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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.

Alert

Notice to Please Contact U.S. Consulate Johannesburg for All Routine Non-Immigrant Visa Requests

Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy in Maseru is not currently processing routine non-immigrant visa (NIV) requests.  Travelers from Lesotho seeking a visa to the United States are advised to schedule an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban: http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com/

In exceptional circumstances or where there is an emergency need and it is not possible for the applicant to travel to Johannesburg, applicants can contact the U.S. Embassy Maseru Consular Section at (USConsularMaseru@state.gov/ (+266) 2231-2666) for further guidance. 

Routine services for American Citizens are available by appointment every other Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  To request an American Citizen Services appointment, please visit the Embassy web site (http://maseru.usembassy.gov/) and click the “Make An Appointment” link under the U.S. Citizens Services tab.   

In case of an emergency involving an American citizen, including to report the death, arrest, or serious health issue of an American citizen, or request assistant concerning a missing person or child, during regular business hours (8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., Friday) please contact the Consular Section at USConsularMaseru@state.gov or (+266) 2231-2666. 

For after-hours emergencies, please contact (+266) 5888-4035.

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

Visa Types

Please click here for visa types.

Photo Requirement

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.

Emergency Appointments:

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. 

Additional Information

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.

Application Fee

When you arrive at the Embassy to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, you must pay a non-refundable application fee. 

The rate for June, 2015 is $1.00 = M/R12.20

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 

Email: usconsularmaseru@state.gov

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.