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Ethiopia - Apply for Refugee Visa

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The Refugee Visa is issued to persons fleeing the dangers of persecution, a war or a natural disaster.


People resettled in Ethiopia as refugees or who have been granted asylum can apply for their spouse or minors and it should be within two (2) years. Those adjusted to permanent resident after previously having had the status of refugee or asylum

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  • Beneficiaries must meet the normal standards for refugees regarding excludability.
  • Applicant must have received his / her status through adjudication not derivative basis.
  • Should be filled within two years.
  • Beneficiaries are spouse, children under 18 and even if not married.
  • Asylum seekers must prove that they have a well-founded fear of future persecution for instance based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and/or political opinion.;
  • The persecution must either be carried out by the government or a group the government cannot control.
  • A person who is granted political asylum may remain in the Ethiopia indefinitely and may apply for permanent residence after one year;
  • Dependants above eighteen (18) years apply independently;
  • Conform to all laws and regulations of the country;
  • Conform to all measures taken for the maintenance of public order;
  • Should not engage in activities which may endanger state security, harm public interest or disrupt public order;
  • Should not engage in any political activities;
  • Should not undertake any activities against another country;
  • If engaged in gainful employment, one is obliged to pay taxes accordingly.

Required Information

  • Detailed information of applicant;
  • Contact address
  • Date of birth of applicant
  • Relationship details with beneficiary
  • Details of beneficiary
  • Age of beneficiary
  • Nationality


  • Applicant files a refugee / asylee relative petition along with documents verifying relationship for instance marriage certificates and birth certificates;
  • Documents are viewed by the authorized office to confirm relationships and eligibility;
  • After viewing documents are either approved or rejected;
  • If approved, the application is then forwarded to the immigration office or appropriate embassy.
  • Beneficiaries are interviewed to verify identity.

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Required Documents

  • Identification cards
  • Marriage certificates
  • Birth certificates


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It is usually one (1) year then renewed.

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

The process could take about a month or more.

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PO Box 393, Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: 00251115517345, 514300


Immigration Services and National Affairs in Ethiopia

Public Relation & Documentation Service

Mr. Asefa Alemayehu

P.O.Box: 1028 Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Tel. +251 (0) 11 5543363

Fax. +251 (0) 11 5503974

Email. /

Web Master Tel. +251 (011) 1241265

For American Citizen service.

U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia American Embassy

Entoto Road Addis Ababa

Tel: (251-11) 130-6000

Fax: (251-11) 124-24-35

Email: Adoption Unit


American Citizens Services are available from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. M-F, and from 1 p.m. to 4

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Information which might help

Refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. For the legal definition of refugee,

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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