This website provides updates about new application procedures and notices from the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. If you need to schedule or reschedule an appointment, or register for DHL in order to collect your passport, please visit our scheduling contractor’s website here (https://usvisa-info.com/en-ke/selfservice/us_immigrant_visas) or call them at (+254 20) 619-0600 +254 20 500-6656 (in Kenya) or +1 703 439 2302 (in the United States).
The Immigrant Visa unit conducts visa interviews by appointment only. You will be notified of your appointment date by the National Visa Center (NVC) or Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), unless you are a K visa applicant or expedited case. For K visa and expedited cases, the Immigrant Visa unit will contact you directly with instructions on the visa process as soon as we receive your file from the National Visa Center.
Appointments are scheduled for 6:30am, Monday through Thursday, excluding Kenyan or American holidays and the last Wednesday of every month.
For questions about your specific case, you may contact the Immigrant Visa Unit by email at ImmigrationVisaNairobi@state.gov or 363-6622 (Option “1”) from Monday through Thursday, 1:00-4:00p.m. Note that we are closed to the public the last Wednesday of every month and all Kenyan and American holidays.
Immigrant Visa applicants will continue to pay required visa fees at the U.S. Embassy Nairobi cashier on the day of their interview.
Please note that all applicants below 14 years of age are required to have a guardian accompany them to their interview. The guardian must bring with them the original power of attorney from the petitioner and a government issued photo identification to be allowed access to the Embassy.
Once you have been interviewed and approved for an immigrant visa, your travel document or passport will be ready for collection usually within one week from the day of your interview. You must collect your visa packet at the DHL location you selected when registering. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have your visa in hand.
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On September 1, 2013, the DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application and the DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent) replaced the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (parts I and II) and the DS-3032 (Choice of Address and Agent). Beneficiaries submitting new cases that arrive at the National Visa Center from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on or after September 1, 2013 will be instructed to complete the DS-260/261 in lieu of the DS-230/3032. We will not require DS-260s for beneficiaries of documentary qualified cases already in process at NVC on September 1, 2013. For all other cases where NVC has occasion to send a “checklist” of missing documents after September 1, 2013 NVC will instruct petitioners/agents/beneficiaries to submit the DS-260 along with those missing documents, even if a DS-230 was already on file. Those filing petitions locally with USCIS Nairobi on or after September 1 must submit a DS-260 once the petition is approved.
Beneficiaries should enter the principal applicant’s DOB in YYYYMMDD format in lieu of an “Invoice ID” on the DS-260 login page.
The DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application form, has replaced all paper-based application forms, including the DS-156, the DS-156k, and the DS-230.
K-1, K-2, K-3 and K-4 Visa Applicants: Access the online DS-160 by clicking here
(Consular Electronic Application Center website). After you have completed the DS-160, you must take these next steps:
- Print and keep the DS-160 confirmation barcode page. (You do not need to print the full application.)
- Schedule a visa interview appointment. The U.S. Embassy Nairobi does not automatically schedule an appointment for you. If you need to schedule/reschedule an appointment, please visit the following website http://usvisa-info.com/en-KE/selfservice/login or use the call center at +254-20-619-0600 (in Kenya) or +1 703-439-2302 (in the United States).
- Pay the visa application processing fee. Applicants must pay application fees at any branch of Post bank or through Mpesa before booking an appointment. Applicants are required to complete their online visa application form and pay the application fee prior to scheduling an appointment. Payments are not transferable. The fee payment is electronically tied to applicant’s passport number and cannot be transferred to anyone else.
USCIS Immigrant fee (February 2013)
Since February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. The only applicant categories exempt from paying the fee are prospective adoptive parents whose children are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee
New Visa Application System
The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has implemented a new system to make the visa application process faster, simpler and less stressful for Immigrants securing family-based, employment-based and Diversity visas.
Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa is available on our website. Please click here for detailed information.
Applicants will be able to schedule or re-schedule immigrant visa appointments (Including K-1 and K-3 visas) by themselves via a new website or through the assistance of a new call center at (+254 20) 619-0600 +254 20 500-6656 (in Kenya) or +1 703 439 2302 (in the United States). Applicants must ensure that they select a DHL location as they schedule an appointment. This service is free of charge to our applicants. Immigrant visa applicants will continue to pay for any required visa fees at the U.S. Embassy cashier.
We are closed to the public the last Wednesday of every month and any Kenyan or American holidays.
Please note that all applicants below 14 years are required to have a guardian accompany them to the Embassy for their interview. The guardian must bring with them the original power of attorney from the petitioner, stating that they are authorized to sign documents on behalf of the petitioner. The guardian must also bring a government issued photo identification to be allowed access to the Embassy.
If you're a citizen of a foreign country and intend to live/reside permanently in the United States, you'll need an Immigrant Visa to enter the United States whether or not you plan to seek employment.
The Immigrant Visa Unit conducts immigrant visa interviews by appointment only. When your visa interview is scheduled, you will be notified of your appointment date in a letter from either the National Visa Center or Kentucky Consular Center for Diversity Visa.
Note that the appointment time for all interviews is 6:30 am Monday through Thursday, excluding Kenyan or American Holidays and the last Wednesday of the month. If the beneficiary does not appear with all the required documents and appropriate issuance fee on their appointment day, they will be required to reschedule their interview to a later date.
The Consular Section in Nairobi will contact K Visa and Expedite visa applicants directly with instructions on the visa process as soon as their files are received from the National Visa center.
If the beneficiary does not appear with all the required documents and appropriate interview/issuance fee on time on the appointment day, they will be required to reschedule their own interview appointment to a later date.
Returning Resident/ "Green Card Holders"
A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) or Conditional Resident (CR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than twelve months, or beyond the validity period of a re-entry permit, will require a new immigrant visa to re-enter the United States and resume permanent residence.
Consideration for returning resident status will only be given to LPRs or CRs who left the U.S. with the intention of returning; have not abandoned this intention; and are returning to the U.S. from a temporary visit abroad. If the stay was protracted, the applicant will be required to show that this was caused by reasons beyond his or her control for which he or she was not responsible.
Please Note: Conditional Residents of the United States who fail to file an application to have conditional resident status removed are required to apply for a new immigrant visa. They are not eligible to apply for special immigrant status as a returning resident.
To apply for the SB-1 Visa, you must:
- Fill out the Returning Resident Form (DS-117) here (h) ttp://www.travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_1342.html
- Pay a non-refundable fee of $275, or the Kenyan shilling equivalent.
- Email ImmigrationVisaNairobi@state.gov to request an appointment. Appointments are regularly scheduled for 1.30pm on Thursdays.
If your request is approved, you will be sent a packet of instructions on how to continue the visa application process.
There are specific procedures that American citizens resident abroad should follow if they wish to sponsor an immediate relative (spouse, parent or minor child) for an immigrant visa. The immediate relative petition (I-130) must be filed with the USCIS office responsible for the petitioner's place of residence (that is, the place of residence of the American citizen who is filing the petition). The consular section will continue to provide guidance to American Citizen Petitioners and their family members. However, responsibility for acceptance and approval of I-130 petitions lies solely with USCIS. The US embassy in Nairobi has a USCIS/DHS office which is responsible for the approval of I-130 petitions that are filed in Nairobi. American citizens who intend to file a petition for a family member may contact the local Department of Homeland Security office to ascertain if they meet the requirements to file a particular petition.