Immigrant Visas

The consular section has resumed processing all immigrant visa types, but has a severe backlog of cases.  We will process cases in the order that we receive them from the National Visa Center and the Kentucky Consular Center. 

While the Embassy aims to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, capacity is limited, and applicants should expect significant wait times for visa interview appointments.  

U.S. visa holders should be aware of potential restrictions for travelers who transit the Schengen area (including France and Belgium) within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States. These restrictions do not apply to when travelling from DRC 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 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