Djibouti Now Processing Yemeni Visa Applicants

Explosion outside the Capital of Yemen, Sana’a.
Sana’a, Yemen.

The US has not had any diplomatic presence in Yemen since 11 Feb 2015.  All diplomatic personnel were physically relocated outside the country.  The resulting diplomatic vacuum has made pending immigrant visa applications and interviews difficult to coordinate.  Recently, USCIS is almost universally issuing requests for evidence (RFE) if a Petitioner only submits birth certificates and marriage contracts without additional documentation and proof of the marriage or familial relationship.  This most commonly can be done by submitting additional documents and undergoing DNA testing from an AABB approved lab.  However, at this moment, no DNA testing can be done inside Yemen for obvious reasons: the colossal humanitarian disaster that is in the making.

Recently, the consulate in Djibouti is now scheduling and processing immigrant visa applications and interviews for Yemenis without requiring the applicant to be physically present in Djibouti.  This means your relative can schedule his or her interview before departing Yemen and arriving in Djibouti for the interview.  Many Yemenis who are waiting for their interview were not able to afford housing in Djibouti while waiting for the interview.  Coordinating DNA testing is still a challenge, but this new policy should help with the housing expense for Yemenis waiting for an immigrant visa interview.  Below is the latest from the IV Yemen website at the Department of state:

Information for Yemeni Citizens Applying for Petition-Based Immigrant Visas

Updated April 28, 2016

Beginning with appointments in June 2016, the U.S. Department of State is scheduling immigrant visa appointments for Yemeni applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti instead of the U.S. Embassy in Algeria in order to prevent delays and move more applicants to the interview stage. The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti no longer requires applicants to be physically present in the country prior to transferring their case. Interviews are being scheduled in order of the date the case became documentarily qualified and eligible for scheduling.

The U.S. Department of State previously scheduled visa interviews for Yemeni citizens in Algiers; however, as of March 23, 2016, the Government of Algeria requires Yemeni nationals to have a visa to enter Algeria. While some applicants have successfully obtained Algerian visas, this is preventing many applicants from attending interviews scheduled at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. There is additional information on the U.S. Embassy in Algiers’s website.

If your relative has a pending case from Yemen and you have questions about what to do next with his/her case, please contact my office to see if we can help. We have been coordinating DNA testing for other Yemeni clients when such testing has been requested from USCIS.  In the absence of other documents, DNA testing may be your only option to overcome a RFE and have your relative’s case move forward to the interview stage in Djibouti.

James P. Tinsley, Esq., 143 C Willowbrook Drive, Saltillo, MS 38866.  (662) 350-3971;


3 thoughts on “Djibouti Now Processing Yemeni Visa Applicants

  1. Hi ,mr james.i was in usa ,i get social securty number ,i paid tax .i was marreid in usa .i dont complete …..i stay there 8 years .i make 2 interview with my wife so i was waiting for green card but something happen for my family in yemen ,i went back to yemen .can u help me to come back to usa.


  2. Dear Sirs/Madams,How are you doing?.My name is NajebAA.Alaghbari.I had lived in California,USA for nearly 19 yrs.i went to College and University over 1994 i was married to my British born wife and had 4 US born kids and did owned a House and Business and was paying Taxes.I applied for US permenant residence thru an immigration Attorney and my application was in the system for a very long 2003 i was notified by my attorney that my application among 2 or 3 millions other applications was frozed and had to live the US and then re enter with new Visa.My wife and kids travelled back to UK where her family live and i travelled back to Yemen and stayed with my parents and family and was waiting to get a Visa to be able to travel back to CA,USA while in touch with my wife and kids in Bradford,UK .something happend and had to travel to UK and did missed the chance to get a US re entery Visa..Now,wish to know if i can get help and get an Entery Visa to the USA?.your help and reply will be greatly appreciated.thanks.God Bless…..NajebAA.Alaghbari.
    Mobile number in Sana,a,Yemen is..00967733747055


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