This section provides information on visa requirements for travelers who wish to visit, work, or study for a temporary period in the United States. The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of your travel. Please note that a visa is not a guarantee of entry into the U.S.; only an immigration officer at the port of entry determines whether or not you may enter as well as your authorized duration of stay.
You must now complete your online application in the Consular Electronic Application Center before scheduling a visa interview.
Your visa application may be subject to an administrative procedure, which could last several weeks. Therefore, we recommend not making travel plans until you have received your visaed passport.
Average Wait Time for a Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Appointment
Please see up-to-date wait times at the Department of State's Visa Wait Time Information Page. Please also note that the published Visa Wait Time is an average, and timing for a particular case will vary based on individual circumstances. Many additional factors, such as the need for special clearances, incomplete applications, and fraud investigations, may require extra time.
Updated: September 22, 2011