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Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV)


Announcement (August 12, 2014): We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are working to bring the Consular Consolidated Database back to full operational capacity. We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays. Please check with the embassy or consulate where you will apply for additional information.

Avis (12 août 2014): Nous avons fait des progrès significatifs et avons traité/émis la plupart des dossiers de visas non-immigrants qui étaient en attente dans le monde entier. Nous sommes en train de travailler pour ramener la Base de Données Consulaire Consolidée (Consular Consolidated Database) à sa pleine capacité opérationelle. Nous continuons à établir des priorités pour le traitement des visas immigrants, des dossiers d’adoption d’enfants et des dossiers de visas non-immigrants urgents. Nous imprimons les visas pour ces dossiers et pour tous les autres dossiers avec très peu de retard. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter l’ambassade ou le consulat auprès duquel vous allez faire votre demande.

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 applicationWith 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)