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Nonimmigrant Visas

General Information

All non-U.S. citizens require visas to enter the United States for temporary stays, except qualifying nationals of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program.


How to Apply

All nonimmigrant visa applicants must complete the DS-160 visa application online.  Non-official travelers must also schedule an appointment for a visa interview at the Embassy.  Current appointment wait times can be found here.  

Fees for visa services will vary depending on the type of visa and your nationality.

While most visas can be processed within a week, certain cases may take significantly longer depending on individual circumstances.  We therefore recommend that you apply for your visa well in advance of your expected departure date.

The type of visa you require will depend on your purpose of travel. There are different requirements for each visa class.  Please choose the appropriate category below for complete instructions.

More information nonimmigrant visas can be found here


Expedited Appointments

If you are in need of an expedited appointment for emergency travel other reasons, first complete the DS-160 visa application online and schedule the next available appointment.  Then email the Embassy at explaining in detail the reason for your request.  Emergency travel is defined as travel to attend a funeral or receive urgent medical attention, or urgent and unanticipated business travel.  We will review your request and, if possible, expedite your appointment to a date that will meet your travel needs.  Please note that there is no guarantee you will receive an expedited appointment.


After the Interview

  • Passport Pickup: Unless otherwise notified, you may generally pick up your passport the next day after 10 am.  Please bring your receipt.
  • Document Requests: If the Consular officer has requested that you bring in additional documents, please come in the next scheduled visa day with the requested documents and the letter from the Consular officer.  You do not need to schedule a new appointment.
  • Administrative Processing: If your case requires additional administrative processing, we will contact you when the process is complete.  You can check the status of your pending application here.


Visa Denials

All visa decisions are made by the Consular officer in accordance with U.S. immigration law.  There are many reasons why a visa may be denied.  One common reason is that the applicant did not have strong ties overseas that indicate that they will return to a foreign country after a temporary visit to the United States.  For more information on this and other kinds of decisions, please click here.  In addition, certain applicants may be ineligible to receive a visa based on certain factors.  Information on visa ineligibilities can be found here.  Refunds are not granted after a visa denial.  Applicants are free to reapply at any time, but please note that they must repeat the entire application process, including paying a new processing fee.


Other Questions?

If you have further questions please email or call 241-01-45-71-00.

Online Visa Application

Schedule an Appointment Online

  • Please click here to schedule your Nonimmigrant Visa appointment online.  Appointments are scheduled via internet only. We do not accept appointments by direct calls to the Embassy or Consular Section.

Visa Waiver Program

Paper Form I-94 No Longer Required

  • Thread Travelers arriving in the U.S. by air no longer need to complete the paper entry form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record.  For more information visit the Customs and Border Protection website here.

Legal Rights and Protections

  • Thread The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 relates to the legal rights of employment-based nonimmigrants (A-3, G-5, NATO-7, H, J, & B-1 domestic employees) under Federal immigration, labor, and employment laws. As a temporary visitor to the United States, it is important that you are aware of your rights, as well as protections and resources available when you come to work or study there. We ask, therefore, that you review this information before attending your visa interview.