Nonimmigrant Visas: Study & Exchange

Updated September 13, 2023

Important Information:

US Embassy Libreville does not work with or endorse third party preparers and discourages the use of travel agencies.

The appearance of organizations and third-party visa preparers falsely advertising visa services is not uncommon. These schemes often take advantage of willing and unsuspecting victims.

US Embassy Libreville takes visa security seriously and works with local authorities every day to uphold the integrity of the visa system. We achieve this by taking actions including detecting, targeting, and shutting down fraudulent offices, vendors, and fixers who claim to have influence over the visa process or the ability to obtain U.S. visas by criminal means, and ensuring bad actors face justice.

If you have been charged for a visa interview appointment, or have questions, please feel free to contact us using our Visa Navigator.

Please note: Applicants who use the same barcode or schedule more than one appointment at a time will lose all appointments scheduled in the system.

For a limited time, the US Embassy Libreville is holding student interviews by appointment only on Thursdays at 08:00.

Schedule your appointment online using our new Student Visa Appointment Assistant.

Travel Requirements:

For the latest travel requirements, please review our COVID-19 Information page and the following CDC website.

The Student (F-1/M-1) Visa provides opportunities for qualified applicants to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. With thousands of academic programs, world-class institutions, and unmatched flexibility, the United States offers a wealth of higher-education opportunities.

Visit the Department of State’s EducationUSA website to learn about educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study, opportunities for scholars, admissions, and more.

The Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visa program provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years. To learn more about exchange visitor visa programs, program sponsors, and more, please visit BridgeUSA.
Citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating countries who intend to study cannot travel on the VWP or on visitor (B) visas, except to undertake recreational study as part of a tourist visit. Students must travel to the United States with student (F-1 or M-1) visas. For more information on the VWP, see Visa Waiver Program.

For short periods of recreational study, a Visitor (B) visa can be used. Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate, is permitted on a visitor (B) visa. Learn more about Visitor Visas.

Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. For example, distance learning which requires a period of time on the institution’s U.S. campus requires an F-1 visa.

Applicants are expected to bring exact change only. Failure to provide exact change may result in delays in processing.

The U.S. Embassy Libreville can only accept a cash in US Dollars or CFA, though the reciprocity fee website lists fees in U.S. dollars. Therefore, the fees listed must be converted to CFA using the Current Consular Exchange Rate: USD 1 = 650 CAF >> For example, if your reciprocity fee is $240, you will need to multiply this amount by 650 to get as a result 156,000 CAF; $240 x 650 =156,000 CAF.

J-1 visa applicants, along with their dependents, for a U.S. government sponsored exchange program, whose Form DS-2019 has a program serial number of G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 are not required to pay the visa application fee (MRV fee) or SEVIS fee.