Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is following Department of State guidance on the phased resumption of visa operations. You can find additional information, including FAQs, on the Department of State website here.

On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United State Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.” You can find additional information about how this may impact your specific immigrant visa case on the Department of State website here.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali continues to be severely limited. We are currently offering reduced in appointments in the following categories:

Immigrant Visas

  • The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is currently offering appointments for spouses, children, fiancé(s) and parents of U.S. citizens.
    • If you are in this category and your case has already been scheduled by NVC and was canceled in December 2020 and you have not yet received notification of a new appointment, please e-mail
    • If you are in this category and your case has not yet been scheduled by NVC, you will receive an appointment notification in the coming weeks. You do not need to contact us as we cannot assist you to obtain an appointment from NVC.
  • If you are not the spouse, child, fiancé(e) or parent of a U.S. citizen, we have not yet resumed processing of your category of visa. The U.S. Embassy in Kigali has not yet resumed any USCIS service.

Non-immigrant Visas

  • The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is currently offering appointments for humanitarian emergencies, to include urgent travel in order to assist a U.S. citizen. The Consular Section will consider requests for humanitarian emergency appointments on a case-by-case basis and appointments will not be offered based on requests to travel for business, pleasure, or studies. If you do not meet this criteria, we are unable to offer you an appointment at this time.
  • When we resume non-immigrant visa operations, we will begin with appointments for student visas (F/M/J) and petition-based work visas (H1B and L). We will send an e-mail to all pending applicants in those categories when appointments become available.
  • We will not resume routine tourist visas (B1/B2) appointments until significant progress is made in other categories.
  • The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2022.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Rwanda at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas