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Non-Immigrant Visas

Temporary Visitors to the U.S.

Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160)

How do I process my application?

International visitors add greatly to our nation's cultural, education and economic life. We continue the proud tradition of welcoming visitors to the United States with secure borders and open doors.

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers, (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily. This visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission from the Department of Homeland Security immigration officer to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of your travel.  Third-country nationals can also apply if they have legal residence in Ethiopia. 

Apply for your visa early and before you make final travel arrangements. The consular section advises that applicants never purchase nonrefundable tickets until visa has been issued.

Contact Information

  • Address:

    Entoto Street
    P.O. Box 1014
    Addis Ababa

    Consular Service Email Contacts:

    For American Citizen Services, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about Immigrant Visas, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about Non-Immigrant Visas, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about Fiancé Visas, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about DNA testing, please e-mail:

    For specific inquiries regarding adoptions please e-mail:

    To report fraud, please e-mail:    

    For all other inquiries, please e-mail:    

    To request an expedited visa appointment, please visit:

    If you are calling about an emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call:
                011-130-6000 (This number is NOT for visa inquiries)
                Hours of Operation:
                Mon - Thu 7:30am - 5:00pm

Photo Requirements

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    Please Note:

    Photos should be stapled or glued to the non-immigrant visas application (DS-160).  If the photogpraph is stapled, the staples should be placed as far away as possible from applicant's face.