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Overview

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries may be also able to visit the U.S. without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa.

Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. You must schedule an appointment for that interview, either online using this website or through the call center.

Remember that the data on your profile must be accurate and truthful, that is, it must contain the correct information, just as it is in the passport of the applicant requesting the visa, regardless of whether it is a minor or not. Once the data has been entered into the profile and associated with a payment receipt, it is not possible to make changes to the profiles. If the data on the profile does not match with your passport information, you will have to make a new payment.Please remember, the MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Wait Times

Our appointment system allows individuals to schedule appointments up to six months in advance and we recommend that all visa applicants schedule appointments approximately two to three months before their planned trips.   The appointment system also allows applicants with more immediate travel plans to elect an option to inform them if earlier appointments become available after theirs are scheduled. We encourage anyone with short-term travel plans to sign up for this option when scheduling their appointments.

Although we are able to accommodate a small number of emergency appointments per day, these are generally reserved for life or death emergencies, urgent medical treatment in the United States, last-minute business travel, or students. Requests for emergency appointments must be made online following the instructions here.

Supporting Documents

To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, you must have the following information and documents available:

  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
  • Your visa application (MRV) fee payment receipt
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page
  • Your e-mail address
  • If applicable, required documents based on visa class (such as a petition approval for petition-based visas; more information about visa types and information about document requirements for each can be found here).

Restrictions to Changing Appointments

The number of times applicants can reschedule their appointments is limited. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee.

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