How to Apply

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements. At this time, Nigerien passports are NOT exempt from this requirement.

Your passport must also have at least one full blank page where a visa may be placed.

Complete the online nonimmigrant visa application, Form DS-160.

Important! Be careful to complete the DS-160 correctly and accurately.

Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please enter “none.” Do not leave any answers blank.

Incomplete or incorrect forms may result in delays in processing visa applications.

Print and keep the DS-160 confirmation sheet. You will need to include this paper in your application package.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • The completed DS-160;
  • A diplomatic note from your government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or your international organization that includes your name and passport number, the purpose of your trip, where in the U.S. you will be travelling, the anticipated length of your stay, and the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any members of your household who will be accompanying you;
  • 2 inch by 2 inch (5 cm x 5 cm) color photo not older than 6 months (click here for more detailed photo requirements);
  • Officers and Employees of the United Nations who are assigned to U.N. headquarters must have a Transportation Cable/Note from the Chief of the Transportation Section, United Nations Secretariat;
  • Additional documentation is required for personal employees applying for A-3 or G-5 visas. Please contact the Consular Section at for detailed information on this.

Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include, but are not limited to:

  • An Ordre de Mission, if it is applicable;
  • Evidence of your ability, and/or your organization’s ability, to pay all costs of the trip;
  • Evidence of your intent to depart the United States after your trip;

Official government and international organization travelers usually do not need to be interviewed by a consular officer. In most cases you or your protocol can deliver your application package including the completed DS-160, photo, diplomatic note, and any other supporting documentation. Normally your application can be delivered to the Embassy Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am or Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please contact the Consular Section via email ( if you have questions about when your documents can be dropped off at the Embassy.

Personal employees applying for A-3 or G-5 visas are required to be interviewed by a consular officer. Please contact the Consular Section at for assistance in scheduling an interview.

If you are issued the visa, we will notify you and provide you with a date and time to return to collect your passport and visa.