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How to apply for a non-immigrant visa

How to apply for a non-immigrant visa

Nonimmigrant visa application form (DS-160)

How you apply for a visa depends on which type of visa you are interested in.  If you have questions on which visa is appropriate for your visit to the United States, please see the visa information page.  

Note: If you are renewing your visa, you may be eligible for the Personal Appearance Waiver Program

For detailed information about each step, simply click on the applicable step:

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Select Visa Type
  • Step 2: Complete the DS-160 Online Application

    Step 2: Complete the DS-160 Online Application

    • Fill out the online DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form and print the Confirmation Page with a barcode.

      If your DS-160 Form does not provide complete and accurate information, we will not be able to process the application. You will be required to update or correct your DS-160 Form and return at a later time to finish the application process. Please note that if you have a third party assist you in filling out the DS-160 Form, you are still accountable for all information contained on the DS-160 Form.



    • This fee must be paid prior to your interview and can be paid at any Bank of Abyssinia branch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You must present the MRV fee receipt printed from the CSC website in order to complete your payment at the Bank of Abyssinia.

      This fee does not guarantee visa issuance; the payment only covers the visa application process and interview with a Consular Officer.
      A passport valid for the duration of your proposed stay in the United States must be presented when the fee is paid. Overpayments cannot be refunded. You must keep your original receipt.



    • There are two ways to schedule an appointment; you can use the internet appointment system or call to speak to an operator. There are no additional charges to use either system.

      Internet: Go to and follow the on-line instructions for making an appointment

      Phone: Call the U.S.-based number at 703-439-2369 or use Skype to call: usvisaethiopia.

      **A local telephone number will be available soon.**

      Helpful hint: To expedite your call, you should have the visa applicant’s passport in hand to provide necessary information to the telephone operator. The operator will ask for the full name and applicant’s passport number (Note: the passport must be valid for the duration of your proposed stay in the United States).

  • Step 5: Attend Appointment at the Embassy for Your Visa Interview

    Step 5: Attend Appointment at the Embassy for Your Visa Interview

    • Please arrive on time for your interview. Food, firearms, or any liquids including gel disinfectants are not permitted. Electronic equipment is not permitted and this includes cellular telephones, cameras (photo or video), radios, and computers.

      The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is located at: Entoto Road, P.O. Box 1014, Addis Ababa

      At the visa applicant entrance of the U.S. Embassy, please present the following items to the greeter and/or security guard:

      *The CEAC confirmation page

      *Passport valid for the duration of your proposed stay in the U.S.

      *Original Bank of Abyssinia receipt for the $160.00 non-refundable application fee with the applicant’s reference number. (Same as passport number). Duplicate copies of fee receipts will not be accepted.

      *For petition-based applications: DHS notices of approval, DS-2019, I-20, etc.

      *For children applying for the first time: birth certificates and parents’ visas

      *Any prior visas to the U.S.

      (At the interview window, the Consular Officer will need all of these documents and may ask to see additional supporting documentation).

      Special Reminders:

      If you have a visa that was lost or stolen, be sure to bring the original police report.

      It is important to be honest during the consular interview. Do not accept advice to mislead the Consular Officer. Misleading, lying, and/or presenting false or altered documentation may result in a permanent visa ineligibility.

  • Step 6: Pick up Your Visa at DHL (If Approved)

    Step 6: Pick up Your Visa at DHL (If Approved)

    • If no additional processing is needed and your visa application is approved, you will receive your visa at the designated DHL location that you previously selected on the website

      There is no additional charge for this service.

      Special Reminders:

      Remember: Do not make travel plans until you receive your visa.

      No one can influence the Consular Officer’s decision to approve or deny a visa nor can anyone guarantee that you will receive a visa.

      A computer record of previous visa applications and detentions by U.S. border authorities and other law enforcement officers is available to all Consular Officers at the time of your visa application interview and to all U.S. Immigration Officers. Attempts to conceal such records can lead to a visa ineligibility and/or denial of admission to the United States.