Visas for Minors Under the Age of 18

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Questions and Answers

Q: Do minors need a visa?
A: All travelers, including minors, 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 minors pay the same application fee as adults?
A: Yes, the application fee is the same for both adults and minors.

Q: Do minors need to schedule an interview appointment?
A: Yes, every applicant requires an appointment.

Q: Do minors have to come in person for their appointment?
A: All minors are required to attend their visa interview, except Panamanian citizen minors 13 years of age and younger.

NOTE: Panamanian minors are those minors holding Republic of Panama passports.

Q: Do the minor’s parents also need to attend the interview?
A: At least one parent, or the legal guardian, of the minor must attend the interview appointment. The attending parent must bring the minor’s passport and an original copy of the minor’s birth certificate. Parents must bring their current valid passport with U.S. visa (current or expired) to the interview. Even when neither parent is intending to travel with the minor, the parents must provide evidence of the family’s long-term economic, family, academic, and personal ties that would compel the applicant to return home after a short visit to the United States. Legal guardians must show proof of custody of all minor children.