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 will be increased wait times due to a substantial backlog. For an update regarding worldwide visa services, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/visa-services-operating-status-update.htmlFor the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, or visa related questions, please visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic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,” on February 24, 2021. 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.

If you reside in Egypt and your appointment was cancelled in April or May 2020, or if your case is in Cairo but has not been scheduled yet, or if you missed your appointment for any reason, please schedule/reschedule your appointment by emailing cairoiv@state.gov. Please note: if the system indicates that your case is not found, this means that your case is still with NVC (or KCC) and you will not be able to schedule an appointment at this time.  

If you/one of your children will soon turn 21 or you have a particularly urgent need to travel to the United States for a medical or other emergency, please send an email to cairoiv@state.gov wiith 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 cairoiv@state.gov 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 backlogs in every visa category. If you have a serious medical emergency you may contact NVC directly to request an expedited appointment.

DV2020 applicants who hold a valid immigrant visa have been granted a national interest exception (NIE) to the geographic COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations and may seek entry to the United States, despite the visa annotation “Entry Subject to PP 10014.” Note that the CDC requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than three days before travel to the United States.  Individuals whose DV2020 visas have expired may not be issued replacement visas. In addition, DV2020 applicants, who were refused, will not be interviewed, scheduled, or reconsidered for visas, as those applicants were only eligible for issuance of a visa through the end of the 2020 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2020.

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

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 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