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 who are age 14 and older are required to appear in person for fingerprint scanning. Also, children of any age applying for F1 or M1 visas are required to appear in person for an interview
Q: Does a child need to travel with his/her own travel document or can he/she be registered into the parent’s travel passport?
A: Children may travel with either their own children’s passport or the parent's international passport, if the child is registered in it. This passport may be used ONLY IF the parent is traveling with the child. There must be a separate visa for the child, even if they are traveling on their parent’s passport.
For children under 16; 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.
New appointment can be scheduled online.
Please note: If children applies for visa using Renew My Visa process http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-niv-visarenew.asp Post needs to see permission from both parents.