Immigrant Visas: Family Based Immigration

Immigrant Visas

U.S. Embassy Bamako does not process immigrant visas for Mali.  Malian immigrant visas are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

For more information on Immigrant Visas, please visit the website for the U.S. Embassy Dakar.

For instructions and forms, please visit the USCIS website.

Immigrant Visa Petitions (Form I-130)

Immigrant visa petitioners residing overseas cannot file their Form I-130: Petition for Alien Relative at the U.S. Embassy Bamako, except under exceptional circumstances. To learn more about what qualifies as an exceptional circumstance, please review the information listed at the bottom of this page. In general, all petitioners residing in Mali must file their Form I-130 by mail with the USCIS Chicago lockbox.

USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:

USCIS
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, please see the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/ or contact USCIS by phone at 1-800-375-5283.

Exceptional Filing at U.S. Embassy Bamako

Petitioners who reside in Mali may request an exception for the U.S Embassy in Bamako to accept the filing.  Each request for an exception will be evaluated individually.

A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 at the U.S. Embassy in Bamako must contact the Consular Section to formally request an exception and explain the circumstances in detail.  The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over Mali.  The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances that warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS.  For more information, please visit the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/

Please contact the Consular Section at consularbamako@state.gov if you need further information.