Immigrant Visa Processing
Filing a Petition for an Immediate Relative
As of July 02, U.S. citizens seeking to apply on behalf of their immediate relatives should direct petition applications to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Filing directly with USCIS is the normal method for petitioning for an immediate relative and is used by petitioners with relatives of all nationalities. For information on how to file a petition with USCIS, go to the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/i-130.
U.S. Embassy Cairo and U.S. Embassy Algiers are the designated immigrant visa (IV) processing posts for Yemeni IV cases as these posts are equipped to accommodate the extra workload and are most easily reached by persons departing from Yemen.
In designating these embassies, the Department carefully evaluated visa requirements, flight patterns and schedules, language considerations, and the capacity of neighboring posts to absorb this additional workload before making a decision. Other embassies in the region were considered, but were ultimately not viable options based on these factors.
Updated May 11, 2015
IMMIGRANT VISA CASE TRANSFER REQUESTS
The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens and their non-U.S. citizen family members departing the unrest in Yemen and arriving in Djibouti via seaborne travel of requirements relating to immigrant visa case transfer requests. In order to improve service and appointment availability, non-U.S. citizen family members requesting a case transfer of an existing immigrant visa case are no longer required to make an appointment to physically present themselves at the Embassy. Non-U.S. citizen family members are now requested to send the following information to Consular staff: their case file number, a local contact number or email address, a photo of their Djiboutian entry visa and entry stamp, and a photo of their passport bio-data page. This information should be e-mailed to the Embassy at DJI-CONS-IV@state.gov, or dropped off at the Consular Security entrance in an envelope. Failure to provide all requested information may result in delays relating to immigrant visa case transfer requests to the Embassy.
Updated April 7, 2015
Petition-Based Immigrant Visas
Notice: The U.S. Department of State is scheduling immigrant visa (IV) appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo (for petition-based IVs). Currently, the Egyptian government requires Yemenis ages 18-60 to obtain Egyptian visas prior to arrival in their country. Please contact the nearest Egyptian Embassy for information on how and where to apply for an Egyptian visa, and for updates on changes to their visa policy. Those who prefer to process at a post other than Cairo may request a transfer through the National Visa Center (NVC) by emailing their request to email@example.com. Persons who are physically present in Djibouti and unable to travel to another post may process their immigrant visas at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti. Such applicants should contact Embassy Djibouti directly. Yemeni applicants who choose to process in Djibouti are cautioned that this may require remaining in Djibouti for an extended timeframe, possibly several months or more.
Notice: The U.S. Department of State is scheduling immigrant visa (IV) appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers (for the Diversity Visa program). Applicants should receive an e-mail when their case is scheduled. Those who prefer to process at a post other than Algiers and whose case has not yet been scheduled may request a transfer through the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) by emailing their request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those whose cases have been scheduled and would like to transfer to another post should contact the post directly.
Follow-to-Join Asylees/Refugees (Visas 92/ Visas 93)
Notice: The U.S. Department of State is scheduling follow-to-join refugees/asylee appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. Those who prefer to process at a post other than Algiers may request a transfer through the National Visa Center (NVC) by emailing their request to email@example.com. Those whose cases have been scheduled and would like to transfer to another post should contact the post directly.
Updated March 17, 2015
Notice: the U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the U.S. Embassy in Algiers to process Immigrant Visa cases emanating out of Yemen.
ALL CONSULAR SERVICES AT EMBASSY SANAA ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Updated February 24, 2015
Notice: the U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to handle American Citizens Services cases emanating out of Yemen, as well as process visas for Yemeni citizens.
NOTICE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS RESIDING IN OR TRAVELING TO YEMEN:
Embassy Sanaa has suspended consular operations in Yemen. If you are a U.S. citizen residing in or traveling to Yemen, the Embassy may be unable to provide assistance or services to you, even if an emergency situation arises. If you must travel to or remain in Yemen, please register with the State Department’s online Smart Traveler Enrollment Program as soon as possible. This will allow Embassy Sanaa to communicate travel alerts and Emergency Messages to you, should the need arise.