Welcome to the Immigrant Visa Unit (IV)
Message for applicants waiting for their passports
The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa systems. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular individual country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon. As soon as normal operations have resumed, your passport and visa will be sent via the TNT delivery method you have previously chosen.
The Immigrant Visa Unit in Warsaw processes all categories of immigrant visas for residents of Poland and Belarus.
We are located at:
Hours of Operation
The IV Unit in Warsaw is open for visa appointments from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Polish and American holidays and one working day of each month: June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24, October 29 and November 19, 2014, as well as January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29, May 20, June 24, July 29, August 26 and September 30, 2015. Operator assisted immigrant visa information (+48/22 625-1042) will be unavailable on those days. The Consular Information Booth on 12 Piekna Street in Warsaw will be closed as well.
We accept applications to determine returning resident status and applications to issue boarding foils for lost, stolen, misplaced or invalid green cards at window #3 in the IV Unit Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m by appointment. Please contact us by phone at +48 22 504 2465 or by e-mail clicking the icon to schedule your afternoon appointment at the Immigrant Visa Unit.
Visas for residents of Poland are returned to applicants by TNT courier service after they register at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pl/. You can choose either Premium Delivery (for additional 24 PLN paid directly to TNT on delivery to your home address in Poland) or you can select a TNT pick-up location before you come for your interview. Details on passport delivery are available at http://ustraveldocs.com/pl/pl-niv-passporttrack.asp
For non-residents the designated visa pick-up location is the TNT office in Warsaw, 19 Annopol Street. We encourage applicants not to finalize travel plans until they receive their visa and documents from the Embassy. The visa packet is a sealed manila envelope containing documents, with the visa information printout attached to it. Please do not open the visa packet.
For IV cases where a spouse or fiance is a petitioner, there is important information available in this pamphlet (PDF - 52.4 kb). It is also available in the Russian language(PDF - 175.5 kb). Please read it before coming for your visa interview.
Special Notice for Applicants from Outside Poland:
Applying for an immigrant visa at the Embassy in Warsaw will require at least one trip to Poland and a 2 to 3 days' stay in Warsaw, and in some cases multiple trips. More Information (PDF - 73.1 kb)
OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION WITH THE GSS SYSTEM
As of August 16, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and U.S. Consulate in Krakow implemented several changes in the visa procedures that also affect immigrant visa applicants. All IV and DV applicants have to register with the GSS service and choose their visa pick-up option, before coming to the Embassy. Please note that we will not be able to accept your visa applications and supporting documents without the proof of your registration (your UID confirmation number). Appointment scheduling and fee payment for fiance visas have also changed. For registration and selection of your visa pick-up option, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/pl or call the information line at +48 22 307-1361 in Poland or (703) 988-7101 in the United States. Applicants in Belarus may call a toll free number 8-820-0011-0261.
We strive to provide excellent customer service to our applicants. Please see the Customer Service Statement to Visa Applicants for more information.
NEW USCIS IMMIGRANT FEE
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.
Persons who received handouts with information before May 15th and are not able to register at the address given in it are recommended to check the current information handout on USCIS Immigrant Fee (PDF - 146.45 kb).
You may also check the handout in the Russian language (PDF - 206.03 kb).
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. U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories: Immediate Relatives , Family Based Immigration, Employment Based Immigration, Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, known as the "green card" lottery. This page also provides information about Fiancee visas.
U.S. Visas for Same-Sex Spouses
Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), along with their minor children, are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses. Consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates will adjudicate their immigrant visa applications upon receipt of an approved I-130 or I-140 petition from USCIS. Diversity Visa applicants may include same-sex spouses in their initial entries or add spouses acquired after their initial registration. Spouses of DV 2014 applicants, even those not included in the initial entry, must apply before September 30, 2014.