Visas for applicants under 14 and over 80

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The drop-off application process has been superseded by the Interview Waiver visa program.

If a parent(s) is applying for a visa at the same time as a child under 14, the parent(s) may bring in the child's application including confirmation page of the DS-160 application form, MRV fee receipt, and original birth certificate at the time of his or her interview. In this case, no separate appointed is needed.

Applicants under the age of 14 and those 80 years and over are not required to appear in person for an interview when applying for a nonimmigrant visa. Such applicants may submit their visa applications by following the below steps. All other rules, requirements and fees for those under 14 years of age and 80 years and over remain in effect.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee. This webpage lists all of the visa fees associated with the most common nonimmigrant visa types. Instructions for how to pay your fees are available on this webpage.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. Print and save your confirmation page.

Step 3

Register an account on this page. On Step 3 select Interview Waiver Application. Follow the steps to schedule an appointment. Answer the questions in step 7 carefully. If you meet the requirements for interview waiver submission, you will need to choose a day and time for appointment, which will receive an appointment confirmation letter via your registered e-mail. After this, submit your complete application package to the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia.

Note: If applying for an F2 visa for a child under 14 years old, the applicant must schedule an in-person interview and a guardian/parent must come to interview on behalf of the child.

Step 4

Submit your complete application package in a sealed envelope at the U.S. Embassy - Mongolia on the date and time of your visa appointment. Be sure to provide all supporting documents listed below. If you fail to present your appointment confirmation letter for the date and time of your submission, your application will not be accepted.

Applications lacking any of these items will not be accepted and will cause significant processing delays.

Step 5

If additional information is needed to complete processing of your case, you will be informed by email or a call. If, when reviewing your case, the consular officer requires you to appear in person for any reason, your follow-up appointment must take place at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia. The Embassy will contact you directly to schedule your appointment.

Complete application package

A complete application package includes:

  • Printed copy of interview waiver confirmation letter;
  • Passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended stay in the United States and all old passports with a valid U.S. visa(s);
  • Confirmation page of the DS-160 application form;
  • One photo - size: 5 cm x 5 cm; background: white. Check the requirements for photograph;
  • Brief explanation of the purpose of travel and itinerary in English;
  • For children under 14 years of age, please provide:
    • The child’s original birth certificate;
    • Copies of passport(s) and U.S. visa(s) of the adult(s) accompanying the child on the planned trip to the United States;
    • If the accompanying adult(s) is/are not the child’s legal parent(s) or guardian(s), a statement from both parents confirming their awareness of, and agreement to, the child’s intended trip to the United States;
  • For applicants 80 years and over, please provide copies of the passport(s) and U.S. visa(s) of any persons that will accompany the applicant to the United States.
  • You may also bring whatever supporting documents you believe support the information provided to the consular officer.

Note: Please come back to the Embassy for the results of the visa application two weeks after the application package submission.

The use of the interview waiver program does not guarantee visa issuance. After reviewing an application, the Consular Section may, in some cases, require the applicant (or the applicant’s parents) to appear in-person for a nonimmigrant visa interview.

Child Travelers

Due to the increasing incidents of child abductions and abuse, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that if the child is accompanied by only one parent or a guardian, the adult should have a note from the other parent or both parents. CBP recommends the note should be written in English, notarized and stating: “I acknowledge that my husband/wife/other person is traveling with my son/daughter out of the country and has my permission to do so.”

The parents can also consider providing power of attorney to the temporary guardian in case of any unforeseen medical emergency while in the United States. If there is no second parent with legal claims to the child (deceased, sole custody, etc.), any other relevant paperwork, such as a court decision, birth certificate naming only one parent, death certificate, etc., would be useful.

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: Children under the age of 14 do not need to schedule appointment for NIV interview. For more details please click here.

Q: Do all children have to come in person for their appointment?
A: Children under the age of 14 are not required to appear in person for an interview when applying for a nonimmigrant visa. For more details please click here.