Nonimmigrant 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.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Freetown is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to .
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Sierra Leone: Call +232 99 1055 00 ext 5085, 5082 and 5080.
    • Callers in the United States: Call 011 232 99 1055 00.


The following items are not permitted on the premises of the United States Embassy

Weapons of any kind or size, sharp metal or glass objects, razor blades, liquids, bottles, powdery substances, umbrellas and electronic or battery-operated equipment (including cell phones, radios, tape recorders, cameras, personal digital assistants, computers). If you have any of these items, you will not be permitted to enter the facility.