The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut has resumed routine visa services. Travelers may schedule appointments for the full range of visa categories on-line. While the Consular Section aims to process cases as soon as practicable, substantial backlogs of applications and limited capacity due to COVID-19 mitigation measures may continue to result in longer wait times for appointments. We understand that many nonimmigrant visa applicants paid a visa application fee (known as the MRV fee) and are still waiting to schedule a visa interview. The Department of State extended the validity of MRV fees until September 30, 2023 to allow applicants who were unable to schedule an appointment as a result of the suspension of routine visa services an opportunity to schedule an appointment. If you have an urgent immediate need to travel to the United States, please follow the guidance provided at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/lb to request an emergency appointment.
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Lebanon at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.
For more information, you can email us at support-Lebanon@ustraveldocs.com.