Immigrant Visas

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This suspension was lifted on July 15, 2020. The U.S. Embassy in Asuncion can now issue visas on an emergency and mission-critical basis. As local conditions permit, the Consular section will begin providing additional services.

All applicants with urgent travel plans should follow the guidance below to request an emergency appointment. Please note that requesting an emergency appointment does not guarantee that you will receive an appointment. As always, we recommend that you not make non-refundable travel plans until you have your visa in hand.

Please email ParaguayIV@state.gov for instructions on scheduling an appointment.

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

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