Ababa, Ethiopia
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last updated on 2012-02-04 by S&ET
Consulate Phone Number: Telephone:


(Note: Calling the above numbers from outside
Ethiopia dial the country code +
city code + phone number
i.e. 251 + 11 + phone number)
Consulate E-Mail: consaddis@state.gov
Address: PO Box 1014
Entoto Street
Addis Ababa

Gullelle Sub-City

Working Hours: NIV: Mon – Wed 8:00 – 10:00 am
IV : Tue & Thu starting at 8:00 am
Refugees: Tue & Thu starting at 8:00 am
Citizen Services: Mon – Thu 8:30 – 12:00 & 1:30 – 3:30
Notarials: Mon.- Thur. 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Consular Report of Birth Abroad: By Appointment Only (Phone/E-mail)or Oline
K3 / K4: Mon & Wed starting at 1:00 pm (if on walk-in basis)
K1 interviews are done on Tuesdays and Thursday.

Best Way to Contact Consulate: In person / not very responsive by e-mail or fax (as requested on their web site). Good results when phoning. Hours of Operation: Mon-Thu 7:45am - 5:30pm

For American Citizen Services, please e-mail:

To request an expedited appointment, please e-mail:

All other inquiries should be sent to:

If you are calling about an emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call:

Approx Waiting Time for interview date from when the Consulate receives the package from the NVC: Appr. 1-3 months usually. Most recently about three months.
Issues a Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: Appointment Letter (date and time or walk-in)
DS-156 (one copy but they will need two copies for the filing)

List for Medical Exam Facilities
Medical examinations are required for all immigrant visa applicants. Individuals must go to one of Consulate approved panel physicians.
Issues a Packet 4? No
Packet 4 contents (if known): All papers are to be filed in person once all docs from checklist have been obtained / completed

Packet 3 contains everything, including interview date
What forms should be send back to the Consulate? “Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing overseas will no longer be able to routinely file Immigrant Visa petitions (Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relative) with US Embassy Addis Ababa, except in exceptional circumstances. All Forms I-130 must now be filed with the USCIS Chicago Lock Box. USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:
Other Forms (if any)? Passport
Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate (for K3) / Divorce Certificates
Police Certificate
Medical Exam Envelope
I-134 plus 3 recent years tax transcripts
Evidence of Relationship

Consulate offers Direct Consular Filing? No
If so, for all or only for US citizen who is lawfully resident in your country? Residents_Only
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend the interview? Yes
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Same_Day
Did the embassy schedule your interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? No
If not whats the waiting period? After The Interview with in one week If the visa application is approved, you must arrange for delivery of your passport with the visa, as well as your Immigrant Visa document packet, directly with the Bank of Abyssinia agent located at the Embassy entrance. Bank of Abyssinia will deliver the passport, visa, and immigrant visa packet to any branch of Bank of Abyssinia in Addis Ababa. Bank of Abyssinia collects a service fee of 50 Ethiopian birr per passport for this service. You may then pick up your passport and visa from your selected Bank of Abyssinia branch at your convenience.
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? ETB $760.00 ETB = app USD 70.00

Physicians in Ethiopia authorized to give medical examinations for U.S. Visa applications are:

Dr. Tsegaye Hailu
Cathedral Higher Clinic
Close to Cathedral School
Higher 2, Kebele 14, House # 377/3
Tel: 011-111 0688, 011 157 6719
Fax: 251 11 466 7253

Dr. Akeza Teame
Dr. Lulit Tamene
Dr. Mikael Amdemariam Tadesse (Pediatrician)
St. Yared General Hospital
Bole Sub City, Kebele 12/13
On the road to CMC, 800 meters from Megenagna square
Tel: 011 645 4604, 011 645 4653
Fax: +251-11-6454706

Dr. Natalia Gitu (Pediatrician)
Dr. Ababe Abadi
Dr. Fitsum Shiferaw
Bole Kefle Ketema, Kebele 02
Behind Bole DH Geda
Tel: +251-11-661-11-75/17/28/71, +251-11-661-1475/77
+251-11-661-11-66 ext 116, +251-11-661-1096/97/98
Fax: 011-661-11-76
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 4
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 2
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? 3-5 hours
Vaccination requirements? None for K3
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? Ras Amba hotel overlooks: Email: rahot@ethionet.et or rahot@telecom.net


