Visas for Children

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Overview

All travelers to the United States-- no matter how young-- must have valid U.S. visas. However, the process of obtaining a visa for a child is somewhat easier. Most importantly, children under the age of 14 do not have to appear for a personal interview.

If a parent already has a U.S. visa and will be traveling with the child, or if the child will be traveling with a school group, you may submit the child's application without appearing for an interview. After paying the application fee and completing an Electronic Application (DS-160) form on the child's behalf, create an account on this site and follow the prompts to sign up for an interview. If you answer the questions in step 7 (eligibility for drop-box submission) correctly, you will receive a drop-box submission letter containing a document checklist. Print out your drop-box letter and bring the following documents to a Pony Express office:

  • One copy of the drop-box letter
  • The child's passport
  • A photocopy of the parent’s U.S. visa OR a letter explaining the educational program the child will be attending and listing all the children in the group.
  • The checklist of all documents submitted as part of the drop-box application
  • One photograph of your child taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). If your child previously had a visa, as a rule, YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME PHOTOGRAPH THAT APPEARED ON YOUR CHILD’S LAST VISA. Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case
  • Supporting documentation required for your visa type

 You may follow this procedure if a parent is applying to renew a recently expired visa. Submit the child's application at the same time as the parent’s application and include a photocopy of the recently expired visa.

If a parent of the child under 14 years old will be traveling with the child but requires an interview to receive a visa, you should register the child for an interview as a dependent of the relative who will be traveling. Although the child will be scheduled for an appointment, he\she does not have to appear at the interview. Instead, the parent should bring the child’s passport and interview confirmation page with them to their interview.

Children who are 14 years old or older must appear for at least one interview—even if they previously had a U.S. visa issued before their 14th birthday. Parents may accompany their children to the visa interview.