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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 United States 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.

Most applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for appointments at the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the U.S. Embassy. You should schedule your VAC appointment for at least one day before your appointment at the Embassy, though same-day appointments will be available for applicants traveling from remote areas of the country. In order to see VAC appointments available on the same day as your Embassy appointment, you must select an Embassy appointment at 9:30AM or later. You must schedule an appointment for that interview, either online using this website or through the call center.

Supporting Documents

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. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application;
  • Your visa application (MRV) fee payment receipt;
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page;
  • Your e-mail address; and
  • 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).

Rescheduling Appointments

To reschedule your appointment, log into your profile accessing the link.

Once logged into your profile, on the left side bar, please select "Reschedule Appointment" to access the option.

You will be prompted to choose a VAC appointment first and then the consular appointment.  In order to successfully complete the rescheduling process, applicants must be sure to select new dates for both the VAC appointment and the consular appointment.  

Notes: An applicant may only reschedule four (4) times.  Also, please note, if an applicant accesses the appointment calendar multiple times without selecting a date, the profile may be frozen for 72 hours..

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