A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport.
Visa Waiver Program:
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – find out of you are eligible for a Visa Waiver here.
The Visa section of this website has information about U.S. visas for foreign citizens and nationals to travel to the United States. For detailed information on Visas, FAQs, and how to apply, visit the Visa Application website here.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States. When planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.
For short-term visits to the United States (for tourism, business, education, and more), you can go directly to the online application (form DS-160). For more information on Visa Types, visit the Visa Application Website. (Business/Tourist; Work; Student; Exchange; Transit/crew member; Religious worker; Domestic Employee; Journalist & Media; Treaty Traders & Treaty Investors; full list here).
For immigrant visas, which are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live and work permanently in the United States, you can visit the U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services site for the relevant forms. Visit the Visa Application Website for more information.
If you are still unsure what type of visa you need, please use the Visa Wizard below.
Visit Travel.State.gov for any additional information.
Consular encourages the submission of visa applications by mail for all applicants that do not require an interview or fingerprints. If qualified, this is the fastest process and usually takes around 4 weeks, from when we receive the passport. The program is available for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:
Find more information on our Visa Application website.
All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.