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Immigrant Visas
Last Updated on 09/05/2014

The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category.  We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers.  We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing.  We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.

Applicants who are concerned about the status of their passports should check with PPS Courier Service via the email address found on the following website: 

Applicants who interviewed at U.S. Embassy Budapest after July 20 and who would like their passports returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact the visa service center via the phone number or email address found on the following website:  Applicants must be ready to provide their name and passport number.

Also, applicants who have an urgent need to travel to the United States may contact the visa service center via the phone number or email address found on the following website:  Please understand that only true emergencies of an extraordinary humanitarian nature can be considered for exceptional handling.  
We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience.  
The State Department page will be updated daily with a public status report at

Overview of Immigrant Visas and Contact Information

How to Get Your Visa

If your immigrant visa application is approved, we will put your visa in your passport and send the completed visa packet and passport to you by courier at no extra charge. Prior to your appointment date, you must go to Visa Information and Appointments and follow the steps to register and arrange for delivery of your visa and documents. Please register your delivery location BEFORE going to your interview. If you do not, there may be a delay in the return of your visa.

What is an Immigrant Visa?

An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States.

Visa Categories

U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories:

  1. Diversity Immigrants
    (Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as visa lottery or green card lottery.)
    Interview Preparation for Diversity Visa Winners

Special categories:

For more information please visit the web site of the Department of State.

Might you Have a Claim to U.S. Nationality via Parent(s)?

An immigrant visa may only be processed for a child if he/she has no claim to U.S. citizenship.  For more information please visit our Claim to U.S. Nationality via Parent(s) page.

Contact Information

Mailing/Street Address:

Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Embassy
Szabadság tér 12.
H-1054 Budapest

Appointments:  All appointments at U.S. Embassy Budapest for Family and Employment-Based Visa application interviews are scheduled by the National Visa Center.  Diversity-based visa application interviews are scheduled by the Kentucky Consular Center.  In all other cases, including requests for information packets for pending cases, visa/passport/document pick-up, or to submit additional documents, please visit: Visa Information and Appointments

For Diversity Visa Winners