Immigrant Visas

VISA SERVICES CANCELLED, EFFECTIVE MARCH 17, 2020 
Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of March 17, the United States Embassy in Kinshasa is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application 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/en-cd/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt) to request an emergency appointment.
Applicants who were issued nonimmigrant visas on Monday, March 16 should not come to the Embassy on March 18 to retrieve their visas. We will contact you when your visa is ready for pickup.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa.

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.

To learn more about the Presidential Proclamation on Health Care and how it may impact your immigrant visa application, please click here.

Immigrant Visas