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Nonimmigrant Visas

The Department of State has announced an increase in nonimmigrant visa application (Machine Readable Visa - MRV) fees, effective April 13, 2012. Click here to learn more about how this change may impact you.
Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers, (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily. This visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security immigration inspector to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

International travelers come to the United States for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel.

Do not schedule an appointment until you have read the following information carefully.  As processing times for visa may vary, we strongly encourage you to schedule your interview well in advance of your travel.  Final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued and you are in receipt of the passport.

Step 1: Application Procedure and Forms

Many answers to questions you may have about nonimmigrant visa have already been answered in our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Please review this page before contacting us; we can only address questions that are not already covered by our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check the Status of Your Visa Case

  • All visa applicants can now view the status of their visa cases from the CEAC launch page ( Applicants should first check the status of their case online before contacting the Consulate.

    In order to use the CEAC Status Check, non-immigrant visa (NIV) applicants should enter their CEAC Barcode number and their interview location.

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