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Niger
Republic of Niger
Last Updated: April 10, 2017
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

Two pages are required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

Yellow fever vaccination required

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Niamey

Rue des Ambassades, P.O. Box 11 201
Niamey, Niger Republic

Telephone: +(227) 20-72-26-61

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(227) 20-72-31-41 or 99-49-90-66

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Niger for additional information on U.S. - Niger relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Niger’s website for the most current visa information.

A passport, visa, and proof of vaccination against yellow fever are required for entry into Niger. For additional immunization information, visit the CDC’s Health Information for Travelers to Niger.

Travelers from the United States should obtain a visa from the Embassy of Niger before arriving in Niger. Failure to do so could result in being denied entry to Niger. Travelers should obtain the latest information on entry/exit requirements from the Embassy of the Republic of Niger, located at 2204 R Street NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone: (202) 483-4224.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Niger.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Travelers to Niger are urged to exercise extreme caution due to the risk of terror attacks and kidnapping threats against Westerners. U.S. citizens should reduce exposure to locations frequented by Westerners such as restaurants and nightclubs. Visitors are urged to stay in hotels with armed Nigerien security presence.

Due to security threats, the U.S. Embassy restricts the travel of U.S. government employees and official visitors outside of Niamey. These restrictions may limit the ability of the U.S. Embassy to assist visitors in these areas.

The border region with Mali continues to be of specific concern. There are frequent and ongoing reports of terrorists and affiliates crossing into and through Niger from Mali. A U.S. citizen was kidnapped from the area in October 2016.

Niger’s southeastern border with Nigeria and east of Maradi are poorly controlled. Boko Haram and several factions affiliated with ISIS have conducted cross-border attacks into Niger. The government of Niger has increased its security forces in the border areas, but the situation remains unstable and travel is not advised.

For travel in any remote area of the country, the Department of State urges travelers to use guides and to travel with a minimum of two vehicles equipped with global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite phones.

Crime: Thefts and petty crimes are common day or night. Tourists should not walk alone in Niger, but areas in Niamey near the Gaweye Hotel, the National Museum, the Petit Marché, and on or near the Kennedy Bridge are of particular concern. In general, walking at night is not recommended.

Counterfeit and pirated goods are available, but transactions involving such products may be illegal under local law. Carrying them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines.

See the  Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. There is no local equivalent to a “911” emergency line in Niger. U.S. citizens can try calling local police by dialing “17” on Nigerien phones or +227-20-72-25-53, but calls to these numbers often go unanswered, especially outside of normal working hours. The Embassy highly recommends hiring guards for your residence if you are planning to live in Niger.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There is strong societal stigma against same-sex sexual activity in Niger, but no laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual activity in general. The law states, however, that an “unnatural act” with a person of the same sex who is under 21 is punishable by six months to three years in prison and a fine of between 10,000 and 100,000 CFA francs ($16-$160).

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Dress restrictions: Local culture and Islamic tradition encourage conservative dress for both men and women. There have been incidents of groups of men assaulting women who appear to be African and who are wearing clothing other than traditional garments.

Photography restrictions: Tourists are free to take pictures anywhere in Niger, except near military installations, radio and television stations, the Presidential Palace, airports, or diplomatic facilities. Tourists should not photograph military or police personnel, or political or student demonstrations, and should seek prior permission before taking a close-up “portrait” photo of an individual.

Currency regulations: Niger shares the West African Franc (CFA) with several other West African countries. It is fully convertible into dollars. Foreign currency exchange over 1 million CFA (about $1,600 at an exchange rate of about 600 CFA/$1) requires authorization from the Ministry of Finance (forms available from all major banks).

Telephone service: Due to poor line quality, callers often experience delays in getting a telephone line, and faxes are often unclear. Service quality is generally better with cellular service, which is available from multiple providers in urban areas. Connections between cell phones and land lines are often poor quality and may fail to connect at all.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Nigerien law mandates that the state provide for persons with physical and mental disabilities, but there are no specific regulations mandating accessibility to buildings, transportation, and communication for those with special needs. There is extremely limited accessibility to public transportation, road crossings, taxis, restaurants, cafes, bars, and other tourist spots.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Niger is punishable by a fine and jail sentence. Ethnic and regional disparities remain which are detrimental to the Tillabéri, the urban community of Niamey and Diffa, and the western part of Niger. Forced marriage or marriage without the consent of one or both parties still happens in Niger, and victims are often minor girls between the ages of 15-18. Women have limited access to education and employment.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Health and emergency services are extremely limited in Niamey, and completely inadequate outside the capital. Air quality is poor in Niamey. Travelers with respiratory conditions are cautioned that they may experience worsening symptoms in Niger.

Documentation of yellow fever vaccination is required for those over nine months of age upon arrival in Ghana.

Mosquito borne illnesses such as malaria are the leading cause of dealth in Niger. Documentation of yellow fever immunization is required for travelers prior to arrival in Niger. Zika virus is a risk in Niger. Because Zika infection in a pregnant woman can cause birth defects;  pregnant women should not visit Niger. All travelers should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to Zika during and after the trip.

Diarrheal illness is quite prevalent, even in cities and luxury accommodations.  Tap water is not potable.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.   See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Niger to ensure the medication is legal in Niger. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevelant in Niger:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Road safety throughout Niger is a concern. Travel outside Niamey and other cities often requires four-wheel-drive vehicles. Driving at night is always hazardous and should be avoided. There have been occasional car-jackings and highway robberies throughout the country.

The main causes of accidents are driver carelessness, excessive speed, poorly maintained vehicles, and poor to non-existent road surfaces. Urban traffic includes bicycles, pedestrians, livestock, donkey carts, and hand carts as well motor vehicles. Overloaded trucks, buses, and other vehicles are common everywhere. Disabled vehicles are generally repaired in place, often partially blocking traffic lanes.

Police checkpoints are common both in cities and on rural roads. On rural roads, police will check for license, registration, proof of insurance, and destination.

Traffic signals in Niamey often do not work properly. Traffic signs are often missing, damaged, or obscured.

Traffic Laws:  All drivers must have either a valid Nigerien or international driver’s license. Local liability insurance is required for all vehicles. Traffic laws are based on the French system. Unless marked otherwise, at traffic circles and intersections, traffic must yield to vehicles entering from the right.

Headlights should not be used during the day. Except in emergencies, only police and military vehicles are allowed to use headlights during daylight hours. Horns should not be used after dark.

Drivers are required to pull over for: official motorcades or military convoys with headlights on, public emergency vehicles with sirens on, and funeral processions.

