The U.S. Embassy in Burundi is currently processing student visas, exchange visas, petition-based work visas, and emergency visas as described below. We will resume routine visa services, such as tourist visas, as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.
Expedited/Emergency Appointments: Please note that only the most urgent matters, such as the following, will qualify for an expedited appointment:
- Death of an immediate (parent, child, or sibling) family member in the United States.
- Urgent medical care in the United States for the applicant.
- Professional medical escort for someone receiving care in the United States.
- Students who would suffer irreparable harm, such as the loss of a scholarship, if they arrive after their scheduled start of classes. Please note that expedited appointments will not be granted for students more than 30 days before their scheduled start of classes.
- Accompanying a minor U.S. citizen to the United States. Note that no more than one escort will be permitted.
- Pilots, air crew, and other airline personnel who are traveling for training, or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance.
- Travel to support a major entertainment product conducted in the United States that would not go on without the traveler.
- Travel by highly specialized professionals or experts to install, service, maintain, or receive necessary training for vessels, machinery, and other critical equipment required by U.S. and foreign firms with a substantial investment in the United States.
- Travel by executives and senior-level employees providing strategy and direction to U.S. and foreign firms with a substantial investment in the United States. Requests for an expedited appointment under this category must specify the exact job title of the traveler and the nature of the employer’s investment in the United States.
- Executive direction in connection with vital support of Critical Infrastructure Sectors as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, or supply chain directly linked to Critical Infrastructure Sectors. Designated sectors are: chemical, commercial facilities, communications, critical manufacturing, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors, transportation, and water/wastewater systems. Requests for an expedited appointment under this category must specify the exact nature of the executive direction and which Critical Infrastructure Sector applies.
For those applying for petition-based work visas, student visas, exchange visas, or emergency visitor visas, please follow the guidelines on How to Request an Expedited Appointment and contact Bujumburac@state.gov.
Note, we are only accepting applications from Burundian citizens and residents at this time. Non-resident applicants with visitor’s visas cannot currently apply for a U.S. visa in Burundi and must wait until the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to their place of habitual residence resumes visa services.
Please visit the CDC for information on pre-flight testing requirement to travel to the United States. And please visit the State Department’s travel page for information on the most current travel restrictions to the United States.
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.
What is a Visa?
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.).
Customer Service Statement
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/.
- 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.