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Press Releases 2005

U.S. Embassy Changes Visa Application Process: Appointments Now Required

April 27, 2005

Zagreb, Croatia, April 27, 2005 - The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is changing its system for interviewing applicants for non-immigrant visas. This change will affect most Croatians who wish to travel on tourism or business, study in the United States, or visit for other reasons.

In a continuing effort to provide timely and professional service to visa applicants, the Embassy will start accepting non-immigrant visa applications only by appointment, effective Monday, May 2, 2005.

Appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals and should reduce the time applicants spend waiting to be admitted to the embassy and interviewed. Beginning Wednesday, April 27, appointments must be scheduled by visiting our website at http://zagreb.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visas.html.

SUMMARY: As of May 2, 2005, you must have an appointment to be interviewed for a non-immigrant visa, and the appointment must be scheduled online via the Embassy website.

After a Consular Officer decides to issue the visa, most visas can be picked up the following business day at the Embassy. As an alternative, at the time of interview, applicants may instead provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope if they wish to have their passports returned by mail. Postage costs 15 kuna for registered mail.

For more information on how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please visit our website at http://zagreb.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visas.html.

Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Apply early, before finalizing your travel plans.