Immigrant Visas

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

The United States Embassy in Dakar remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. 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.

Travelers on H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J visa categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 may face additional restrictions. Applicants for such visas should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

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