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.
Third Party Attendance at Passport and CRBA Appointment Interviews
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 following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
- Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
- Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
- The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
- It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
- Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
- Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
- To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
- The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
- No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
- Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
- During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
- Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
- Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.
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.