Department of Homeland Security

Agencies within Department of Homeland Security:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

Field Office Director: Charles Wright
Overseas Adjudications Officer: Vacant

Jurisdiction Area

The Nairobi U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services office has jurisdiction for matters in the following countries: Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo DRC -Kinshasa, Congo RC – Brazzaville, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Visiting Our Office

United States Embassy
United Nations Avenue (off Limuru Road)
(Directly opposite from United Nations Compound)
Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya

We are located at the American Embassy across from the United Nations compound on United Nations Avenue in the Gigiri suburb of Nairobi. Please use the public entrance for visa applicants to access our staff.

Mailing Address

From the U.S.:
Field Office Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security
c/o American Embassy
8900 Nairobi Place
Washington DC 20521

From outside the U.S.:
Field Office Director
Embassy of the United States
P.O. Box 606
Village Market
00621 Nairobi, Kenya

Express Mail Only:
Field Office Director
American Embassy
United Nations Avenue
Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya


The workload of the USCIS Field Office in Nairobi includes the processing of the following immigration benefits, applications and petitions:

Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative)
Form I-360 (Petition for Amerasian, Widower, or Special Immigrant Military
Form I-407 (Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residence Status)
Form I-590 (Registration for Classification as Refugee)
Form I-600 (Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative)
Form I-600A (Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition)
Form I-602 (Application by Refugee for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability)
Form I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Family Petition)
N-400 military naturalizations
* As of June 4, 2012, USCIS accepts Form I-601 and associated Form I-212 at a domestic Lockbox facility in the United States. Overseas offices now process these forms only if exceptional circumstances merit expedited processing.

USCIS Nairobi takes fingerprints for persons who are residents of Kenya and who are:

Active-duty members of the military or their spouses who are applicants for naturalization;
Spouses of U.S. government employees serving overseas and other applicants for expedited naturalization residing overseas;
Prospective adoptive parents who are filing from overseas; or
Applicants for Refugee Travel Documents.
Limited fingerprinting services may also be available to overseas applicants filing for U.S. immigration benefits who present an appropriate letter from a domestic USCIS office stating that fingerprints are required, or in compelling circumstances. Please contact our office for additional information.

Refugee Processing in East Africa

The USCIS Field Office in Nairobi serves as a hub and important partner in refugee processing activities in the region.