The Department of State is aware of the various court orders regarding the reservation of DV-2020 and DV-2021 diversity visas. Public guidance will be published regarding the Department’s plan for complying with these orders as it becomes available.
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.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Visa section of this website is about U.S. visas for foreign citizens and nationals to travel to the United States.
Visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States. When planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.
For short-term visits to the United States (for tourism, business, education, and more), you can go directly to the online application (form DS-160). For immigrant visas, which are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live and work permanently in the United States, you can visit the U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services site for the relevant forms. If you are unsure what type of visa you need, please use the Visa Wizard below.
The Nonimmigrant Visa unit is currently providing emergency services for certain limited travel purposes and a limited number of routine appointments in the following nonimmigrant visa categories: B1/B2, C1/D, E, F, H, J, L, M, O, P, Q, and R. However, services in all categories may be unavailable from time to time due to current COVID conditions and resource limitations.
Routine services in all other NIV visa categories remain suspended. If you have an urgent nonimmigrant visa matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided here to request an emergency appointment if your travel falls into one of the listed categories.
We will resume other routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. Please continue to check this website for updates.
The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule a nonimmigrant visa interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2023. Appointments can be changed up to ten times.
While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. If you have an urgent immigrant visa matter, please email the National Visa Center (NVCExpedite@state.gov) and provide the reason for the expedite request, the case number, the petitioner’s name and date of birth, and the beneficiary’s name and date of birth. Expedite requests made directly to the Embassy will not receive a response.