Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Burkina Faso at the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.
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, M-1 and J1 visa classes, 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.
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.