Immigrant Visas

As of July 1, 2021, the Consular Section has temporarily suspended all visa operations.  All previously scheduled visa appointments during the month of July 2021 have been canceled.

We do not know if August 2021 appointments will be affected, as our appointment availability is dependent on Government of Rwanda COVID-19 prevention measures.  Until you are notified otherwise, please assume that your appointment in August 2021 is still scheduled.

We encourage you to monitor your account on for future appointment availability.

If your passport is currently with the Consular Section for visa processing, please wait until the Friday morning after the Consular Section announces the resumption of services to collect your passport at the designated time.

Please note that the Consular Section is making every effort to process as many Diversity Visas as possible and is aware of the September 30, 2021 deadline.  Unfortunately, the number of visas issued prior to the deadline will likely not approach the statutory ceiling in Fiscal Year 2021.

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