Important: The fee for most non-immigrant visas is $160 or equivalent in Malawi Kwacha.
Welcome to the U.S. Embassy Lilongwe Consular Section Website. The Embassy processes visas for applicants who normally reside in Malawi. We are located inside the U.S. Embassy, Area 40 Plot 24, 16 Jomo Kenyatta Drive, Lilongwe.
Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily. The visa, placed in your passport when issued, allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.
International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available under immigration law, please click on the following link: Visa Types for Temporary Visitors. The Consular Officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.
Attempting to obtain a visa by the willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or fraud, may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States.
If the consular officer should find it necessary to deny the issuance of a visa, the applicant may re-apply if there is new evidence to overcome the basis for the refusal. However, the evidence must be compelling for the consular officer to reverse his decision.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. This visa can be a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.
A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission at the port of entry; it does not guarantee entry. An officer of the Citizenship and Immigration Services at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States.
Visas in cancelled passports
For individuals who have received a visa in their cancelled passport, the visa is still valid so long as the expiration date has not passed, the purpose of travel remains the same, your name and the Date of Birth remains unchanged in the new passport. You will need to carry both your new and cancelled passports when you travel to the United States.
Visa appointments in May 2013
The Consular Section will not have non-immigrant visa appointments from May 1-17. Please make an appointment in April, and request an expedited appointment if needed.
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