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, one or both of the 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 neither parent can be present, a notarized statement signed by both parents giving power of attorney to the temporary guardian to represent the child’s rights at the U.S. Embassy is required, together with a photocopy of the original biographic information page and signature page of the parent's passport or a photocopy of Moldova identity card (buletin).

If there is no parent with legal claims to the child (deceased, sole custody, etc.), any other relevant paperwork, such as a court decision, death certificate, etc., would be useful.