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Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV)

Announcement (July 24, 2014): The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.

Avis (24 jullet 2014): Le Bureau des Affaires Consulaires du Département d'État connaît actuellement des problèmes techniques avec notre système de passeports / visas. Ce problème est mondial et n'est pas spécifique à un pays en particulier, à un document de citoyenneté, ou à une catégorie de visa. Nous nous excusons pour les candidats qui éprouvent des retards ou sont dans l’incapacité d'obtenir un passeport, un Rapport Consulaire de Naissance à l'Étranger, ou un visa en ce moment. Nous travaillons de toute urgence pour corriger le problème et nous nous attendons à ce que notre système redevienne pleinement opérationnel sous peu.

Non-immigrant visas are used to temporarily enter the United States. These visas are divided into many classes depending on your purpose of travel. Each visa class has its own requirements and can only be used for the designated purpose. All visa classes require an online application. With limited exception, non-immigrant visa applicants are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a U.S. Consular Officer. The Embassy does not accept walk-in applicants. The current wait time to schedule a visa interview in Djibouti can be found here.

Already had your interview? Check your application status online here.

The most common visa classes are:

Tourism and Business

Medical Treatment



Diplomats and Government Officials

Fiancée of U.S. citizen 

More information on Visa Classes can be found on the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs public website.

Note - You don't necessarily need to be a resident in Djibouti to be able to apply at U.S. Embassy Djibouti. Click here for more information.

More Non-Immigrant Visa Information:

Warning: A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States! Visas allow you to travel to a United States port-of-entry (airport/seaport) and request permission from the Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States.


Many citizens from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries can travel to the U.S. without a visa, if they meet certain requirements.  VWP applicants must have a curernt biometric passport from an eligible country and apply for travel Authorization through ESTA:

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) current biometric passport guidelines

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)