Nonimmigrant 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 (
  • 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 ( 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.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Diplomats and other government officials applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa should follow the instructions below.

The United States Embassy in Rwanda is located at
2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru)
P.O. Box 28 Kigali, RWANDA

If you are having trouble making an appointment or paying your application fee, please write to the appropriate address below:

Or contact our help center at:
+250 252 570 373.
+1 703 988 7049

  1. Submit the Form DS-160 and required documentation (see below) in person or by courier to the Consular Section at 2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie, Kigali, Rwanda,  Friday from 10:00 AM to noon.
  2. Most qualified applicants are not required to appear for an interview with a consular officer and are exempt from fees and fingerprint collection.
  3. We will contact you when your visa is ready for pickup.  Processing time is normally 3-5 business days after submission of the application.  However, these times may vary and there is no guarantee that your visa will be ready within this time frame.  We urge travelers to apply as early as possible and to not make firm travel plans (e.g. purchase plane tickets, make non-refundable hotel reservations) before receiving the visa.

Required Documents

    • Valid Passport
    • Diplomatic Note or “Note Verbale” from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Diplomatic Mission; official request from the appropriate international organization or sending government. All Diplomatic Notes should include the applicant’s name and date of birth; position and title; place of assignment or visit; purpose of travel; brief description of duties; travel date; anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States; and the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal.
    • One ID photograph 5cm x 5cm taken in the past 6 months.
    • DS-160 confirmation page
    • A3, G5, and NATO-8 applicants must provide an employment contract.
    • Additional documentary requirements may apply in some cases.


  • Qualified diplomatic and official visa applicants on official travel (A, G, C-3, NATO) are exempt from paying visa fees.  Some diplomatic passport holders on personal travel applying for a B visa are exempt from fees (e.g. Heads of State, Ambassadors, Cabinet Ministers, Government officers holding diplomatic titles).  Other diplomatic passport holders may be required to pay the visa fee and/or appear for an interview with a consular officer.

Contact Us

  • For other questions or information about diplomatic and official visas only, please contact us at: