The Embassy of the United States of America is in the
Fajara area of the Greater capital of Banjul. The U.S.
Mission is composed of 2 U.S. Government Agencies namely
the Dept. of State, which has 9 American & about
65 local employees. The second agency is the Peace Corps,
one block away.
Non-Immigrant Visa Applications:
If you want to obtain a non-immigrant (visitors) visa
to visit the United States for pleasure, business, or
education, read the instructions below.
All applicants must complete their application form
(DS-156) online, print out the 3 pages, and bring the
printed form to their visa interview. This form produces
a barcode, which the Consular Section scans to enter
information into its system, making data entry more
efficient. Applicants who present forms that are printed
on poor quality printers or have damaged barcodes will
have to leave the embassy and reprint their forms on
good quality paper with un-damaged barcodes before their
Applicants 16 years and over also need to complete form
DS-157 prior to their interview and bring this form
with them. This form must be completed by hand.
All applicants must submit a Supplemental Family Form,
which may also be completed by hand.
After printing the application form(s), applicants must
go to Standard Chartered Bank (at the Traffic Light
junction, Kololi, or Banjul branches) to pay the non-refundable
visa application fee to make an appointment for an interview.
The bank will provide applicants with an appointment
slip which must be presented to the Embassy.
To reduce delays during security screening, applicants
are advised against bringing mobile phones and other
electronic devices to their interview – this is because
the embassy does not allow these items anywhere within
the grounds – and to think about leaving purses and
bags outside as these items will be searched before
entry is allowed.
the event that applicants have any special, physical
needs that will require additional assistance, please
ask the bank to notify the consular section when making
your appointment. Any person accompanying a special-needs
applicants will also need to bring photo identification
to enter the Consular Section.
A student wishing to attend a university or other academic
institution in the United States requires a student
(F-1) visa; those wishing to attend a vocational or
non-academic institution require an M-1 visa. Holders
of visitor (B-2) visas and those who have entered the
United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program
are prohibited from entering into full-time study.
US Green Card Lottery Application:
The Diversity Visa Lottery program offers immigrant
visas to citizens of nations that have a normally low
level of immigration to the United States. People who
want to fill an application form for the Green Card
lottery program must register online through the designated
website (www.dvlottery.state.gov) during the registration
period. Successful applicants can then live and work
in the USA.
Online visa application forms are on their site below
in an online format. The information above may not be
correct or out of date. Please check directly with the
mission below or at their office on Kairaba Avenue.
From the Website of:
of the United States: Banjul
Mission Opening Hours:
Registration and Inquiries:
From 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m - Monday to Thursday
Passport, Notarial and Special Consular Services: Services
requiring a Consular Officer's assistance are available
from Mondays to Thursdays from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.