Immigrant Visas

Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective November 8 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, all adult noncitizen nonimmigrants traveling to the United States must be vaccinated against COVID-19.  This does not affect visa issuance but does suspend the entry of unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants, including students.

Travelers must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft.  More information about this global vaccination requirement, including accepted vaccines as well as details on exceptions and waivers, is available at here.

Individuals seeking entry to the United States as immigrants are subject to separate medical examination and vaccination requirements as documented by our panel physicians

The immigrant visa backlog is the result of several COVID-related delays, which prevented us from processing immigrant visa cases at pre-pandemic levels. We are committed to reducing the backlog of immigrant visa applicants waiting to schedule appointments at our Embassy, while keeping our staff and applicants safe. For more information, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/visa-services-operating-status-update.html

COVID-19 Testing Requirement for International Travel to the United States

Effective December 6, 2021, before boarding a flight to the US from a foreign country, all air passengers – 2 years or older, regardless of vaccination status – are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than one (1) calendar day before departure to the United States.  Note that this is measured in calendar days and not hours.  As an example, if your flight departs at 10:00 PM on Friday, a test taken at 8:00 AM on Thursday would be acceptable.  Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (in the last 90 days).  Air passengers will also be required to submit an attestation form, confirming the information they present is true.  Airlines may deny boarding to any passengers who fail to provide the necessary documentation.  This requirement is separate from the visa application process. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

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

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. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant 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), review the instructions given to you by the NVC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Useful Information for LPRs (Green Card Holders) During COVID-19

Immigrant Visas

Scammers Sending Fraudulent Messages!

U.S. Embassy staff has identified an increase in fraudulent phone calls, emails, and letters requesting individuals to pay “visa fees” through unauthorized mechanisms in an attempt to extort money from their targets. Our main line phone number can be spoofed so that calls and messages appear to be official correspondence.  Government email addresses end in “.gov,” and any visa-related correspondence coming from an address that does not end with “.gov” should be considered suspect. The scammers behind these calls and messages are posing as U.S. government officials in an attempt to extract payment.

U.S. Embassy, Dhaka will never email or call you to request a visa payment.  Visa interviews always take place in person, not over the phone, at the U.S. Embassy, and the Consular Section never processes visa fees via bKash, Nagad, Rocket, or similar platforms.  Nonimmigrant visa applicants may only pay their fees at a branch of Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) after completing their DS-160 online.

More program information can be verified at www.travel.state.gov and www.bd.usembassy.gov/visas.

More information about visa fees is available at our websites https://bd.usembassy.gov/visas/ and https://bd.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/fees/