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 all children have to come in person for their appointment?

A: No. Only children aged 12 or older must appear in person for an interview. Children 11 years-old or younger may remain at home while their parents (or legal guardians) appear for the visa interview on their behalf.

 

Q: What specific visa application documents are required for children?

A: Besides the general visa application documents, all children under the age of 18 are required to present an original birth certificate. If only one parent is present at the visa interview, either a notarized declaration from the other parent giving permission for the child to travel to the U.S. or an original custody agreement showing sole custody is required.

 Additional Information:

Minors:

For children under 18, ideally both parents should be present at the visa interview with their passports and the original of the child's birth certificate, in addition to the completed application materials and travel document of the child.

If both parents cannot be present, one of the following is required:

  • A notarized statement from the missing parent giving permission for the child to travel to the U.S., together with a photocopy of or the original biographic information page and signature page of the parent's internal or international passport; or
  • A death certificate of the deceased parent; or
  • Evidence that the parent who is not traveling has been denied parental rights.

Important Note: If only one parent appears at the interview, please be aware this will delay visa processing if the Consular Officer determines the second parent’s presence is still required. This would require the scheduling of a new appointment.