Family-Based Immigration

Two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories, immediate relatives and family preference, are provided under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories  on to learn more about these two categories of immigrant visas, as well as other types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.

To apply for an immediate relative or family preference immigrant visa, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Effective immediately, the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti will maintain the originally scheduled NVC appointment and will no longer require a medical exam for applicants to maintain their visa appointment, or to re-schedule or initiate an immigrant visa interview. Applicants who missed their original appointment and would like to re-schedule should email However, re-scheduling appointments may take time, so we strongly encourage all visa applicants to attend their NVC scheduled appointment.

We are changing the delivery method for completed medical exam results. Rather than the panel physicians shipping the results to the office as they have in the past, the results directly to the applicant in a sealed envelope. The visa applicants will also be provided instructions directing them to bring the results to the Consular Section on the day of their interview (or that they drop the medical results off themselves to the embassy if we request a follow up exam). Furthermore, the applicants are not to open the sealed envelope for any reason; doing so will result in them having to re-do their medical exam.

First time applicants must present an NVC Appointment letter in order to schedule a medical exam. The DS-260 confirmation sheet is no longer sufficient for a first time applicant to schedule a medical exam. If the applicant would like to expedite their interview, they or their representative must email A completed medical exam is no longer sufficient to request an expedited appointment at U.S. Embassy Djibouti.

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti will no longer email the panel physicians a list of applicants who are permitted to do, or re-do, their medical exams. As noted in point 3, first time applicants must present an NVC appointment letter. Applicants who are re-doing their medical exams should be permitted to do so at any time if their previous exam has expired.

After an interview, follow the instructions provided at the interview window and check the case status using the Department of State’s case portal —  Please do not request an expedite of administrative processing until at least 120 days have passed, unless evidence of a serious medical condition was evidenced at the interview.  If provided a 221(g) letter, follow the instructions in this letter as soon as possible using the consular dropbox to furnish any requested evidence so as to not add unnecessary processing time.

On May 1, 2018, Embassy Djibouti began to review the waiver eligibility of applicants whose visas were refused before May 1, 2018 to ensure all applicants had their waiver eligibility assessed consistent with our waiver criteria. If your applicant was refused before May 1, 2018 there is nothing you need to do at this time.

For applicants whose visa applications were refused under PP 9645 after May 1, 2018 the refusal letter provided to you by the consular officer at the conclusion of your interview is still operative.  If the refusal letter indicated that a waiver will not be granted in your case, then that decision is final and the Embassy will not review your case further.  If the refusal letter indicated that a consular officer is reviewing your eligibility for a waiver, then the Embassy will notify you when its review is complete.

If we require additional information, we will contact you.

If we determine that you are eligible for a waiver, we will contact you.

Check your case status in the CEAC at the most up-to-date information available on your case.  During the entire duration of the waiver eligibility assessment, your CEAC will indicate that your visa application has been refused but it is undergoing necessary “administrative processing.