Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.
Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.
Step 3. Schedule an Interview Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.
Step 4. Pay the MRV Fee
On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $160 or 29,000 DJF for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit) non-immigrant visas; $ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $ 270 for E visas.
Credit card payment is available. All US dollars and Djiboutian Franc should be minted after the year 2000 and in a transferable state (i.e. fully intact, clean, and without alteration).
Step 5. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.
Step 6. Reciprocity Fee
Djiboutian Citizens who visas were approved for a B1/B2 visa must pay a visa reciprocity fee of $180.00.
Step 7. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
If you are issued the visa, return the U.S. Embassy on Thursday at 15:00 to collect your passport and visa.