Visiting the United States of America
Nonimmigrant visas are for travelers who plan to go to the United States for a short duration for tourism, medical treatment, school, business or for temporary work. A nonimmigrant visa will not give you legal permanent residency (a “green card”) or allow you to stay indefinitely in the United States. Depending on the class of visa, it may be illegal for you to work in the United States. Failure to abide by the rules of your visa may jeopardize your chances to obtain a visa in the future, so it is important that you pay attention to the appropriate regulations.
We recommend that travelers who require a visa apply weeks or a few months ahead of their trip, to make sure that they obtain their visa on time.
Please note that simply obtaining a visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed into the United States. The officers at the port of entry will make a final determination on whether and for how long you can be admitted to the United States.
The information in this website is designed to help you to understand the process and, if a visa interview is required, to come to the interview prepared. Simply click on one of the links below or on the left side of the page to begin.
The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system. We are operating at a significantly reduced capacity and will be until we clear the document backlog.
This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.
We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon. We will be posting updates to as more information becomes available.