VISA SERVICES CANCELLED, EFFECTIVE MARCH 17, 2020Information 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.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is responsible for providing nonimmigrant visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange. All applicants, including children, must schedule an interview and appear in person at the embassy. Generally, nonimmigrant visa appointments are available Monday and Wednesday mornings. Please note that the consular section is closed for American and Congolese holidays, as well as training days. Applicants should arrive on time. Persons arriving late may be turned away and will be forced to re-schedule their appointments.
To apply for a non-immigrant visa, schedule your interview, or make any adjustments to your interview appointment (reschedule, request an expedited appointment, etc.), please visit our website: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-cd/niv You will find complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories and answers to frequently asked questions. Please bring a printed copy of your interview confirmation on the date indicated. If you have questions, please call our Customer Service Center.
Please Note: Effective March 2, 2020 DRC citizens will not pay reciprocity fees at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate worldwide for most kinds of non-immigrant visas. Applicants will continue to pay the appropriate MRV fee for their visa type.
If you have questions about how to apply for a non-immigrant visa, please contact our Customer Service Center.
Customer Service Center
Call: +243 99 859 5301 or +243 97 377 4050, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. GMT+1 (Kinshasa local time)
Skype: Add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name “skype-cd”.
If you are calling from the United States, please dial +1 703-831-3418
Our Customer Service Center CAN help you with the following:
- Provide information on where to research visa information.
- Provide general visa information or how to apply.
- Provide information about how to pay the visa application fee.
- Schedule or reschedule your appointment as an alternative to doing this online.
- Resolve technical issues with the website, your visa fee payment, or your sign-in information (email and password) to enter the site to pay and schedule the appointment. Please use the email contact information above and provide detailed information for such cases.
The Customer Service Center CANNOT help you with the following:
- Determine the required visa for your purpose of travel.
- Complete or assist with completion of the visa application DS-160 form or DS-260 form.
- Provide status information on your individual application after your interview.
To check the current wait time for a visa appointment, please click here.
To follow up on the status of a pending non-immigrant visa case for which you have already interviewed, please email KinshasaNIV@state.gov. We do not respond to general inquiries. For general inquiries, use the contact information above.
Local Mailing Address
Ambassade des États-Unis
U.S. Mailing Addresses
Department of State
2220 Kinshasa Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-2220
Unit 2220, Box 265
DPO AE, 09828-0265
Visiting the Embassy or Consulate
All applicants, including children, must book an appointment. Applicants must access the GSS website to schedule or reschedule their own appointments. It is important that applicants apply early, since appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants, including children, must appear in person for an interview at the given time of appointment. Please carry a printout of your appointment details on the given date of appointment.
Nonimmigrant Visa appointments are only available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Please note the Consular Section is closed for Training Days and for U.S. and Congolese National holidays.
Avenue des Aviateurs, No. 310 Kinshasa, Gombe (Note: the entrance to the Consular Section is located on Avenue Dumi around the corner from the Embassy main entrance and across from St. Anne’s Residence.)
Ambassade des États-Unis
310, Avenue des aviateurs
Commune de la Gombe
Tourist & Business Type Visas
All applicants for tourist and business visas must prove that they are eligible for a visa. During your interview with a consular officer, you must demonstrate that you will leave the United States at the end of your trip and that you will not engage in prohibited activities during your trip. You should be prepared to discuss your reasons for travel, previous international trips, and your social, economic, professional, and financial ties outside of the United States. Submitting all required documents does not automatically make you eligible for a tourist and business visa.
Consular officers can consider visa eligibility only during the visa interview. Therefore, you should bring to the interview any additional information which may help to establish your eligibility, such as medical statements, employment letters, financial information, business documents and previous passports. Any documents sent directly to the Embassy will be destroyed.
Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).
According to United States Immigration Law, visitors with B1/B2 – class visas may not engage in certain activities, including working (whether formally or informally), producing artwork, selling items, and performing. For these activities, applicants need an U.S. sponsor to file a petition for them in the U.S., and a different type of visa (not a B1/B2). Violation of visitor status may result in ineligibility for future visas. For additional information on other visa types, please see the directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.
Here are some examples of activities that are permitted with a visitor (B1/B2) type visa:
- vacation (holiday)
- visit with friends or relatives
- medical treatment
- participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
- participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
- enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree
United States immigration law does not set aside a specific type of visa for medical treatment. Eligible applicants will receive a B1/B2-class visa. Visas can only be issued at a United States Embassy, and only a consular officer of the United States may determine visa eligibility.
Foreign visitors are permitted to enter the United States for medical treatment if they can demonstrate their ability to pay for the full course of treatment. Medical treatment includes giving birth. They are not permitted to enter the United States for medical treatment if they intend to use public funds or are unable to pay for their treatment. Visa applicants who intend to obtain medical treatments in the United States must state this on their visa application and during their visa interview; failure to do so could be result in being permanently ineligible for a United States visa.
Applicants should also present a letter from the hospital or doctor in the United States explaining under what circumstances and at what cost the hospital will provide the required treatment and hospitalization. Applicants must demonstrate their treatment plans and financial ability to pay for this treatment during an interview with a consular officer. They must also demonstrate their intent to return home rather than stay permanently in the United States.
Applicants who have had medical treatment in the United States in the past, may be asked to demonstrate that they personally paid for their medical treatment without assistance from public or government funds when they apply for a subsequent visa. If they did not, the consular officer can refuse the visa if they believe the applicant is not credible or intends to obtain medical treatment without proper payment.
Student and Exchange Visas
Student Visa (F-1/M-1)
The Student (F-1/M-1) Visa provides opportunities for qualified applicants to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. With thousands of academic programs, world-class institutions, and unmatched flexibility, the United States offers a wealth of higher-education opportunities. Visit the Department of State’s EducationUSA website to learn about educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study, opportunities for scholars, admissions, and more.
Before you can apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an F or M student visa, you must first apply to and be accepted by a SEVP approved school. Visit the Department of Homeland Security Study in the States school search page to search for SEVP-certified schools.
When you are accepted by the U.S. school you plan to attend, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. The U.S. school will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1/M-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students (Form I-20) to present to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview. If your spouse and/or children intend to reside with you in the United States while you study, they must obtain individual Form I-20s, but they do not pay the SEVIS fee. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee.
During your interview you will need to convince the consular officer that you are a qualified student, that you will complete your studies and that you will return to your home country after completing your studies. Additionally, you must prove to the officer that you have sufficient funds to cover the first year of study and access to sufficient funds to cover subsequent study years.
If the consular officer is not convinced that you are a qualified student or that you will not return after your course of study or that you do not have access to sufficient funds to complete your studies, your visa will be denied.
Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1)
The Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visa program provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years. To learn more about exchange visitor visa programs, program sponsors, and more, please visit j1visa.state.gov.
Before you can apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a J-1 visa, you must first apply for and be accepted into an exchange visitor program through a designated sponsoring organization. Visit the Department of State J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website to learn about program requirements, regulations, and more.
When you are accepted into the exchange visitor program you plan to participate in, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Most J-1 Exchange Visitors must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee and provide the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, Form DS-2019. After your program sponsor enters your information in the SEVIS system, a SEVIS-generated Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (Form DS-2019) is provided to you. All exchange visitors, including their spouses and minor children, must be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Each person receives a separate Form DS-2019. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee.