Congo (Democratic Republic - Kinshasa) Business NGO - USAID Visa Requirements

These requirements are applicable for Non-US Citizens applying at the Washington DC Office

Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least TWO side by side blank visa pages. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.
Please send 1 recent professional passport-type photograph.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
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A Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or valid U.S. visa and I-94 is required.
Travelers who entered the USA after April 26th 2013 should print the electronic I-94 form from the
Department of Homeland Security.
Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
A business letter of responsibility (sample) is required, to be typewritten on your company letterhead and addressed to:
Embassy of Democratic Republic of Congo, Visa Section, Washington DC
The letter must explain all of the following:
Nature of business to be performed
Name and address of reference to be visited
This letter should request Multiple Entries visa if required
Guarantee of return transportation and sufficient funds for the visit
The letter should be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant.
A Letter of Invitation is required from the company or partners to be visited in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The letter must be on company letterhead and signed by a representative of the company, and should include the applicant's name and the name, address, dates of planned visit, description of purpose of journey to DRC and telephone number for a contact person at the overseas company.

This letter must be notarized at the City Hall in the DRC and legalized by the Direction Generale des Migrations (DMG) the declaration of liability or "engagement de prise en charge" issued by the Direction Generale des Migrations (DGM) is now required to apply for a visa, except if you are being invited to DRC by a government office in which case an invite from that office will be accepted. 

A fax or email copy is accepted by the Embassy.
If traveling to support a USAID program or contract you must submit a letter from USAID in addition to the Business Letter and Letter of Invitation requirements above. If you do not submit a supporting letter from USAID visa processing times will extend to 10+ business days, with the USAID letter most visas are issued in 2-4 business days.
Vaccinations - International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required.
Vaccination for Cholera is recommended but is not required.

Please Send One Completed and Signed Application Form.

 

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Visa Requirements, processing times, validity of the visa, and Embassy visa fees are subject to change without prior notice.

TravelDocs Service Fees

Fees charged by Travel Document Systems for our part in assisting you in obtaining your visa.

TypePriceProcessing Time
Regular$89.002-4 Business Days

Once your visa order is complete, your documents will be returned to you via FedEx. The below table outlines the possible costs associated with this service.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $32.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $33.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
International Price
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Consular Fees

These are the fees charged by the foreign government for issuing a visa. Fees are per person per visa.

Entry Price Period of stay Validity Processing Time
Single $180.00 Up to 30 days 1 Month 2-4 Business Days
Single $230.00 2 Months 2 Months 2-4 Business Days
Single $330.00 3 Months 3 Months 2-4 Business Days
Single $430.00 6 Months 6 Months 2-4 Business Days
         
         
Multiple $205.00 1 Month 1 Month 2-4 Business Days
Multiple $280.00 2 Months 2 Months 2-4 Business Days
Multiple $380.00 3 Months 3 Months 2-4 Business Days
Multiple $480.00 6 Months 6 Months 2-4 Business Days
Note: All consular fees above include a $5 check writing fee.

TDS Order Form

You must complete the TDS Online Order Form.

The order form gives TDS your name, address, shipping information and payment method. Multiple applicants can be entered using one order form. You only need to complete one TDS order form per request. Please print two copies of the confirmation page. Include one copy with the documents you ship to TDS and keep one copy for your records.

While completing the online order form in this step, you will be asked how you want to pay TDS fees. You may pay our fees online with a credit card or enclose a personal or business check or money order.

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Please forward the completed requirements to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
1625 K St. NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20006

Local Phone Number: 202-638-3800

Urgent applications should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

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Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.