Immigrant Visas

On June 22, 2020, the President of the United States signed a Presidential Proclamation on Suspension of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants who continue to present a Risk to the United States Labor Market. This Proclamation has been extended through March 31, 2021. Under the Proclamation, the Department of State stopped issuing temporarily immigrant visas, with certain exceptions as laid out in the Proclamation.   Immigrant Visas types which will not be interviewed or issued through the end of March 31, 2021 include IR5s (parents of U.S. citizens) and all Family Preference cases. The Proclamation is not retroactive, meaning that it does not affect those currently holding visas.  The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website here.

If you have an immigrant visa that has already been issued and is expired and you did not travel, you will need to obtain a new one.  Please email us a photo of your expired immigrant visa at YaoundeIV@state.gov and we will provide you with more information on what documents you need to update and how to schedule your follow-up appointment. Questions about flights and border closures should be directed to the commercial airlines or government of Cameroon.

Important information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The U.S. Embassy is currently processing Immigrant Visa cases for spouses, children, and fiancés of U.S. citizens.  Please visit our website for updated information on the resumption of routine immigrant visa services for all other immigrant visa categories. 

We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html

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