Immigrant Visas

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding our current operations:

*** All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. ***

The United States Embassy in Senegal is currently providing immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas and some limited categories of nonimmigrant visas.  While the Embassy aims to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, capacity is extremely limited, and applicants should expect significant wait times for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interview appointments.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services for urgent humanitarian, medical, and business travel.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/, email fae_contactus+sn+info+en@visaops.net, or call +221 776 684 885 or +221 776 684 895 (from Senegal) or +1 (703) 831 3412 (from the United States) to request an emergency appointment.

U.S. visa holders should be aware of potential restrictions for travelers who transit the Schengen area (including France, Spain, and Portugal) within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States. These restrictions do not apply to when travelling directly from Senegal or through other common transit points outside of the Schengen area. These restrictions also do not apply to U.S. citizens or green card holders, or diplomatic or official travelers.  Please refer to the Department of Homeland Security for all of the latest travel restrictions that may affect you.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar for citizens and residents of:

  • Senegal
  • The Gambia
  • Mauritania
  • Mali
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau

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