Visas

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

As of February 25, 2021, the United States Embassy in Cameroon is providing immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas as well as certain nonimmigrant visas, including F1, M1, and J1 visa classes not subject to Presidential Proclamation 10052, and E, I, O, P, and K1 fiancé visas. Interviews for all other nonimmigrant visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended. The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa service for urgent humanitarian, medical, and business travel.

While the Embassy aims to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, capacity is limited, and applicants should expect significant wait times for immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interview appointments.

For nonimmigrant visa applicants, the Department of State will extend the validity of your MRV payment until September 22, 2022. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/, email fae_contactus+cm+info+en@visaops.net, or call +237 657 103 111 (from Cameroon) or +1 (703) 543 9351 (from the United States) to request an emergency appointment.

Note that the CDC requires proof of a negative COVID-19 no more than 3 days before travel to the United States. U.S. visa holders should be aware of potential restrictions for travelers who transit the Schengen area (including Belgium and France) within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States. These restrictions do not apply to when travelling directly from Cameroon or through other common transit points outside of the Schengen area. These restrictions also do not apply to U.S. citizens or green card holders, or diplomatic or official travelers.  Please refer to the Department of Homeland Security for all of the latest travel restrictions that may affect you.

Diversity Visa Applicants: DV 2020 applicants who hold a valid immigrant visa have been granted a national interest exception (NIE) to the geographic COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations and may seek entry to the United States, despite the visa annotation “Entry Subject to PP 10014.”

Individuals whose DV 2020 visas have expired may not be issued replacement visas. In addition, DV 2020 applicants who were refused will not be interviewed, scheduled, or reconsidered for visas, as those applicants were only eligible for issuance of a visa through the end of the 2020 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2020.  

The embassy will notify DV 2021 applicants once their interview has been scheduled according to local conditions.

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.

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.

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.).

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

Visa Appointment Call Center:
+237-657-103-111
Hours: Monday-Friday, 09:00 to 17:00

Consular Section Email: consularyaounde@state.gov

Immigrant Visa Unit Email: yaoundeiv@state.gov

If calling from within the U.S. please dial: +1 703 543 9351.

GSS Website: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-cm/niv

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 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html.
  • 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.