Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

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Overview

Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary traveler, please review the information about visa appointment & processing wait time available at link.

Some refused visa applications may require further administrative processing. When administrative processing is required, the consular officer will inform the applicant at the end of the interview. The duration of the administrative processing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. Except in cases of emergency travel (i.e. serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family), before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants should wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

Information about nonimmigrant visa wait times for interviews and visa processing time frames are different.  The time frames for both are shown on this website at link. It should be noted that the “Wait Times for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed” information by country does not include time required for administrative processing. Processing wait time also does not include the time required to return the passport to applicants.

Wait time for interview

It refers the estimated wait time to receive an interview appointment to apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Wait Time for Processing

The wait time for a visa to be processed refers to the time it typically takes the visa to be ready for pick-up or delivery by courier after the Consular Officer has made the decision to issue.
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