Important Considerations When Completing Passport Forms
You can get blank forms at the U.S. Embassy, or you can download them from the U.S. State Department website. You should not use forms from other sources. Other sources might have out-dated versions of the forms that will not be accepted.
If you print your forms, make sure the form is sized to fit your paper. If part of the form is not printed, the form will not be accepted.
You should fill the form using blue or black ink. Forms filled with other colors may not be accepted.
Fill your forms carefully and completely before your appointment. Incomplete forms and forms with incorrect information will not be accepted. In some cases it may not be possible for you to complete or correct forms during your appointment, and you may be required to reschedule on another day.
Passport forms and instructions for filling them can be found here.
Overseas U.S. Passport Processing Times
In most cases, passport applications accepted at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey can be processed, printed, and delivered at the Embassy in two weeks (ten business days). However, we occasionally experience delays in processing, printing, or shipping that result in longer wait times. Please consider this when planning your travel. If your plans require you to renew your passport and travel more quickly than this, you should consider requesting an emergency passport. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available by contacting the Consular Section at 20-72-26-61 or by email at ConsulateNiamey@state.gov.
What Service Do You Require?
Renew a Passport
You can use form DS-82 to renew your passport if your current passport:
- Can be submitted with your application;
- Is not damaged beyond normal “wear and tear”;
- Was issued when you were age 16 or older;
- Was issued within the last 15 years;
- Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order).
If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you will need use form DS-11 and apply as if it is your first passport.
Click here for more details on renewing a passport
Apply for a Passport
If you are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time, if your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago, or if your most recent passport was issued before your 16th birthday, you should fill out form DS-11.
Click here for more details on applying for a new passport.
Passports for Minors
Minors under the age of 18 must use form DS-11 to apply for passports. They are not able to renew a passport using form DS-82.
Passport applications for U.S. citizen minors under the age of 16 have requirements in addition to those adult applications. These include the personal appearance of child; proof of parental, proof of identification of both parents, and permission from both parents.
For more information on applying for a passport for a child, click here.
Important Notice Regarding Entering and Leaving the United States
According to Section 215 of the U.S Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) it is illegal for an American citizen to enter or leave the U.S on anything other than an American document. This applies to dual citizens as well, meaning that persons holding both Nigerien and U.S. citizenship MUST enter and leave the U.S. on a valid U.S. passport; they may NOT enter or leave the U.S. on a Nigerien passport. This applies to children as well as adults. Therefore if your U.S. citizen child does not have a U.S. passport, you must apply for a U.S. passport for the child before they can travel to the U.S.
Where to Apply
Passport applications can only be received at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey. The Embassy is located in Niamey on Rue des Ambassades. The Consular Section entrance is on the west side of the building.
Passport applications can only be received during our American Citizen Service hours.
Appointments for all non-emergency services are available at the following times:
Mondays from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
All non-emergency services, including passport applications, require an appointment. To schedule a passport appointment, please click here.
Appointments for Families
If you have more than one family member to schedule, each family member will need an appointment. If there are no days with enough available appointments to accommodate your family, please schedule as many as possible on the day with the most available appointments. You can then send us an email at ConsulateNiamey@state.gov and explain your situation. We will then do our best to accommodate you.
Please Note: To enhance the security of the application process and verify your identify more quickly, you must remove your eyeglasses for U.S. passport and Visa photos.
If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your photo is a vital part of your passport application, and providing an unsuitable photo can result in delays in processing your passport. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. Embassy. We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.
Your passport photo must be:
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size;
- Printed on photo quality paper;
- In color;
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background without shadows;
For the complete photo requirements click here.