Visa Information: How to Apply for USA Visa in Kenya


Do you dream of visiting the White house or any attractive destination in the United States? Then, you must take a step and apply for a USA visa to see your dream come true. We are proud to provide you with detailed information on how you can easily apply for a USA visa in Kenya.

Before you can apply for a US visa, you need the basic travel document – the immigration passport.  If you want to apply for an immigration passport, you can visit the nearest immigration office in your city or visit their website for more information.

Generally, a citizen of Kenya who wants to visit United States must first obtain a visa. There are two categories of USA visas, immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Immigrant visas are issued to people from other countries who intend to live permanently in USA. Non-immigrant visas are issued for people who wish to visit the United States temporarily. There are different types of Non-immigration USA visas:

  • Work Visa: Kenyans who have been offered an employment from a US employer to live and work in United States.
  • Student Visa: A student visa (F1 Visa) is offered to international students who want to study full-time at any accredited academic institution in United States.
  • Family Visa: The family visa is granted to US Citizens who wants to sponsor their families – spouses, children, wives, siblings or parents to join them in the US.
  • Tourist or Business Visa: This type of visa (known as B1 and B2 visa) is granted to those who need a short travel entry permit for business (B2 visa), tourism or visitation (B1 visa).

Visa Requirements

  • An immigration passport, which must be valid for 6 months after the intended stay.
  • A passport photograph (2” x 2”).  See photograph requirements.
  • A US visa application form. ( The US Embassy does not accept hand written application forms)
  • Proof of payment of Application fee. You can make payment at Postbank or through Mpesa. If you make your payment through Mpesa, you will need to provide nine (9) digits provided via sms to confirm the transaction.  ( Application fee is not refundable)
  • A proof of financial status – your original bank statement from a commercial bank recognized by Central Bank of Kenya.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide other documents substantiating their travel purpose.

Additional Documents for Student Visa:

  • SEVIS I-901 fee must be paid to the Department of Homeland Security for individual program. ( You can pay this fee via western union or mail) Payment must reflect on the Embassy’s computer system.
  • If someone is sponsoring your studies, financial proof is required from your sponsors.
  • You should apply for your visa in advance. Application should be made no earlier than 4 months prior to your school resumption date.
  • A valid I-20 or DS-2019 form which must indicate that the student has paid the unsubsidized cost of the education.

How to Apply for USA Visa

All applicants are required to book an interview appointment on U.S. Visa Service website.

  • Start your application process by completing the visa application form DS-160.
  • Create an account at the website and fill out all your travel information.
  • Print out a deposit slip found in your account. You will use the slip to pay the visa application fee via mpesa or Postbank.
  • Once you have paid the application fee, enter the receipt number in your account on the Visa Service website.
  • Then, you will be taken to the calendar, where you can select your preferred appointment date.

Interview appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis and the Embassy conduct interviews Monday through Thursday morning. Applicants without all the required documentation will not be interviewed.

Visa Processing

US Visa application processing is resolved within 2 – 3 calendar days after your interview. Your visa will be ready for pick-up or will be delivered by courier. For cases where administrative processing is required, it may take about 60 days for your application processing to be resolved.

Please visit the US Embassy in Kenya or visit their website for detailed visa information.

United State Embassy Office Address

United Nations Avenue Nairobi
P. O. Box 606 Village Market
00621 Nairobi, Kenya

If you have any questions about how to apply for a USA visa, please let us know in the comment box below.


Our Readers Comments

  1. Good info..soon al be applying

  2. Is it a must you have a bank account?en how much cash in it

  3. How much is application fee?

  4. When should one send that application ie deadline for applying

  5. The difference between a Non Migrant and Migrant Visa?

    • Immigrant visas are issued to people from other countries who intend to live permanently in USA. Non-immigrant visas are issued for people who wish to visit the United States temporarily.

  6. i would like to Visit AMERICA.a tour to go and visit the State House.

  7. Hi there.i would really like to visit my brother there who is there by Green card.i have tried to no success.thankyou.

