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Important Visa Information

Visa services, including for Diversity Visas, are not available at this time.

Please be advised there is a worldwide statutory annual limit on the number of Diversity Visas issued. And as of September 7, 2023, all available Diversity Visas for the 2023 DV Program had been issued.

Important Notice

The U.S. Embassy Niamey is currently providing all consular services. All appointments for nonimmigrant visa interviews (other than for diplomats and officials (A and G)) must be made through our NIV scheduling system. For Immigrant visa, visit the Immigrant visa process.

While U.S. Embassy Niamey aims to process visa cases as soon as practicable, there are increased wait times. We regret that we will not be able to interview all applicants before their desired travel dates. Due to the limited number of visa appointments we can offer, ALL applicants must be Nigerien citizens or residents of Niger if you are using the automated appointment system. If you are not a Nigerien citizen, you may contact us by email to be considered for an appointment.

We will keep adding more appointments as capacity allows. Applicants may book appointments even if their travel plans are not immediate to facilitate future business and tourist travel to the United States.  We encourage applicants who need an earlier appointment to regularly check the appointment scheduling website.

Expedited appointment availability is extremely limited. The majority of requests cannot be accommodated. If your unforeseen travel need meets one of the criteria listed below, you may request an expedited appointment:

  • Death/funeral of a close relative
  • F, M, or J program students or exchange visitors who need to begin or resume a valid program of study starting before the first available appointment date
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that have rolling admissions DO NOT qualify for expedite appointments
    • Requests for F, M, and J expedites must include a copy of your passport, I-20, and SEVIS payment receipt.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler with life threatening emergencies
  • Urgent business travel of particular concern to an American business.

Please visit this page for more information on how to request an Expedited Appointment. The consular staff will evaluate your case and get back to you with an answer via email. The expedited request is only offered to Nigerien residents.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Visa applicants should not purchase airplane tickets or make other non-refundable reservations unless they are first issued a visa.

See our Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Payment Methods & Details

Select a visa category here to find the visa issuance fee and validity period for visas issued to applicants from Niger.

Appointments & Locations

The U.S. Embassy is located in Niamey on Rue des Ambassades. The Embassy is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday.

Please click HERE to schedule your Nonimmigrant Visa appointment online.  Appointments are scheduled via internet only. We do not accept appointments by direct calls to the Embassy or Consular Section.

Visa Processing

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.  You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers here.

Customer Service Statement

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on https://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions

Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
  • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
  • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
  • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.