Immigrant 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.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Cameroon at the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon.

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 Categories on usvisas.state.gov 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 usvisas.state.gov 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