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Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV)

Non-immigrant visas (NIVs) are used to temporarily enter the United States. These visas are divided into many classes depending on your purpose of travel. Each NIV class has its own requirements and can only be used for the designated purpose. All visa classes require an online applicationWith limited exception, NIV 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 non-immigrant 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

Students and Exchange Visitors


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)