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These requirements are applicable for Non-US Citizens applying at the Washington DC Office
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Please be advised The Democratic Republic of the Congo embassy in Washington DC or consulate in New York must now receive approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa prior to visa issuance, this approval process can extend the processing time beyond the 10 business days required by the Embassy in Washington DC or the Consulate in New York to grant a visa.
Both the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Washington DC and the DRC Consulate in New York have annouced these new visa processing times.
All visa types (except Business USAID / NGO, 2-4 Business Days) in both Washington DC and New York will now require at least 10 + business days, previously DRC visas could be issued in as little as 1-2 days, this is no longer the case the Embassy has informed traveldocs that they cannot process any visas in less than 10 business days with most visas taking between 10 & 20 business days.
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 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.
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.
Visa Requirements, processing times, the validity of the visa, and Embassy visa fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Fees charged by Travel Document Systems for our part in assisting you in obtaining
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.
These are the fees charged by the foreign government for issuing a visa. Fees are
per person per visa.
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.
Please forward the completed requirements to:
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.
By connecting on the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, the US State Department will be able to assist you better in the case of an emergency, such as if you lose your passport or it is stolen while you are abroad.