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Important Announcement regarding the Executive Order on Visas

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

The Department of State had, under the Executive Order, provisionally revoked all valid visas of nationals of those seven countries, with limited exceptions. That provisional revocation is now lifted, and those visas are now valid for travel to the United States, if the holder is otherwise eligible. Individuals whose visas are expired, or were physically cancelled, must apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, absent a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) decision to grant parole or waive the visa requirement at the port of entry. We are looking further into this issue and will revise this site with any updates.

We are working closely with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and we will provide further updates as soon as information is available.”

Important Information

Visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli have been suspended temporarily. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to resume visa services as soon as possible.

Because we are currently unable to provide visa services in Libya, the U.S. Department of State has officially designated the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca as the processing post for Libyan immigrant visa applicants.

Non-immigrant visa applicants resident in Libya may apply in Casablanca or other locations that are accessible to them. We encourage all applicants to visit the respective embassy's website for more information. Libyan citizens who reside outside of Libya are welcome to apply for a U.S. visa at the Embassy or Consulate nearest their residence.

A Message to our Libyan Clients

Office of Consular Affairs

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli plans to begin offering Nonimmigrant Visa services to the general public in the coming months. Once we identify a specific date for the opening, we will post it here and begin offering visa appointment slots. The information below is provided for you to start planning for your visa application. We are not yet accepting Immigrant or Fiancé visas but we hope to do so later this year.

The consular section will not be available by phone in the weeks immediately before and after the opening. We will respond to email inquiries sent to ConsularTripoli@state.gov as soon as possible, usually within a few business days.

Calls to the American citizen emergency number should not be used to ask questions about visa issues. This line is reserved for emergencies involving American citizens ONLY and cannot be used, even by American citizens, for visa inquiries. No visa information will be provided on this number.

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