Visas for Children

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Overview

Children under the age of 16 applying for a visa independently should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of the interview. An original Birth Certificate, permission from the non-applying parent(s) and the photo ID of the non-applying parent(s) with a signature it as well as a copy of a valid US visa of the accompanying coordinator must be presented at the interview.

Children under the age 16 applying with one parent must present an original Birth Certificate, permission from the non-applying parent and a copy of the photo ID of the non-applying parent(s) with a signature it.


Questions and Answers

Q: Do children need a visa?
A: All travelers, including children, need a visa to travel to the United States or must qualify to travel without a visa through a special program, such as the Visa Waiver Program.

Q: Do children pay the same application fee as adults?
A: Yes, they do.

Q: Do children need to schedule an interview appointment?
A: Every child requires an appointment, unless he/she is eligible to renew the visa through the interview waiver process.

Q: Which children are eligible to receive a visa through interview waiver process?
A: Children under the age of 14 who have previously held a valid U.S. visa may submit their application for the interview waiver process via Pony Express. Children eligible for renewal using the interview waiver process must provide evidence that their parent and/or legal guardian currently has a valid U.S. visa. Please check Renew my visa page on this website to learn more about interview waiver process.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: Children under the age of 14, who are residents of Kazakhstan do not need to appear in person in case they apply at the same time with the parents. Non-resident children must attend their interview personally regardless of the age.
Children under the age of 16 applying for a visa independently should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of the interview.

Q: Is an original Birth Certificate and permission from the non-applying parent required for children under 16?
A: Yes, it is. Also a copy of a photo ID with the signature of the non-applying parent is required.

Q: Do children under 16 traveling with coordinators have to submit a valid US visa of the accompanying coordinator?
A: Yes, if a child applies for a US visa on a different day than his/her coordinator, a copy of the coordinator’s visa must be presented.