Visas for Children

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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 all children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: No. Only children over the age of 14 are required to appear in person for an interview. All minors should be accompanied by their own parents, where possible. The family book or birth certificate must be presented for children during the interview.

Q: Do children need to have their own passport?
A: Yes, they do. A child must have a passport issued in his or her own name. They cannot be listed as an applicant in their parents’ passport.