The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.
Meanwhile, to prevent further delays, please complete your DS-160; Online Visa Application Form at least 48 hours prior to your appointment time.
Welcome to the U.S. Embassy's Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) website! We are pleased 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.
How to Apply for a Visa
To learn about our visa application process and to schedule an appointment, please visit the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website.
Diplomatic visas and government-sponsored programs
Applicants for no-fee visas in categories including A, G, C-3, 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.
Overheard a conversation that sounds suspicious?
Concerned that someone you know is breaking U.S. immigration law? Do the right thing by reporting incidents of fraud or abuse of U.S. visa and passport law to the U.S. Embassy.
Email us at SeoulReportFraud@state.gov or call the hotline at 02-397-4505. Please provide as much detail as possible. The information you provide will help protect both the United States and the Republic of Korea while facilitating legitimate travel.
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.
Please note, all nonimmigrant cases created within the past year that have not been closed will be available in CEAC Visa Status Check. Nonimmigrant visa cases that have been closed will be available for three months from the date they are closed.