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Important Notice

Covid19 – Please see the latest information that may affect Visa Services

Waiver of Interview Requirement for many Visa Applicants:

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:

  • Applying for a diplomatic or official visa;
  • Renewing a visa in the same category for a visa that is either still valid or has expired in the last 48 months;
  • Applying for a student F or M visa, or academic-related J visa [first time or renewal] (see this page for more information);
  • Applying for an H, L, O, P, or Q petition-based worker visa (including dependents);
  • Over the age of 79;
  • Under the age of 14.

Find more information on our visa application site.

What is a Visa?

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, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but 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.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms.  If you are unsure, please visit our 3rd party visa processing vendor, U.S. Travel Docs to help you determine your visa type.

Contact Details

Applicants are requested to schedule interviews following the instructions on our visa scheduling site. Should an applicant have an emergency request, they can submit that request by following these instructions. You may also contact our visa customer service agency should you wish to talk or chat with a visa representative.

For more about Consular Services and the latest COVID-19 updates, visit our COVID-19 page.

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