Sample Immigrant Visa
This page shows images of immigrant visas and talks about certain aspects of them.
Learn about how to get a green card from abroad with an immigrant visa.
Learn about how to get a green card from inside the United States by adjusting status.
A visa is an authorization for an alien to enter and stay in the United
States which is affixed to the foreign passport of the alien. It is
issued under the authority of the Department of State, usually at a consulate
or embassy located in a foreign country, which is typically the country of
residency or citizenship of the alien. If the
purpose of the entry is to establish permanent residency, then the visa
is an immigrant visa. If the purpose is a temporary stay in the United States,
then the visa is a non-immigrant visa.
The images on this page represent immigrant visas. The first is a type of
immigrant visa that first was issued in 2003. When a person enters the US on such an immigrant visa, the
visa itself is stamped with an ADIT stamp. This endorsement acts as immediate but temporary
proof of permanent residency for a year, pending receipt of a more permanent resident card,
and is valid for employment authorization. (Upon receipt of the permanent resident card card, any form I-9 issued initially on the
basis of the immigrant visa must be reverified.) Later versions have the ADIT stamp printed into the visa as a
security protection. The first image immediately below is of the more
recent type of ADIT stamp. Below it is the earlier version. The large yellow
arrows show where the ADIT stamp is located on the two versions. There is another
type of stamp that local USCIS offices sometimes will agree to put in a foreign passport as temporary proof
of permanent residency pending receipt of a delayed permanent resident card, but no image of the stamp is provided.
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