16 March, 2020

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of March 17, the United States Embassy in Kinshasa is cancelling routine Immigrant and Nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at ( to request an emergency appointment.

Applicants who were issued nonimmigrant visas on Monday, March 16 should not come to the Embassy on March 18 to retrieve their visas. We will contact you when your visa is ready for pickup.

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus (UPDATED: 16 March 2020)

5 March, 2020

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and the subsequent proclamation issued March 14, 2020:

  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel through any of the above listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.

To postpone your appointment, please sign in to your user account, select the "Continue" option, and follow the system instructions under the "reschedule appointment" action. If you require further assistance please refer to our "Help" section at the bottom of the page.​

Presidential Proclamation 9645 and Presidential Proclamation 9983

21 February, 2020

On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.

Potential temporary issue regarding the reconciliation of your payment

27 December, 2019

We are potentially experiencing a temporary issue in the processing of visa fee payments from Monday December 16.

We advise applicants who paid their visa fee on Monday December 16 and are still unable to schedule an appointment after 3 days to contact us at

Please send the payment instructions and your proof of payment so we can allow you to schedule an appointment.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Attention IV and DV Applicants

1 November, 2019

To learn more about the Presidential Proclamation on Health Care and how it may impact your immigrant visa application, please click here.

Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

12 June, 2019

As of June 7, 2019 the Department of State recognizes that previously issued Venezuelan passports and “prorrogas” have been extended by decree of interim Venezuelan President Guaido for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration. Passports rendered valid by this decree will be accepted for visa and other consular services.

Attention IV Applicants

11 April, 2019

Please note our new requirement that all Affadavits of Support for immigrant visas must be accompanied by the US sponsors most recent IRS federal tax return transcript. IRS tax transcripts are available online here: Failure to present the sponsors most recent IRS federal tax transcript at the interview will result in processing delays for your case.


4 December, 2017

As of January 2, 2018 visa applicants in Kinshasa will no longer be authorized to bring their cell phones, tablets, or laptops into the Consular waiting room, nor will we have anywhere for the applicants to store their electronics.