Visas

Starting Monday, November 2, the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam will offer limited visa appointments on Mondays and Thursdays in addition to the current American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Nonimmigrant visa appointments will be limited to student (F-1 and M-1) and exchange (J-1) applicants, as well as emergency, Mission-critical, and Interview Waiver (IW) cases.

While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there are likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2022.

A summary by type of appointment requested follows:

  • If you have an urgent need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided here to request an emergency appointment.
  • Applicants for F-1, M-1, and J-1 should visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tz/niv to schedule an appointment.
  • Immigrant visa appointments will be limited to certain family members of U.S. citizens (IR/CR1s and IR/CR2s), adoption cases (IR/IH3s and IR/IH4s), emergency and Mission-critical cases.
  • Interview waivers are available under certain conditions for nonimmigrant visa applicants that are requesting a visa under one of the following categories. Please contact us at drsniv@state.gov if you believe you may be eligible for this program.
    • Renewal of a B-1/B-2, C-1/C-2, or D visa that expired within the previous 24 months
    • Applicants younger than 14 years of age
    • Applicants older than 79 years of age
  • Individuals may schedule U.S. Passport and / or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointments at https://evisaforms.state.gov/Instructions/ACSSchedulingSystem.asp.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Entry of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Zone within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland or the Schengen Zone (which includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies). There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please send an email to: essa_contactus+tz+mrv+en@visaops.net or call 080 811 0089. Information concerning rescheduling a pending consular appointment is also available at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tz/niv/users/sign_in

PLEASE NOTE THAT TO LIMIT THE RISK OF SPREADING COVID-19, VISITORS TO THE U.S. EMBASSY MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE EMBASSY COMPOUND AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHENEVER POSSIBLE. ELECTRONICS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON EMBASSY GROUNDS. The Embassy will no longer store any items for visitors seeking Consular Services. Visitors should leave prohibited items at home or make alternate arrangements for the items’ secure storage. Additionally, The U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam does not provide parking facilities to members of the public seeking consular services. The Embassy strongly recommends that those seeking consular services plan to utilize public parking, arrive by taxi, or use the passenger drop-off point located in front of the consular entrance to the Embassy compound.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in 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.

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.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • 686 Old Bagamoyo Road,
    Msasani
    P.O. Box 9123,
    Dar es Salaam
    Tel: 255-22-229-4000

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 the interview 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 on http://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.