How Do You Make a U.S. Embassy Visa Appointment?


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Applicants make U.S. embassy visa appointments by contacting local embassies or consulates online or by phone. Individual embassies or consulates may have special instructions or preferences listed on their websites.

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How Do You Make a U.S. Embassy Visa Appointment?
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To locate the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, go to USEmbassy.gov, click on the appropriate part of the interactive map, then click on the location nearest the relevant area. On the top toolbar of the embassy website, click on Visas, then click on Immigrant Visas or Nonimmigrant Visas for detailed instructions on how to make a visa appointment. As part of the application process, most applicants, other than young children and the extremely elderly, must appear in person for an interview with all necessary documentation.

Visa interview appointment wait times vary from embassy to embassy. To find out the average wait time for a local embassy, go to the main page of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, click on U.S. Visas in the upper right, and under the heading Select a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, type in the name of the city of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The app gives average wait times for visitor, student and other non-immigrant visas. If the applicant needs an expedited interview appointment due to an emergency, go to the embassy website for instructions. Average wait times for appointments and visa processing are updated frequently.

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