Non Immigrant Visas
Welcome to the Non-Immigrant Visa Section of the U.S. Embassy in Maseru.
This Section provides visa services to persons willing to enter temporarily the United States of America for business or pleasure.
Please note that consular business hours will be changed to the following days and times until further notice:
Visa application interviews will be on Thursdays only at 1.30 p.m.
American Citizen Services will be on Fridays only at 08.00 a.m.
You may communicate with the consular section by email at USConsularMaseru@state.gov during regular embassy business hours (8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., Friday).
In an emergency involving an American citizen in Lesotho, you can reach us during normal business hours at (+266) 2231-2666. After regular hours, please call the duty officer at (+266) 5888-4035. Please note that these numbers are NOT for visa inquiries.
How To Apply
All non-immigrant visa applicants will be required to complete the new electronic visa application form DS-160. Upon completion of the required information, the form will be electronically transmitted, generating a biographical confirmation page that must be printed and submitted at the time of the visa interview. Please note that it is necessary for all visa applicants to have the DS-160 biographical confirmation page at the time of the scheduled visa interview.
Please click the following link to see an example of a confirmation page.
Please click here for visa types.
Applicants must bring one photo with them to their interview. Photo specifications are very exact. Photo requirements
Schedule Your Interview
A personal interview by appointment is required for most non-immigrant visa applicants. Schedule an interview.
Please apply well in advance of your travel date. Embassy Maseru processes visa applications on Tuesdays only. Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received your visa. Visa applicants should never assume their application will be automatically approved.
All visa applications are processed by appointment ONLY. If you have emergency travel and are unable to schedule an appointment, please contact us at USConsularMaseru@state.gov.
In your email please state the type of emergency you have and your date of travel. Applicants granted such appointments will be asked to provide proof of emergency during interview.
Once you start the on-line form DS-160, save your work often because the application will time out (close) approximately every 20 minutes. Save it to your computer or a disk where you can retrieve it. The form can take as long as 90 minutes to complete.
All information must be completed in English.
Please follow the instructions carefully and verify all information for accuracy. Any mistakes will require you to complete a new application form and schedule a new appointment. Ensure you have entered the full passport number, including letters, if any.
The applicant must print the confirmation page that includes biographical information and a bar code confirmation number. Applicants must bring the DS-160 confirmation page to the interview.
When you arrive at the Embassy to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, you must pay a non-refundable application fee.
The rate for May, 2015 is $1.00 = M/R12.50
Application fee for a visa is $160.00 = M/R2,000.00
The application fee is payable in cash to the consular cashier at the time of your visa interview appointment.
Please note this fee is non-refundable even if your visa application is denied.
For detailed information about visa application fees, please click here.
Contact us for inquiries on:
Telephone: +266 22312666 Ext. 4124
Visa Processing Interviews: Tuesdays at 8:30am and 11:00am by appointment only (excluding local and U.S. holidays).
If your visa is approved, please plan to leave your passport at the embassy overnight and return the following day for pickup, as administrative processing can take up to 24 hours or more.
South African Residents: If your visa is approved, please plan to return to the embassy the following day, or the following week, to have the visa placed in your passport.
Note: Applicants who have completed their applications incorrectly, or are without the confirmation page, valid passport or do not have the appropriate fee will have to reschedule their interview.