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Visa requirements for U.S. citizens traveling abroad

If you are a U.S. citizen planning to travel outside the U.S., you may need a visa to enter a foreign country. Learn how to find your destination's visa requirements.

While not all countries require visas for American travelers, many do. Look up your destination using the U.S. State Department's Learn About Your Destination search tool . On the country’s information page, you will find entry, exit, and visa requirements. You will also find travel advisories and a link to the country’s embassy.

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Socialist republic of vietnam, in the united states of america.

  • Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh (2014 - 2018)
  • Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong (2011-2014)
  • Ambassador Le Cong Phung (2008 - 2011)
  • Ambassador Nguyen Tam Chien (2001 - 2007)
  • Ambassador Le Van Bang (1995 - 2001)
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  • Viet Nam's visa procedures
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I. to apply for a visa to come to vietnam, you have the following options:.

For you best convenience in applying tourist visa to Viet Nam, you can leave the required information on our visa application assistant portal:  https://vnmvisa-assistant.web.app

1. APPLY AT THE EMBASSY (STANDARD VISA)

a) Apply in-person at the Embassy ;

b) Apply by mail to the Embassy .

Address and contacts: see Part IV below

2. APPLY THROUGH  THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT (EVISA)

Access the link administered by the Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security of Viet Nam (evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn)

Note: If have any difficulties or problems occur while applying for the e-visa, please contact the Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security via email: [email protected] or hotline: +84.24.382.640.26

II. Processing time (at the Embassy of Viet Nam)

1. If applicant hasn't had the letter of approval: Five (05) working days after submission of complete application with all required documentation and fee

* Expedited service: 1 (one) to 4 (four) working days upon your request (to be issued at the Embassy). In case applying by mail, kindly attach an Expedited service or URGENT note/label on your envelope or in your application package.

2. If applicant already had the letter of approval: Three (03) business days after submission of complete application with all required documentation and fee.

* Expedited service: 24-hour processing time (additional fee is required). Kindly attach an Expedited service or URGENT note/label on your envelope or in your application package.

*Note: You can request your hosting/ inviting organization or individual to carry out the procedures to request the competent authority of Vietnam to grant the approval

III. Other important notices

* Make sure you check all personal information printed on your visa. In case you find any inaccuracy, please contact the Embassy immediately for correction.

* Visa’s length and number of entries: your visa can be issued with the length and the number of entries not exceeding that indicated in the visa approval by the competent authority of Vietnam. US citizens can be granted multiple visas with the length up to 01 year.

* Duration of stay: the length of your visa validity is indicated on the visa. You can only enter Viet Nam from the date of entry printed on the visa and must leave by the end of the expiration date.

* The Embassy reserves the right to request further information and documentation from applicants and reject any visa application without explanation

IV. ​​​​   For more information (only for visa applicant at the Embassy) , please contact the Consular Division of the Embassy:

* Business hours: 9:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M and 02:00 P.M – 04:30 P.M from Monday through Friday, except on  Viet Nam and United States holidays .

- Address: 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington D.C., 20036.

- Telephone: (202) 999 6589 (text message/call); (202) 716 8666 (text message/call); (202) 999 6938 (text message/call).

- Fax: 202-861-0917; Email:  [email protected]

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Learn more about the new measures

Venezuelan passport holders

You may need to complete extra steps when you fill out your application .

If the printed expiry date on your Venezuelan passport has passed

If the printed expiry date has passed and you’re applying for a visitor visa, study permit, work permit or to extend your stay as a temporary resident in Canada, follow these steps:

  • Add 5 years to the printed expiry date shown on your passport and enter it in the expiry date field of the application form.
  • Include a letter of explanation with your application stating: “I am a Venezuelan national with a Venezuelan passport, which has been extended for 5 years”.

Warning: If your passport is still expired after adding 5 years to the printed expiry date, your passport is considered expired. You’re not eligible to submit an application with that passport.

Prepare documents and apply

The reason you’re traveling to Canada determines the way you apply and the documents you need to submit with your visa application.

