Visas for Children

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Questions and Answers

Q: Do children need a visa?
A: All travelers, including children, need a visa to travel to the United States or must qualify to travel without a visa through a special program, such as the Visa Waiver Program.

Q: Do children pay the same application fee as adults?
A: Yes, they do.

Q: Do children need to schedule an interview appointment?
A: Every applicant requires an appointment.

Q: Do children resident in Lithuania have to come in person for their appointment?
A: No. Only children under age 14 applying for F1, M1 and J1 visas are required to appear in person for an interview. However, a consular officer may ask that the child appear at a later time. If so, you will be given a 221(g) letter and asked to schedule a follow-up interview.

Q: Do non-resident or third country national children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: Yes.

Q: Are children required to be accompanied by their parents to the interview?
A: No. However, if applicant prefers to be accompanied by their parent/parents they may do so.

Q: Does the Embassy require written consent from their parents to attend the interview?
A: Embassy does not require a written consent from their parents to attend the interview.

Q: Is written consent required from the parents of a minor traveling outside the Schengen zone?
A: If the minor is traveling outside the Schengen zone by himself/herself they need to have a notarized consent from a parent.  If they are traveling with one parent, it is not required, only recommended  to have other parent’s consent. More information: 

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1254/kw/travel%20of%20a%20minor/related/1/sno/1