Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Birth Certificates are currently available only from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia. Certificates are free for those 12 and under, and cost 500 LD (approx. US $7). Under Liberian law, anyone with knowledge of a birth can register that birth. Supporting documentation is required (such as medical facility records or sworn affidavits), but the origins of this documentation are rarely investigated. Certificates are generally processed in about three (3) business days.
There are no reliable checks and balances in the Liberian birth certificate application process. Applicants could easily procure a birth certificate with any information (date of birth, location of birth, parents) desired. Because of this, adjudicators are encouraged to request secondary documentation of relationship when encountering such documents.
Death Certificates are available only from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia. In order to file for a death certificate, an applicant must either have an official record of death from a medical facility, or a confirmed record of the disposition of the body (i.e. funeral home record, photos of burial, etc.) Applications must be made IN PERSON and carry a 500 LD (approx. US $7) fee. Certificates are generally processed in about three (3) business days.
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Liberia recognizes two different types of marriage and divorce: traditional and western. In order to be legally recognized by the Government of Liberia, marriage or divorce MUST be registered (and given the accompanying certificate) in one of these two ways.
Note: Liberian law requires at least one party in a divorce application be resident in Liberia at the time of the application.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs governs all traditional marriages and divorces in Liberia. The application for each must be made IN PERSON and carries a US $50 fee for marriages and a US $75 fee for divorces. Certificates are generally processed in about one week.
As recently as June 2011, local police have charged several current and former Ministry of Internal Affairs staff members with forging marriage documents. Adjudicators are encouraged to request secondary documentation of relationship when encountering such documents.
The National Archives governs all western marriages, while the resident civil law court handles divorces for such cases. The application for each must be made IN PERSON (though divorce proceedings are usually handled exclusively by legal representatives) and carries a US $50 fee for marriages and a US $150 fee for divorces. Certificates are generally processed in about one week, however, there is typically an additional two to three (2-3) business days of processing after the certificates have been signed.
The marriage process requires signatures from two witnesses and an officiant, but DOES NOT require any secondary proof of relationship. In practice, the divorce process does not always mandate that either party be present (sworn affidavits can be provided.) Adjudicators are encouraged to request secondary documentation of relationship when encountering such documents.
Adoption certificates, commonly referred to as Adoption Decrees, are available from the Probate Court at the Temple of Justice and registered with the National Archives in Monrovia. Parties must appear at the court but are allowed to execute an adoption through their attorney or legal representation. Prior to issuance of the decree, parties must provide evidence that they have conducted a home study with Ministry of Health and filed all required petitions, relinquishment statements, and affidavits with the Probate Court. The Probate Court will charge a filing fee, in addition to the legal fees or execution fee charged by the attorney.
Decrees are issued by the Presiding Judge of the Probate Court for that term. As with other court documents, the decrees are issued on white legal-size paper and will have several rubber stamps (usually red or gold in color) bearing the court seal. Once issued by the court, parties must register the adoption decree at the National Archives and pay the required $40 USD authentication and registration fees. Once registered, the decree will also bear a numerical coding and seal/signature from the Registrar of Deeds and Titles at the National Archives. Certified copies of the adoption decree are available from the National Archives for $75 USD.
As with other legal documents issued in Liberia, there is no system to check that the process is followed correctly. Often, adoption decrees are issued before any of the required paperwork has been filed with the appropriate ministries. Adjudicators are encouraged to request to see the relinquishment statements and other associated affidavits which should have accompanied the adoption petition at the court.
Note: While the 2009 Presidential Moratorium on inter-country adoptions remains in place, it is not unusual to see recently issued adoption decrees.
Applications for Liberian police clearances must be made IN PERSON at the Records and Identification Section of the Liberia National Police Headquarters in Monrovia. The cost is 200 LD or US $5 per application. The record review process is done manually and typically takes one to two (1-2) weeks. In practice, however, the review process can take as little as five (5) business days and as long as three (3) weeks.
Applicants not resident in Liberia can request that their biographic information and fingerprints be sent to the Liberia National Police via the police headquarters of their home country, however, in practice, these requests are rarely completed.
Note: The Liberia National Police does not maintain a nationwide criminal database. As a result, the Headquarters typically does not have records of crimes committed in the outer counties of the country. As of 2014, two (2) letters of support – one from a community leader and one from the community police station are required to begin the police clearance process.
Liberia has certified that all passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (hand written, biometric and ECOWAS) are valid for international travel. Though the ECOWAS passport was previously only authorized for use within the region, it is currently the primary passport issued by the Government of Liberia. Passport applications must be made at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Passport Office and must be accompanied by either a Liberian birth certificate or a Liberian naturalization certificate. The passport issuance fee is US $23.
Note: The Liberia Nationality Law requires that one be “of Negro descent” in order to qualify for Liberian citizenship.
Monrovia, Liberia (Embassy)
502 Benson Street
Tel: (231) 77-677-7000 or (231) 77-677-7001
Fax: (231) 77-677-6370
The consular section at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia processes non-immigrant, immigrant, follow-to-join refugee and asylee and diversity visa applications for all individuals resident in Liberia.