Accidents involving minor damage (“fender benders”) generally only require an exchange of insurance information. However, accidents involving more serious damage or injuries, or where there is any dispute over insurance or who is at fault, will require police involvement. In any accident where the police are involved, vehicles should not be moved before the police arrive.

Public Transportation: While taxis are available at a fixed fare in Niamey, most are in poor condition and do not meet basic U.S. road safety standards. Inter-city “bush-taxis” are available at negotiable fares, but these vehicles (minibuses, station wagons, and sedans) are generally older, unsafe models that are overloaded, poorly maintained, and driven by reckless operators seeking to save time and money.

A national bus company (SNTV) operates coaches on inter-city routes and, since being reorganized in 2001, has provided reliable service and has experienced no major accidents. Air Transport, Rimbo, and Garba Messagé are private bus companies operating in Niger. There is some concern regarding the youth of drivers and the speed with which the private buses travel the Nigerien roads.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Niger, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Niger’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Niamey

Rue des Ambassades, P.O. Box 11 201
Niamey, Niger Republic

Telephone: +(227) 20-72-26-61

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(227) 20-72-31-41 or 99-49-90-66

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Niger, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Niger.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

Niger is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Niger and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.   Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Niger and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State 
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
CA/OCS/CI 
SA-17, 9th Floor 
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

Parental child abduction is not a crime in Niger.  

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Niger and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.   Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Niger for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Niger are authorized to provide legal advice.

The U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger posts list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

U.S. Department of State is not aware of any government agencies or non-governmental organizations that offer mediation programs.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Niger is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

PLEASE NOTE: Nigerien law does not technically permit adoptions by couples with biological children. The Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant(DPE) may review a longstanding policy of granting exceptions in the future.

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Who Can Adopt

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Niger, you must meet eligibility and suitability requirements. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines Who Can Adopt under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of orphan under U.S. law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States on an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa. 

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the following requirements in order to adopt a child from Niger:

  • RESIDENCY: None.
  • AGE OF ADOPTING PARENTS:  According to Nigerien law, one prospective adoptive parent must be at least 35 years of age.
  • MARRIAGE: According to Nigerien law, the prospective adoptive parents must be married for a minimum of 10 years.
  • INCOME: Prospective adoptive parents have to submit proof of income.
  • OTHER: None.
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Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Niger has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption: 

  • RELINQUISHMENT: None
  • ABANDONMENT: Any child whose parents cannot be found.
  • AGE OF ADOPTIVE CHILD: None.
  • SIBLING ADOPTIONS: None.
  • SPECIAL NEEDS OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS: None.
  • WAITING PERIOD OR FOSTER CARE: None.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children's homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children's home due to financial or other hardship, with the intention of returning for the child when they are able to do so.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) rarely would have relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)'s adoption.

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How to Adopt

NIGER'S ADOPTION AUTHORITY

Ministère de la Population, de la Promotion de la Femme et de la Protection de l'Enfant, Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant (Ministry of Population, Promotion of Women, and Protection of Children, Department of Child Protection) and Ministère de la Justice et Garde Des Sceaux(Ministry of Justice and Keeper of the Seals)

THE PROCESS

The process for adopting a child from Niger generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Adopt or gain legal custody of the child in Niger
  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  6. Bring Your Child Home
  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider

    The recommended first step in adopting a child from Niger is to decide whether or not to use a licensed adoption service provider in the United States that can help you with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate. The Department of State provides information on selecting an adoption service provider on its website.

    The sole agency authorized to handle adoptions in Niger is the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant,the Nigerien government entity cited above. However, this agency prefers that prospective adoptive parents work with an attorney who understands local law.

    Although not required by Nigerien law, prospective adoptive parent(s) should consider hiring a local attorney to handle their case. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of attorneys known to work with U.S. citizens. This list does not imply an endorsement of specific attorneys by the Embassy.


  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt

    In order to adopt a child from Niger; you will need to meet the requirements of the Government of Niger and U.S. immigration law. You must submit an application to be found eligible to adopt with the Direction de la Protection de l’Enfant of Niger.

    There is no specific application form for an adoption. Prospective adoptive parents should submit an application package including all items found in the ”Documents Required” section of Adopt or Gain Legal Custody of Child in Niger below.

    You may also file an I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition with U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to be found eligible and suitable to adopt. 

  3. Be Matched with a Child 

    If you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority or other authorized entity in Niger will provide you with a referral.  Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of and provide a permanent home for a particular child.   

    The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Niger requirements, as described in the Who Can Be Adopted section. The child must also meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law. 

  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Niger

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Niger generally includes the following:

    • ROLE OF THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY: The Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant receives and processes requests for adoption then passes them on to the Ministry of Justice.
    • ROLE OF THE COURT: Court rules on the adoption request with an adoption decree.

    • ROLE OF ADOPTION AGENCIES: The Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant is the only agency authorized to handle adoptions; therefore, U.S. adoption agencies or the local attorney representing the prospective adoptive parents act as intermediaries between prospective adopting parents and the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant.
    • ADOPTION APPLICATION: The prospective adoptive parent(s) must submit the documents listed below under "Documentary Requirements" to the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant at the Ministry of Population, Promotion of Women, and Protection of Children. For adoptions pursued from abroad, the prospective adoptive parents are expected, but not required, to hire a local attorney to represent them.

      Upon receipt of a request from prospective adoptive parents, the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant reviews the file. After ensuring it is complete and fulfills the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant's requirements, the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant forwards the case to the President of the Tribunal de la Justice for a hearing.

      The President of the Tribunal may direct a social worker to review the home study ("social survey") contained in the file. If the parents are adopting from overseas, a home study performed to meet the requirements of their country of residence will be sufficient (in the case of U.S. families, the I-600A home study), but must be accompanied by a French translation.

      Once the review of the file is complete, the greffier (court clerk) at the Tribunal schedules a hearing before the President of the Tribunal for the prospective adoptive parents. The President of the Tribunal sends a copy of the case file to the Procurer Général (District Attorney) and requests that office to direct a huissier (process server) to notify the prospective parents or their representative of the hearing date. This is the point at which the prospective adoptive parents must travel from the U.S. to Niger.

      Unless the hearing reveals a documentary omission or other problems (depending on the individual case) the President of the Tribunal may issue the formal custody decree at that time. After a two-month waiting period, during which the child may not leave Niger, the adoption becomes final and the adoptive parents can then proceed with obtaining a birth certificate for the child at the Etat Civil office at the Hotel de Ville (City Hall).
    • TIME FRAME: According to Nigerien authorities, the procedures as outlined above, takes one to three months. However, experience has been that the Nigerien government generally takes six months to a year to process an adoption case.
    • ADOPTION FEES: Adoption fees vary from attorney to attorney and may include service fee for application filing, passport and birth certificate application, court fees etc. The U.S. Embassy in Niger discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted, "donations," or "expediting" fees, that may be requested from prospective adoptive parents. Such fees have the appearance of "buying" a baby and put all future adoptions in Niger at risk.
    • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:
      • A handwritten request/cover letter for the documents listed below delivered by the lawyer to the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant at the Ministry of Social Development, signed by prospective adoptive parents;
      • Marriage certificate of the prospective adoptive parents;
      • Birth certificates of the prospective adoptive parents;
      • Medical examination certificates for the prospective adoptive parents. Although any qualified physician can do the exam, the results/report must be in French; [translation of the medical report is accepted]
      • Psychological evaluation of each of the prospective adoptive parents in French;
      • Two photographs (b/w or color, any size) of the each of prospective adoptive parents;
      • Sterility certificate for at least one prospective adoptive parent, if applicable. If neither is sterile, the prospective parents must state in the cover letter why they want to adopt a child;
      • Nigerien police record for prospective adoptive parents is required for any time spent in Niger. According to Nigerien authorities, police records are not required from other countries where the prospective adoptive parents have lived. Valid for three months, the Nigerien police records must be renewed for any additional time the prospective parents spend in Niger . Foreigners in Niger can obtain police records at the Cour d'Appel in either Niamey or Zinder as appropriate. There is a fee. (about US $10)
      • Monthly or annual earnings statement;
      • If the prospective adoptive parents (regardless of nationality) are resident in Niger, a certification of social survey ("home study") performed by a Nigerien social worker;
      • A copy of the home study submitted to USCIS professionally translated into French will suffice. However, it must include a psychological evaluation of the parents.
      • Nationality certificates or passports of prospective parents;
      • NOTE: The only document the Embassy is in a position to issue is a letter stating such a child will be issued an immigrant visa if the Consul is satisfied the adoption was carried out in conformity with Niger laws and that the requirements of U.S. immigration law have been met.);

      NOTE: Additional documents may be requested.

    • Authentication of Documents: You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. If so, the Department of State, Authentications Office may be able to assist.

  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption

    After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Niger, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must determine whether the child meets the definition of orphan under U.S. law.  You will need to file a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative.

  6. Bring Your Child Home: Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:
    • Birth Certificate 
      If you have finalized the adoption in Niger, you will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child.  Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

      If you have been granted custody for the purpose of adopting the child in the United States, the birth certificate you obtain will, in most cases, not yet include your name.

      After a two-month waiting period, during which the child may not leave Niger, the adoption becomes final and the adoptive parents can then proceed with obtaining a birth certificate for the child at the Etat Civil office at the Hotel de Ville (City Hall).

    • Nigerien Passport
      Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Niger.

      Some Nigerien authorities have taken the view that, once a Nigerien child has been adopted by a foreign couple, s/he no longer has Nigerien nationality under Nigerien law and thus is entitled only to a single-sheet temporary passport as a one-time travel document. The Nigerien passport office at the Direction Surveillance du Territoire at the Ministry of Interior, however, routinely issues Nigerien passports to children adopted by parents of various nationalities, and would do the same for those adopted by Americans. Using the Nigerien birth certificate listing them as the parents, the adoptive parents must submit the passport application through their attorney, but pay only the normal passport issuance fee. Depending on your attorney a service fee may be included in the attorney fees.

    • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
      After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child and you have filed Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, you then need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Niamey. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.  As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the Panel Physician's medical report on the child.  

      You can find instructions for applying for an immigrant visa on Embassy Niamey's website.

      Important Note Regarding the Home Study:  Prospective adoptive parents resident in Niger who plan to apply for an immigrant visa for an orphan (immigrant visa category IR-3 or IR-4), must be certain that the home study performed to fulfill Nigerien requirements also meets the more rigorous requirements of U.S. immigration law.

      Immigrant visa interviews are on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 1300H to 1600H.  For an appointment please call (227) 722 661/2/3/4.

      NOTE: Visa issuance after the final interview now generally takes at least 24 hours, and it will not normally be possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the day of the interview. Adoptive parents should verify current processing times at the appropriate consulate or embassy before making final travel arrangements.

CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child's entry into the United States: A child will acquire U.S. citizenship upon entry into the United States if the adoption was finalized prior to entry and the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000
                                                                                         
For adoptions finalized after the child's entry into the United States: An adoption will need to be completed following your child's entry into the United States for the child to acquire U.S. citizenship. 

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.  Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.  

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

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Traveling Abroad

APPLYING FOR YOUR U.S. PASSPORT

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Niger. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print-all in one place.

OBTAINING YOUR VISA

In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Niger, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information.

STAYING SAFE ON YOUR TRIP

Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

STAYING IN TOUCH ON YOUR TRIP

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Niger registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

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After Adoption

Nigerien Government Follow-Up: Nigerien officials may claim that the prospective adoptive parents must sign an agreement to pay for Nigerien social workers to travel and visit the family every two years until the adopted child reaches majority. This is not an actual Nigerien legal requirement. In practice, Nigerien authorities have accepted a letter from the social service agency with jurisdiction over the prospective parents' place of residence in the U.S. that it will monitor the child's post-adoption development.

We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of Niger and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that country's history of positive experiences with American parents.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption.  There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin.  Take advantage of all the resources available to your family,whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. 

Here are some places to start your support group search:

Note:  Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents. 

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Niger 
Rue des Ambassades, BP 11201
Niamey, Niger,
Tel. (227) 72-26-61
Fax. (227) 73-31-67
Email: consulateniamey@state.gov
Internet: ne.usembassy.gov/ 

Niger's Adoption Authority 

Centre d'Accueil des enfants en difficulté familiale
Direction de la protection de l'enfant,
Ministère du Développement Social, de la Population, de la Promotion de la Femme et de la Protection de l'Enfant
BP 11386
Niamey, Niger
Tel: 011-(227)-73-30-68

Embassy of Niger 
2204 R. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel. (202) 483-4224
Fax. (202) 483-3169

Niger also has a mission to the United Nations in New York, but it does not handle consular issues, including those related to adoptions.

Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov
Internet: http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1 None One 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 3 Months
C-3 None One 3 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 12 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 12 Months
F-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I $6.00 Multiple 3 Months
J-1 4 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
M-2 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: « Extrait d'acte de naissance » or « Jugement Supplétif d’Acte de Naissance »
  • Issuing Authority:
    • Niamey, Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder, Diffa, Tillabery, Dosso, Agadez – Mairies, Services d’Etat Civil
    • Any other location – Sous prefecture where the birth was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Responsable d’Etat Civil” or Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Report of birth and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area of Niger they were born in.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: Jugement Supplétif d’Acte de Naissance
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments:

 

Death Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: “Certificat de décès »
  • Issuing Authority: Morgues:
    • Niamey, Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder – Mairies, Service d’Etat Civil
    • Any other location – Sousprefecture where the birth was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Responsable d’Etat Civil” or Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Report of death and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area where death took place. Written requests must include the date and place of death.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: « Jugement supplétif d’acte de décès » 
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 
Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $9
  • Document Name: Extrait d'acte de mariage
  • Issuing Authority:
    • Niamey, Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder – Mairie, Service d’Etat Civil
    • Any other location – Sous prefecture where the birth was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Responsable d’Etat Civil” or Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Consent by two parties and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area of Niger where the marriage took place.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: « Jugement supplétif d’acte de mariage »
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 

 

Divorce Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: Extrait d'acte de divorce
  • Issuing Authority:
    • Niamey - Tribunal, Palais de Justice
    • All other locations – Tribunal or the Sous prefecture where the divorce was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Both parties consent and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area of Niger where the divorce was recorded.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: “Jugement suppletif d’acte de divorce”
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 
Adoption Certificates
  • Not Available
  • Comments: Adoptive parents must obtain a court ruling that the adoption conformed to all applicable laws.
  • Note: Except among Nigerien with European/occidental backgrounds, births, deaths, marriages and divorces are rarely officially recorded in Niger. These documents, however, can often be obtained by jugement suppletif (suppletive judgment) in a Niger court, upon oaths by two witnesses. 
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Identity Card

National ID Cards

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: Carte d’Identité Nationale
  • Issuing Authority: Niger National Police
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Agent de Police Nationale
  • Registration Criteria: Nigerien citizen (by presenting Birth certificate or Certificate of Nationality)
  • Procedure for Obtaining: without appointment to the nearest Police
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: Passport
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments:
Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3 for Nigerien citizen born in Niger
  • $19 for Nigerien citizen born overseas
  • Document Name: Extrait de Casier Judicaire
  • Issuing Authority: Palais de justice and Cour d’Appel, Niamey
    • Nigerien residents and all former residents of Niamey - Palais de Justice, Niamey
    • Nigeriens born or resident in Tillaberry, Diffa, Konni, or Arlit – Sections de Tribunal serving their jurisdiction.
    • Nigeriens born outside Niger, foreigners resident or formerly resident – Cour d’Appel, Niamey
    • Nigeriens resident or formerly resident elsewhere in Niger – Tribunal Regional with jurisdiction over their place of birth.
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue and Red
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Greffier en Chef
  • Registration Criteria: Resident or Nigerien Citizen (by presenting copy of ID or Birth certificate or Certificate of Nationality or residency)
  • Procedure for Obtaining:
    • Nigerien residents and all former residents of Niamey – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the Palais de Justice, Niamey.
    • Nigeriens born or resident in Tillaberry, Diffa, Konni, or Arlit – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the subordinate Sections de Tribunal serving their jurisdiction.
    • Nigeriens born outside Niger, foreigners resident or formerly resident – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the Cour d’Appel, Niamey. Written requests from Nigeriens must include the applicant’s birth certificate. Requests from foreigners must be accompanied by a copy of their passport. UEMOA countries in West Africa can use their national identity card instead. Written requests from overseas must have their identity document certified at a Nigerien diplomatic mission
    • Nigeriens resident or formerly resident elsewhere in Niger – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the Tribunal Regional with jurisdiction over their place of birth.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 

 

Prison Records

  • Available: Yes
  • Comments:  Included in Extrait du Casier Judiciare. Please see Police Certificate for more information.

 

Court Records

  • Not Available
Military Records
  • Available Yes
  • Fees: No Fee
  • Document Name: Livret individuel de service militaire
  • Issuing Authority: Etat-Major de FAN
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: No Seal
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chef d’Etat Major des Armées
  • Registration Criteria: Nigerien Military
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact Etat-Major de FAN, 3eme Bureau – R.S.N., Niamey.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: Honorable discharge certificates from the Republican Guard are available by writing to the Garde Republicaine, Niamey.
Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

  • Available: Yes: Regular, Official, Diplomatic Passport
  • Fees: $55
  • Document Name: Passport
  • Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Interior
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All Nigerien passports share the following security features –
  • Under UV light on the photo page, the word Niger and a grain-head motif in bright blue are repeated
  • The national seal of Niger is in the center of each page in yellow green. Page numbers are encircled and shown sequentially above the seal.
  • Numerous short bright red and blue lines appear on all pages.
  • The passport stitching is bright blue when opened between pages 16 and 17
  • The outer passport color scheme is as follows
    • Regular – Deep green
    • Official – Deep blue
    • Diplomatic – Deep red
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Direction de la Surveillance du territoire (DST- Ministry of Interior)
  • Registration Criteria: Nigerien Citizenship (by presenting birth certificate or certificate of nationality)
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicant apply directly for regular passport- For Diplomatic and Official Passports applicants need a written authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: Old style passports were recalled and replaced in early 1998. Niger recently centralized the issuance of all passports in a new control unit within the national police (DST). Previously, passports were issued by police departments and the Niger Embassies without approval from Niamey. Henceforth, those posts and missions may only accept applications and forward them to Niamey for approval and issuance.
  • Other Documents Available: N/A
Other Records

Post Contact Information

  • Post Title: Embassy
  • Address:
    • Phsyical Address - Avenue des Ambassades, Niamey
    • Mailing Address - B.P. 112201 Niamey, Niger
  • Phone Number: Tel: (227) 72-26-61/2/3/4, Fax: (227) 73-31-67
  • Email: usemb@intnet.ne.
  • Visa Services: All visa categories for Niger
  • Comments / Additional Information
Visa Issuing Posts

Niamey, Niger (Embassy)

Address:
Avenue des Ambassades

Mailing Address:
B.P. 112201 Niamey, Niger

Tel: (227) 72-26-61/2/3/4

Fax: (227) 73-31-67

E-mail: usemb@intnet.ne.

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Niger.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 483-4224 (202) 483-3169

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Niamey
Rue des Ambassades, P.O. Box 11 201
Niamey, Niger Republic
Telephone
+(227) 20-72-26-61
Emergency
+(227) 20-72-31-41 or 99-49-90-66
Fax
No Fax
Niger Country Map

Learn about your destination
Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Niger
Republic of Niger
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

Two pages are required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

Yellow fever vaccination required

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Niamey

Rue des Ambassades, P.O. Box 11 201
Niamey, Niger Republic

Telephone: +(227) 20-72-26-61

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(227) 20-72-31-41 or 99-49-90-66

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Niger for additional information on U.S. - Niger relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Niger’s website for the most current visa information.

