As a result of COVID-19 generated constraints, the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe is now accepting a reduced number of non-immigrant appointment requests. This will result in a longer than usual visa interview wait time. We continue to accept requests for emergency appointments for humanitarian/emergency cases. If the consul determines your case meets our strict guidelines, you will be given an appointment as quickly as the embassy can safely accommodate your interview.
Humanitarian/emergency cases may include an immediate relative’s death, grave illness, or life-threatening accident taking place in the United States or urgent medical treatment for the applicant or their minor child. Immediate relatives are defined as parents, children, or siblings of the applicant.
If you believe your case qualifies for an appointment under the guidelines above, please contact LilongweConsular@state.gov. Include “Qualifying NIV Appointment Request” as the subject of your message and attach electronic versions of qualifying documents to your message.
For all other visa requests, please book your visa appointment here.
Please do not book multiple appointments. Appointment with multiple bookings for the same applicant may result in deletions of all appointments for the offending applicant.
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine whether you qualify for travel and if so, what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
See our Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category may be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States and see our fees for visa services, noting that some additional reciprocity fees apply in some countries.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
Information on how to apply for a Visa.
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.