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Immigrant Visas

Welcome to the Immigrant Visa Unit

Foreign Service Officers of the Immigrant Visa Unit adjudicate all immigrant visas for residents of Lebanon. This is the only office handling immigrant visas in Lebanon. The Immigrant Visa Unit also accepts Third Country Nationals on a discretionary basis.

New I-130 petition procedures effective August 15, 2011


Posts collect fees from applicants on behalf of USCIS.  The nine USCIS Fees that have changed are:

·        I-130 Petition for Alien Relative - from $420 to $535

·        I–600/600A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Petition Processing of Orphan Petition - from $720 to $775

·        I-800/800A Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative/Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country - from $720 to $775

·        I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability - from $585 to $930

·         I–360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant - from $405 to $435

·         I-131Application for Travel Document (ACRS code 85A, changing from $360 to $575

·        I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal - from $585 to $930

·        I–290B Notice of Appeal or Motion (ACRS code 88, changing from $630 to $675

·        N–565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document - from $345 to $555

General Information

For specific information on the types of immigrant visas available, please In addition to these, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut also makes determinations regarding returning resident status and the issuance of transportation letters for lost or misplaced green cards.

For specific information regarding immigrant visa services, please send a fax to 961-4-543498 or an e-mail to

Hours of Operation

Immigrant visa services are offered at the following times:

  • Immigrant visa interviews: Monday through Thursday, by appointment only.
  • Services for U.S. Legal Permanent Residents: (no appointment necessary) - Friday, 09:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except on the last Friday of the month.

Please note: We are not open to the public on the last Friday of the month or on most Lebanese or American holidays.

 To change an appointment date

If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment, please:

  • Notify the Immigrant Visa Unit at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment by fax (961-4-543498) or e-mail
  • Explain the circumstances surrounding your cancellation.
  • Provide approximate dates when you would like to reschedule.

Please Note:

  • Preferred dates cannot be guaranteed.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the "timing out" of their petitions

For specific information regarding immigrant visa services, please send a fax (0961-4-543498), or send an e-mail to: Replies will be sent within 3 working days.

Our mission: to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas and, while focused on ensuring U.S. border security, to facilitate legitimate travel. For more complete information about our services, go to our website at

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