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Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant Visas

A nonimmigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission into the U.S. who is not eligible to travel without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, or is not exempt from the visa requirement.

Nonimmigrant visas cover visits for tourism, business, work or study.

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 visa applications.  Refer to Embassy London's E-visa page for further information about this visa category. 

Fraud Warning

Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer any assistance in obtaining U.S. visas.  There are many websites which attempt to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official U.S. government websites. Many may have a U.S. flag or picture of an official U.S. Government building or famous U.S. person to mislead you into believing that the website is sponsored by the U.S. Government, when they are not. They may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information about immigration procedures, which are otherwise free on the Department of State Visa Services Website, or overseas through the Embassy Consular Section Websites. Additionally, they may require you to pay for services you will not receive by contacting you by email to take advantage of their false offer to get a U.S. Visa.

If you are seeking a U.S. visa or service, we strongly recommend that you read the Department of State's fraud warning on imposter or fraudulent websites, emails and advertisements before proceeding.


J-1 (Exchange) Visas