Immigrant Visas

15 June 2023

The U.S. Embassy in Bern is now processing all immigrant and K visa categories.

Due to our capacity we cannot accept transfers of immigrant visa cases from non-Swiss citizens or non-Swiss residents. 

Any cases which have a humanitarian or emergency need for scheduling of an interview by the National Visa Center, may submit a request for an emergency appointment by emailing

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

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 to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on 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), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas