Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

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Overview

Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary traveler, please review the information about visa appointment & processing wait time available at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/wait-times.html

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a Consular Officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case. Visa applicants are reminded to apply early for their visa, well in advance of the anticipated travel date.

Before making inquiries about status of a case, applicants or their representatives will need to wait at least 60 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

Information about nonimmigrant visa wait times for interviews and visa processing time frames are different.  The time frames for both are shown on this website at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/wait-times.html/. It should be noted that the “Wait Times for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed” information by country does not include time required for administrative processing. Processing wait time also does not include the time required to return the passport to applicants.

Wait time for interview

It refers the estimated wait time to receive an interview appointment to apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Wait Time for Processing

The wait time for a visa to be processed refers to the time it typically takes the visa to be ready for pick-up or delivery by courier after the Consular Officer has made the decision to issue.
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