Why are you applying for a visitor visa?

  • To visit as a tourist
  • To visit for business
  • To visit your spouse or partner who has sponsored you for permanent residence

What is your family member’s status in Canada?

  • Canadian citizen
  • Person registered under Canada’s Indian Act
  • Canadian permanent resident
  • Temporary resident in Canada
  • For compassionate reasons
  • To join a vessel as a marine crew member (known as a “seafarer”)
  • None of the above

Do you plan to visit your children or grandchildren for more than 6 months?

You may be eligible to apply for a Super Visa

A super visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for 5 years at a time. It’s a visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years.

Find out how to apply for a Super Visa

Step 1 Gather documents

Gather these documents to submit with your visa application and bring when you travel.

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required—some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the recommended documents that prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you in addition to what is listed here.

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic)  from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine-readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear, colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you’ll use to travel to Canada

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit this document with your visa application.

Family members or third parties who apply on behalf of the applicant need to complete this form.

Submit the completed form with your visa application.

Each applicant 18 years or older must complete this form.

Submit the completed form with your visa application

Documents needed depend on whether a child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada .

Submit these with your visa application.

  • Show the border services officer when you arrive in Canada.

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.

Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

Include a clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit this document with your visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada

Include copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Use this form if you want to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to release your personal information to someone you choose.

The person you choose will be able to get information on your case file, such as the status of your application.

Business visitor

A clear, colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada

Submit this with your visa application.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside your country

Copies of any of the following:

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include the following:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • state or province
  • Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

A letter from a business or company in Canada

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the business or company inviting you to Canada

  • The letter must be written to you from the business or company.

Consult the details to include in the letter .

Visit your spouse or partner who sponsored you for permanent residence

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada

This can include a copy of

  • a marriage certificate
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM5409)
  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

The documents needed depend on whether a child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on whether the minor child travels alone

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

A letter written by your family member in Canada

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada

  • The letter must be written to you from your family member.
  • current Salary

Complete the form that declares you and your partner are in a common-law relationship. Also provide proof that you and your common-law partner have combined your affairs and set up a household together.

What is a common-law partner?

Proof can include

  • joint bank accounts or credit cards
  • joint ownership of a home
  • joint residential leases
  • joint rental receipts
  • joint utilities (electricity, gas, telephone)
  • joint management of household expenses
  • proof of joint purchases, especially for household items
  • mail addressed to either person or both people at the same address

Faster visitor visa processing for spousal applicants

If you’re being sponsored for permanent residence (PR) by your spouse or partner, you could benefit from faster processing for a visitor visa.

You may be eligible if you

  • submitted an application to be sponsored for permanent residence
  • received an acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) that confirms the application is in progress

Applications that need more information, for example custody documents for a child, will take longer to process.

When your sponsor receives the AOR for your permanent residence application, you can apply for a visitor visa. If you’re eligible, your visitor visa application will automatically receive faster processing. You don’t need to request it.

You must still meet all of the requirements to be eligible for a visitor visa .

Visit family (Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act, or permanent resident of Canada)

Submit with visa application

Visit children or grandchildren Super visa option

Submit this with your visa or super visa application.

For super visa applicants only

Proof that medical insurance for at least $100,000 coverage has been purchased from a Canadian insurance company.

A copy of the insurance certificate or policy you received for medical insurance coverage for 1 year with a Canadian insurance company.

Submit this with your super visa application.

Documents that show that the super visa applicant’s child or grandchild meets the low income cut-off minimum.

Submit one of the following documents:

  • If the child or grandchild does not have a paper copy of their notice of assessment on file, they can view and print their tax returns as well as other personal tax information using the Canada Revenue Agency My Account online service.
  • a copy of the child’s or grandchild’s most recent T4 or T1
  • an original letter from the child’s or grandchild’s employer stating their job title, job description and salary
  • a letter from an accountant confirming the child’s or grandchild’s annual income, if they are self-employed.
  • proof of other sources of income (pension statement, investments, etc.)

