Visas

Important Notice:

AS OF MAY 2, 2022
USD 1 = CFA 650
Note: Each fee is rounded UP to the nearest 1,000 FCFA

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Embassy Cotonou continues to have reduced capacity to process nonimmigrant visas.  We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. 

All appointments for nonimmigrant visa interviews (other than for diplomats and officials (A and G)) must be made through our appointment scheduling service.

While U.S. Embassy Cotonou aims to process visa cases as soon as practicable, there are increased wait times and substantial backlogs, and we will be unable to accommodate many requests for expedited appointments.  We regret that we will not be able to interview all applicants before their desired travel dates.

We will keep adding more appointments as capacity allows. We encourage applicants who need an earlier appointment to regularly check the appointment scheduling website.

Applicants for student and work visas who cannot find an appointment before their originally planned travel date should speak to their university or employer to discuss their situation and options as soon as possible. For those with a DS-2019 or I-20, this discussion should include requesting an updated report date on the DS-2019 or I-20 to a new, achievable date as we cannot issue a visa for a program report date that has already passed.

We hope this information allows applicants to make informed decisions about their travel plans.

Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview. 

 All Centers for Disease Control (CDC) orders pertaining to vaccination and testing requirements still apply.  There are very limited exceptions for diplomats (A and G visa holders) and air and sea crew (C1/D visa holders).

Several factors, including the purpose of your intended travel, will determine what type of visa you will be required to have under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, it is your responsibility to prove to the Consular Officer that you meet all of the requirements for the category of visa for which you are applying. See our Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Cotonou, Benin is committed to providing visa services respectfully, efficiently, and in accordance with U.S. law.

To assist and protect American citizens in Benin, and to facilitate travel to the United States.

To improve U.S. border security by identifying those not eligible for visas, while welcoming legitimate travelers who greatly contribute to America’s social and economic well-being.

Local Contact Information:

Immigrant Visas: IVCotonou@state.gov

Diversity Visas : IVCotonou@state.gov

Non-Immigrant Visas: NIVCotonou@state.gov

 

Phone : (229) 21 30 06 50

Fax : (229) 21 30 66 82

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

 We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for theinterview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted onhttp://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.