The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Beirut has suspended routine visa operations in the interest of public health safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited appointments are available for student and petition-based non-immigrant visas as well as all immigrant visa categories. The Consular Section is working diligently to address a backlog in cases while prioritizing the health and safety of its staff and customers.
On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.” Presidential Proclamations restricting entry of foreign nationals who have been physically present in certain countries 14 days prior to their arrival to the United States remain in effect. Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/lb for additional information on Presidential Proclamation
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.