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: Parents may apply on behalf of their children who are under 14, but they must submit their children’s application at the time of the parent’s visa interview. Children’s information should be added as “Dependent” on the parent’s profile when scheduling an appointment. For visa application procedures, please follow the instruction at Apply for a Visa.

If one or both of the parents have already obtained their visas, they may send their children’s applications by mail. Follow the steps below to submit the packet on behalf of your child.

Note: In some circumstances, the parents of a minor applicant may be requested for an in-person interview at a later date.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?

A: No, most children are not required to come in person for their appointment.