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Please, I need clarification. I read something about Third country visa application. Can I apply for US visas from any West African nation? I am going on a West African tour to about 5 different countries, so I wanted to know if I could apply via a third country?

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    As a general rule (both for a US or Schengen Visa) you should apply in your main country of residence. If that country is not your country of citizenship, then that is the third country meantioned. – Mark Johnson Dec 3 '19 at 20:45
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    @Dre It would probably help if you specified your citizenship and the West African countries on your tour. You can apply from any country but it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live. travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/… How long will you be in each country, bearing in mind the need to attend the visa interview? – Traveller Dec 3 '19 at 20:47
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    No, you must apply in the country you live in (not just visiting). – Mark Johnson Dec 3 '19 at 20:50
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    @Mark Johnson That is not mandatory for a US visitor visa – Traveller Dec 3 '19 at 20:52
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    From How to Apply on travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/… “You should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate but it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live.” – Traveller Dec 3 '19 at 21:00
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Yes, you can apply for a B1/B2 visa from outside your country of residence. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visitor.html

As a general rule, you should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live.

The possible drawbacks of doing so include:

  • it may be more difficult to provide relevant supporting documents

  • the wait time to attend the interview may be longer than the time you plan to / are able to stay in a particular location

  • if you’re on an extended tour, it may be more difficult to prove ties to home.

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