A passport, visa, and proof of vaccination against yellow fever are required for entry into Niger. For additional immunization information, visit the CDC’s Health Information for Travelers to Niger.

Travelers from the United States should obtain a visa from the Embassy of Niger before arriving in Niger. Failure to do so could result in being denied entry to Niger. Travelers should obtain the latest information on entry/exit requirements from the Embassy of the Republic of Niger, located at 2204 R Street NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone: (202) 483-4224.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Niger.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Travelers to Niger are urged to exercise extreme caution due to the risk of terror attacks and kidnapping threats against Westerners. U.S. citizens should reduce exposure to locations frequented by Westerners such as restaurants and nightclubs. Visitors are urged to stay in hotels with armed Nigerien security presence.

Due to security threats, the U.S. Embassy restricts the travel of U.S. government employees and official visitors outside of Niamey. These restrictions may limit the ability of the U.S. Embassy to assist visitors in these areas.

The border region with Mali continues to be of specific concern. There are frequent and ongoing reports of terrorists and affiliates crossing into and through Niger from Mali. A U.S. citizen was kidnapped from the area in October 2016.

Niger’s southeastern border with Nigeria and east of Maradi are poorly controlled. Boko Haram and several factions affiliated with ISIS have conducted cross-border attacks into Niger. The government of Niger has increased its security forces in the border areas, but the situation remains unstable and travel is not advised.

For travel in any remote area of the country, the Department of State urges travelers to use guides and to travel with a minimum of two vehicles equipped with global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite phones.

Crime: Thefts and petty crimes are common day or night. Tourists should not walk alone in Niger, but areas in Niamey near the Gaweye Hotel, the National Museum, the Petit Marché, and on or near the Kennedy Bridge are of particular concern. In general, walking at night is not recommended.

Counterfeit and pirated goods are available, but transactions involving such products may be illegal under local law. Carrying them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines.

See the  Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. There is no local equivalent to a “911” emergency line in Niger. U.S. citizens can try calling local police by dialing “17” on Nigerien phones or +227-20-72-25-53, but calls to these numbers often go unanswered, especially outside of normal working hours. The Embassy highly recommends hiring guards for your residence if you are planning to live in Niger.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There is strong societal stigma against same-sex sexual activity in Niger, but no laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual activity in general. The law states, however, that an “unnatural act” with a person of the same sex who is under 21 is punishable by six months to three years in prison and a fine of between 10,000 and 100,000 CFA francs ($16-$160).

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Dress restrictions: Local culture and Islamic tradition encourage conservative dress for both men and women. There have been incidents of groups of men assaulting women who appear to be African and who are wearing clothing other than traditional garments.

Photography restrictions: Tourists are free to take pictures anywhere in Niger, except near military installations, radio and television stations, the Presidential Palace, airports, or diplomatic facilities. Tourists should not photograph military or police personnel, or political or student demonstrations, and should seek prior permission before taking a close-up “portrait” photo of an individual.

Currency regulations: Niger shares the West African Franc (CFA) with several other West African countries. It is fully convertible into dollars. Foreign currency exchange over 1 million CFA (about $1,600 at an exchange rate of about 600 CFA/$1) requires authorization from the Ministry of Finance (forms available from all major banks).

Telephone service: Due to poor line quality, callers often experience delays in getting a telephone line, and faxes are often unclear. Service quality is generally better with cellular service, which is available from multiple providers in urban areas. Connections between cell phones and land lines are often poor quality and may fail to connect at all.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Nigerien law mandates that the state provide for persons with physical and mental disabilities, but there are no specific regulations mandating accessibility to buildings, transportation, and communication for those with special needs. There is extremely limited accessibility to public transportation, road crossings, taxis, restaurants, cafes, bars, and other tourist spots.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Niger is punishable by a fine and jail sentence. Ethnic and regional disparities remain which are detrimental to the Tillabéri, the urban community of Niamey and Diffa, and the western part of Niger. Forced marriage or marriage without the consent of one or both parties still happens in Niger, and victims are often minor girls between the ages of 15-18. Women have limited access to education and employment.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Health and emergency services are extremely limited in Niamey, and completely inadequate outside the capital. Air quality is poor in Niamey. Travelers with respiratory conditions are cautioned that they may experience worsening symptoms in Niger.

Documentation of yellow fever vaccination is required for those over nine months of age upon arrival in Ghana.

Mosquito borne illnesses such as malaria are the leading cause of dealth in Niger. Documentation of yellow fever immunization is required for travelers prior to arrival in Niger. Zika virus is a risk in Niger. Because Zika infection in a pregnant woman can cause birth defects;  pregnant women should not visit Niger. All travelers should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to Zika during and after the trip.

Diarrheal illness is quite prevalent, even in cities and luxury accommodations.  Tap water is not potable.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.   See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Niger to ensure the medication is legal in Niger. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevelant in Niger:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Road safety throughout Niger is a concern. Travel outside Niamey and other cities often requires four-wheel-drive vehicles. Driving at night is always hazardous and should be avoided. There have been occasional car-jackings and highway robberies throughout the country.

The main causes of accidents are driver carelessness, excessive speed, poorly maintained vehicles, and poor to non-existent road surfaces. Urban traffic includes bicycles, pedestrians, livestock, donkey carts, and hand carts as well motor vehicles. Overloaded trucks, buses, and other vehicles are common everywhere. Disabled vehicles are generally repaired in place, often partially blocking traffic lanes.

Police checkpoints are common both in cities and on rural roads. On rural roads, police will check for license, registration, proof of insurance, and destination.

Traffic signals in Niamey often do not work properly. Traffic signs are often missing, damaged, or obscured.

Traffic Laws:  All drivers must have either a valid Nigerien or international driver’s license. Local liability insurance is required for all vehicles. Traffic laws are based on the French system. Unless marked otherwise, at traffic circles and intersections, traffic must yield to vehicles entering from the right.

Headlights should not be used during the day. Except in emergencies, only police and military vehicles are allowed to use headlights during daylight hours. Horns should not be used after dark.

Drivers are required to pull over for: official motorcades or military convoys with headlights on, public emergency vehicles with sirens on, and funeral processions.

Accidents involving minor damage (“fender benders”) generally only require an exchange of insurance information. However, accidents involving more serious damage or injuries, or where there is any dispute over insurance or who is at fault, will require police involvement. In any accident where the police are involved, vehicles should not be moved before the police arrive.

