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Nonimmigrant Visas

Welcome to the Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) Section!

Only persons with a government-issued form of photo identification will be admitted to the U.S. Embassy.

The following provides information on visa requirements for travelers to the United States who wish to visit, work or study for a temporary period.   The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of your travel.

Method of Application

With limited exceptions, nonimmigrant visa applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a U.S. consular officer.

All applicants must use the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to apply.

Applicants must book appointments via our online system. Wait times for appointments may vary. New appointment times are added every business day, multiple times throughout the day, so please check back often. For peak travel times, such as during summer holidays, the wait time for an appointment may be longer than normal. We strongly encourage applicants to begin the application process well in advance of their desired travel dates. This will ensure that we have plenty of time to conduct your interview, review your application, and determine whether we can issue a visa. Learn more about current NIV appointment wait times.

First time applicants for O and P visas (petition-based visas) and crew members (C1/D visa) are required to make online appointments.

In rare cases, expedited interviews can be obtained for circumstances related to medical and humanitarian emergencies.

The U.S. Embassy in Accra no longer accepts walk-in appointments.

Processing Times

There is no same day delivery of visas. Most visas are available in two (2) business days, but occasionally additional time for processing may be required due to special circumstances, incomplete applications, or administrative processing. As such, please schedule your appointment as soon as your travel plans are made and as far in advance as possible. Processing Time Disclaimer: The above processing times are averages. Please note that the timing can vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.

Learn more about Appointment Availability and Processing Times.