The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport and visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.
Each year the United States welcomes millions of visitors to explore our tourist attractions, study at a university, attend business meetings, or spend the holidays with family. We welcome you to apply for a non-immigrant visa and to “Discover America”. This website will help you learn more about visa categories, how to apply, the interview process, and allows you to apply online for a non-immigrant visa. We hope to see you soon!
Last Update: January 30, 2014
Individuals offering additional visa and passport services outside of the U.S. Embassy grounds are NOT affiliated with the Embassy. The Embassy warns visa applicants of the dangers of using document vendors and visa facilitators who operate in front of or near the Embassy. These vendors dishonestly claim to represent the Embassy by presenting false credentials that appear official, wearing shirts that say “staff,” or claiming that they have connections to the Embassy or Consular Section. There are no Embassy employees working in front of the Embassy on consular or passport matters.
These individuals are in no way affiliated with the Embassy. The Consular Section encourages all applicants to avoid using these unscrupulous vendors who grossly overcharge for services. In some cases, these vendors will offer fake visa document packages that include fake job and invitation letters.
Visa applicants are responsible for all the information in their applications, even if the application is filled out by someone else. Use of questionable vendors can result in the denial of a visa and/or ineligibilities to travel to the United States.
Visa applicants should complete their applications, pay their fees, and print out confirmation pages or any other documents at home or with trusted sources before they come to the Embassy. Read more.