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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Where can I get more information about immigrant visas, the Diversity Visa lottery, or the National Visa Center (NVC)?

    Where can I get more information about immigrant visas, the Diversity Visa lottery, or the National Visa Center (NVC)?

    • The National Visa Center (NVC) processes petitions for immigrant visas.  Learn how the NVC operates, process petitions, and handles priority dates, as well as how to contact the NVC.

      The Diversity Visa Lottery Program page offers extensive information about the program's background, fraud warnings, checking entry status, notification of lottery selectees, qualifying occupations, and much more.

      The Kentucky Consular Center administers the Diversity Visa Lottery and notifies selectees of their status.

      Our Interview Preparation guide details everything you need to do before your visa interview, from NVC notification, to medical examinations, preparing required documents and photographs, to meeting Embassy guidelines and more.

      The Glossary of Visa Terms defines and explains how words are used in the visa and immigration process.
  • What is my “priority date” and how do I know when I can get an interview?

    What is my “priority date” and how do I know when I can get an interview?

    • Your “priority date” is the date your petition for an immigrant visa was filed. Because some visa categories are “limited” (meaning we can only issue a certain number of visas per year), you may have to wait a number of months or years before your case is eligible for a visa. When your case is eligible for a visa, your priority date is called “current.” The Department of State publishes the list of “current” priority dates every month in the Visa Bulletin.

  • When will I get an appointment?

    When will I get an appointment?

    • All immigrant visa appointments are scheduled by the National Visa Center (NVC). If NVC sent you a letter stating that your file is complete and has been sent to Monrovia for scheduling, please wait for an appointment letter to be sent to you. This can take several months, depending on the type of immigrant visa filed. You should expect to receive this appointment letter several weeks before your appointment.

      All diversity visa appointments are scheduled by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC).

      U.S. Embassy Monrovia CANNOT assist applicants unless their case has been scheduled for an appointment and forwarded by NVC or KCC. If you have questions regarding a case that has not yet been scheduled for an interview, please contact NVC or KCC directly.

  • Can I file an I-130 petition in Monrovia?

    Can I file an I-130 petition in Monrovia?

  • Where will the interview take place?

    Where will the interview take place?

    • All visa interviews for immigrant visas take place at the in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. The Consular Section is located at:

      U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Gate #1
      111 United Nations Drive
      Mamba Point
      Monrovia, Liberia

  • I’m not prepared for my DV interview, how do I request an extension or postponement?

    I’m not prepared for my DV interview, how do I request an extension or postponement?

    • Diversity Visa interview extensions or postponements can be requested at the time of the scheduled interview or via email. For more information on the process of requesting an extension or postponement, please refer to our Diversity Visa page.
  • Who must attend the interview? Do I need to bring all my children?

    Who must attend the interview? Do I need to bring all my children?

    • Any family members seeking to immigrate with you are required to attend the interview. Family members would have been listed on your visa application; please note that you are not required to bring family members listed on the application if they do not plan to immigrate. In general, your spouse and any children 18 years of age or under are eligible for derivative status and will need to attend the interview.

  • Does the petitioner need to come to the interview?

    Does the petitioner need to come to the interview?

    • Because of space restrictions, petitioners are NOT encouraged to attend the interview. However, a family member may come to aid elderly applicants or young children.

  • What documents do I need to bring?

    What documents do I need to bring?

    • All required documents are listed on the interview checklist provided by NVC or in the Embassy’s prior communications with you. Please note, however, that each case is different. Be sure to carefully review our Application Requirements before your interview. You are responsible for bringing all required ORIGINAL documents to your interview. 

      If you did not submit photographs to the NVC, as required, then you must take them with you to your immigrant visa interview. You must provide two identical color photographs. Review Photograph Requirements for size specifications and more information.

  • What items are not allowed at my interview?

    What items are not allowed at my interview?

    • For security reasons, you may not take any of the following items into the building: 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), food, drinks, or pre-mixed baby formula. There are no lockers available in which to store these items, so please plan accordingly.

  • How do I add a family member to my case?

