Filing Immigrant Petition

Immediate Relatives

U.S. citizens residing in Austria must file the Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox. Additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox is available on the USCIS website.

The Form I-130 may be filed at the Immigrant Visa Unit of the Consular Section in Vienna, Austria ONLY, if exceptional circumstances exist and the USCIS Field Office Director in Frankfurt, Germany determines that this office may accept and adjudicate the case. In order to enable the Immigrant Visa Unit in Vienna to determine whether the Form I-130 may be filed locally and to obtain the permission from USCIS in Frankfurt to accept the petition, the U.S. citizen must send an email to ConsulateVienna@state.gov briefly explaining the situation.

All U.S. citizens residing in the United States must file I-130 petitions at the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox or the USCIS Chicago Lockbox, depending on their place of residence in the United States.

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Family-based Immigrants

Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders/LPRs) must file I-130 petitions at the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox or the USCIS Chicago Lockbox, depending on their place of residence in the United States.

Employment-based Immigrants

The petition must be filed with and approved by USCIS in the United States.

If the petition is approved by USCIS in the United States, USCIS will notify the petitioner of the approval and will forward the approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing.

Green Card Lottery

Individuals interested in participating in the Green Card Lottery must register for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, which is the first step in pursuing a diversity immigrant visa.