We are aware of the court order dated September 9, 2021 from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding diversity visa (DV) 2021. However, the DV 2021 processing period has now ended.
Note: Unless an exception applies, travelers to the United States cannot have been present in certain areas, including the United Kingdom, Schengen Area, Ireland, Iran, India, China, Brazil, and South Africa, within 14 days preceding travel to the United States. “Being present” includes transit. For travelers from Georgia, this means that if you do not qualify for an exception, you may not transit any of these areas—which include, but are not limited to, any location in Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, and Poland—en route to the United States, and you should plan your flight itinerary accordingly. Exceptions are listed on travel.state.gov and include U.S. citizens and permanent residents and some of their family members, among other travelers.
NOTE: Applicants required to appear at the Embassy for an interview or other consular service must meet the following requirements:
- Have no COVID or other illness symptoms in the last 14 days;
- Be physically present in Georgia for at least 10 days; and
- Comply with any Georgian Government quarantine and COVID testing requirements.
Access may be similarly restricted for applicants who were physically present in the last 10 days in areas within Georgia of epidemiological concern for increased COVID risk.
Please note that vaccination status does not affect the above requirements and there is no waiver of or exemption from these requirements.
Please click on the appropriate link below for Nonimmigrant Visas or Immigrant Visas for more information on our current level of services. 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.
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.
What is a Visa?
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.).
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
For questions related to the scheduling system online
· Please call the nonimmigrant visa scheduling service (GSS) at (995 32) 247-11-60 Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you are calling from within the United States, please dial 703-988-7103
To follow up on the status of your pending nonimmigrant visa case
· Please call (995 32) 247-11-60, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or send an email to email@example.com
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.