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Non-Immigrant Visas

Temporary Visit

To apply for a non-immigrant visa follow these three steps:

1. Click HERE to fill out the DS-160 application for non-immigrant visa.

2. Click HERE to create an account and print the pay slip to be presented at the bank.

3. If you need assistance in creating an account, printing the pay slip or scheduling an appointment please call 0-800-017-2599 to speak to a customer service representative. There is no cost for this call.

4. Also please remember to bring two passport-size photos with you to your appointment.

Most temporary visitors to the United States must apply for and obtain a nonimmigrant visa before beginning their journey. 

There are several types of nonimmigrant visas; in order to apply for a nonimmigrant visa your travel purpose must be temporary in nature.

The information in this website is designed to help you understand the process and, if a visa interview is required, to come to the interview prepared.  Simply click on one of the links on the left side of the page to begin.

A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to the United States port-of-entry and request permission from Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

Most nonimmigrant visa applicants must appear in person for an interview. Interviews are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.  Although consular staff makes every effort to process visa applications quickly, applicants should be prepared to wait up to three hours during peak visa processing times, particularly before school holidays and during the summer. Children applying for visas are required to be present at the interview.

Due to the high interest in travel to the United States, we encourage visa applicants to schedule their appointments at least one month in advance of travel plans. Current visa wait times are published online (see Visa Wait Time).

Please do not arrive for your visa interview more than 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Applicants are not permitted entry into the embassy if they arrive early. 

Also, please be aware that there are no protected waiting areas outside the U.S. Embassy to provide shelter from the rain or sun. Please bring an umbrella if it is raining, since there is no overhead protection outside the consular entrance.  In addition, arriving shortly before your appointment reduces congestion and allows for an orderly and safe process for everyone. 

Consular officers can perform interviews only in the English or Spanish languages.  If you do not speak either of those languages fluently, please bring a translator.  If you do not and the officer cannot communicate with you, you may be required to return at a later time with a translator.

Types of Non Immigrant Visas:

Business & Tourism (B1/B2)

Domestic Employees (B1/B2)

Studying in the U.S. (F, M)

Exchange Visitors (J)

Petition Based Employment (H,L,O,P)

NAFTA Professionals (TN)

Investing in the US (E1, E2)

Media and Journalists (I)

Transit (C)

Crewmembers (D)

Religious Occupations (R)

Diplomats and Officials (A, G)

S Visas (S)

Victims of Trafficking (T)

Victims of Serious Crime (U)

Fiancees (K)

Additional Resources

Information for U.S. citizen travelers and foreign visitors to the United States

Student Visas to study in the United State

Employment visas to work in the United State

Information on Immigrating to the United States of America

Electronic System for Travel Authorization and the Visa Waiver Program

Information on Biometrics