The Consular Section issues visas for Angolans and residents of Angola to visit the United States. A visa constitutes permission to apply for entry to the United States at the port of entry, where the immigration officer will determine admittance and length of stay.
All Angolans need visas to apply for entrance to the United States, including in transit.
Applying for a visa is a multi-step process that culminates in the interview with the Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy.
Find more detailed instructions on applying for a non-immigrant visa.
Find out if you can apply for a Business/Tourism visa without a personal appearance at the Embassy through the Interview Waiver Program.
Link to information on photograph requirements.
PROCEDURES TO APPLY FOR DIPLOMATIC AND OFFICIAL VISAS (A&G)
To give better services to diplomats and travelers on official government business, exclusive hours have been designated for the processing of A- and G- no-fees visas. This is only for OFFICIAL government travel and business. Personnel travel, even on a diplomatic or service passport, requires a visa interview and fingerprints.
Special designated hours for drop off of passports and other documents are Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
All applicants must have completed the online DS-160 form that can be accessed at http://portuguese.angola.usembassy.gov/vistosnao-imigranteport.html
The applicant does not need to be present unless the Consular Officer has questions or needs additional documents.
Applicant must have a diplomatic note that explains specifically the motive for travel and have proper validity on his/her passport. If the person is traveling with family members - for example to the Angolan Consulate or Embassy - they will need marriage certificates for their spouse and birth certificates for their children.
In nearly all cases, visas will be ready for pick up in 48 hours. If a visa is dropped off Wednesday, it will be available Friday at 10 a.m. If a visa is dropped off on Friday, it will be ready Monday at 4 p.m.
If it is determined that the visa type is a regular visitor’s visa, the applicant will be advised to go to the Embassy web-site and schedule an interview date.
True emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
If an applicant shows up outside of these designated hours, they will be turned away and told to return either Wednesday between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. or Friday between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Non-official travels using a diplomatic, official or service passport.
The process and requirements for this type of travel is as follows:
- Applicant will be fingerprinted, interviewed and need to pay the fees associated with the applicable visa class.
- Form DS-160 completed and signed. Applications must be completed for all applicants.
- Fill out the form DS-160 and print the confirmation page form. On the day of the interview the applicant must bring the confirmation page and the booking interview confirmation also.
- A passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended date of arrival in the U.S.
- One recent photograph with the following measures: 5x5cm with White Background and that has been taken within the last six months, preferably, both ears should be visible.
- An original Diplomatic Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luanda (MIREX) or from the Embassy or International organization, specifying the reason of the trip in the U.S.
- A letter from the employer/sponsoring Ministry stating the applicant’s position, reason for travel, and the duration of the intended stay.
- If attending a meeting or conference, a letter of invitation/registration form/information.
- The Consul may require additional documentation.
Travelers going to study in the United States.
Applicants wishing to study in the United States must demonstrate that they are bona fide students, have been accepted by a qualified school, have the financial resources to pay for at least their first year of education and overcome the presumption that they plan to permanently stay in the United States.
These travelers will need to:
- Complete online the DS-160 Form and print the confirmation page.
- Provide one passport-size photograph on white background.
- Have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended date of arrival in the United States.
- Have a letter of admission from the selected school.
- Original receipt of SEVIS fee payment.
- A Valid form I-20 for academic studies or I-20M-N for vocational studies issued by the school.
Completing the I-20:
Any errors or omission of the I-20 make it incomplete. Make sure:
- Your name is spelled correctly.
- The document contains the correct date and place of birth,
- Your country of citizenship is as it appears in your passport;
- All spaces are filled in.
- The designated school official has signed it.
- You arrive before the reporting date has not passed before applying for or traveling to the United States.
- All these Certificates of eligibility should be electronically generated from Department of State SEVIS.
Other tips on applying for a student visa:
- Applicants will be expected to present evidence that they have sufficient funds and should bring in any bank statements they or their family has to document solvency.
- If the applicant is receiving a scholarship, they will be expected to document the scholarship.
- Applicants should present a letter from the sponsor, specifically explaining how they are going to finance the education.
- Applicants may be asked to provide academic transcripts as well as copies of any documents that show degrees, diplomas and test score reports, such as TOEFL, SAT, GRE and GMAT.(TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT etc.) and any other academic documentation pertinent to your case.
- Demonstration of sufficient knowledge of the English language to allow you to undertake an academic program. Visas usually will usually only be issued for English language training to those individuals bearing an I-20 form that shows acceptance in an academic program that will result in an internationally recognized degree (BA, MA, PhD
- Evidence that you have a home abroad (i.e., in Angola) to which you will return following your stay in the United States: evidence of social, economic, and family ties in Angola plus evidence of viable career plans that will bring you home. United States visa law requires the Consular Officer to assume that you intend to emigrate to the U.S., until you prove otherwise.
Guidelines for obtaining a visa for a minor child
- The parent or guardian of the child must complete the DS-160 with the full-name of the child. If the child has multiple names, indicate all the names on the DS-160 line for “full name in native language.”
- If both the child’s parents cannot appear at the embassy for an interview, the missing parent must submit a notarized letter giving permission that the child may travel to the United States.
- Children under the age of 14 may be eligible to apply for a B1/B2 visa without a personal appearance at the Embassy. Find out more about the Interview Waiver Program. Children under the age of 14 do not need to be fingerprinted.
Important: New Visa Form
As of today, June 21, 2010, all applicants must use the DS-160 form that can be found at the Consular Electronic Application Center.