The "visitor" visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1), for pleasure (B-2), or a combination of both (B-1/B-2) purposes.
Only a U.S. consular officer may issue a U.S. visa. Most visa applicants must have an interview with a U.S. consular officer to determine visa eligibility.
Advance travel planning and applying early for your visa are important. Processing times at U.S. Embassy Bamako can vary according to demand and time of year.
Many additional factors, such as the need for administrative processing and/or incomplete applications, may influence the processing of individual visa cases. Please visit the Department of State's Visa Appointment and Processing Wait Times page for up-to-date wait time information. Select Bamako to find the current wait times for U.S. Embassy Bamako.
All applications for Visitor Visas: Business or Tourism must be submitted online via the DS-160 application form.
1. Pay Application Processing Fee
Applicants must pay the $160 nonimmigrant visa fee at any Banque Internationale pour le Mali (BIM). You will need the BIM receipt number to schedule your visa interview appointment online. The BIM receipt also must be presented at your visa interview.
Please note that a receipt number used more than once in the online appointment system will result in an automatic deletion of the visa appointment request(s) without notice to the applicant.
Visa Issuance Fee: You may be charged an additional visa issuance fee, if applicable. Please consult the Visa Reciprocity Tables website to determine if you must pay an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee and the current fee amounts.
2. Submit Your Online Application
U.S. Embassy Bamako no longer accepts paper applications. Applicants for nonimmigrant visas must complete the DS-160 online application. After electronically submitting your application, print the confirmation page. You will need to bring the confirmation page to your visa interview.
Once a DS-160 online application has been submitted, you cannot change or add information to your application at the visa interview. Significant errors in your application, or information incorrectly marked as "Not Applicable," "Nil," or "Don't Know," may result in your visa application being rejected at the time of your interview.
3. Upload a Photograph
Applicants must upload a color photograph to the DS-160 online application. If you are unable to upload a photograph, complete the remainder of the application and bring a photograph to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy on the day of your interview. Please review the Department of State's photograph requirements for visa applications on its Digital Image Requirements website.
In general, the applicant's head, including both face and hair, should be visible in its entirety. It is preferable that ears be exposed. Head coverings and hats are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even then, may not cover any portion of the applicant's face. Sunglasses or any other wear which detracts from the face are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons (an eye patch, for example). Digitally reproduced photographs must be reproduced without discernible pixels or dot patterns. Photocopied photographs are NOT accepted.
4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
Once you have completed the above steps, schedule your interview appointment online. You must submit your completed DS-160 online application form before scheduling your interview appointment. The appointment system will require you to enter the barcode number on the DS-160 confirmation page to proceed to the appointment center.
If there are no appointments available, please try back another time. Individuals may only request an expedited visa appointment for urgent, legitimate reasons. Expedited appointment requests for the convenience of a traveler will not be approved.
Expedited or Special Interview Appointment: If you would like to request an expedited appointment for an interview (for emergency medical treatment or family death/illness, for example), or if you require a special interview (such as a group interview), please send an email explaining your circumstances to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Consular Officer Interview
All applicants for Business/Tourism visas will need to bring the following minimum required documentation:
Minimum Required Documentation
Do not have supporting documentation faxed, emailed, or sent to the Embassy; it will be deleted or thrown away. Bring all supporting documentation with you for the interview.
Additional Documentation May Be Required
Applicants must demonstrate that they are properly classifiable as visitors under U.S. law by:
Do not have supporting documentation faxed, emailed, or sent to the Embassy; it will be thrown away. Bring all supporting documentation with you for the interview.
After the Interview
Some applications require additional administrative processing. Administrative processing can take several weeks, so all applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of travel plans. For more information about administrative processing, please consult the Department of State's Administrative Processing Information website.
There are many reasons why a nonimmigrant visa application may be denied. If denied a visa, the applicant is given a reason based on the section of U.S. law which applies. For more information on visa ineligibilites and visa denials, please visit the Department of State's Visa Denials website. If you decide to reapply, you are required to submit a new online DS-160 application and submit a new payment of the visa application processing fee.