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A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Visa section of this website is about U.S. visas for foreign citizens and nationals to travel to the United States. Visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States. When planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.
What Type of Visa Do You Need?
For short-term visits to the United States (for tourism, business, education, and more), you can go directly to the online application (form DS-160). For immigrant visas, which are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live and work permanently in the United States, you can visit the U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services site for the relevant forms. If you are unsure what type of visa you need, please use the Visa Wizard below.
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar for citizens and residents of:
This pamphlet informs you of your legal rights in the United States as a nonimmigrant visa holder in certain employment- and education-based categories.
This pamphlet informs applicants applying for K-1 visas, K-3, IR-1/CR-1 immigrant visas, and F2A immigrant visas of their legal rights in the United States relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
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The Embassy will generally process cases in the order we receive them from NVC.
Sign into your immigrant visa case in the online system (CEAC). Look in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If it says your case is at NVC, your case is at the National Visa Center (NVC) and has not yet been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Dakar. All questions and requests for expedited appointments must be directed to NVC.
If your case is at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, you may look for earlier openings on the Visa Appointment Service website. If you have difficulty scheduling an appointment on the website, please see the Visa Appointment Service’s contact page.
All questions about immigrant visa scheduling must be made to our Visa Appointment Service. See contact information here: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-sn/iv/information/contact_us
Sign into your immigrant visa case in the online system (CEAC) (https://ceac.state.gov/iv). Look in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If it says your case is at NVC, your case is at the National Visa Center (NVC) and has not yet been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Dakar. All questions must be directed to NVC. NVC will schedule an immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar.
If the CEAC says your case is in Dakar, you must register at the Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service. Please register using an email address that you check frequently, as any changes to your appointment will be communicated by email. If you did not receive an appointment letter from NVC, you should choose an open appointment slot. If you need to reschedule your appointment, you may do so using this service.
If you have been outside of the US for less than 12 months, you may apply for a boarding foil. Information about how to apply for boarding foils is here.
If you have one of the following items, a boarding foil is not required: An expired Permanent Resident Card with a 10-year expiration date An expired Permanent Resident Card (with a two-year validity), and a Form I-797, Notice of Action, indicating that status is extended If you have an expired Green Card with a 2-year expiration date AND a Form I-797, Notice of Action, showing that they have filed a Form I-751 or Form I-829 to remove the conditions on their permanent resident status, the Form I-797 extends the validity of the card for a specified length of time, generally one year. A valid Reentry Permit
Please consult your air carrier prior to completion of an I-131A and payment of the fee.
For information on scholarships in the United States of America, there is only one credible source: the website of the Embassy of the United States of America in Senegal. The Embassy has an orientation program for studies in the United States which helps students in the search for universities / colleges, scholarships, and in the preparation of entrance tests (TOEFL, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT). For more information, please contact the service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All appointments for nonimmigrant visa interviews (other than for diplomats and officials (A and G)) must be made through our appointment scheduling service, https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-sn/niv. Expect significant wait times for interview appointments. Individuals renewing a recently expired full-validity visa in the same category may be able to renew their visa without an interview. Please use the appointment scheduling service to request a renewal appointment.
All questions related to appointment scheduling, rescheduling, or expediting must be made to our appointment scheduling service. https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-sn/niv/information/contact_us
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