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Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries may be also able to visit the U.S. without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa.
Applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 applying for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. You must schedule an appointment for that interview, either online using this website or through the call center.
If you are an applicant whose visa has expired within the last 12 months and is applying to renew the same class of visa IF the visa was issued after August 21, 2007, you may be eligible for a mail-in application (if your visa was issued prior to this date, you will not qualify to renew your visa by mail). For more information, please click here.
If you are an applicant over 79 years of age, you may be eligible for a mail-in application. In addition to the documents you have to submit as listed in the Drop Box Confirmation Letter, you are also required to submit a letter explaining the trip you are planning to make, where you will be staying, and the purpose of your visit.
For applicants under 14 years of age, please note that only minors whose two guardians have valid U.S. visas or ESTAs will qualify for a mail-in application, or if one guardian has sole custody, this guardian must have a valid U.S. visa or ESTA. For more information, please click here.
Please note that in some instances, applicants younger than 14 or older than 79 may be subject to an interview by a consular officer. Once application is received for an applicant younger than 14 or older than 79, the U.S. Embassy will inform you if a personal appearance is necessary.
To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, you must have the following information and documents available:
- A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
- The Receipt Number appearing on your Post Fiji receipt or the 10-digit MTCN number appearing on your Western Union Pay Quick Form. (Click here if you need help finding either of these numbers.)
- Your DS-160 confirmation page
- Your e-mail address
- If applicable, required documents based on visa class (such as a petition approval for petition-based visas; more information about visa types and information about each can be found here).
Restrictions to Changing Appointments
Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee.