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Apply for a Visa

How do I apply?

Visa applicants must be interviewed in person by a U.S. Consular Officer. Applicants for visas should generally apply at the U.S.  Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any U.S. consular post abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside your country of residence. For example, those applying at the U.S. Embassy in Mauritania should be Mauritanian citizens or hold legal Mauritanian residency and be able to demonstrate strong economic, familial, and/or social ties to Mauritania. 

Remember: You alone are responsible for the accuracy of the information in your application. Intentionally submitting false information either on the application itself or during the visa interview can lead to a finding of a permanent ineligibility. Never sign the application you are submitting without reviewing it first for accuracy if you have had help filling it out.

Every applicant's circumstance is different. We encourage you to carefully review our non-immigrant visa categories before beginning the application process. 

How to Apply Using the DS-160

  1. Complete your DS-160 application online.
  2. Print confirmation page at the end of the application on a laser printer.
  3. Schedule an appointment for an interview. Please note that if you schedule multiple appointments, all but the most recent appointment will be deleted and you will not be given access to the Embassy if your appointment is deleted.
  4. Gather the necessary documents to bring to the interview with you. We encourage you to bring your old passport with you.
  5. Pay the non-refundable MRV fee at the Embassy.
  6. Report for the interview.
  7. Pay the reciprocity fee if applicable.

NOTE: Fulfilling the visa application requirements detailed in the items listed above does not guarantee issuance of a visa. A visa may be issued only when the applicant independently qualifies for visa status.

The following items are prohibited at the Embassy and in the consular section waiting room:  cellular phones, bags, tape recorders or players, cameras, electronic items, smoking items, sharp instruments, and weapons.


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    U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania
    Street Address:  288, rue 42-100, (rue Abdallaye)
    Mailing Address: BP 222, Nouakchott, Mauritania
    Phone : (222) 4525-2660 or 2663, ext. 4551
    Fax : (222) 4525-1592
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