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Non-Immigrant Visas

Important notice

  • June 25 , 2015

    Systems issues that have affected the Department of State’s ability to issue visas are being resolved. The Embassy is currently able to print some visas and we are working as quickly as possible to clear the backlog of pending visa cases. Visa applicants should, however, expect some continued delays receiving their visas. As always, we strongly recommend that you refrain from finalizing your travel arrangements, including purchasing your airline ticket, until you have received your visa in hand. We apologize to applicants and recognize that this may cause hardship to applicants waiting for visas.

    All applicants can schedule appointments as normal. Nonimmigrant visa applicants can find step-by-step instructions on how to apply on Nonimmigrant visa applicants with urgent travel should follow the instructions for expedited appointments found on

    Additional information can be found at:



Welcome to the U.S. Embassy's Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) website! We are pleased that you are interested in traveling to the United States and hope that this website makes it easier for you to select and apply for the proper visa.

Who needs a visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement, or whose registration has been denied under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

We strongly encourage you to apply for a visa well in advance of your proposed journey, and not to make irrevocable travel plans until you receive your passport with a visa.

How to Apply for a Visa?

To learn about our visa application process and to schedule an appointment, please visit the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website.

Please also go to the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Diplomatic Visas and Government-Sponsored Programs

Applicants for no-fee visas in categories including A, G, C-3, government-sponsored J programs, and diplomatic passport holders, please see this page for details on visa processing.

The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

The Department of State wants to ensure that each nonimmigrant is aware of his/her rights, as well as protections and resources available, when working in the United States. To learn more, review the Nonimmigrant Rights, Protections and Resources pamphlet.

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  • Mail-In Visa Renewal Program expanded!

    Have a current U.S. visa or one that expired in the last 48 months?  Want to save time and money and avoid coming to the Embassy or Consulate for an interview?  You may be able to take advantage of our expanded visa renewal program.

    Applicants may now qualify to renew their visas by mail if their prior visa expired no more than 48 months ago, and meet all the other requirements for renewal without interview.  For more information, please visit

    Please note that to renew an E, H, L, P, or R visa, the prior visa must still be valid or must have expired no more than 12 months ago.

  • Visa Renewal by Mail

    If you are renewing your visa, you may be able to do so by mail. Check if you are eligible for the renewal without interview “dropbox” program. All applicants eligible for renewal by mail MUST print two copies of the dropbox confirmation letter with barcodes. One copy of the letter will be submitted to the Vietnam Post location, and one copy MUST BE INCLUDED with your passport, application, and other supporting documents for renewal. Your renewal by mail cannot be processed without the dropbox confirmation letter. 

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Visa status check

  • CEAC Applicants for nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) can view the status of their visa cases through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) by entering their DS-160 barcode number and the interview location.

    Please note, all nonimmigrant cases created within the past year that have not been closed will be available in CEAC Visa Status Check.  Nonimmigrant visa cases that have been closed will be available for three months from the date they are closed.

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