Opening Hours

The Immigrant Visa Unit will operate on Tuesday and Wednesday between 0900 – 1100 hrs except public holidays and Administrative/Training days.  Please check the Embassy website for closure dates before coming.

For spouses of US citizens and US lawful permanent residents applying for family-based immigrant visas, please peruse “Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa”. This information is available in English and 14 other languages including Chinese and Tagalog.

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.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

Petitioners residing overseas are no longer be able to routinely file Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relative, with U.S. Embassies and Consulates except in locations where U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a public counter presence within the Embassy or Consulate.  Petitioners residing overseas in countries where USCIS does not have a public counter presence are required to file their Forms I-130 by mail with the USCIS Dallas lockbox.  U.S. Embassies and Consulates that do not have a USCIS presence will only be able to accept and process Forms I-130 in exceptional circumstances, as outlined below.

Filing Instructions:
Petitioners residing overseas who wish to file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, may do so as follows:
– If the petitioner resides in a country in which USCIS has a public counter presence, the Form I-130 may be filed directly with the USCIS field office (see instructions below) or through the USCIS Dallas Lockbox at one of the below addresses.

– If the petitioner resides in a country where USCIS does not have a public counter presence, the Form I-130 must be filed with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox at one of the addresses below, unless the petitioner requests and is granted an exception based on one of the criteria described below:

USCIS Dallas Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:
Attn: I-130
P.O. Box 650264
Dallas, TX 75265

USCIS Dallas Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:
Attn: I-130
2501 S State Hwy, 121
Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Dallas lockbox, please see the USCIS website or contact USCIS by phone at 1-800-375-5283. Petitioners should review the I-130 instructions on the USCIS website for the latest information on fees and filing locations.

Filing at USCIS Overseas field offices:

Petitioners residing in a country where USCIS has a field office, with a public counter, may choose to file the Form I-130 either through the Dallas lockbox or at the USCIS field office.  Petitioners should contact the USCIS field office with any questions regarding the filing of petitions.  For more information on where USCIS has overseas field offices and contact information, please visit their website at International Immigration Offices.

Exceptional Filing at U.S. Embassies or Consulates without a USCIS Field Office:

Petitioners, who do not reside in a country with a USCIS field office, but who believe that their situation merits an exception, may request an exception to allow the Consular Section at the Embassy or Consulate to accept the filing.  Each request for an exception will be evaluated individually.

A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 at an Embassy or Consulate where USCIS does not have a presence should contact the Consular Section to request consideration of the request for exception and explain the circumstances in detail.  The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over the Embassy or Consulate.  The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances that warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS.  USCIS will be publishing guidance on the circumstances that may qualify as exceptional on their website at: Process for Responding to Requests by the Department of State (DOS) to Accept a Locally Filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

Please contact the Consular Section, Immigrant Visa Unit at email: or Tel: 64769100 for further information.

All K visas (fiancé visa) applicants must pay their visa fee through our partner agency, CGI. For details please visit Apply For a U.S. Visa.  All other immigrant visa applicants will need to pay their fee to the National Visa Center or to the cashier at the Embassy at the time of their interview.

For more information please visit Apply For a U.S. Visa or you may call +65 3158 5400 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) from Singapore or 703 520 2238 if you are in the United States.  You may also email your questions to