Visas

Last Updated August 15, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer requires air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for adult (18+) non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Under U.S. federal law, all passengers are also required to provide a health attestation form (PDF 182 KB) completed no more than one calendar day before departure.

Determining Visa Type

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.

Please see our Directory of Visa Categories or use the Visa Wizard  to determine which visa category is appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

The issuance of a visa is never guaranteed, and we urge applicants to not make any travel reservations until they have received a visa.

How to Apply for a Visa and Self-Schedule an Interview Appointment

Step-by-step instructions for applying for various visa types can be found on the pages below:

All visa applicants, regardless of visa category, must complete their own DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application and self-schedule an appointment on the NIV Appointment System

Frequently asked questions about the DS-160, including troubleshooting tips, can be found here.

Every applicant needs to make their own appointment, including minors. A family of four should book four appointments. Print the DS-160 confirmation page(s) for each applicant and bring them with you to your appointment. If you arrive more than thirty minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule.

Third-Country Nationals (i.e., non-Namibians) may apply for nonimmigrant visas in Namibia. Completion of a new DS-160 is not required if you wish to change your interview location from another U.S. embassy or consulate to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia. In most cases, we will be able to access your application using the barcode on your DS-160 confirmation page, which you must bring to the visa interview. ​However, please note that any MRV fees already paid to another U.S. embassy or consulate are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

Current visa wait times can be found here. The estimated wait time to self-schedule an interview appointment can change weekly and is based on actual incoming workload and staffing. These are estimates only and do not guarantee the availability of an appointment.

Interview Waiver Program

Namibians and Namibian permanent residents applying to renew a visa of the same category (e.g. B1/B2, C1/D, F, etc.) not more than 48 months after the date on which the prior visa expired may be eligible for the Interview Waiver Program. Interview waiver eligibility also extends to any applicant (first-time or renewal) who is under 14 years of age or over 79 years of age.

This program waives the in-person interview requirement for certain visa applicants. All applicants must still complete a DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application and pay all applicable visa fees.

To confirm eligibility, please email ConsularWindhoek@state.gov your DS-160 confirmation number and a scanned copy of your previous U.S. visa(s), if held, with the subject line “IWP Request.” First-time applicants under age 14 or over age 79 who have never held a U.S. visa should send a copy of their passport’s bio (photo) page to confirm their age. You should indicate your intended date of travel to the United States. Parents applying on behalf of minor children should include copies of their U.S. visas, if held, and a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

If eligible, applicants will receive an appointment to drop-off their passports for visa processing the first Wednesday morning of the following month (capacity permitting).

Visa Fees and Photo Requirements

Please ensure your visa photo meets all photo requirements.

Payment of non-refundable visa fees can be made in cash only on the day of your interview appointment. The fee for most visa categories is USD $160.00 per person. For visa classes – H, L, O, P, Q, and R – the fee is USD $190.00 per person.

Namibian applicants approved for F visas will be required to pay an additional $120.00 USD per person visa issuance fee.

We accept U.S. Dollars, Namibian Dollars, and South African Rand. We do not accept credit card payments or allow payment with mixed currencies. The Embassy does not have an ATM on site.

WARNING: Beware of websites offering fee-based assistance with the completion of your DS-160 visa application or scheduling your visa appointment. The United States Embassy does not charge any fees to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) or to schedule an appointment. Any visa fees due will be paid at the Embassy on the day of your appointment.

Passport Validity

Namibian visitors traveling to the United States are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the United States. Citizens of the countries listed here are exempt the six-month rule and need only have a passport valid for their intended period of stay.

Processing Times

Although we are unable to make any guarantees about visa processing times, most approved cases are processed within two to four business days. Approved visas are available for collection between 9:00 – 11:00am on Fridays (excluding public holidays). For example, if your visa is approved on a Monday or Wednesday it should be returned to you the Friday of that same week. The Consular Officer will confirm when you should return to collect your visa at the conclusion of your interview.

Cases requiring administrative processing often result in an additional two to six weeks wait time before a decision can be made. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to apply for your visa at least two to three months before your intended date of travel.

Emergency Appointments

If you are not able to find an open appointment and your purpose of travel falls under an emergency, as outlined under the “Emergency Appointments” drop-down menu below (scroll down to the bottom of this page), please request an emergency appointment by emailing ConsularWindhoek@state.gov.

Visa Waiver Program

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for the visa waiver program.

Same-Sex Marriages

U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.

Immigrant and Diversity Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia, does not process immigrant visas or diversity visas. All immigrant visas, including those for Namibian citizens, are handled by the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more information on immigrant visa types and processing, please visit the websites of the U.S. Consulate in JohannesburgUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Birth tourism (travel for the primary purpose of giving birth in the United States to obtain U.S. citizenship for a child) is not a permissible basis for issuance of a visitor visa.  For more information, please click here.

Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview:

  • Passport valid for travel to the United States – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview.
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

Additional Documentation May Be Required
Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:

  • The purpose of your trip
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip, and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.

Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa.

If you have an unforeseen travel need as per one of the criteria listed below, you may qualify for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the U.S. Embassy. Please make sure that you meet all of the criteria listed before emailing ConsularWindhoek@state.gov with your request.

Qualifications

Before you apply for an expedited appointment, you must ensure that you have documentary evidence to prove the urgency of your situation.  If it appears during your visa interview that you misrepresented the reasons for expedited travel, such facts will be noted on your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your visa application.  Applicants who are granted an expedited appointment but are subsequently refused a visa or who or missed their interview at the U.S. Embassy will not be allowed to request another expedited appointment.

Please note that if your request for an expedited appointment is denied, you won’t be able to make a second request during the course of your visa application.  You must take the first available appointment in our online scheduling system.

Note:  Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for expedited appointments.  For such travel, please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.

Medical Needs

Purpose of travel is to obtain urgent medical care, or to accompany a relative or employer for urgent medical care, or to visit a relative suffering from an immediate, life-threatening medical condition.

Essential documentation:

  • A letter from your doctor describing the medical condition and why you are seeking medical care in the United States.
  • A letter from the physician or hospital in the United States indicating that they are prepared to treat your case and providing the approximate cost of the treatment.
  • Evidence of how you will pay for the cost of the treatment.

Funeral/Death

Purpose of travel is to attend the funeral of or make arrangements for repatriating the body of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent, or grandchild) in the United States.

Essential documentation:

  • A letter from the funeral director stating the contact information, the details of the deceased, and the date of the funeral.
  • You must also present evidence that the deceased is an immediate relative.

Students or exchange visitors

Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States within 60 days when no regular visa appointments are available.  This option is limited only to students and exchange visitors who are within 60 days of their start date.  It is also limited only to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months at the U.S. Embassy.

Essential documentation:

  • Original Form I-20 or DS-2019 indicating start date of program within 60 days.
  • Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable).

Report the loss of your visa to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate which issued your visa.  Include a copy of the police report if available. Once you report the loss of your passport and visa, the visa will be invalid for future travel to the United States.​

Note that we cannot replace lost or stolen visas. In the event your visa is lost or stolen, you will be required to reapply and pay all applicable fees.

 A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States, but allows a foreign citizen coming from abroad, to travel to the United States port-of entry (generally an airport or land border) and request permission to enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States and determine how long a traveler may stay.

At the port of entry, upon granting entry to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. immigration inspector, provides you an admission stamp or paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record in your passport. On this admission stamp or paper Form I-94, the U.S. immigration inspector records either a date or “D/S” (duration of status). If your admission stamp or paper Form I-94 contains a specific date, then that is the date by which you must leave the United States. Your admission stamp or paper Form I-94 is very important to keep in your passport, since it shows your permission to be in the United States. Review information about Admission on the CBP Website. Also, see Duration of Stay.

No. If the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer at the port-of-entry admitted you into the United States for a specific period of time, s/he will note your authorized period of stay on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94, called an Arrival/Departure Record.

You will be able to remain in the United States during your authorized period of stay, even if your visa expires during the time you are in the United States.

No. If your visa is still valid you can travel to the United States with your two passports, if the visa is valid, not damaged, and is the appropriate type of visa required for your principal purpose of travel. (Example: tourist visa, when your principal purpose of travel is tourism). Both passports (the valid and the expired one with the visa) should be from the same country and type (Example: both Namibian regular passports, both official passports, etc.).

When you arrive at the U.S. port-of-entry (POE, generally an airport or land border) the Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer will check your visa in the old passport and if s/he decides to admit you into the United States they will stamp your new passport with an admission stamp along with the annotation “VIOPP” (visa in other passport). Do not try to remove the visa from your old passport and stick it into the new valid passport. If you do so, your visa will no longer be valid.

A visa must be valid at the time a traveler seeks admission to the United States, but the expiration date of the visa (validity period/length of time the visa can be used) has no relation to the length of time a temporary visitor may be authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to remain in the United States.

Travelers holding visas valid for multiple entries may make repeated trips to the United States for the same purpose of travel, so long as the visa has not expired and the traveler has done nothing to become ineligible to enter the United States.

ConsularWindhoek@state.gov

U.S. Embassy Windhoek
14 Lossen Street
Windhoek, Namibia

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 http://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.