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Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant Visas

Canadian/Mexican/Bermudan nationals may be exempt from the visa requirement.  

Citizens of 38 countries (including the United Kingdom and Ireland) traveling to the U.S. for tourism and/or business may be eligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) provided they meet VWP criteria and have ESTA (electronic authorization from the Department of Homeland Security to travel without a visa). 

A nonimmigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission into the U.S. for tourism, business, work or study who is not exempt from the visa requirement or eligible to travel visa-free as above.  Travelers with a visa should NOT apply for ESTA. 

With limited exceptions, nonimmigrant visa applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a U.S. consular officer. The Consulate does not accept walk-in applications. Applicants under the age of 14 or those aged 80 or over are generally not required to appear in person and may apply for a visa by mail.    

Visa Categories & How to Apply for a Visa

For information about all the different nonimmigrant visa categories and about the visa application process, refer to How to Apply for a Visa

Note: Belfast does not process E1 or E2 Treaty/Trader or K1 Fiance(e) visa applications.  Refer to Embassy London's E-visa page or London's K1 Visa Information page for further information about these visa categories. 

J-1 (Exchange) Visas