ANNOUNCEMENT: Please be aware that visa appointment scheduling, fee payment, and document delivery procedures have changed as of December 10, 2012. Please click here for an announcement regarding these changes. For detailed application instructions using the new system, click on the below type of visa best describing your purpose of travel.
A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. A Department of Homeland Security immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States.
What types of Visas are Available?
A Nonimmigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission into the United States who is not eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. Nonimmigrant visas cover visits for tourism, business, work or study.
Telephone inquiries accepted only Monday - Friday, 1:30 - 2:30 PM.
Please click here to read important information regarding emergency appointments.
An Immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant visa holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card (PRC) commonly known as a green card.
The Immigrant Visa Unit processes applications for immigrant visas by appointment only.
Telephone inquiries accepted Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 (noon).
New J-1 Website
The Department of State's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is a work and study based exchange program created to further mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.
Please click here to visit the new J-1 Exchange Visitor Program website.
- The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. Click here to learn more.
Forgot to turn in your I-94 form? Please click here to learn how to report your departer from the United States.