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 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 do not apply to U.S. citizens, green card holders, persons traveling on immigrant and K visas, or diplomatic and official travelers.  Please refer to the Department of Homeland Security for all of the latest travel restrictions that may affect you.

IMMIGRANT VISA SERVICES

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.

INFORMATION FOR VISA HOLDERS REGARDING COVID-19:

Please visit our scheduling website for updated information about how COVID-19 may impact your travel plans and/or visa interview. READ MORE.

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.

*** Effective January 26, 2021, 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.

ENHANCED HEALTH SCREENING AT DESIGNATED U.S. AIRPORTS

Starting Friday, March 5, 2021, airlines are required to collect and transmit contact information to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for appropriate public health follow-up and intervention for all passengers boarding a flight to the United States who were in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) within the 21 days before their arrival in the United States.  This initiative is due to the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in DRC.  Airlines will collect the following information to pass to CDC: full name, address while in the United States, primary contact phone number, secondary or emergency contact phone number, and email address.

The U.S. government will redirect all air passengers from DRC to six U.S. airports: New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Atlanta (ATL), Washington D.C. (IAD), Newark (EWR), and Los Angeles (LAX).  Passengers can expect their contact information to be verified by U.S. government officials on arrival to ensure it is accurate and complete. Travelers may then continue to their final destination.  CDC will share contact information securely with state and local health departments for passengers’ final destinations in the United States.

This applies to all passengers, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and visa holders (to include Diplomatic and Official visas).

Immigrant Visas