Welcome to the U.S. Embassy's Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) website! We are excited that you are interested in traveling to the United States and hope that this website makes it easier for you to select and apply for the proper visa.
Who needs a visa? Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement, or whose registration has been denied under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
We strongly encourage you to apply for a visa well in advance of your proposed journey, and not to make irrevocable travel plans until you receive your passport with a visa.
Diplomatic visas and
Government-Sponsored J programs
Applicants for no-fee visas in categories including:
• A (Officials in Foreign Governments),
• G (International Organizations & NATO),
• C-3 (Foreign Government Officials in Transit),
• Government-Sponsored J programs, and
• Diplomatic passport holders,
please see this page for details on visa processing.
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act: The Department of State wants to ensure that each nonimmigrant is aware of his/her rights, as well as protections and resources available, when working in the United States. To learn more, review the Nonimmigrant Rights, Protections and Resources pamphlet, please click here.
Last Updated: January 2015
Application Status Check
Applicants for nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) can view the status of their visa cases through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) by entering their DS-160 barcode number and the interview location.