Visa applications by children

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Visa applicants under the age of 14

  • In some cases visa applicants under the age of 14 do not need to appear at the U.S. Consulate to be fingerprinted and interviewed. They may use the Drop Box procedure, given that they are:

First-time and renewal applicants under the age of 14, who are Bulgarian nationals or third country nationals permanently residing in Bulgaria and travel with both parents, already in possession of a valid U.S. visa, U.S. permanent resident card or U.S. passport.;
In such cases applications and relevant supporting documents can be submitted to the consular section through the TNT Express courier service, or directly at the Embassy between 4:00 and 4:30pm every working day. Please see the process step by step at: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/bg/bg-niv-visarenew.asp.

  • In all other cases children under 14 have to apply though the standard application process. At the time of visa interview at least one of the parents must be present to represent the child. The child’s attendance is not obligatory.

When a parent and a child under 14 need to schedule an appointment in order to obtain visas (and that parent will also travel with the child to the US), an appointment should be scheduled for the parent, and for the child as a dependent. Although the child will be scheduled for an appointment, he\she does not have to appear at the interview. Instead, that parent should bring the child’s passport and other application documents to the visa interview.

Visa applicants 14 to 18 years of age

Children who are 14 years of age or older must appear for visa interview, unless they are renewing a previous visa and meet all the requirements for Waiver of Personal Appearance, posted at: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/bg/bg-niv-visarenew.asp. In cases where children have previous U.S. visa, issued before their 14th birthday, they have to appear for visa interview.

One or both parents may accompany the child at the visa interview, regardless of whether they are traveling with the minor or not.

Notarized declaration by parents

Any applicant under the age of 18 who is traveling to the US unaccompanied by parents, or accompanied by only one parent, can submit at the time of visa interview a valid notarized declaration, signed by the parent(s) who is not traveling to the US with the child, in support of their application for a nonimmigrant visa. By this declaration the parent(s) give(s) permission for the child to travel outside of Bulgaria alone or accompanied by third parties. The declaration should meet the requirement of Bulgarian legislation regarding children traveling outside of the country without their parents. The declaration  should be accompanied by a copy of the applicant's birth certificate and copies of the parents' Bulgarian identity documents or international passports. The original notarized declaration will be returned to applicants. While this document is not required by the U.S. Embassy, it is required by local authorities, and is required for use at the airport to exit the country.

  • If one parent has sole custody due to a divorce decree or the death of the other parent, copies of court documents, or other documents stating this  may be provided.
  • If a person other than a parent has legal custody of the minor, copies of court documents stating this may be provided.

All of these documents do not need to be translated in English language.