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last updated on 2016-02-28 by Jaime & Aisha
Consulate Phone Number:
(Note: Calling the above numbers from outside
Ethiopia dial the country code +
city code + phone number
i.e. 251 + 11 + phone number)
For question about visa application and appointment
+251 11 5582424
If you are calling from within the United States, please dial +1.703.543.9339
||PO Box 1014
||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:
Visa inquires review information on this website:
Visa Fee Information:
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.
K-1 Visa can be scheduled as soon as you have completed DS-160. You should email the consulate immediately after they have received your packet to request further instructions (ie packet 3). They will email it to you in response to this question within a week, otherwise send another email. Packet 3 has a cover letter which the local hospitals are still recognizing as the authorization to do their check. Make sure that you are able to complete the medical/police checks before the interview date. If there is a child included, be prepared for 2-4 more days to complete the medical.
When you schedule the interview the system will give you dates to pick from, but do not expect there to be more than 3-4 days available in the month.
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)
K-1 Expedite obtaining the Packet 3 by emailing the consulate and requesting it. It is a form letter, and the checklist.
List for Medical Exam Facilities
Medical examinations are required for all immigrant visa applicants. Individuals must go to one of Consulate approved panel
The Checklist is the list of documents you must present to the security at check-in. So have those in a separate folder, from your other documents.
Issues a Packet 4?
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; interview date/time is completed on-line
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:
K-1 nothing is sent to the consulate. You will take all documents with you to the interview.
Other Forms (if any)?
Marriage Certificate (for K3) / Divorce Certificates
Police Certificate (court if required)
Police Certificate from all countries applicant resided for 1 year
Medical Exam Envelope
I-134 plus 3 recent years tax transcripts
Evidence of Relationship
Consulate offers Direct Consular Filing?
If so, for all or only for US citizen who is lawfully resident in your country?
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend the interview?
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"?
Did the embassy schedule your interview or could you walk-in?
Visa issued same day?
If not whats the waiting period?
||Within 2 weeks the approved visa is sent through DHL to a Bank of Abyssinia location.
Prior to the interview you must arrange through DHL 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.
K-1 Arranging for this service is part of the appointment process for the interview. When you sign up the system will walk you through each step from Visa payment, DHL, and schedule of appointment. You have to complete each step before it will let you schedule the appointment; so no way to mess up.
Is the Medical exam same day as interview?
||Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam?
||ETB $760.00 ETB = app USD 70.00
List of doctors?
||Appointment Letter is required for the medical. Physicians in Ethiopia authorized to give medical examinations for U.S. Visa applications are:
Dr. Akeza Teame
Dr. Kinetsew Melkamu (Pediatrician)
Dr. Selamawit Asmelash (Pediatrician)
Dr. Betelhem Gebremichael
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
Dr. Akeza Teame (Internist and Infection Specialist)
Dr. Kale-ab Tesfaye (Pediatrician)
Dr. Kibrom Hadera
American Medical Centre (AMC)
Yeka Sub City Kebele 20/21
Inside the Sunshine Real Estate Compound (Meri Luke)
Tel. +251-11-6678000 /04/ 07
Dr. Mohammedata Ayub
Dr. Ayelech Tadesse
Dr. Simret Kelile
Dr. Fitsum Shiferaw
Dr. Wondwossen Arega
Dr. Niyat Tadesse
Dr. Chavez Nelyn
International Office for Migration (IOM)
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
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical?
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview?
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview?
||None for K3
K-1 determined at time of medical.
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate?
||Ras Amba hotel overlooks: Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTOTO HOTEL: BUDGET ROMANCE
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.
||K-1 interview is scheduled on-line only.
K-1 checklist: http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/visas/fianc-visas-k/k-1-fiance-/-k3--spouse-visa-appointment-checklist.html
2 Passport photos required for police certificate
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 Consulate will take time to actually send/email out packet 3. If the USC petitioner is in Addis, the petitioner can pick-up packet 3 at the Consulate by showing the NVC letter.
The process will require a complete and accurate filing along with good relationship evidence for 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
Fridays 8:30am- 11:30am
Inhabitants of the sub city with the age of 18 years and above
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
Bring the following documents with you:
* two passport-size photographs
* USCIS Approval letter ( NOA2)
* a copy of your passport
* a copy of your national identity card (for nationals only)
Ask for Investigation Sector Forensic
Federal Police in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.