Immigrant Visas

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Costa Rica at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose.

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.

To prevent unnecessary delays, you must electronically upload all civil and financial documents requested by the Embassy before coming to your interview. To do this, please visit the following page and follow the instructions:

If you would like more information or have questions regarding your case, you can contact the Visa Information Center by dialing (506) 4000-1976 from Costa Rica, call (703) 745-5475 from the United States, or email

Immigrant Visas