Nonimmigrant 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On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United State Labor Market During the Economic Recovery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.

Considering 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, we will reply to your e-mail directly.
    • 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Kigali has not yet resumed DNA collection services.

Non-immigrant Visas

  • The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is currently offering a reduced number of student (F/M/J) and petition-based work (H1B and L) visa appointments.
  • 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.
  • For information about how to apply for a non-immigrant visa, please follow the instructions on this website:
  • The Consular Section does not accept requested for expedited appointments over e-mail. All requests must be made through the scheduling website:

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, Monday through Thursday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  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: