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 Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications for students, temporary workers, and emergency medical care.
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 students, workers, and those in exceptional humanitarian need. Requests for routine business, tourism, or family visitation travel are not being considered for emergency appointments at this time.
Students (F, J, M) and temporary workers (C1/D, H, L, O, P, R) whose start date (not “earliest entry date”) is within 45 days should submit an expedite request via USTravelDocs.com if there are no other available appointments. We ask that students and workers whose start date is not within 45 days take the next available appointment and to monitor the calendar for increased availability before the authorized start date.
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.
Information on international travel as a permanent resident can be found the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services page.
Read here for details on the current status of immigrant visa processing at our embassies and consulates around the world.
Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak,” was rescinded on February 24, 2021. Read here on how it may affect your visa application.
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.).
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 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.