Immigrant Visas

The United States Embassy in Kinshasa resumed certain routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services and I-131A Lawful Permanent Resident Boarding Foils for lost/stolen/mutilated cards.

 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. 

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.

*** 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.

Immigrant Visas