Immigrant Visas

COVID-19 Operations Update

On April 8, 2021, the Secretary of State determined that travel on an immigrant or fiancé(e) visa is in the national interest for purposes of granting exceptions under the geographic COVID proclamations.

Pursuant to that determination, the U.S. Consulate General—Naples, Italy is resuming limited immigrant (IV) (including Diversity Lottery 2021 and K (fiancée/fiancé)) visa processing in May 2021, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Please see the following link for more information about our prioritization guidelines for the resumption of IV and K visa processing:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/updates-to-national-interest-exceptions-for-regional-covid-proclamations.html

We are processing cases on a first-in, first-out basis according to the prioritization guidance on the phased resumption of visa services. Please understand that we will not be able to resume visa processing at pre-pandemic levels because of limited capacity and the number of people we can safely maintain socially distant in the consulate. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please send an email to IVNaples@state.gov

Travelers who have a valid immigrant or K visa may now travel directly to the United States, and no longer need a National Interest Exception (NIE) to apply for entry. All immigrant and fiancé(e) visa holders are still subject to DHS admissibility determinations and to the Centers for Disease Control’s order for mandatory COVID-19 testing prior to entry into the United States.

Diversity Visa 2021 Applicants: DV applicants for the 2021 fiscal year (DV-2021) should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview in accordance with the phased resumption of visa services framework.

On January 20, 2021, the President took bold action by revoking Proclamations 9645 and 9983, which had restricted issuance of visas to individuals from many Muslim and African countries. As of January 20, those restrictions are no longer in effect, and the State Department will pursue processing for applicants from those countries, without regard to those proclamations, consistent with applicable law and visa processing procedures, including any related to processing during COVID-19. For more information, please see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/proclamation-ending-discriminatory-bans-on-entry-to-the-united-states/.

Status of Operations:  

Individuals who have traveled within the past 14 days to a country requiring self-isolation or a negative COVID-19 test upon return to Italy will not be allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General in Italy. Such individuals should schedule appointments 14 days or more after their return to Italy. Please note that a negative COVID-19 test does not overcome the 14-day self-isolation requirement. Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at IVNaples@state.gov.

The U.S. Consulate General in Naples is the sole immigrant, fiancé(e), and diversity visa-issuing post in Italy.  We are also responsible for processing immigrant, fiancé(e), and diversity visa applications for residents of Italy, San Marino, the Vatican, and Malta.  These services are provided by appointment only, and only after applicants are documentarily ready for processing.  Please note that the immigrant visa process involves two steps: filing a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service office and, after that petition is approved, visa interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Naples.

Application Information

Your primary sources of immigration information are:

Where to begin the process of filing a relative’s or worker’s Immigrant visa?

How to file a Form I-130 petition:
U.S. citizens residing in Italy must file the Form I-130, Petition forAlien Relative, by mail with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility. Please visit USCIS website for details.

Exceptions for certain U.S. military service members stationed in Italy:
Consular officers at the U.S. Consulate General Naples may accept filing of the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative filed by qualified U.S. military service members for any immediate relative case only when an active duty military service member is stationed permanently at a military base in Italy.  This exception does not apply to service members assigned to non-military bases, such as embassies or civilian institutions, to service members on temporary duty orders, or retired service members.

If you believe that your situation qualifies, please email the Immigrant Visa Unit at IVNaples@state.gov to request an exception and explain your circumstances in detail.  Please note that exceptional filing of a petition locally must be done in person by the petitioner only after their name has been added to the access list. Mail-in filings will be rejected.

“Exceptional Situations”:
U.S. Consulate General Naples may accept filing of the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, from petitioners who believe they have exceptional situations that would merit an exception from filing by mail to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox.

USCIS published guidance (PDF 60KB) on circumstances that may qualify as exceptional.

If you believe that your situation merits an exception, please email the Immigrant Visa Unit at IVNaples@state.gov to request an exception and explain your circumstances in detail. If your request to file an I-130 petition with U.S. Consulate General Naples is not authorized by USCIS, then you must file the petition with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox.

If you believe that your situation qualifies, please email the Immigrant Visa Unit at IVNaples@state.gov to request an exception and explain your circumstances in detail.  Please note that exceptional filing of a petition locally must be done in person by the petitioner only after their name has been added to the access list. Mail-in filings will be rejected.

Form I-360 petitions filed by a widow or widower of U.S. citizen:
U.S. Consulate General Naples may accept filing of the I-360 petitions filed by a widow or widower.

If you believe that your situation qualifies, please email the Immigrant Visa Unit at IVNaples@state.gov to request an exception and explain your circumstances in detail.  Please note that exceptional filing of a petition locally must be done in person by the petitioner only after their name has been added to the access list. Mail-in filings will be rejected.

Immigrant and Fiancé(e) Visa Petitions for Residents of Malta
U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and employers based in the United States who wish to file immigrant or fiancé(e) visa petitions for residents of Malta should contact their nearest U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in the United States.

The U.S. Embassy Malta Consular Section does not process Immigrant Visas. U.S. citizens resident in Malta who wish to file immigrant visa petitions for residents of Malta should submitted their petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Dallas lock-box. Immigrant visa interviews for residents of Malta are conducted by appointment at the U.S. Consulate General Naples – Immigrant Visa Unit.

The U.S. Embassy Malta’s Visa Section inquiry line is +356 2561 4198. This service is available Monday and Wednesday between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., except on U.S. and Maltese holidays.