A document confirming that you had an  immigration medical exam (IME)

The exam must conducted by a panel physician authorized by IRCC.

Get complete details about how to get a medical exam with a panel physician.

Submit this with your super visa application, or wait for instructions from the visa office.

Visit family (temporary resident of Canada)

A letter written by your family in Canada

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do once in Canada

Visit for compassionate reasons

A clear, colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

  • Show the border services officer when you arrive in Canada

A letter written to you from a person or business inviting you to Canada

A copy of the letter from the person or business inviting you to Canada

  • registration for an event.

Please indicate clearly if family members will accompany you to Canada.

Submit the following documents with your visa application:

  • digital copy of Seaman’s Book
  • digital copy of a signed Letter of Invitation from a ship or port agent in Canada
  • digital copy of an Introduction Letter from recruiter shipping agency or vessel owner
  • digital copy of the employment contract

Step 2 Apply through the IRCC Portal

Step 2 apply.

To apply for a visitor visa to visit Canada on business, you need to qualify as a business visitor.

To qualify, you must show that:

  • you plan to stay for less than 6 months
  • you don’t plan to enter the Canadian labour market
  • your main place of business and source of income and profits is outside Canada

Business visitor activities include business meetings, special events or training for a few days or weeks.

If your meeting, event or conference is registered with us, include the event code in your application. You should get this code from the organizer.

Note: If you plan to stay for more than 6 months, or if you plan to work in Canada, you may be considered a temporary worker and have to  apply for a work permit .

To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and a valid credit or debit card.

Read the instruction guide before you complete your application. As an online applicant, you can ignore steps 3 and 4 of the guide (paying the fees and submitting your application).

If you’re applying for the first time , you must pay the biometrics fee when you submit your application (unless you’re exempt). Otherwise, you may experience delays.

Apply through the IRCC Secure account

Sign in to your IRCC secure account

Apply through the IRCC Portal

Only for tourists, visiting for business, family visits, compassionate reasons

Sign in to the IRCC portal

To apply for a visitor visa to join a vessel as a marine crew member (seafarer) , you must

  • be travelling to Canada to join a ship’s crew
  • hold a seafarer’s identity document
  • hold a valid passport or travel document
  • have proof of employment on a vessel at a Canadian port

As a seafarer, you’re not eligible for a transit visa and you must apply for a visitor visa (temporary resident visa).

Note: When asked to “Tell us more about what you’ll do in Canada”, include “Join vessel” or “Seafarer”.

Register to the IRCC portal

Applying on paper for specific situations

If you need a visitor visa to travel to Canada, you must apply online for one. Only online applications will be accepted and processed. However, you can apply on paper if:

  • you can’t apply online because of a disability or
  • you’re travelling with an identity or travel document that was issued to a refugee, a stateless person or a non-citizen

The application package includes an instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

Read the guide carefully before you complete your application . We will not refund your application fee, so make sure you need a visitor visa before you apply.

Each individual applicant must submit a completed application form. Applicants under the age of 18 must have this form signed by a parent or a guardian.

Download the application package .

Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application.

If you’re applying for the first time, you must pay the biometrics fee when you submit your application (unless you’re exempt). Otherwise, you may experience delays.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for

  • your medical exam
  • a police certificate

Our instruction guides (opens in a new tab) can help you understand which fees apply to you.

Submit your application

Families should send their individual applications in one package. The principal applicant must send this combined package to the location where their application will be processed.

Select the country/territory you’ll be applying from to find out where to submit your application. You can choose your country of nationality or the country or territory where you have been legally admitted:

  • Afghanistan
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Comoros Island
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Liechtenstein
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia (Republic of)
  • Palestinian Authority (Gaza)
  • Palestinian Authority (West Bank)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Switzerland
  • Timor-Leste (Timor oriental)
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • US Virgin Islands

If you need to give biometrics (fingerprints and photograph), and you’re applying on paper, submit your application in person . VAC staff will check that it is complete and will confirm that you have paid the correct fees before you can give your biometrics.

