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On August 2, 2023, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees & eligible family members from the U.S. Embassy in Niamey. Please note that non-emergency services are currently suspended due to staffing shortages.
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American Citizen Services can assist when U.S. citizens in Niger are arrested, are missing, are victims of violent crime, become ill, die, or otherwise need immediate help.Arrest of a U.S. Citizen Death of a U.S. Citizen International Parental Child Abduction Victims of Crime Passports
The Department of State assists U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas and works to ensure their fair and humane treatment.
The Department of State helps the family and friends of U.S. citizens who die abroad. We inform the U.S. citizen’s next-of-kin of the death and we provide information on arrangements for local burial or the return of remains to the United States and on disposition of estates and personal effects. We also issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad, an official record of death.
Niger is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Niger and the United States concerning international parental child abduction. For more information, see our international parental child abduction page on travel.state.gov.
The Department of State helps U.S. citizens who are victims of crime overseas. We connect crime victims with police and other services and provide information and resources to assist with physical, emotional, and/or financial injuries from crime.
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U.S. citizens in need of emergency financial assistance while abroad should first attempt to contact their family, friends, banking institution, or employer. Our American Citizen Services unit can assist in this effort, if necessary.
Destitute U.S. citizens overseas should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate or the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services for information about assistance options and eligibility requirements. U.S. Embassy in Niger: +227 2072-26-61 (ask for the Consular Section) during business hours and +227 99-49-90-66 after hours. U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services: (888) 407-4747 from within the U.S. and +1 202-501-4444 from overseas.
Use a commercial money transfer service, such as Western Union or MoneyGram., to wire money overseas. Money transfer cost comparison tools online can help you identify the best option. The person receiving the money will need to present proof of identity such as a passport. Link text: Be wary of International Financial Scams.
When the commercial options listed above are not available or feasible, family or friends may send funds via the U.S. Department of State for delivery to a destitute U.S. citizen abroad at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State assesses a $30 fee to establish an account and transfer funds.
Destitute U.S. citizens may be eligible for a loan from the U.S. government to travel to the United States. Repatriation loans must eventually be paid back to the U.S. government. Your U.S. passports will be limited at the time the loan is issued and in most cases you will not be issued a new passport until the loan is paid in full. Contact us for more information.
Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. We provide many services, and the most common are listed below.
If you are a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), you are responsible for filing U.S. federal income tax returns while abroad. You will find useful information on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, such as Frequently Asked Questions about taxes or how to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The due date for filing your return is April 15. When the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal U. S. holiday, the due date is delayed until the next business day.
If you are a U.S. dual citizen or U.S. citizen living outside of the United States, you can register with the Selective Service System. U.S. embassies and consulates abroad assist the Selective Service System with its registration program abroad. Overseas registrants are encouraged to register with the Selective Service website Online Registration. If you are unable to register online, contact the Consular Section at the Embassy in Niamey, and we will assist you.
If you live in Niger and have questions about Social Security Administration (SSA) services, contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in France.
U.S. service members, veterans, and their beneficiaries can apply for benefits on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) may also be able to help veterans and beneficiaries with questions about benefits and services.
Depending on where you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) here. Print, sign, and return the FPCA to your local U.S. election office. Include your email address so election officials can reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you will receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices. We recommend completing a new FPCA each January, or when you move.
The U.S. Embassy can assist American citizens in many ways, but we are limited in the assistance we can provide in many areas. If you need legal or medical assistance, the Embassy cannot provide these services. We can, however, assist you in locating someone who can. The following pages include lists of service providers in Niger who may be able to help you. Traveling abroad doesn’t have to be confusing if you know the right things before you go. In this section, we aim to provide you with the essentials if you are planning on traveling to Niger. In addition, we advise you to visit travel.state.gov, the website the U.S. Department of State has designed especially to make American travelers aware of the requirements to be fulfilled and the cautions to be heeded when undertaking a trip abroad.Legal Assistance Medical Assistance
The Niger judicial system is based on the French system. The attorneys who are included in this list are the equivalent of the French “Avocat.” An Avocat is authorized to act in all legal matters between his client and other parties, including representation before a court.
The U.S. Embassy Niamey assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons listed here.
The United States is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, an international treaty which seeks to ensure that intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the child and that safeguards are in place for their protection. All adoptions in another country must take place according to both U.S. and local laws for the adopted child to be eligible to immigrate to the United States. You should work with a U.S. adoption service provider specifically authorized to facilitate intercountry adoption. You can find more information about authorized adoption service providers and the intercountry adoption process at travel.state.gov and are invited to direct questions to Adoption@state.gov.
If you have a child outside the United States the child may have acquired U.S. citizenship at birth if the requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act have been met as of the time of your child’s birth. To determine whether your child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and to document that, you can apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your child. You may also choose to just apply for a U.S. passport for your child, although one benefit of a CRBA is that, unlike the U.S. passport, it does not expire and may be used as proof of acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth. A full validity, unexpired U.S. passport is also proof of U.S. citizenship.
U.S. embassy and consulate personnel cannot perform marriages. Depending on the local law, civil or religious officials generally perform marriages. If your marriage overseas was performed in accordance with local law, it is valid in the country where it took place. Whether your marriage is recognized elsewhere depends on the laws of that place.
If you get married abroad and need to know if your marriage will be recognized in the United States and what documentation may be needed, contact the office of the Attorney General of your state of residence in the United States.
A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). CRBA applications must be made before the child’s 18th birthday, and we recommend that the parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth.
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the certain parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application.
If you are interested in becoming an American citizen, visit our Visas page for information on immigrant visas.
Renunciation is the most unequivocal way by which a person can manifest an intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship. Please consider the effects of renouncing U.S. citizenship before taking this serious and irrevocable action. If you have further questions regarding renunciation, please contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Niamey (ConsulateNiamey@state.gov) for more information.
If you have questions about Nigerien citizenship, visit the website for the Nigerien Ministère de la Justice.
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