Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Answers to almost all questions about nonimmigrant visa categories, requirements, and procedures are available at . If you are unable to find the answer to your question after reviewing the website, you may speak to a representative at the visa call center by calling +251 115 582424 (in Ethiopia) or +1 703 543 9339 (in the United States).

For service in Amharic :

Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 to 17:00 local time.

For service in English:

Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 to 17:00 local time.

If you are using Skype: USVISAETHIOPIA

For questions which the call center cannot answer, the nonimmigrant visa unit may be contacted directly at

Important Security Information

To facilitate your entrance into the Embassy and avoid delays at the security checkpoints:

  • Please do not bring mobile phones or any electronic devices as they are not allowed within the Embassy.
  • We also strongly advise that you do not bring large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages to the interview appointment.

On June 17, 2023, the nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2), and other non-petition-based NIV, such as student and exchange visitor visas (F, M, and J visas), will increase from $160 to $185. The fee for certain petition-based NIV for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205. The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (nonimmigrant E category) visa will increase from $205 to $315. NIV fees paid before June 17, 2023, will remain valid through the expiration date of the fee receipt.

NIV fees are set based on the actual cost of providing NIV services and are determined after conducting a study of the cost of these services. Annually, the Department uses an activity-based costing methodology to calculate the cost of consular services, including visa services. The fees for most non-petition-based NIV were updated in 2012, and certain other visa fees were updated in 2014.

This rule does not change any other fees, including the fee to apply for a waiver of the two-year residency requirement for certain exchange visitors, which remains at $120.

Fee information can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website,, and on the websites of U.S. embassies and consulates.

The U.S. Embassy consular section provides diplomatic courtesy to accredited diplomats and their direct family members applying for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2). The Visa Service fee (MRV) and diplomatic note are NOT required for diplomatic passport holders. Family members of the diplomatic passport holders may apply together; however, the MRV fee may apply to family members without diplomatic passports.  The MRV fee also applies to diplomatic passport holders requesting a B1/B2 in a regular passport. The diplomatic passport holder can schedule an appointment for a B1/B2 visa appointment via e-mail at

Note: Service passport holders must pay the MRV fee of $185.00 and can schedule by emailing

Please e-mail for further information regarding the B1/B2 visa application process.