Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Important information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:


As of March 15, 2021, the United States Embassy in Burkina Faso is resuming certain routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, to include: 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.

Please note that, despite our present status, we strive to find availability to conduct a limited number of student visa interviews within our prescribed framework of precautionary measures.  We invite interested students to write to us at with their specific inquiries.

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 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.

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
  • 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