Immigrant Visas

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of March 17, 2020, the United States Embassy in Abidjan cancelled all routine immigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. On June 22, President Trump signed an additional proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak, extending the suspension of entry for certain immigrants described above (Presidential Proclamation 10014).  These restrictions have now been extended through March 31, 2021, unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the proclamation.  Both proclamations provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants, including spouses and children (under 21 years of age) of U.S. citizens.  Please refer to the text of each proclamation for a full list of exceptions.  As resources allow, U.S. Embassy Abidjan is providing emergency and mission critical immigrant visa services for applicants who are not subject to the presidential proclamations.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Cote d’Ivoire at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan.

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 the Directory of Visa Categories 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, 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.

Applicants for Immigrant, Fiance and Diversity Visas must complete a medical exam with the Embassy’s agreed panel physician before coming for their interview at the U.S. Embassy.  Details about this process and expected cost are available under Additional Resources.

Immigrant Visas