Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil have suspended routine nonimmigrant visa appointments. For information on immigrant visa processing visit the immigrant visa page. In mid-May, the Embassy and Consulates will resume processing student visa applications for applicants whose academic programs commence on or after August 1, 2021. To schedule your visa appointment, please access the Visa Appointment Service.”
We continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates have extended the validity of payments (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations. For information about visa services available at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, please visit usembassy.gov.
Information about the travel restrictions
- For information about travel restrictions related to the current Presidential Proclamations, please access https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/national-interest-exceptions-for-certain-travelers-from-china-Iran-brazil-south-africa-schengen-area-united-kingdom-and-ireland.html and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html.
- For frequently asked questions about visa processing during the COVID-19 pandemic and National Interest Exceptions, please access the Frequently Asked Questions About Visa Processing During the COVID-19 Pandemic page
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 to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in 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.
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 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html; and
- 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; and
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.
Warning: For security reasons, visa applicants and U.S. citizens are not allowed to enter the Embassy or Consulates with cell phones and other electronic devices (including but not limited to, smartwatches, activity monitoring devices, such as fitbits, tablets, laptops, and other recording devices). Bags, with the exception of one small purse or equivalent, are also not allowed. All visitors and items brought into the Embassy or Consulates are subject to a complete search. Neither the Embassy nor the Consulates have storage facilities for such items. We strongly discourage our customers from bringing these devices when they come to the Embassy or Consulates to conduct business. If you must bring these devices with you, there are private companies that provide storage facilities for a fee. These companies are not sanctioned by or otherwise affiliated with the U.S. government, and the U.S. government takes no responsibility for devices left in their care.