Nonimmigrant 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 a limited number of nonimmigrant visa services.  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.

For nonimmigrant visa applicants, the U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your MRV visa fee payment until September 30, 2023. The U.S. Embassy is processing a very limited number of visa applications for all categories of visas.  Applicants for student and exchange visitor visas (F, M, and J), journalists (I), and temporary employment and investment visas (E, H1B, L, O, P)  who are resident in Senegal or Guinea-Bissau may follow the instructions below to request an expedited visa appointment if a regular appointment is not available prior to their program start date. We cannot guarantee a visa interview prior to a program start date.   We are also processing visa applications for diplomats and officials (A and G), and K1 fiancé visas.  Applicants in those categories should follow normal processing guidance.

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.

The Embassy provides emergency and mission-critical visa services for urgent humanitarian, medical, and business travel.  If you have an urgent humanitarian, medical, or business matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-sn/niv, 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.

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.

Many foreign nationals, including Senegalese, must have a nonimmigrant visa to travel to the United States. For more information on foreign nationals who do not need a visa to travel to the United States for tourism or business, please refer to the Visa Waiver Program.

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.

For questions regarding general nonimmigrant visa information or scheduling a visa interview (including requests for expedited visa interview appointments), please see our customer service page 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).

For questions regarding nonimmigrant visa applications that have already been submitted to the U.S. Embassy (after the visa interview is complete) please contact DakarVisa@state.gov. General visa questions will not be answered from this address.

For questions regarding immigrant visa applications please contact DakarImmigrantVisa@state.gov. 

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.