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.
- DNA appointments remain suspended and you will be notified when your appointment is scheduled.
- Routine non-immigrant visa services are suspended.
- Immigrant visa appointments have resumed. For more information, visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/lr/index.html.
- For information on the rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html. If you need additional information, visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/lr/index.html.
- If you have already had one immigrant visa interview, you may now schedule a follow-up interview Please do not schedule a follow-up appointment if you do not have ALL of the documents needed or if you have not performed ALL of the following steps. In addition to the items noted on your 221(g) refusal letter, you will need the following items in order to make a follow-up appointment:
- You must ensure that all of your documents and application requirements are up-to-date prior to your appointment:
- 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 www.ceac.state.gov.
- If it has been over six months since your last medical examination, you will need to get a new medical examination (https://lr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/panel-physicians/).
- If your police certificate was issued over one year 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.
- Ensure that your passport has at least six months validity remaining.
- 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.
- 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 that they are uploaded in the CEAC system.
- 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.
- Once you have ALL of the missing or requested documents and are ready for submission, please schedule a follow-up (221(g)) appointment at www.ustraveldocs.com/lr. Your account/invoice number is your MRV case number.
- If your case is an electronic case you MUST upload the documents to your case prior to appear for your appointment, and you MUST also bring the original documents to your appointment (ceac.state.gov).
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.
What is a Visa?
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:
Customer Service Statement
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 https://travel.state.gov.
- 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.