Visas for Children

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Overview

Children under the age of 16 applying for a visa independently may be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of the interview. An original birth certificate should be presented at the interview.


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 child requires an appointment unless he/she is eligible to renew the visa through the interview waiver process.

Q: Which children are eligible to receive a visa through interview waiver process?
A: Children under the age of 14 may submit their application for the interview waiver process via VFS Global. 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 group, you may submit the child’s application without appearing for an interview. Please check Renew my visa page on this website to learn more about interview waiver process.

Q: Can children apply for a visa through the interview waiver process, if they have never received a visa before?
A: Children under the age of 14 may submit their application through the interview waiver process for the first time but only for B1/B2 visa category. For the other visa categories children are eligible for the interview waiver process only if they have or had the same type of visa before. (They may renew a previously issued U.S. visa that is still valid or expired within the last 48 months).

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: Children under the age of 14 who are residents of Kazakhstan do not need to appear in person unless requested. Non-resident children must attend their interview personally regardless of age. Children under the age of 16 may be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of the interview. The child’s parent(s) or legal guardian may provide a power of attorney or authorization letter if the child will be accompanied by another adult to the interview.

Q: Is an original birth certificate required for children under 16?
A: Yes, it is.