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Non-Immigrant Visas


The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category.  We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers.  We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing.  We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.

Applicants who interviewed with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate after July 21 and would like their passports returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact with their name and passport number. 

Applicants who have an urgent need to travel to the United States may contact with their name, passport number, and nature of the emergency.  Please understand that only true emergencies of an extraordinary humanitarian nature can be considered for exceptional handling. 

We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience.

We have made significant progress and issued most of the delayed visas worldwide.  We are working to bring our systems back to full operational capacity. We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays. 

Who Needs a Non-Immigrant Visa?

Most individuals travelling to the United States require a visa.  However, some individuals may travel without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  Additionally, based on a bilateral agreement, in certain circumstances, many Bahamians and citizens of the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands do not require a visa.  For the most up-to-date information regarding travelling to the United States, please look at Travel.State.Gov.

Please note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on a U.S. passport.

How Do I Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa?

Please do not forget to apply early!  Visa appointments are limited, and space fills up quickly.  The earlier you apply, the easier it is for you to plan your travel.

Easy 5-Step Fact Sheet for you to use in applying for a visa (PDF 94.4KB).

It is very important to follow these directions in order for your application and interview experience to go as smooth as possible.  The most common problems applicants encounter are forgetting their DS-160 confirmation page and/or a problem with their photograph.  DO NOT FORGET your confirmation page, and to not have the photo problems, please visit the photo requirements here.


For additional information on the new visa application procedures, please visit the “How to Apply” page and/or download the printable Factsheet (PDF 94.4KB).  Common questions are also addressed on the new “Frequently Asked Questions” page.


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