Credit cards and prepaid cards

We accept the following credit cards and prepaid cards:

  • MasterCard ®
  • American Express ®
  • UnionPay ® (for online applications only; debit cards not accepted)

If you use a prepaid credit card, keep it for at least 18 months after you pay to make refunds easier. Find more on prepaid cards .

We also accept all Visa Debit cards.

The card you use doesn’t have to be in your name. The cardholder’s name will appear on the receipt but it does not need to match your application.

Debit cards

  • be from a Canadian bank using INTERAC ® Online
  • be registered for online banking through your bank’s website

We also accept all Debit MasterCard ® and Visa ® Debit cards. If your card has the Visa Debit logo on it, alone or with the INTERAC ® Online logo, select Visa Debit as your payment method.

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  • 8 Things You Need to Know About Getting a US Visa

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With the summer travel season around the corner, we are fielding many travel and visa application questions. Here are answers to your most frequently asked questions.

1. What happens when you apply for a US visa?

When you apply, you fill out an application online, pay the fee, and schedule an interview at a US embassy or consulate. On the day of your interview, you take all your relevant documentation with you and answer an officer’s questions.

2. What happens during the interview?

While the Department of State (DOS) calls this step an interview, it is not a sit-down with an officer. The officer is usually behind bullet-proof glass.

Consular officers at high-volume posts like Mexico City, New Delhi, São Paolo, Monterrey, and Guangzhou can be interviewing up to 120 visa applicants per day. Their interviews are quick. Even at less busy posts, your interview is likely to be short.

Given the short time, it is best to be prepared for the interview. You don’t want to be flipping through your documents to find answers to the officer’s questions.

Being prepared includes having a brief elevator pitch explaining your reasons and qualifications for the visa. It also includes anticipating the officer’s questions and having your answers ready.

3. How long will it take to get my visa?

The time to get your visa depends on where you apply for the visa and whether your visa is approved at your interview or marked for administrative processing (discussed further below).

Visa processing delays lengthened first during the Trump administration and then in a big way during the Covid-19 pandemic. The backlog of visa applications persists in many places. This means the wait for an interview for visas at some locations can stretch to 8, 9, even 12 months or more.

Where one applies for the visa matters. You can get a preliminary idea of the wait by putting the embassy or consulate location into the Visa Appointment Wait Time calculator on this page (please scroll down to see it) and then looking at the time estimated for your visa type.

4. Can I apply for a visa at any US embassy or consulate?

Theoretically you can. But you want to choose wisely.

Some consular posts, including some locations in Brazil, India, and China, have been known to have high fraudulent activity, sending many applications for administrative processing. Your application could be unnecessarily delayed in certain locations.

Consulates and embassies can also shut down processing due to political considerations. For example, the war in Ukraine prompted some countries in Eastern Europe to stop processing visas for Russian citizens for a while. Political situations make access to some countries a moving target for some foreign nationals.

It is best to verify the consular post and access to the desired country by checking with an immigration attorney before applying.

5. Can I get my visa from Mexico or Canada?

While the ease of traveling to Mexico and Canada may tempt you, going there isn’t usually a fast solution to get your visa and can get expensive. Waits can still be long.

At Monterrey (Mexico), for example, while an H visa applicant would wait only 7 calendar days for an interview, a travel visa applicant (B1/B2) would wait 672 days – that’s almost 2 years!

Once you are there, the consulate or embassy will take your passport while it processes your visa. That means you are stuck in that country until you get your passport back.

Processing can take as much as 8 weeks or longer. Unless you know someone there and have a place to stay, that will be a very high hotel bill!

6. Where is the best place to get my visa?

The best place for foreign nationals to get their visa stamp is in their home country. I realize it is not always possible to travel there for that purpose.

7. What is administrative processing?

Administrative processing is the DOS’s term for a visa application that needs review beyond the consular interview.

It does not mean your visa is denied. It means the officer wants to investigate further before adjudicating your visa application.

