Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is currently processing a limited number of immigrant visa cases.  While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as possible, there is an increased wait time due to a substantial backlog. Please visit Travel.State.Gov for an update regarding worldwide visa services, COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, and visa related questions.

If you/one of your children will soon turn 21 or you have an urgent need to travel to the United States for a medical or other emergency, please send an email to with a detailed explanation of your circumstances so we may assess your case.

If you were issued a visa in any category except DV and were unable to use the visa before it expired, we may be able to reissue your visa upon receipt of updated documents and new fees. Contact us at with any questions about reissued visas.

For all applicants whose cases are documentarily qualified and are pending an appointment date from the National Visa Center (NVC) and Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), you will receive your appointment date on a first-in, first-out basis. There are currently backlogs in every visa category. If you have a serious medical emergency, you may contact NVC directly to request an expedited appointment.

On, February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,”. President Biden also suspended the sections of PPs 10052 and 10131 which continued PP 10014 past its original expiration. These proclamations restricted the issuance of certain immigrant visas. Immigrant visa applicants, who had been affected by these proclamations, should review the instructions found here.  We will contact applicants who already had interviews in the PP 10014-affected visa categories (IR5 and all F visa categories) with instructions about how to process your case to completion.

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

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 the Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps for the Immigrant Visa Process or the Diversity Visa Process 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 next steps.

*** Important Note:  We advise applicants not to make any travel arrangements before they physically receive their visas. ***

Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo offers limited services to U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, such as Returning Resident Visas and Boarding Foils.