Public Transportation: While taxis are available at a fixed fare in Niamey, most are in poor condition and do not meet basic U.S. road safety standards. Inter-city “bush-taxis” are available at negotiable fares, but these vehicles (minibuses, station wagons, and sedans) are generally older, unsafe models that are overloaded, poorly maintained, and driven by reckless operators seeking to save time and money.

A national bus company (SNTV) operates coaches on inter-city routes and, since being reorganized in 2001, has provided reliable service and has experienced no major accidents. Air Transport, Rimbo, and Garba Messagé are private bus companies operating in Niger. There is some concern regarding the youth of drivers and the speed with which the private buses travel the Nigerien roads.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Niger, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Niger’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Niamey

Rue des Ambassades, P.O. Box 11 201
Niamey, Niger Republic

Telephone: +(227) 20-72-26-61

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(227) 20-72-31-41 or 99-49-90-66

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Niger, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Niger.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

Niger is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Niger and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.   Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Niger and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State 
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
CA/OCS/CI 
SA-17, 9th Floor 
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

Parental child abduction is not a crime in Niger.  

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Niger and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.   Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Niger for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Niger are authorized to provide legal advice.

The U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger posts list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

U.S. Department of State is not aware of any government agencies or non-governmental organizations that offer mediation programs.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Niger is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

PLEASE NOTE: Nigerien law does not technically permit adoptions by couples with biological children. The Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant(DPE) may review a longstanding policy of granting exceptions in the future.

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Who Can Adopt

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Niger, you must meet eligibility and suitability requirements. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines Who Can Adopt under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of orphan under U.S. law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States on an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa. 

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the following requirements in order to adopt a child from Niger:

  • RESIDENCY: None.
  • AGE OF ADOPTING PARENTS:  According to Nigerien law, one prospective adoptive parent must be at least 35 years of age.
  • MARRIAGE: According to Nigerien law, the prospective adoptive parents must be married for a minimum of 10 years.
  • INCOME: Prospective adoptive parents have to submit proof of income.
  • OTHER: None.
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Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Niger has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption: 

  • RELINQUISHMENT: None
  • ABANDONMENT: Any child whose parents cannot be found.
  • AGE OF ADOPTIVE CHILD: None.
  • SIBLING ADOPTIONS: None.
  • SPECIAL NEEDS OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS: None.
  • WAITING PERIOD OR FOSTER CARE: None.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children's homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children's home due to financial or other hardship, with the intention of returning for the child when they are able to do so.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) rarely would have relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)'s adoption.

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How to Adopt

NIGER'S ADOPTION AUTHORITY

Ministère de la Population, de la Promotion de la Femme et de la Protection de l'Enfant, Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant (Ministry of Population, Promotion of Women, and Protection of Children, Department of Child Protection) and Ministère de la Justice et Garde Des Sceaux(Ministry of Justice and Keeper of the Seals)

THE PROCESS

The process for adopting a child from Niger generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Adopt or gain legal custody of the child in Niger
  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  6. Bring Your Child Home
  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider

    The recommended first step in adopting a child from Niger is to decide whether or not to use a licensed adoption service provider in the United States that can help you with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate. The Department of State provides information on selecting an adoption service provider on its website.

    The sole agency authorized to handle adoptions in Niger is the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant,the Nigerien government entity cited above. However, this agency prefers that prospective adoptive parents work with an attorney who understands local law.

    Although not required by Nigerien law, prospective adoptive parent(s) should consider hiring a local attorney to handle their case. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of attorneys known to work with U.S. citizens. This list does not imply an endorsement of specific attorneys by the Embassy.


  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt

    In order to adopt a child from Niger; you will need to meet the requirements of the Government of Niger and U.S. immigration law. You must submit an application to be found eligible to adopt with the Direction de la Protection de l’Enfant of Niger.

    There is no specific application form for an adoption. Prospective adoptive parents should submit an application package including all items found in the ”Documents Required” section of Adopt or Gain Legal Custody of Child in Niger below.

    You may also file an I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition with U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to be found eligible and suitable to adopt. 

  3. Be Matched with a Child 

    If you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority or other authorized entity in Niger will provide you with a referral.  Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of and provide a permanent home for a particular child.   

    The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Niger requirements, as described in the Who Can Be Adopted section. The child must also meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law. 

  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Niger

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Niger generally includes the following:

    • ROLE OF THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY: The Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant receives and processes requests for adoption then passes them on to the Ministry of Justice.
    • ROLE OF THE COURT: Court rules on the adoption request with an adoption decree.

    • ROLE OF ADOPTION AGENCIES: The Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant is the only agency authorized to handle adoptions; therefore, U.S. adoption agencies or the local attorney representing the prospective adoptive parents act as intermediaries between prospective adopting parents and the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant.
    • ADOPTION APPLICATION: The prospective adoptive parent(s) must submit the documents listed below under "Documentary Requirements" to the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant at the Ministry of Population, Promotion of Women, and Protection of Children. For adoptions pursued from abroad, the prospective adoptive parents are expected, but not required, to hire a local attorney to represent them.

      Upon receipt of a request from prospective adoptive parents, the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant reviews the file. After ensuring it is complete and fulfills the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant's requirements, the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant forwards the case to the President of the Tribunal de la Justice for a hearing.

      The President of the Tribunal may direct a social worker to review the home study ("social survey") contained in the file. If the parents are adopting from overseas, a home study performed to meet the requirements of their country of residence will be sufficient (in the case of U.S. families, the I-600A home study), but must be accompanied by a French translation.

      Once the review of the file is complete, the greffier (court clerk) at the Tribunal schedules a hearing before the President of the Tribunal for the prospective adoptive parents. The President of the Tribunal sends a copy of the case file to the Procurer Général (District Attorney) and requests that office to direct a huissier (process server) to notify the prospective parents or their representative of the hearing date. This is the point at which the prospective adoptive parents must travel from the U.S. to Niger.

