Before now winners of the United States Diversity Visa (DV) lottery have to painstakingly brave it out of Sierra Leone for interviews in Ivory Coast or Senegal; but this will soon be a thing of the past.
The US embassy in Sierra Leone has revealed that DV interviews will be processed at the Embassy in Freetown starting late February this year.
According to a release issued by the embassy they are “aware of the hardships faced by visa applicants who must travel to other countries for their applications, and this is the next step in the ongoing process to resume full US visa services in Freetown.
The release however clearly pointed out that “all applicants previously scheduled for interviews in Abidjan will complete their applications in Abidjan.”
It further states that other immigrant visas will continue to be processed in Dakar, but however noted that efforts are being made “towards the resumption of full visa processing operations here in Freetown.”
The release reminds applicants that “fraudulent responses concerning the applicant or family members result in denial of a visa to the United States.”
In her statement US Ambassador June Carter Perry said the good tidings “occurs at an auspicious time just as President Obama and Secretary Clinton have reaffirmed the importance of partnership, diversity and respect for the rights of women and children.”
The Ambassador explained, “as many of you know, the US embassy in Freetown resumed processing non-immigrant visas about two years ago, eliminating the need for over three thousand Sierra Leoneans per year to travel to Guinea for their interviews. Since, then we have been pleased to issue all non-immigrant visas right here,” she explained.