Immigrant 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 within one year of the date of payment.

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 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 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

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.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Tanzania at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

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 our Directory of Visa Categorieson 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, on 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.

Immigrant Visas