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 below 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
- Acquire and bring your passport(s):
Current passport, valid for a minimum of 180 days
All previous passports
Dual nationals must bring both passports (current and/or expired)
- Get a U.S. visa size photo (you will need to upload it into your online visa application and provide the original photo at your visa interview:
2x2 inches / 5x5 centimeters
Colored photo on white background
Head garments may not be worn
Face must be facing forward and clearly visible from hairline to chin and from ear to ear
- Complete a DS-160 Online Application Form:
Each person applying for a visa must complete a separate form
Upload your photo (JPEG file format / 240 KB or less)
Print only the application confirmation
- Pay your fees:
Students and exchange visitors must pay their SEVIS Fee with DHS
Some applicants may be asked to pay a reciprocity fee after the interview
- Schedule your appointment:
- Prepare your documents:
Applications, fees, photos, and valid passport must meet the requirements to be accepted.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding non-immigrant visas, please Contact Us.
Forbidden Items and Entry Regulations (PDF 239kb)
- NO Mobile Phones
- NO Electronic Devices
- NO Suitcases or Handbags
- NO Fluids or Chemicals
If you fail to follow these security requirements you may face delays or cancellations to your visit.
NOTICE TO ALL VISA APPLICANTS
Please be advised that by applying for a U.S. visa you are providing the Consulate AUTHORIZATION to verify the documents presented including bank statements. The Consulate will verify THE AUTHENTICITY of the said document(s) with the respective institutions that issued the document(s)
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Nonimmigrant visa application and border crossing card processing fees (per person):
- Non-petition-based nonimmigrant visa (except E category): $160
- H, L, O, P, Q and R category nonimmigrant visa: $190
- E category nonimmigrant visa $270
- K category nonimmigrant visa $240
- Border crossing card -age 15 and over ( valid 10 years): $160
- Border crossing card - under age 15. For Mexican citizen if parent or guardian has or is applying for a border crossing card ( valid 10 years): $15
In some cases, you may also have to pay a "Reciprocity fee"once the visa has been authorized, but not yet issued.
Reciprocity fee varies according to the type of the visa or the nationality of the applicant.
Any applicable reciprocity fee must be paid to the Consulate's Cashier with CFA or USD cash after the interview.
For more information about applicability of Reciprocity Fees please visit the Reciprovity Fee website
When the nonimmigrant visa application processing fee is not required:
- Applicants for A, G, C-3, NATO and diplomatic visas (defined in 22 CFR 41.26): No Fee
- Applicants for J visas participating in official U.S. Government sponsored educational and cultural exchanges: No Fee
- Replacement of machine-readable visa when the original visa was not properly affixed or needs to be reissued through no fault of the applicant: No Fee
- Applicants exempted by international agreement as determined by Visa Services, including members and staff of an observer mission to United Nations Headquarters recognized by the UN General Assembly, and their immediate families: No Fee
- Applicants traveling to provide charitable services as determined by Visa Services: No Fee
- U.S. Government employees traveling on official business: No Fee
Nonimmigrant visa issuance fee, including border-crossing cards.
- See the Visa Reciprocity Tables to find out the visa issuance fee amount, if applicable: Varies (Reciprocal)
When the nonimmigrant visa issuance fee is not required:
- An official representative of a foreign government or an international or regional organization of which the U.S. is a member; members and staff of an observer mission to United Nations Headquarters recognized by the UN General Assembly; and applicants for diplomatic visas as defined under item 22(a); and their immediate families: No Fee
- An applicant transiting to and from the United Nations Headquarters: No Fee
- An applicant participating in a U.S. Government sponsored program: No Fee
- An applicant traveling to provide charitable services as determined by Visa Services: No Fee
Other - When a Visa is Not Required - Visa Waiver Program
- Citizens of Visa Waiver Program participating countries, and meeting requirements pay a small fee. Select BCIS fees to learn more.
Special Visa Services
Description of Service and Fee Amount
- Immediate Relative and Family Preference Application: $230
- Application for Determining Returning Resident Status, Form DSP-117: $275
- Transportation letter for Legal Permanent Residents of U.S.: $300
- Application for Waiver of 2 year foreign residency requirement (J Waiver),Data Sheet, Form 3035: $230
- Application for Waiver of immigrant visa ineligibility (collected for BCIS and subject to change): $195
- Refugee or significant public benefit parole case processing: No Fee
- U.S. Visa fingerprinting: $85
Note: This fee chart is based on the Code of Federal Regulations - Title 22, Part 22, Sections 22.1 through 22.7.