  8. You denied students visas.

  9. Greetings to you.
    Thank you for the resoucerful info
    Kindly let me know
    1what visa am i entitled to incase of going to minister to a church in two weeks?
    2what are the requirements to this visa?
    3How does it apply if the ministry/church is paying for everything i.e
    Ticket,hosting generally everything
    Expecting to hear from you.
    Kind regards

    • Hi Samuel, For this kind of visit, You’ll need to apply for a visitor’s visa (visa category B-1). Complete your application form – Form DS-160 online, upload your picture, pay the application fee and print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.


    • The SEVIS number is found on your form in the top right corner. Each Form DS-2019 is printed with a unique identifier known as a “SEVIS ID number” in the top right-hand corner, which consists of an “alpha” character (N) and up to 11 numerical characters For example: N0002153458.

  11. Thanks alot,all Detail is online!

  12. Applying for u s greencards

  13. well inform but my question is can american visa applies for somali citizens if i have a somali passport may i apply your visa reply me

    • Are you a Somalian citizen living in Kenya? Do you have a residence or work permit?

  14. How can I get to change an interview date? I was given a date that is after the required travel date. I need to bring it forward.

    • Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. You can request an emergency appointment at the Consular Section in Nairobi. Please send an email to with your full name, date of birth, passport number, and reason for urgent travel.

  15. I want my daughter who is in form 4 to visit my mum for 1 Month before the results are out n she won’t hv a Bank statement coz she doesn’t hv an account. What happens? How do I go about it?

    • Hi Angie, You will have to sponsor your daughter which means you will submit your own bank statement among other documents that shows that your daughter will be coming back to continue her education.

  16. What are the requirments needed for application of a green card?

  17. Hi my case is different, i become a victim of cone men who pretended to offer scholarship.i av there details; is there any assistant to stop this from victimizing other people

  18. I wiil b traveling there next year en am currently living outsyd Kenya, how can i apply?

  19. currently am working in UAE, can i still apply for the US visa

  20. Wat kind of documents r required plz

  21. So happy to hear this

  22. Good information,keep it up

  23. I don’t have a bank account, yet can i appy without it,,,or u tell me how i do it?tnx,,,reply me

  24. I hve appleid 4 visa last year november….i want to confirm if itz out……wen wl it b?

  25. hey hoping all is well, kindly let me know if there’s any other invitation letter do i need to have when am going for an interview for business travel of a month.


  26. Thank you so much for letting people know.i my self,i have tried even applying for greencard lottery for several times not to dreams was to become an American citizen but did not how can you help me get there?

  27. Please help me get much is required one to have in the bank?

  28. good news for all kenyans i hope all kenyas get usa visa

  29. I am a 35yrs old kenyan citizen working as a firefighter/emergency medical technician with the kenya ports authority..aparently I have found it hard to manage work and as well feed my family and continuing studying more since the pay is peanut, I was wondering if I could apply for a visa to enable me get to america, find a job at the same field that will enable me do all that at the same time, with my family too..I have a family of three, my wife and two kids of 2yrs and a 1yr old, boy n a girl respectively.
    I love a merica, God bless it !
    Thanks in advance.

  30. How much is required

  31. thank you,at least you could have told us how much is the application fee

  32. Can one be working and also schooling? What about you don’t have the money ?what Advice are going to give reply me on fb

  33. Hi…do kenyan passports have a book number and if so where can it be found? Also applying for tourist visa… do i select tourism/medical treatment (B2) on form?? Thanks

  34. I always imajine me and my kids cruising in America the biggest vacation ever!! I will surely apply for visa one of this days god help me please!!

  35. thats a big process,how much is the application fee anyway

  36. My name is ruth and i want apply for a us visa to visit my fiance i have everything u are asking but don’t have the bank account my fiancee is going to pay for everything…the main purpose for me visiting is because we wandt get married in the us .please how much do i go around

  37. Hey admin I have received an invitation letter from my friend in the states so what are the requirements that I need to visit him for few weeks?

  38. For over a year now, i have been supporting a 16 year old boy in kenya. I support all his schooling, all his needs travel, medical expenses, everything. He asked if i would adopt him and be his mother and bring him here. I love this boy and want him to come here ti the states and be here with me. Where do i start to bring him home here to me? What will be the easiest and fastest way to bring him here?