Reasons your application may prompt administrative processing include:

  • Incomplete documentation
  • Not answering the officer’s questions well, or leaving them with questions about the purpose of your trip, your financial stability, or your ties to your home country
  • Security questions, such as whether the technology a foreign national works with has military implications
  • Prior visa denial
  • Criminal history

8. How can I avoid an administrative processing delay?

There is no ironclad way to avoid administrative processing. But you can minimize the likelihood of a delay by choosing your visa application site wisely, gathering all the relevant documentation, and preparing as much as possible for your interview.

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Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, please review the current wait time for an interview using the tool below. Not all visa applications can be completed on the day of the interview; please read the information below for more details .

Check the estimated wait time for a nonimmigrant visa interview appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Note: Please check the individual Embassy or Consulate website to determine if your case is eligible for a waiver of the in-person interview.

Applicants scheduling visa appointments in a location different from their place of residence should check post websites for nonresident wait times.

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Wait Time for Interview

The estimated wait time to receive a nonimmigrant visa interview appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate and is based on workload and staffing and can vary from week to week. The information provided is an estimate and does not guarantee the availability of an appointment.

Wait Time for Interview Waiver

Wait times for applicants eligible for Interview Waiver are applicable only for locations where applicants schedule appointments to submit their passport and any required documents to a U.S. embassy or consulate. The wait time estimate does not account for the time required for a consular officer to adjudicate the application nor mailing time of passports or other documents. Refer to the website of the Embassy or Consulate Visa Section where you will apply to determine your eligibility for Interview Waiver and for instructions for submitting a nonimmigrant visa application. Note that applicants must be a national or resident of the country where they are applying to be eligible to apply via Interview Waiver.

Qualifications for an Expedited Interview Appointment

Consular sections overseas may be able to expedite your interview date if there is an urgent, unforeseen situation such as a funeral, medical emergency, or school start date. The process to request an expedited nonimmigrant visa interview varies by location. You should refer to the instructions on the website of the Embassy or Consulate Visa Section  where you will interview, or on their online appointment scheduling site. You will need to provide proof of the need for an earlier appointment.

In all cases : You must first submit the online visa application form (DS-160), pay the application fee, and schedule the first available interview appointment. Only at this point will a consular section consider your request for an expedited appointment.

Note: Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for expedited appointments. For such travel, please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.

These estimates do not include time required for administrative processing, which may affect some applications. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.

There are only two possible outcomes for U.S. visa applications. The consular officer will either issue or refuse the visa. If a visa applicant has not established that he or she is eligible for a visa, the consular officer must refuse that application. However, some refused visa applications may require further administrative processing. When administrative processing is required, the consular officer will inform the applicant at the end of the interview. The duration of the administrative processing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. At the conclusion of the administrative processing period, the consular officer might conclude that an applicant is now qualified for the visa for which he or she applied. The officer may also conclude that the applicant remains ineligible for a visa. Visa applicants are reminded to apply early for their visas, well in advance of the anticipated travel date.

Important Notice:   Except in cases of emergency travel (i.e. serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family), before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants should wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

About Visa Processing Wait Times – Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

Information about nonimmigrant visa wait times for interviews and visa processing time frames are shown on this website, as well as on U.S. Embassy and Consulate websites worldwide. It should be noted that the “Wait Times for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed” information by country does not include time required for administrative processing. Processing wait time also does not include the time required to return the passport to applicants, by either courier services or the local mail system.

In addition, it is important to thoroughly review all information on the specific  Embassy or Consulate Visa Section website  for local procedures and instructions, such as how to make an interview appointment. Embassy and Consulate websites will also explain any additional procedures for students, exchange visitors and those persons who need an earlier visa interview appointment.

About Wait Times

* Calendar days refers to every day of the week, including days when embassies are closed (such as weekends and holidays).

* Wait times are generally the MAXIMUM amout of time you will have to wait to get an appointment.  Appointments are continuously being added and you will likely be given an opportunity to move your appointment up as new appointments are opened.

† Work days refers only to days when the embassy is open and does not include weekends and holidays.      

‡ A, G, and NATO applications are excluded from these wait times, as they are processed separately.

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