How to Apply
Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. If you are a citizen of any other Visa Waiver Program participating country, or already hold a valid U.S. visa, you may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa. Generally Gambian citizens need to apply for a visa to the United States.
If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.
To apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa:
STEP 1. Submit the online Form DS-160 application at: https://ceac.state.gov/GENNIV. Print out your confirmation page. The DS-160 is mandatory for all applicant interviews.
STEP 2. Pay the Visa fee at any Eco or Reliance Bank branch.
Note: If you pay your visa application fee in cash at Ecobank or Reliance Bank, then you can schedule your interview within four hours of payment. If you pay online at Ecobank or Reliance Bank, then you can schedule as soon as 3:00pm on the first banking day following the date of payment.
STEP 3. Schedule the appointment by going to http://www.ustraveldocs.com.
DOCUMENTATION FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT
If you are seeking medical treatment in the United States, the consular officer may ask for further documents at your visa interview, which may include:
- Medical diagnosis from a local physician, explaining the nature of the ailment and the reason you need treatment in the United States.
- Letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States, stating they are willing to treat your specific ailment and detailing the projected lenght and cost of treatment (including doctor's fees, hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses).
- proof that your transportation, medical and living expenses in the United States will be paid. This may be in the form of bank or other statements of income/savings or certified copies of income tax returns (either yours or the person or organization paying for treatment).
If you are a student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appoinment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes. When making an appointment, please note to the operator that you are applying for a student or exchange visitor. If you need an expedited appointment, please see the instructions on the visa scheduling page.
A parent or guardian should accompany a minor to his or her interview, and similarly a responsible family member may accompany applicants who are infirm or need assistance due to medical issues. No other individuals may accompany applicants into the waiting room.
The following items are among those not allowed in the visa area: leaving them at home may save you time when entering the facility: all electronic goods including cell phones and cameras, bags, smoking items, sharp instruments etc.
TIMING AND SCHEDULING
In some cases, administrative processing may be required. This processing may take several weeks; so we encourage applicants to plan their travel and apply for a visa well in advance. Students may apply for their visa as soon as they are prepared to do so, but the United States Embassy may not issue a visa more than 90 days before your start date.
You will need three pieces of information in order to schedule your interview appointment:
- Your passport number
- The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
- Your fee payment receipt purchase date (due to banking regulations, this date may be later than the date you actually paid your fee - the tables on this page can help you determine your receipt purchase date)
For Ecobank receipt: You should enter the "Payment Reference Number" shown on the receipt.
STEP 4. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Banjul on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, your current and all old passports, and the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
STEP 5. Approved visas are returned at the Embassy. The consular staff will inform you as to when to return to pick up your visa.