U.S. Embassy Algiers Resuming Limited Immigrant Visa Services

U.S. Embassy Algiers Consular Section is resuming some limited immigrant visa services. We will continue providing American Citizen Services. Please read all instructions 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 will 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.

Re-issuance of Expired Immigrant Visas and Expired K1/K2 Fiancée Visas:

The U.S. Embassy is re-issuing* expired immigrant and K1/K2 fiancée visas issued on or before April 23, 2020.

Please note that ALL visa holders will be required to pay visa fees again on the date of their appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Additionally, visa holders will be required to obtain new medical examinations at their expense.

Your case may require a new interview and/or administrative processing. If such a determination is made, we will inform you of the next steps. Payment of the visa and medical exam fees does not guarantee the visa will be reissued. If you have any questions, please email us at: IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov

If would like to have your visa re-issued:

  1. Create a profile at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/dz/ (you can use your old profile if you already have one); you will not be able to make an appointment until you complete the next steps.
  2.  For non-PIVOT cases (old system – you should have received a sealed visa packet from the Embassy after we issued your visa): Send the sealed visa packet, new visa photos, and a paper with your name, name(s) of derivatives (if any), case number, email address, and phone number to the Embassy via Aramex. Do NOT send your passport to us at this time.
  3. For PIVOT cases (new system – you did not receive a sealed visa packet from us after we issued your visa): Email your name, name(s) of derivatives, case number, email address, and phone number to IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov.
  4.  K1/K2 applicants should pay their new visa fee directly with Aramex
  5.  After we have received your information via Aramex (non-PIVOT), or email (PIVOT), the clinic will contact you to schedule a medical exam.
  6.  After your medical exam is scheduled, you can make a visa appointment at the Embassy. Please make the appointment for AFTER your medical exam, so that you can bring the new medical exam documents with you to the Embassy.

On the date of your appointment:

Only one family member per case will be permitted inside the U.S. Embassy (unless otherwise instructed by Consular staff).

Please bring:

  • passports
  • cash for fee payments (USD or DZD)
  • new medical exam documents
  • new visa photos (if you did not already mail to us)
  • any other documents requested by Consular staff in advance of the 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.

Immigrant Visa Interviews (Cancelled Appointments or Awaiting Appointment) 

           1. Applicants for an IR1/CR1, IR2/CR2, IR4/IH4, K1/K2, EB-5, or Iraqi/Afghan SIV (or who qualify for any national interest exemptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052): 

If your visa interview was cancelled in March 2020 or later, or if you are waiting for your visa interview to be scheduled.  As of December 2020, we have resumed limited processing of new immigrant visas, including K1/K2 fiancee visas, and are beginning with those cases scheduled and cancelled in March 2020.  We will move forward rescheduling cases in chronological order and in accordance with Department of State processing guidance.  Please note due to limited staffing and operations, we cannot provide estimates for when we will be able to reschedule any specific case.  We appreciate your patience.

We will accept emergency appointments 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.

          2. If you are applying for any other category of immigrant visa and you have NOT been issued a visa on/before April 23, 2020:  

In accordance with Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052, the U.S. Embassy is unable to issue certain classes of family-based immigrant visas. The proclamation will expire on December 31, 2020, if not extended. Applicants for immigrant visas covered by the Proclamation who were not issued an immigrant visa as of April 23 are subject to the Proclamation’s restrictions unless eligible for an exception. Please find more information about the COVID-19 presidential proclamations here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html#ExternalPopup

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: We are not currently processing returning resident visas (SB1) or new boarding foils. If you have an emergency and/or urgent need to travel, please email us at IV-DVAlgiers@state.gov with information about your situation.  

Diversity Visas: The 2020 Diversity Visa program has now ended. For information about registering for the 2022 Diversity Visa program, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-instructions.html.