Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy has resumed visa processing at a limited capacity due to COVID-19 prevention measures. We are currently providing the following services at reduced numbers.

Immigrant Visas:

U.S. Embassy Kigali offers immigrant visa appointments in accordance with Department of State guidance, which can be found here. We are maximizing our limited resources to accommodate as many Tiers One and Two (immediate relative and fiancé(e) cases) as possible. The Embassy is also scheduling a limited number of Tier Three (family preference cases) and Tier Four (employment preference and diversity visas) each month. We recognize that visa applicants, particularly those in Tiers Three and Four, will face continued delays.

U.S. Embassy Kigali is currently providing appointments in the following categories:

  • Spouses, Children and Fiancé(e)s of U.S. Citizens and SB-1 Returning Resident Visas (Tier 2 per the Department’s Prioritization).
  • Limited capacity for spouses and children of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) and other Preference immigrant visa categories (Tier 3 per the Department’s Prioritization).
  • Limited Diversity Visa (DV) cases.

Non-Immigrant Visas:

  • F/M/J Student and Exchange Visitors and petition-based work visas (H/L/O/P). If you are applying for a petition-based work visa and have done so already, please request an expedited appointment through the scheduling website (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-rw/niv).
  • All A and G diplomatic and international organization type visas
  • We have not resumed processing of B1/B2 visas and have extremely limited capacity to approve requests for expedited appointments in this category. All requests for expedited appointments must be made through the scheduling portal (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-rw/niv). Requests submitted via e-mail will not be considered.

USCIS Services

  • Boarding Foils
  • The U.S. Embassy has resumed DNA collections.
  • The U.S. has resumed limited V92 and V93 processing. The Embassy will contact you once your case is ready for scheduling.

Please note that in all categories, the U.S. Embassy cannot accept transfer cases from other Posts as priority is given to Rwandan citizens and residents at this time.

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 usvisas.state.gov 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 usvisas.state.gov 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