Nonimmigrant 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/.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dakar 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.

Only a U.S. Consular Officer can issue a visa to the United States. Most non-immigrant visa applicants must have an interview with a U.S. Consular Officer before they can receive a visa.

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

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 educationusadkr@state.gov.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to DakarVisa@state.gov.
  • Embassy phone number: (221) 33-879-4000

The U.S. Embassy observes all U.S. and Senegalese national holidays, and is closed to the public on those days.  A list of these holidays can be found here.

To request an expedited appointment, click here.

The Consular Section entrance is located on the north side of the Embassy, across the street from the King Fahd Hotel grounds. Please be informed that there is no parking available at the Embassy for visa applicants.