Immigrant Visas: Family-Based Immigration

Two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories, immediate relatives and family preference, are provided under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories  on to learn more about these two categories of immigrant visas, as well as other types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.

To apply for an immediate relative or family preference immigrant visa, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

The U.S. Embassy Windhoek does not process immigrant visas for Namibian citizens. These immigrant visas are handled by the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg.

For more information, please see Consulate Johannesburg’s website: or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website: or the Bureau of Consular Affairs website: