Consulates may assist in a variety of immigration matters, often upon the finding of eligibility from the US Department of Homeland Security, including the following:
- Immigrant Visa Applications for spouses, children, parents, or siblings of US Citizens or Permanent Residents;
- K-1 Fiancé(e) or K-3 Spouse Visas;
- Qualifying family members of asylees; or
- Adoption related matters.
Many nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications permit dependent or derivative applications for qualifying family members upon evidence of a qualifying relationship. Dependents are usually defined as spouses or the unmarried children under the age of 21 years of a principal applicant. Generally the consulate will grant dependent applicants a visa for the same time period as the principal visa applicant.