Follow the links below for a step-by-step guide to the immigrant visa process in Canada. Please note that this section does not apply to Fiancé(e) (K) visas.
- Step 1: File a Petition (I-130 or I-140) with USCIS
- Step 2: Immigrant Visa Processing at NVC
- Step 3: The Interview Appointment
- Step 4: The Medical Examination
- Step 5: The Day of the Interview
- Step 6: The Visa Adjudication
- Step 7: After You Receive Your Visa
During the entire visa application and interview process, you must tell the truth and give complete and accurate information. If you do not, your visa will be delayed or you may be found ineligible for a visa.
In Canada, immigrant visas are processed at the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal. For general information on immigrant visas, please visit the State Department. For information on applying for an immigrant visa in Canada, please consult the tabs below.
Occasionally, during the immigrant visa process, officers may discover that an applicant qualifies to be an U.S. citizen. (United States citizenship is not only granted to individuals born in the United States. It is possible for U.S. citizen parents to transmit citizenship to their children depending on such factors as when the child was born and when the parents lived in the United States. Additional information on qualification for U.S. citizenship is available on the State Department website.)
If you feel you or a family member qualifies for U.S. citizenship, please notify the Consular Officer during your interview or communicate with the American Citizen Services Office at the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal at Montreal-ACS@state.gov.
Scheduling an Appointment
Most immigrant Visa applicants are scheduled for their interview by the National Visa Center (NVC). Please attend the NVC-scheduled appointment in order to avoid delays in processing your case.
If you have previously been scheduled by NVC and could not attend your interview, please click here to reschedule your interview.