Visa-Free Travel For Kenyan Citizens To the USA And How To Process 2022
In conformity with the Department of State's priorities, the US Embassy has resumed the restricted processing of immigrant visas. Due to COVID-19 safety procedures, our present capacity for visa processing has been drastically curtailed. We beg for your patience. Most visa categories are experiencing major backlogs, and all applicants should expect significant delays.
Diversity Visas: Only a small number of Diversity Visa cases are being processed by the Nairobi Embassy. Despite the significant operational constraints and backlog resulting from the COVID pandemic, the Department cherishes the diversity visa program. It makes every effort to process as many Diversity Visa cases as feasible, commensurate with other priorities.
Before boarding an airplane to the United States, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers must be fully vaccinated and produce proof of vaccination status, beginning November 8, 2021. Furthermore, from December 6, 2021, all airline passengers ages two and up traveling to the United States must perform a negative COVID-19 virus test within one calendar day of travel, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship. Exemptions will be granted in a very limited number of cases.
To apply for an exemption, please contact your local embassy or consulate. For further information on exemptions and the requirement for documentation of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers landing in the United States, please visit the CDC webpages.
According to the US Mission in Kenya, many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing cost but have yet to book a visa appointment. We're working hard to get all routine visa operations back up and running as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we've extended the validity of your payment (also known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment due to the suspension of routine consular operations to schedule and attend a visa appointment using the already-paid fee. Please keep an eye on this page for updates on when we will resume normal visa processing.
The number of appointments for all categories is significantly lower than normal to keep both applicants and our staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our Global Support Website to schedule an appointment to apply for a visa. Please keep in mind that all visas and travel to the United States may be subject to additional restrictions; for the most up-to-date information, go to travel.state.gov.