The United States Embassy has temporarily suspended its Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) operations, and limiting its Immigrant Visa services.
“The Embassy is temporarily suspending its non-immigrant visa operations, while we make updates to our operations. This temporary suspension does not reflect a change in U.S. visa policy in Liberia,” a US Embassy spokesperson told news men.
A non-immigrant visa is issued to a person with permanent residence outside the United States, but wishes to be in the U.S. on a temporary basis for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work or study, as examples.
According to the Embassy, previously scheduled NIV appointments have been canceled, but the embassy said it regrets that there are no slots available for rescheduling at the moment for any visa interview.
The Embassy mentioned applicants who previously made NIV appointments will be rescheduled through online appointment system as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Embassy said it will continue to provide American Citizen Services and limited Immigrant Visa services during this period.
The Embassy however expressed regret the inconvenience this temporary suspension causes to Liberian applicants.
According to the U.S. Department of State website, U.S. embassies and consulates are sometimes forced to limit or at times suspend visa services, because of natural disasters, civil unrest, war and/or security concerns, among other reasons.