  39. I am very grateful for the information that you have given in this site which I find straight foward and easy to understand. At the moment I am going through a job interview with a group in the USA. If all goes well, I am probably beginning the job in August 2015. How would I go about getting an employment visa? Is it possible to renew my employment visa while in the states or to I have to travel back to my home country to do the same? How long is an employment visa valied for a foreigner in the states?

    • Please leave your comment…
      Christine… i big up you…..
      if all goes well i could love to be your friend

  40. God bless it is not very complicated

  41. please send me the mpesa paybill number that i am supposed to use to send the money

  42. To begin with, I would like to commend you for the systematic arrangement that you have put in place for visa acquisition. It is good.

    However, the provision for re-scheduling an appointment for visa (especially when the changes have to be in 2 or 3 days) rather looks awkward, in that the dates that may be available after the previous (first) appointment may not augur well with the intended dates of travel. For such cases, how about making a provision for such alternative dates to be available for such clients as early as possible so as not to inconvenience the visitor(s)?

    I am experiencing this dilemma right now. I was scheduled for an appointment on 27.4.2015 for my travel dates 20 – 28 May 2015. To re-schedule the appointment, the dates available are beyond my travel dates (from 11th June 2015). How may you assist me in this, for I have to travel between the dates for a purpose.

    Thank you.

  43. I have been trying to call the numbers (020-5006656, 020 6190600) provided for this purpose but to no avail. Which alternative numbers do you have? Please help.


  44. Hi, today (27/05/2015) I have received my i-20 from a university in the US. I AMS supposed to be in the US by 05th Aug, 2015. How do i go about getting my visa now that I have less than four(4) months left?

  45. hi i need to visit my cousins who stay in the Usa do i require an invitation to apply for a visa or what are my requirements

  46. I have found it difficult to get the necessary information on visa fee payment – where is the needed form to take to the bank?

  47. I want to know more Information about how to apply a visa for USA.

  48. Is it possible for me to get a visa if i have an unpaid loan with my bank.

  49. hi there,,,,,my fiancee wants me to go live with him in the states,,,what do i require to travel there and the procedures???

    • Hi,am Francis.. I want to go and live with my uncle at the united states of America and further my studies,how can I apply for the visa.. Please help :-(

    • Hi Martha,how far have you gone,,mi PIA natafuta visa

  50. Hi I would like to visit my boyfriend in USA and I would like to know the document s I should have when applying for a visitation Visa In UsA.

  51. Hi my question is I’m a lady of 51 years owning properties in Nairobi and Kimana Hotels in Nairobi county ,kanjido county’s and Mombasa county very bussy also doing government projects but my two kids are in u s a schooling And for sure me as a person can’t afford to stay in u s a cos of my staters and work but I would request for ten years visa cos of visiting my children often maybe for two weeks or a mouth what are the requirements?

  52. I am belong to india I have permit in kenya so I want visit usa how can I apply visa pls ….

  53. I am belong from india and i have a permit in can i apply us visa and what document i need kindly advise.

  54. can one travel with a passport to u.s.a and buy a visa at immigrants in USA.

    • Hi Magrina, You can’t get US visa at the point of entry. Kindly apply for a visa at the US Consulate in Nairobi.

  55. Hi, I have a new friend from chicago, ive asked if i can visit her she accepted but is requesting me to send her some money for my visa preparation. Am confused. Id like to know if what shes telling me is genuine or she just wants to conne me

    • Hi Duncan, kindly apply for US visa directly at US Embassy. Do not send anyone money.

  56. how easy is it to get a visa for a student
    Need to study in USA.
    Dad is a citizen there and am in Kenya

  57. My husband and I hosted a international student from Narok,Kenya from 2010-2011 we would very much like to see him again, we would love for him to come here to live but I hear thats almost impossible, but we at least would like him to travel here to visit at our expence he is 19 and really has nothing of his own, how do we go about this process?? Thank You

  58. Can an indian citizen residing in kenya apply for a USA visa from kenya ???

  59. I have a boyfriend I met on-line and wants me to visit him can I be given vise in such case

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