vientiane, with limited exceptions.  This action was taken pursuant to section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). For more information, please open this link. (PDF 111 KB)

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the notification of lockdown by the Vientiane City Mayor’s Office, the United States Embassy in Vientiane, Laos has temporarily suspended all routine visa services.  Given the uncertain circumstances in Laos related to the current outbreak, the Embassy cannot provide a specific date when routine visa services will resume.  Once services resume and before scheduling a visa appointment, all Lao citizens and nationals applying in Laos should read further information regarding discontinuation of visa issuance to Lao nationals here.  While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there may be increased wait times due to substantial backlogs.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided here to request an emergency appointment.  Please read more information about multiple Presidential Proclamations here; you are encouraged to consider your eligibility for a visa before you make any payments as applicants do not receive refunds for refused visas.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Laos at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas