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: Applicants under the age of 14 are not required to have fingerprints taken. They are often excused from attending an interview.

In addition to the standard application requirements, applications for children under the age of 14 submitted by post must include:

  • A letter outlining the purpose of travel, which should include an itinerary
  • Copy of parent's/parents' or guardian's/guardians' issued visa or ESTA approval
  • Proof of relationship between the parent and child, for instance a birth certificate or adoption papers
  • If one parent is not travelling, it is recommended that the second parent or guardian include a notarized letter from that parent or guardian authorizing the travel, along with copies of both parents' passports or identity documents. Alternatively, you may wish to bring court documents demonstrating that the applying parent has sole custody of the minor child.

Please note that a personal interview may be required at the discretion of the adjudicating consular officer.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: In general, children under the age of 14 are not required to appear for an interview.