Visas

Important Note for Current and Future Visa Applicants

The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Accra continues to operate with reduced in-person staffing and is scheduling a limited number of visa appointments for qualifying applicants. The consular section is processing a limited number of Immigrant Visa (IV) applications according to priority date and presidential proclamations for spouses and children of U.S. citizens, essential workers, and returning residents, along with a limited number of emergency Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications.

If you have an upcoming appointment at U.S. Embassy Accra, please watch this video to learn about health protocols that will keep us all safe during your visit: https://youtu.be/oWkvaeOPu_E.

If you have an urgent need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance here (for NIV requests) or here (for IV requests) to request an emergency appointment. Please understand that the consular section is only able to approve those requests that qualify under established priority and emergency criteria, to include categories of medical professionals, students , essential workers, and those in exceptional humanitarian need.

Interview appointments for other visa categories, including routine B1/B2 interview appointments, remain suspended. We understand that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. The validity of your nonimmigrant visa payment (known as the MRV fee) has been extended until September 30, 2022 to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment the opportunity to schedule and attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed here.

Lawful Permanent Residents are not subject to any Presidential Proclamations restricting travel and may return to the United States from Ghana, provided you have not abandoned your permanent resident status.  Further information on international travel as a permanent resident can be found the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services page.

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 usvisas.state.gov 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.).

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 http://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.