U.S. Visa Appointment Wait Times

If you plan to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, you will need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. Before you apply, it is important to check the current wait time for an interview.

The wait time can vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for and the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you are applying.

Check the Estimated Wait Time

To check the estimated wait time for an interview, you can use the tool on the U.S. Department of State website. This tool will show you the estimated wait time for different types of visas at different U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Interview Required

Some visa applications require an in-person interview. If your application requires an interview, you will need to schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will be applying.

Interview Waiver

Some visa applications do not require an in-person interview. If your application is eligible for an interview waiver, you will not need to schedule an interview. However, you will still need to submit your application and passport to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you are applying.

Expedited Interview Appointment

In some cases, you may be able to request an expedited interview appointment. This means that you will be able to get an interview sooner than the estimated wait time. Expedited appointments are typically only granted for urgent reasons, such as a funeral, medical emergency, or school start date.

Administrative Processing

Some visa applications may require administrative processing. This means that the U.S. Department of State needs to do additional research on your application before they can make a decision. Administrative processing can take several weeks or even months.

Nonimmigrant Visa TypeAppointment Wait Time
Interview Required Students/Exchange Visitors (F, M, J)— days
Interview Required Petition-Based Temporary Workers (H, L, O, P, Q)— days
Interview Required Crew and Transit (C, D, C1/D)— days
Interview Required Visitors (B1/B2)— days
Interview Waiver Students/Exchange Visitors (F, M, J)— days
Interview Waiver Petition-Based Temporary Workers (H, L, O, P, Q)— days
Interview Waiver Crew and Transit (C, D, C1/D)— days
Interview Waiver Visitors (B1/B2)— days

See details on appointment availability and processing times

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