How to Apply

WARNING: Embassy Windhoek does not charge any fees for completing online forms and appointments!

While completing the DS-160 form, other commercial websites may offer assistance by asking for payment, but this is not necessary or required in order to apply for your U.S. visa in Windhoek.

Labor Certification – Some temporary worker visa categories require your prospective employer to obtain a labor certification or other approval from the Department of Labor on your behalf before filing the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, with USCIS. Your prospective employer should review the Instructions for Form I-129 on the USCIS website to determine whether labor certification is required for you.

Petition Approval – Some temporary worker categories are limited in total number of petitions which can be approved on a yearly basis. Before you can apply for a temporary worker visa at the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, must be filed on your behalf by a prospective employer and be approved by USCIS. For more information about the petition process, eligibility requirements by visa category, and numerical limits, if applicable, see Working in the U.S. and Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers on the USCIS website. Once the petition is approved, USCIS will send your prospective employer a Notice of Action, Form I-797.

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 (PDF 57 KB). If more than one person is travelling with you, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application and a separate interview online.


WARNING: Embassy Windhoek does not charge any fees for completing online forms and appointments!

While completing the DS-160 form, other commercial websites may offer assistance by asking for payment, but this is not necessary or required in order to apply for your U.S. visa in Windhoek.

Applicants only pay a onetime US$ 160 application fee in person, in cash, at the Embassy on the day of their interview and not on-line through the internet. Another Company, Website or Individual cannot guarantee the issuance of a U.S. Visa. Any such claims are fraudulent.

  • Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160

Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.

Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.

  • A passport.
  • DS-160 confirmation page.
  • A 5 cm x 5 cm color photo not older than 6 months – with a white background.

Note: Starting November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos.

And the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview.

Also the Receipt Number for your approved petition as it appears on your Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129) or Notice of Action (Form I-797), from USCIS.

L Visa Applicants – If you are included in an L blanket petition, you must bring Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, to your interview.

All visa applicants, except H-1B and L, will generally need to show proof of compelling ties to your home country to demonstrate your intent to return after your temporary stay in the United States. Examples of compelling ties include:

  • A residence abroad which you do not intend to abandon
  • Your family relationships
  • Your economic situation
  • Your long term plans

To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.

General Fee Information:

All visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable nonimmigrant visa (MRV) application fee.

The fee is to be paid in Cash on the day of your interview in U.S. Dollars, Namibian Dollars or South African Rand depending on the exchange rate. No swiping.

Please be advised that he MRV fee for the month of March 2020 will be:


  • U$190  X  N$16.00  = N$3,040.00


Visa Application Fee Terms and Conditions:

U.S visa application (MRV) fees are Non-refundable—The U.S Department of State does not issue visa application fee refunds. Good for only one application—The visa application fee may be used to complete only one application. If the visa application is denied, a new visa application and fee will need to be completed to apply again. Expires after 1 year—Visa application fees are valid for use for 365 days from date of purchase. The fee will expire, and you will forfeit your right to use the fee for a visa application. U.S. visa fees paid to apply in a specific country cannot be transferred to another country. Once the payment is completed in one country, you cannot use that payment to schedule an appointment in a different country.

Schedule of U.S Visa (MRV) Fees:

$190 USD for

(H) Temporary Worker/Employment or Trainees
(O) Persons with Extraordinary Ability
(P) Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers
(Q) International Cultural Exchange Visitor
(L) Intracompany Transferee

Other Fees:

  • L visa fraud prevention and detection fee – for visa applicant included in L blanket petition (principal applicant only): $500.00
  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-113) increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. Consular sections collect this fee for blanket L-1 visa applications (principal applicant only) filed by petitioners who employ 50 or more individuals in the United States if more than 50 percent of those individuals are in H-1B or L-1 nonimmigrant status: $4,500.00.

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

If your visa is approved, effective January 13, 2020, Namibian nationals need to pay a visa issuance fee (reciprocity fee), when they hold a Namibian passport:

  • and a H1B type visa,
  • or a L1 or L2 visa will be issued.

The reciprocity fee for a H1B or L is $ 146.

This fee can be paid in US dollars or Namibian dollars, or South-African Rand, depending on the exchange rate. Only cash is accepted.  No swiping

If you are issued the visa, return after two working days in the morning between 08:30 and 10:30 am, to collect your passport and visa. You need to present your receipt which you received for payment and valid identification. Or have someone you trust collect it on your behalf.  We do not courier passports.