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Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant visas are for citizens of other countries coming to the United States for temporary stays. Travelers come for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of work. The type of visa you need is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel.

A nonimmigrant visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry such as an airport and request permission from a Department of Homeland Security immigration inspector to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

Do not schedule a visa interview appointment until you have read the following information carefully.  As processing time for individual visas may vary, we strongly encourage you to schedule your interview well in advance of your travel.  Final travel plans should not be made or non-refundable tickets purchased until you have your passport with a visa.

Step 1: Application Procedure and Forms

Many answers to questions you may have about nonimmigrant visas have already been answered in our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Please review this page before contacting us.

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.