U.S. Citizen Services
A child adopted by a U.S. citizen and who will reside in the US must obtain an immigrant visa before he or she can enter the U.S. The U.S. Embassy in Dakar processes immigrant visas for children resident or adopted in The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. Country specific adoption information.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for two categories of adopted children to immigrate to the U.S. Under the first category, an adopted child is processed in the same way as a birth child if the child is adopted before the age of 16 and the adoption is full and final (not legal guardianship) and the child physically resided with the adoptive parent in their legal custody for two years.
The second category allows an “orphan,” as defined by U.S. law and regulations, to immigrate. Immigration requirements for an adopted orphan.
Appointments to file an I-600 petition or visa application for an adopted orphan are given priority and can be scheduled by contacting the consular section directly at email@example.com. Please include the words "adopted orphan" in the subject line of your email. In the email text, please include your full name, the full name and date of birth of the adopted child, the name of the country in which the child was adopted, and the case number (starts with DKR or FTN) if you have one. We also encourage you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions regarding adopting an orphan in The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, or Senegal.
Note: Effective September 6, 2011 all routine consular services at the U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal will be provided by APPOINTMENT ONLY to all U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Senegal or Guinea-Bissau. There will no longer be walk-in hours for routine consular services. Emergency cases (such as medical emergencies, deaths or arrests involving American citizens) will still be handled on a walk-in basis during normal Embassy hours, or after hours by calling the Embassy duty officer.
Emergency cases (such as medical emergencies, deaths or arrests involving American citizens) will still be handled on a walk-in basis. American Citizens who need emergency services are welcome to come during normal U.S. Embassy hours which are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Contact the Consular Section
The Consular Section is located in the U.S. Embassy on the Route des Almadies.
Tel: (221) 33-879-4000
After Hours Emergency
Tel: (221) 33-879-4000