The Entoto Hotel is romantic Hotel. It is set in a garden area of its own and is in the quietest area in Addis Ababa. It is located in the relatively up-scale area of Siddist Kilo between Addis Ababa University and the American Embassy on the road (up) to the Entoto mountains. I did not see the rooms, but would guess a room goes for $30-40 a night. They also had a large conference/banquet facility and a recreational centre next door. If you want a bit of piece and quite in a nice setting at an economical price, but still only a short shared taxi ride to everything – here you are.

Additional Info? 2 Passport photos required for police certificate (can be b/w)

K3 filing / interview may be done on a walk-in basis if the petitioner appears at the Consulate in person and pleads his/her case sufficiently. Otherwise, the Consulate will schedule the interview within 6-10 weeks of receiving the file from the NVC.

Upon receiving packet 3, the applicant should complete all documents requested on the checklist and obtain both the medical and police certificate. Medical takes appr. 3 days total to complete. Police Certificate takes 2 weeks but can be expedited upon request (we had ours within 3 days).

The problem in terms of total processing time appears to be that the Consulate will take time to actually send out packet 3 (word is that this may take 1-2 months easily). If the USC petitioner is in Addis, the petitioner can pick-up packet 3 at the Consulate by showing the NVC letter. This speeds things up dramatically.

The interview was rather easy in our case but we spoke to applicants that have been back for the third or fourth time. My take was that a complete and accurate filing along with good relationship evidence is the key to a speedy processing of the visa. Also, for all couples that are mixed, the Ethiopian K3 visa applicant will very likely have to go through the interview in English unless it can be established that the petitioning USC spouse speaks Amharic (or one of the other native tongues).

As part of the new DS-160 application, you will be required to upload a photograph.

DCF: I-130 Petitions

The Consular Section will accept I-130 petitions from American Citizens who have resided in Ethiopia for at least six months and who intend to continue their residence in Ethiopia. Please visit the American Citizen Service window for more details.

Marriage Information: Consular officer issues a free to marry document for a U.S. Citizen or a legal permanent resident. Then the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs should authenticate the document so that the local municipality office accepts the free to marry document. call: 215-11-1562394 Application form for marriage certificate


Municipality office and All Sub-city and Kebele in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Service opening days and hours
Monday- Thursday 8:30am- 12:30am
1:30pm- 5:30pm

Fridays 8:30am- 11:30am
1:30pm- 5:30pm

Eligible users

Inhabitants of the sub city with the age of 18 years and above
Customer requirements

Both applicants should bring documents from their respective Kebeles, and/or embassy which conforms that both are single. Such documents obtained 6 months before request to marriage certificate are not valid.

If one of the applicants has been married before, she/ he should have a document (divorce certificate) indicating that the applicant is legally divorced.

Whenever Ethiopians living outside the country want to acquire marriage certificate, they should bring a document from the Ethiopian Embassy where they reside, approved by ministry of foreign affairs , indicating that she/he is not married along with renewed passport

The bride and groom should bring a recently renewed resident ID cards (both the original and copy) or renewed Passport (original and copy)

The bride and groom should bring identical passport size photos (3 each)

Four Witnesses (2 each , both from bride’s and groom’s side) should be present at the ceremony with their ID cards (both original and copy)

A total amount of 50 birr to be paid

Service provision process and standards
If the above mentioned formalities and requirements are fulfilled, marriage certificate will be given to the bride and groom within 50 munities
Provided documents and formats

Application form for marriage certificate

Ethiopian Federal Police Commission's office complex near Mexico Square

How and where do I obtain one?

If you live in Ethiopia
You should apply in person at:

Ethiopian Federal Police Commission Forensic Investigation Department
P.O. Box 80358
Addis Ababa

Bring the following documents with you:

* two passport-size photographs
* a copy of your passport
* a copy of your national identity card (for nationals only)

Telephone: 251-11-5512744

Ask for Investigation Sector Forensic
Federal Police in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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