Immigrant Visas

The Immigrant Visa (IV) unit processes the visa applications of persons seeking to reside permanently in the United States, including family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens, and alien workers. The American Embassy Consular Section processes immigrant visas for all residents of Cambodia.

All immigrant, diversity and fiancée visa interviews are handled by appointment only. Applicants will be individually notified of their processing schedule. Inquiries regarding immigrant, diversity or fiancée visas for Cambodian applicants should be emailed to IVPhnomPenh@state.gov.

Note: K-1 and K-3 applicants should not use the online nonimmigrant visa appointment system. K-1 and K3 applicants will be contacted and scheduled for an appointment by the consular section.

Rights and Protections

The United States welcomes immigrants who choose to follow U.S. immigration laws in order to live permanently in the U.S. It is important for you to know that everyone in the United States is guaranteed protection under the law from abuse.

Note on Cambodia Adoption Cases

On December 21, 2001, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), now known as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced an immediate suspension of the processing of adoption petitions for children from Cambodia. Consistent with this announcement, the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia does not process Cambodian adoption cases at this time.

Those interested in adopting Cambodian children should monitor the USCIS and State Department websites on International Adoption for information on future developments.

To pay the fee, applicants must first download and print a “personalized bank deposit slip” to present to staff at the bank. Applicants can find the slip at this website www.ustraveldocs.com. Please print it out and take it with you to the bank to pay the fees. Payment can be made at any ACLEDA Bank Plc. location.

Applicants must then present their payment receipt to Consular staff on their scheduled interview date.

The Department of State recently changed the fees for certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications, immigrant visa (IV) applications, administrative and citizens’ services fees. The new fees became effective on September 12, 2014. For a complete listing of current Consular fees, and o view additional information about the recent fee changes, applicants are encouraged to visit the State Department’s Fees for Visa Services page here.

For fees that are increasing, receipts for fees paid under the previous fee schedule will be valid for 90 days from the effective date of the new fees (through December 11, 2014). Receipts for Immigrant Visa application processing are not subject to the 90-day limit; they remain valid for one year from the date of issuance.

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.

Fore more details on the new fee, including contact information, please visit USCIS website.

Questions and Answers

When must I pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee?

You must pay the fee prior to departing for the United States. USCIS will not issue your green card until USCIS receives payment.  However, even if you have not paid the fee, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will admit you, as long as you are otherwise eligible to enter.

What if I was issued an immigrant visa before February 1, 2013? Do I have to pay the fee?

No.  Only applicants issued visas on or after February 1, 2013 will pay the new fee.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the airport or land border will review immigration records to determine when your immigrant visa was issued.  If the visa was issued on or after February 1, 2013 but the fee was not paid, the Immigrant Visa package will be collected at the point of entry, but USCIS will not issue a green card until the $165.00 fee is paid.

Who has to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee?

All applicants issued immigrant visas (including Diversity Visas), except children adopted under the Orphan (IR-3/IR-4) or Hague Processes (IH-3/IH-4), Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. Government, returning residents (SB-1s), and K visas, will pay the new fee.

How do I pay the new fee?

You will pay the fee by going to www.USCIS.gov/ImmigrantFee, clicking on the link to the USCIS intake page on Pay.gov, answering the questions on the USCIS intake page, and providing your checking account, debit, or credit card information.  Because checking payments must be drawn on a U.S. bank, someone else may pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee on your behalf.