Information for visa applicants in view of novel coronavirus: 

  • Routine services for U.S. citizens have resumed. Visit the U.S. Citizen Services section of this website for details on services and appointment information.
  • A limited number of DNA appointments are being scheduled. You will be contacted if your case can be scheduled.
  • A limited number of routine non-immigrant visa appointments are being seen, including students and B1B2s.
  • Immigrant visa appointments for all visa classes have resumed.
  • Visit for visa appointment information.
  • The embassy or consulate will notify immigrant visa applicants once their initial interview has been scheduled according to local conditions. We request that applicants come fully prepared for their interview as advised by the National Visa Center and the consular section. Unprepared applicants require longer interviews and additional processing, which in turn reduces the number of interviews we can do.  Being prepared will help us reduce the backlog faster and improve applicant response time.
  • If you have already had one immigrant visa interview or if you failed to appear for your scheduled interview appointment, you may now schedule a follow-up interview appointment (also called a 221(g) appointment) at Your account/invoice number is your MRV case number. After you have scheduled a confirmed follow-up appointment, you must perform ALL of the following steps.  Note that, in addition to the items noted on your 221(g) refusal letter, you will need the following items for your follow-up appointment: 
  1. You must ensure that all of your documents and application requirements are up-to-date.  We do not encourage you to update time-sensitive documents, such as the medical examination form, until you have a confirmed appointment.
  2. If your initial interview was over one year ago, your DS-260 has probably expired.  You may need to submit a new one in the CEAC system at  
  3. If it has been over six months since your last medical examination, you will need to get a new medical examination ( 
  4. If your police certificate was issued over two years ago or if you turned 16 since your last interview, you will need to obtain a new police certificate, upload it to CEAC, and bring the original document with you to the appointment. 
  5. Ensure that your passport has at least six months validity remaining. 
  6. If, during your prior interview or follow-up appointment, the Consular officer instructed you to submit additional documentation, follow the instructions the Consular officer gave you at that time. 
  7. It is always best to bring your original civil documents (such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate) with you to your appointment and ensure those documents are uploaded in the CEAC system. 
  8. Bring proof of your relationship with your petitioner with you to the interview.  This can include photographs together, communication records, and any other evidence that demonstrates you have a relationship.
  9. If your case is an electronic case, you MUST upload your documents to your case at
  10. You MUST also bring the original documents to your appointment.   

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To ask a customer service representative about visa issues, please contact the U.S. Visa Information Service for Liberia by one of the following methods:

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.