Visas for Children

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Overview

All travelers to the United States — no matter how young - must have valid U.S. visas. However, the process of obtaining a visa for a child is somewhat easier. Most importantly, children under the age of 14 do not have to appear for a personal interview.

If a parent already has a U.S. visa and will be traveling with the child, or if the child will be traveling with a school group, you may submit the child's application without appearing for an interview. After paying the application fee and completing an Electronic Application (DS-160) form on the child's behalf, create an account on this site and follow the prompts to sign up for an interview. Answer the questions in step 7 carefully. If you meet the requirements for interview waiver submission, you will need to choose a day on which you can submit you visa application to a U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location, and then you will receive an appointment confirmation letter. Print out your interview waiver letter and bring the following documents:

  • One copy of the interview waiver letter
  • The child's passport
  • A photocopy of the parent’s U.S. visa OR a letter explaining the educational program the child will be attending and listing all the children in the group.
  • The checklist of all documents submitted as part of the interview waiver application
  • One photograph of your child taken within the last six months (conforming to the guidelines on this webpage). If your child previously had a visa, as a rule, YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME PHOTOGRAPH THAT APPEARED ON YOUR CHILD’S LAST VISA. Failure to submit a valid photograph will delay the processing of your case
  • Consent to the processing of personal data
  • Supporting documentation required for your visa type

 You may follow this procedure if a parent is applying to renew a recently expired visa. Submit the child's application at the same time as the parent’s application and include a photocopy of the recently expired visa.

If you plan to submit the documents of your child at one of the selected Russia post locations, you need to obtain an AWB prior to visiting the Russia post location for submission of your documents. Please contact our helpline via email at least 3 business days prior to the day you intend to visit Russia post location. In your email you need to indicate the following:

  1. Child's full name
  2. UID of your personal account
  3. Mobile phone number
  4. Type of shipment (Interview waiver)
  5. Address of Russia post office where you plan to submit documents

After that, within two working days, you will receive an email containing PDF file with AWB which would allow you to submit the documents through the Russia Post to the e-mail specified in your profile. Please print this AWB and bring it with you on the date indicated in your appointment confirmation letter.

If the application is submitted for more than one applicant, it is necessary to obtain an AWB for each applicant separately.

If you plan to submit your documents at one of the U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global, please skip this step.

If a parent of the child under 14 years old will be traveling with the child but requires an interview to receive a visa, you should register the child for an interview as a dependent of the relative who will be traveling. Although the child will be scheduled for an appointment, he\she does not have to appear at the interview. Instead, the parent should bring the child’s passport and interview confirmation page with them to their interview.

Children who are 14 years old or older must appear for at least one interview—even if they previously had a U.S. visa issued before their 14th birthday. Parents may accompany their children to the visa interview.