    How do I add a family member to my case?

    • If you are inquiring about a new family member whom you wish to add to an approved petition filed with the NVC, please contact the NVC in writing, providing the petitioner's and beneficiary's names and dates of birth, case number, receipt number, and a copy of the birth certificate.  You can contact NVC via telephone at 1-603-334-0700. You may also inquire via fax at 1-603-334-0791 or via e-mail.

      For Diversity Visa entries, if you are inquiring about adding a family member who was NOT a family member at the time of your Diversity Visa entry, it can be done on the day of your interview at the U.S. Embassy. All normal DV fees apply for this family member. 

  • How do I book my medical exam?

    How do I book my medical exam?

    • Medical examinations must be booked directly with the Embassy’s approved doctors. The Embassy's approved doctors are each responsible for serving a segment of patients based upon their last name, as follows:

      Last Name..... Approved Doctor
      A-Kol............... Dr. Robert M. Kpoto
      Kom-S............. Dr. Lilly Sanvee 
      T-Z.................. Dr. Martha N. Zarway 

      For contact information and medical exam requirements, please review our Medical Exam information. 

  • Do I owe any money for the visas?

    Do I owe any money for the visas?

    • Most family and employment-based immigrant visa application fees are paid by the petitioner in the United States. When this is not done, the applicant should plan to pay on the day of his or her interview. 

      All Diversity Visa and fiancée applicants must pay the current application fees to the U.S. Embassy Monrovia on the day of the interview.

  • If I cancel, miss, or arrive late for my appointment, when will I be rescheduled?

    If I cancel, miss, or arrive late for my appointment, when will I be rescheduled?

    • Please e-mail us with your name, case number, and mailing address. We will send a new appointment letter to the email address and/or mailing address provided. You will receive the next available appointment date, generally three to four months from today.

  • Can I pick up the visa the same day?

    Can I pick up the visa the same day?

    • Because of the administrative processing associated with visa issuance, it is not possible to issue visas on the same day of the interview. Instead, most immigrant visas will be available for pick up at 3:00 p.m., one week after the interview. Because delays can occur, we advise all applicants NOT to make any travel plans until you have physically have picked up your visa.

  • How do I inquire about my DNA test?

    How do I inquire about my DNA test?

    • Those applicants choosing to conduct DNA testing will be notified by telephone within two weeks after their kit arrives at the Embassy. Those applicants who have completed the DNA process will be notified via telephone within three weeks after the DNA results have arrived at the Embassy. We encourage applicants to be patient and to wait for the Embassy to contact you regarding your case.

      If your DNA kit was delivered more than two weeks ago or your DNA results have been received more than three weeks ago, email us with your name, case number, and specific question and someone will respond to your inquiry at our earliest convenience. Please note that due to the large volume of email correspondence, Embassy responses may be delayed.

  • I have sent multiple inquiries, but have not gotten a response. Why?

    I have sent multiple inquiries, but have not gotten a response. Why?

    • Our Immigrant Visa Unit receives hundreds of inquiries every month. In order to serve applicants faster, we do not respond to inquiries requesting confirmation of receipt of documents or faxes. We work hard to respond to email as quickly as possible, but we may require extra time to give you a complete answer.  If you have not received an answer with seven business days, feel free to send your inquiry again.

  • How do I check the status of my waiver?

    How do I check the status of my waiver?

    • The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) adjudicates all waivers. You may contact the local DHS/USCIS office in Accra, Ghana, to inquire about your case status. The office can be reached at (+233) 21-741-646 or (+233) 21-741-561 or c/o U.S. Embassy, P.O. Box 194, 24 Fourth Circular Road, Accra, Ghana.

      U.S. Embassy Monrovia does not have any role in adjudicating waivers. Please do not contact us regarding the status of these cases.

  • Can I come to the Embassy to inquire about my case?

    Can I come to the Embassy to inquire about my case?

    • Due to the tight consular schedule, applicants should not come to the Embassy to inquire about the status of visa cases.  Instead, applicants should contact us via email. Please be sure to include your full name and case number, if known, in all correspondence.

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