      Unless the hearing reveals a documentary omission or other problems (depending on the individual case) the President of the Tribunal may issue the formal custody decree at that time. After a two-month waiting period, during which the child may not leave Niger, the adoption becomes final and the adoptive parents can then proceed with obtaining a birth certificate for the child at the Etat Civil office at the Hotel de Ville (City Hall).
    • TIME FRAME: According to Nigerien authorities, the procedures as outlined above, takes one to three months. However, experience has been that the Nigerien government generally takes six months to a year to process an adoption case.
    • ADOPTION FEES: Adoption fees vary from attorney to attorney and may include service fee for application filing, passport and birth certificate application, court fees etc. The U.S. Embassy in Niger discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted, "donations," or "expediting" fees, that may be requested from prospective adoptive parents. Such fees have the appearance of "buying" a baby and put all future adoptions in Niger at risk.
    • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:
      • A handwritten request/cover letter for the documents listed below delivered by the lawyer to the Direction de la Protection de l'Enfant at the Ministry of Social Development, signed by prospective adoptive parents;
      • Marriage certificate of the prospective adoptive parents;
      • Birth certificates of the prospective adoptive parents;
      • Medical examination certificates for the prospective adoptive parents. Although any qualified physician can do the exam, the results/report must be in French; [translation of the medical report is accepted]
      • Psychological evaluation of each of the prospective adoptive parents in French;
      • Two photographs (b/w or color, any size) of the each of prospective adoptive parents;
      • Sterility certificate for at least one prospective adoptive parent, if applicable. If neither is sterile, the prospective parents must state in the cover letter why they want to adopt a child;
      • Nigerien police record for prospective adoptive parents is required for any time spent in Niger. According to Nigerien authorities, police records are not required from other countries where the prospective adoptive parents have lived. Valid for three months, the Nigerien police records must be renewed for any additional time the prospective parents spend in Niger . Foreigners in Niger can obtain police records at the Cour d'Appel in either Niamey or Zinder as appropriate. There is a fee. (about US $10)
      • Monthly or annual earnings statement;
      • If the prospective adoptive parents (regardless of nationality) are resident in Niger, a certification of social survey ("home study") performed by a Nigerien social worker;
      • A copy of the home study submitted to USCIS professionally translated into French will suffice. However, it must include a psychological evaluation of the parents.
      • Nationality certificates or passports of prospective parents;
      • NOTE: The only document the Embassy is in a position to issue is a letter stating such a child will be issued an immigrant visa if the Consul is satisfied the adoption was carried out in conformity with Niger laws and that the requirements of U.S. immigration law have been met.);

      NOTE: Additional documents may be requested.

    • Authentication of Documents: You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. If so, the Department of State, Authentications Office may be able to assist.

  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption

    After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Niger, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must determine whether the child meets the definition of orphan under U.S. law.  You will need to file a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative.

  6. Bring Your Child Home: Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:
    • Birth Certificate 
      If you have finalized the adoption in Niger, you will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child.  Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

      If you have been granted custody for the purpose of adopting the child in the United States, the birth certificate you obtain will, in most cases, not yet include your name.

      After a two-month waiting period, during which the child may not leave Niger, the adoption becomes final and the adoptive parents can then proceed with obtaining a birth certificate for the child at the Etat Civil office at the Hotel de Ville (City Hall).

    • Nigerien Passport
      Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Niger.

      Some Nigerien authorities have taken the view that, once a Nigerien child has been adopted by a foreign couple, s/he no longer has Nigerien nationality under Nigerien law and thus is entitled only to a single-sheet temporary passport as a one-time travel document. The Nigerien passport office at the Direction Surveillance du Territoire at the Ministry of Interior, however, routinely issues Nigerien passports to children adopted by parents of various nationalities, and would do the same for those adopted by Americans. Using the Nigerien birth certificate listing them as the parents, the adoptive parents must submit the passport application through their attorney, but pay only the normal passport issuance fee. Depending on your attorney a service fee may be included in the attorney fees.

    • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
      After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child and you have filed Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, you then need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Niamey. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.  As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the Panel Physician's medical report on the child.  

      You can find instructions for applying for an immigrant visa on Embassy Niamey's website.

      Important Note Regarding the Home Study:  Prospective adoptive parents resident in Niger who plan to apply for an immigrant visa for an orphan (immigrant visa category IR-3 or IR-4), must be certain that the home study performed to fulfill Nigerien requirements also meets the more rigorous requirements of U.S. immigration law.

      Immigrant visa interviews are on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 1300H to 1600H.  For an appointment please call (227) 722 661/2/3/4.

      NOTE: Visa issuance after the final interview now generally takes at least 24 hours, and it will not normally be possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the day of the interview. Adoptive parents should verify current processing times at the appropriate consulate or embassy before making final travel arrangements.

CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child's entry into the United States: A child will acquire U.S. citizenship upon entry into the United States if the adoption was finalized prior to entry and the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000
                                                                                         
For adoptions finalized after the child's entry into the United States: An adoption will need to be completed following your child's entry into the United States for the child to acquire U.S. citizenship. 

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.  Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.  

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

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Traveling Abroad

APPLYING FOR YOUR U.S. PASSPORT

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Niger. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print-all in one place.

OBTAINING YOUR VISA

In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Niger, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information.

STAYING SAFE ON YOUR TRIP

Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

STAYING IN TOUCH ON YOUR TRIP

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Niger registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

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After Adoption

Nigerien Government Follow-Up: Nigerien officials may claim that the prospective adoptive parents must sign an agreement to pay for Nigerien social workers to travel and visit the family every two years until the adopted child reaches majority. This is not an actual Nigerien legal requirement. In practice, Nigerien authorities have accepted a letter from the social service agency with jurisdiction over the prospective parents' place of residence in the U.S. that it will monitor the child's post-adoption development.

We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of Niger and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that country's history of positive experiences with American parents.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption.  There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin.  Take advantage of all the resources available to your family,whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. 

Here are some places to start your support group search:

Note:  Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents. 

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Niger 
Rue des Ambassades, BP 11201
Niamey, Niger,
Tel. (227) 72-26-61
Fax. (227) 73-31-67
Email: consulateniamey@state.gov
Internet: ne.usembassy.gov/ 

Niger's Adoption Authority 

Centre d'Accueil des enfants en difficulté familiale
Direction de la protection de l'enfant,
Ministère du Développement Social, de la Population, de la Promotion de la Femme et de la Protection de l'Enfant
BP 11386
Niamey, Niger
Tel: 011-(227)-73-30-68

Embassy of Niger 
2204 R. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel. (202) 483-4224
Fax. (202) 483-3169

Niger also has a mission to the United Nations in New York, but it does not handle consular issues, including those related to adoptions.

Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov
Internet: http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1 None One 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 3 Months
C-3 None One 3 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 12 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 12 Months
F-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I $6.00 Multiple 3 Months
J-1 4 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
M-2 $6.00 Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: « Extrait d'acte de naissance » or « Jugement Supplétif d’Acte de Naissance »
  • Issuing Authority:
    • Niamey, Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder, Diffa, Tillabery, Dosso, Agadez – Mairies, Services d’Etat Civil
    • Any other location – Sous prefecture where the birth was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Responsable d’Etat Civil” or Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Report of birth and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area of Niger they were born in.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: Jugement Supplétif d’Acte de Naissance
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments:

 

Death Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: “Certificat de décès »
  • Issuing Authority: Morgues:
    • Niamey, Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder – Mairies, Service d’Etat Civil
    • Any other location – Sousprefecture where the birth was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Responsable d’Etat Civil” or Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Report of death and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area where death took place. Written requests must include the date and place of death.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: « Jugement supplétif d’acte de décès » 
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 
Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $9
  • Document Name: Extrait d'acte de mariage
  • Issuing Authority:
    • Niamey, Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder – Mairie, Service d’Etat Civil
    • Any other location – Sous prefecture where the birth was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Responsable d’Etat Civil” or Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Consent by two parties and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area of Niger where the marriage took place.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: « Jugement supplétif d’acte de mariage »
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 

 

Divorce Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: Extrait d'acte de divorce
  • Issuing Authority:
    • Niamey - Tribunal, Palais de Justice
    • All other locations – Tribunal or the Sous prefecture where the divorce was recorded
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red and Blue
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Juge
  • Registration Criteria: Both parties consent and oath by two witnesses
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should submit the request to the issuing authority listed above for the area of Niger where the divorce was recorded.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: “Jugement suppletif d’acte de divorce”
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 
Adoption Certificates
  • Not Available
  • Comments: Adoptive parents must obtain a court ruling that the adoption conformed to all applicable laws.
  • Note: Except among Nigerien with European/occidental backgrounds, births, deaths, marriages and divorces are rarely officially recorded in Niger. These documents, however, can often be obtained by jugement suppletif (suppletive judgment) in a Niger court, upon oaths by two witnesses. 
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Identity Card

National ID Cards

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3
  • Document Name: Carte d’Identité Nationale
  • Issuing Authority: Niger National Police
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Agent de Police Nationale
  • Registration Criteria: Nigerien citizen (by presenting Birth certificate or Certificate of Nationality)
  • Procedure for Obtaining: without appointment to the nearest Police
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: Passport
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments:
Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

  • Available: Yes
  • Fees: $3 for Nigerien citizen born in Niger
  • $19 for Nigerien citizen born overseas
  • Document Name: Extrait de Casier Judicaire
  • Issuing Authority: Palais de justice and Cour d’Appel, Niamey
    • Nigerien residents and all former residents of Niamey - Palais de Justice, Niamey
    • Nigeriens born or resident in Tillaberry, Diffa, Konni, or Arlit – Sections de Tribunal serving their jurisdiction.
    • Nigeriens born outside Niger, foreigners resident or formerly resident – Cour d’Appel, Niamey
    • Nigeriens resident or formerly resident elsewhere in Niger – Tribunal Regional with jurisdiction over their place of birth.
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue and Red
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Greffier en Chef
  • Registration Criteria: Resident or Nigerien Citizen (by presenting copy of ID or Birth certificate or Certificate of Nationality or residency)
  • Procedure for Obtaining:
    • Nigerien residents and all former residents of Niamey – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the Palais de Justice, Niamey.
    • Nigeriens born or resident in Tillaberry, Diffa, Konni, or Arlit – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the subordinate Sections de Tribunal serving their jurisdiction.
    • Nigeriens born outside Niger, foreigners resident or formerly resident – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the Cour d’Appel, Niamey. Written requests from Nigeriens must include the applicant’s birth certificate. Requests from foreigners must be accompanied by a copy of their passport. UEMOA countries in West Africa can use their national identity card instead. Written requests from overseas must have their identity document certified at a Nigerien diplomatic mission
    • Nigeriens resident or formerly resident elsewhere in Niger – Applicants should contact the Greffier en Chef at the Tribunal Regional with jurisdiction over their place of birth.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: 

 

Prison Records

  • Available: Yes
  • Comments:  Included in Extrait du Casier Judiciare. Please see Police Certificate for more information.

 

Court Records

  • Not Available
Military Records
  • Available Yes
  • Fees: No Fee
  • Document Name: Livret individuel de service militaire
  • Issuing Authority: Etat-Major de FAN
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: No Seal
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chef d’Etat Major des Armées
  • Registration Criteria: Nigerien Military
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact Etat-Major de FAN, 3eme Bureau – R.S.N., Niamey.
  • Certified Copies Available: Yes
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: Honorable discharge certificates from the Republican Guard are available by writing to the Garde Republicaine, Niamey.
Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

  • Available: Yes: Regular, Official, Diplomatic Passport
  • Fees: $55
  • Document Name: Passport
  • Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Interior
  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All Nigerien passports share the following security features –
  • Under UV light on the photo page, the word Niger and a grain-head motif in bright blue are repeated
  • The national seal of Niger is in the center of each page in yellow green. Page numbers are encircled and shown sequentially above the seal.
  • Numerous short bright red and blue lines appear on all pages.
  • The passport stitching is bright blue when opened between pages 16 and 17
  • The outer passport color scheme is as follows
    • Regular – Deep green
    • Official – Deep blue
    • Diplomatic – Deep red
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Direction de la Surveillance du territoire (DST- Ministry of Interior)
  • Registration Criteria: Nigerien Citizenship (by presenting birth certificate or certificate of nationality)
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Applicant apply directly for regular passport- For Diplomatic and Official Passports applicants need a written authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: N/A
  • Comments: Old style passports were recalled and replaced in early 1998. Niger recently centralized the issuance of all passports in a new control unit within the national police (DST). Previously, passports were issued by police departments and the Niger Embassies without approval from Niamey. Henceforth, those posts and missions may only accept applications and forward them to Niamey for approval and issuance.
  • Other Documents Available: N/A
Other Records

Post Contact Information

  • Post Title: Embassy
  • Address:
    • Phsyical Address - Avenue des Ambassades, Niamey
    • Mailing Address - B.P. 112201 Niamey, Niger
  • Phone Number: Tel: (227) 72-26-61/2/3/4, Fax: (227) 73-31-67
  • Email: usemb@intnet.ne.
  • Visa Services: All visa categories for Niger
  • Comments / Additional Information
Visa Issuing Posts

Niamey, Niger (Embassy)

Address:
Avenue des Ambassades

Mailing Address:
B.P. 112201 Niamey, Niger

Tel: (227) 72-26-61/2/3/4

Fax: (227) 73-31-67

E-mail: usemb@intnet.ne.

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Niger.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 483-4224 (202) 483-3169

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Niamey
Rue des Ambassades, P.O. Box 11 201
Niamey, Niger Republic
Telephone
+(227) 20-72-26-61
Emergency
+(227) 20-72-31-41 or 99-49-90-66
Fax
No Fax
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.