Immigrant Visas

The United States Embassy – Kinshasa resumed routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services and I-131A Lawful Permanent Resident Boarding Foils for lost/stolen/mutilated cards. While we are trying to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, our capacity is limited, and applicants should expect significant wait times for visa interview appointments. 


The Consular Section of the US Embassy – Kinshasa is responsible for processing immigrant visa applications for citizens and residents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) and the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative, 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 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the foreign citizen’s behalf.  Once USCIS has approved the petition and the beneficiary has completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC) – or if an applicant has been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and has completed pre-processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) – the applicant must follow the instructions received from NVC or KCC, depending on where the process was initiated. Feel free to check out the step-by-step overview of the immigrant and diversity visa processes.


To see what type of visa works for you, please visit our visa categories directory.

The links below explain the application process step-by-step for each immigrant visa category:


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