Visas

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, or visa related questions, please visit the following website:https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

Presidential Proclamations

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under P.P. 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. For FAQs and more information related to P.P. 9645 and 9983, please visit:https://tr.usembassy.gov/visas/faqs-regarding-pp-9645-and-pp-9983/

On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded P.P. 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.” For more information, please visit:https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html

Five geographical COVID-19 Proclamations (P.P. 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996, and 10041) and one Labor Market Proclamation suspending entry to certain visa applicants (P.P. 10052) remains in effect. Please find more information about these geographic proclamations in appropriate visa services page, found here:https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

CDC Requirements for Entry into the United States

Effective January 26, 2021, the United States requires all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days (72 hours) before their flight departs, and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For information on COVID-19 testing and mask requirements please, visit the CDC website for international travelers:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html

 

 

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

U.S. visa information [in English] – Available to the public by telephone at Visa Services, Public Inquiries Division, Washington DC (202) 485-7600. A selection of pre-recorded information and the ability to talk to a visa specialist Monday-Friday, from 8:30-5:00 p.m. (ET) is provided.

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