Welcome to the Non-immigrant Visa Unit of U.S. Embassy Niamey. We issue visas to persons of diverse backgrounds for temporary travel to the U.S. for vacation, business, study, family visits, or for other purposes.
Citizens of some countries are eligible to travel without a visa to the U.S. under our Visa Waiver Program. If you are not eligible to use this program, please follow the application procedures to receive your non-immigrant visa.
Only a U.S. Consular Officer may issue a US visa. Most visa applicants must have an interview with a U.S. Consular Officer before he or she can determine visa eligibility.
How to Apply
All nonimmigrant visa applicants must complete the DS-160 visa application online. Non-official travelers must also schedule an appointment for a visa interview at the Embassy. Current appointment wait times can be found here.
While most visas can be processed within a week, certain cases may take significantly longer depending on individual circumstances. We therefore recommend that you apply for your visa well in advance of your expected departure date.
The type of visa you require will depend on your purpose of travel. There are different requirements for each visa class. Please choose the appropriate category below for complete instructions.
- Business, Tourism, or Medical Treatment (B)
- Studying or Attending College in the U.S. (F, M)
- Petition Based Exchange (J) or Temporary Work (H, L, O, P, Q, R)
- Travel on behalf of a Government or Designated International Organization (A, G)
- Personal or Domestic Employees
- Visa Waiver Program
More information nonimmigrant visas can be found here.
If you are in need of an expedited appointment for emergency travel other reasons, first complete the DS-160 visa application online and schedule the next available appointment. Then email the Embassy at email@example.com explaining in detail the reason for your request. Emergency travel is defined as travel to attend a funeral or receive urgent medical attention, or urgent and unanticipated business travel. We will review your request and, if possible, expedite your appointment to a date that will meet your travel needs. Please note that there is no guarantee you will receive an expedited appointment.
After the Interview
- Passport Pickup: Unless otherwise notified, you may generally pick up your passport the next day after 10 am. Please bring your receipt.
- Document Requests: If the Consular officer has requested that you bring in additional documents, please come in the next scheduled visa day with the requested documents and the letter from the Consular officer. You do not need to schedule a new appointment.
- Administrative Processing: If your case requires additional administrative processing, we will contact you when the process is complete. You can check the status of your pending application here.
All visa decisions are made by the Consular officer in accordance with U.S. immigration law. There are many reasons why a visa may be denied. One common reason is that the applicant did not have strong ties overseas that indicate that they will return to a foreign country after a temporary visit to the United States. For more information on this and other kinds of decisions, please click here. In addition, certain applicants may be ineligible to receive a visa based on certain factors. Information on visa ineligibilities can be found here. Refunds are not granted after a visa denial. Applicants are free to reapply at any time, but please note that they must repeat the entire application process, including paying a new processing fee.
If you have further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (227) 2072-2661
ONLINE VISA APPLICATION
- Please go to the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to fill out the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)
VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
- All citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries are required obtain travel authorization prior to traveling to the U.S. via the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).