Which USA visa should I apply for?

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COVID-19 Operational Update

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions offerthe U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the U.S. Consulates in Frankfurt and Munich will only offer limited visa dates until further notice. Please visit our booking system to book a visa appointment as soon as we can offer regular appointments again.

Visit the Robert Koch Institute website for the latest information on Covid-19 in Germany in English and German and our website for the latest information on Covid-19 and our operations.

According to the President's proclamation 10143, foreign nationals other than permanent residents are not allowed to enter the United States if they have stayed in the 26 countries of the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and Ireland. (The Schengen area consists of: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia , Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. If you have been or will be in one of the countries listed above within 14 days of your planned trip to the United States - including transit - you will need a special permit in addition to a valid visa or ESTA in the national interest to enter the United States. More information can be found under the following links: Proclamations of the President and Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19.

With theVisa-Free Travel Program (ESTA) Citizens of participating countries * may stay in the United States for up to 90 days without a visa if they meet all the requirements. What's new at ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

Do not arrive early for the appointment - a maximum of 15 minutes before the visa interview appointment

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The purpose of the trip as well as a number of other factors determine the type of visa to be applied for. Each applicant must prove that he / she meets all the requirements for the visa category applied for. You can find an overview of the various visa categories in our directory of visa categories.

Non-immigrant visas

For temporary trips to the United States, such as tourism, work, study, or an exchange program.

Immigrant visas

For foreign citizens who wish to live in the United States permanently.

A traveler from another country who wants to enter the USA must first apply for a US visa, which is stuck into the passport (issued by the country of the nationality of the traveler).

Some travelers have the option of visa-free entry to the United States if they meet certain conditions. This section of the website contains all information relating to a U.S. Visa.

(Note: US citizens with dual citizenship do not need a US visa. They should use their American passport to enter the US. For travel to other countries, a visa may be required, which is then issued by the embassy of the respective country. )

The United States Department of State is very diligent and fair in processing visa applications in order to protect the United States in the best possible way. We are committed to the essential transparency for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is always welcome and encouraged.

We promise you:

  • We will treat you with consideration and respect, even if we may not be able to approve your visa for you.
  • We will consider you as an individual and treat your case as unique.
  • We will take into account that the interview can be a new and perhaps unusual experience for you and that it could make you nervous.
  • We will use the available time of the interview to get an overall picture of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to enable all applicants to make appointments in a timely manner so that they can arrive in good time for business trips, studies and other important obligations
  • We will publish detailed and accurate information about the visa requirements and the application process on the embassy and consulate website.
  • We will post information on waiting times for appointments for nonimmigrant visa interviews at each embassy and consulate at http://travel.state.gov.
  • If the visa cannot be approved, we will inform you of the reason.

The following also applies:

  • For students: we will make everything possible to ensure that you have an appointment and, if you are qualified, receive the visa in good time for the start of the course or class.
  • For medical emergencies or humanitarian emergencies: We will process applications that are life-threatening emergencies faster.
  • For business travelers: We will take steps to support business travel requests. This is especially true for applications that are of great importance to American companies.

As a visa applicant, we expect:

  • Planning the trip and the visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Fill out your visa application completely and truthfully.
  • Be ready to provide information about the reason for your trip and your plans.
  • Prepare for the interview by being able to clearly describe your intentions.
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