Immigrant Visas

Important Note: As of September 11, 2017, the United States has discontinued issuance of certain nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) in Sierra Leone.  Specifically, B nonimmigrant visas (including B1, B2, and B1/B2 visas) to all Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation officials and immigration officials of Sierra Leone applying in Freetown, subject to limited exceptions. This action was taken pursuant to section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Visa applications submitted before September 11, 2017, but not yet issued, will be subject to the discontinuation. Should an individual subject to the Secretary’s order submit a visa application after September 11, 2017, the consular section will proceed with an interview. However, a consular officer will not be able to issue a visa to applicants subject to the Secretary’s order until visa issuance is resumed.  Visas that have not expired will continue to be valid.  For more information, please open this link.

Other classes of nonimmigrant visas, and all classes of immigrant visas are no longer subject to 243(d) sanctions as of March 31, 2021. The US Embassy will begin contacting eligible applicants who have completed their interviews, in order, with information about how to proceed with their cases now that sanctions have been reduced. If you received notification at your interview that your application was subject to 243(d) sanctions, please wait for a contact from the consular section with instructions on the next steps for your case. We ask for your patience as we process the hundreds of affected cases.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Sierra Leone at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas