The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
Important information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:
As of November 25, 2020, the United States Embassy in Burkina Faso is resuming certain routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, to include: F-1 and M-1 visas for returning students and J1 visa classes not subject to Presidential Proclamation 10052, K1 fiancé, certain immigrant visa classes and I-131A Lawful Permanent Resident Boarding Foils for lost/stolen/mutilated cards. Interviews for all other visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended. The U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services for urgent humanitarian, medical, and official travel.
While the Embassy aims to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, capacity is limited, and applicants should expect significant wait times for visa interview appointments. The MRV fee may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. The U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your MRV payment until September 30, 2022. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please email email@example.com to request an emergency appointment.
U.S. visa holders should be aware of potential restrictions for travelers who transit the Schengen area (including France) within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States. These restrictions do not apply to when travelling through other common transit points outside of the Schengen area. These restrictions also do not apply to U.S. citizens or green card holders, or diplomatic or official travelers. Please refer to the Department of Homeland Security for all of the latest travel restrictions that may affect you.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the Global Support Services Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
- Callers in Burkina Faso: (+226) 25-30-00-86
- Callers in the United States: Call 1 703-520-6209
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.