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NO EXCEPTIONS – Change to Requirement About DS-160 Numbers and Visa Appointment Scheduling

Starting May 8, 2023, applicants who arrive at the Embassy with DS-160 confirmation pages that do not match the DS-160 number/Application ID in the appointment system will be turned away. Please click on the link to read more about this important change.

Important Notice: Validity of the Nonimmigrant Visa Fee (MRV Fee)

All receipts for payment of Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fees issued before October 1, 2022, will expire September 30, 2023. There will be no extensions of fee validity. Applicants must schedule an appointment or submit an interview waiver application before September 30, 2023 to avoid paying a new fee. Please note that the interview itself does not need to take place before September 30, 2023, but an interview appointment needs to be made in the system, even if it is scheduled months into the future. Furthermore, applicants using MRV fees paid before October 1, 2022 to book an appointment are cautioned not to attempt to change their appointment dates on or after October 1, 2023. Doing so will result in forfeiture of both the original appointment slot and the MRV fee receipt. The applicant will be required to pay a new fee and submit a new application package.

Important Notice: Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fee Increases

Effective June 17, 2023, the application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B-1/B-2) and other non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas, such as student and exchange visitor visas, increased from $160 to $185.  The application fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) increases from $190 to $205.  The fee for treaty traders, treaty investors, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) increased from $205 to $315.

Applicants who have already paid a visa application fee that is currently valid and non-expired, but who have not yet appeared for their visa interview or are waiting for their case to be processed, will not be charged any additional fees.

Visit Travel.State.gov for more information.

What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa well in advance of your desired travel.  If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment.  Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as information from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States.  When planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.


What Type of Visa Do You Need?

Nonimmigrant visas are for foreign nationals wishing to enter the United States on a temporary basis – for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, study, or other similar reasons.  Visit the Official Visa Information and Appointment System website for information on how to apply.

Immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live permanently in the United States.  Visit Travel.State.gov to learn about the Immigrant Visa Process.

If you are unsure what type of visa you need, please use the Visa Wizard below.

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