Updates on U.S. Embassy Algiers Consular Services

U.S. Embassy Algiers Consular Section is currently providing routine American Citizen Services, limited immigrant visa services, and emergency nonimmigrant visa services.  Please read all information below carefully before contacting the Embassy with questions. 

To adhere to U.S. and Algerian government health recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are continuing to operate with reduced staff and limit the number of persons in our waiting room at any time. 

Because of these restrictions, we must prioritize services for American citizens first, followed by immigrant visa services. All persons with appointments at the U.S. Embassy must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing. 

American Citizen Services  

If you are a U.S. citizen and need a passport, CRBA, or notarial service, please email us at ACSAlgiers@state.gov.  If you already previously emailed or contacted us, we ask that you please email again with information specific to your situation. 

Immigrant Visa Services 

The Consular Section is currently processing immigrant visas, though with reduced capacity.  Given our need to balance American Citizen Services, prioritize immediate relative visa cases, and allow time for emergency appointments, our capacity and caseload changes weekly.  Therefore, it is not possible for us to provide estimated dates for interviews for any specific case. Either NVC or the Embassy will contact you directly when we are able to schedule your interview. We are processing cases in chronological order by documentarily qualified (DQ) date, as they are sent to the Embassy by NVC.

Please see more information here about how we are prioritizing our caseload: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/immigrant-visa-prioritization.html

Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014 

On February 24, 2021, Presidential Proclamation 10014 expired, enabling the Consular Section to resume processing of IR5, F1, F3, F4, family preference visa categories (F2A, F2B), Diversity Visas (DV2021), and employment-based immigrant visas.  We are continuing to prioritize immediate relative categories, followed by limited numbers of family preference, Diversity Visas, and employment-based visas.  Again, NVC, KCC, or the Embassy will contact you directly when we are able to schedule your interview. 

Persons with valid DV2020 visas are now permitted to travel to the United States. For more information about this and other important information, please read all information at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html 

On the date of your appointment: 

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing inside the waiting room. Masks will not be provided at the Embassy. If you do not have a mask, you will not be permitted to enter the embassy. If you have traveled outside of Algeria in the 14 days prior to your appointment, you will not be permitted to enter the Embassy.

Expired Visas 

If your immigrant visa has expired and you wish to have your visa renewed, please email us at IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov with information about your situation.  Please note that a new immigrant visa fee is required for visa renewals.  Typically, applicants are afforded one visa renewal only. We are unable to renew expired DV 2020 visas.  

Expedited Processing  

We accept requests for expedited processing on a case-by-case basis. If you have an emergency and need to travel urgently, please send an email to IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov with information about your situation.  Please note that given the high volume of requests for expedited processing, we are only able to accept those cases with situations of the highest urgency.  

Nonimmigrant Visas  

We are not currently processing routine nonimmigrant visas.  If you have an emergency or qualify for an exemption to one of the presidential proclamations, please email us at algiersniv@state.gov and we will respond as soon as possible.   

Legal Permanent Residents (Returning Residents)  

If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident and you have been outside of the United States for more than one year, you may need to apply for a SB1 returning resident visa. We are only accepting returning resident visa (SB1) applications in cases of emergency. If you have an emergency and/or urgent need to travel, please email us at IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov with information about your situation.  More information about the requirements can be found here: https://dz.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/returning-resident-visa/ 

Presidential Proclamations on Travel:  

Previous proclamations restricting travel to the United States from certain countries no longer apply to any category of immigrant visas. Persons holding valid immigrant visas may now travel to the United States via Schengen countries, so long as they adhere to COVID-19 test requirements.  Please find more information here:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/updates-to-national-interest-exceptions-for-regional-covid-proclamations.html

The presidential proclamation on travel through certain countries does still apply to some categories of nonimmigrant visas and those visa holders cannot transit through any Schengen country, the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, Brazil, South Africa, India, or Iran en route to the United States.

More information can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html