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What is a U.S. Visa?

A message for all Consular applicants:

Upcoming events in Paris – such as the Olympic and Paralympic tests in August and Rugby World Cup gatherings in September and October – will limit access to the Consular building. We encourage all applicants to verify transportation restrictions and alternate options (RATP website link), and to plan ahead in order to arrive in time for their appointment. The Consular Section will not have the capacity to accommodate late arrivals, so applicants will need to obtain a new appointment. Thank you for your understanding.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.

The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

Urgent Information For Visa Applicants

Please review the information below before scheduling or attending a visa-related appointment.

All receipts for payment of Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fees issued before October 1, 2022, will expire September 30, 2023.  There will be no extensions of fee validity.  Applicants must schedule an appointment or submit an interview waiver application before September 30, 2023 to avoid paying a new fee.  Please note that the interview itself does not need to take place before September 30, 2023, but an interview appointment needs to be made in the system, even if it is scheduled months into the future.  Furthermore, applicants using MRV fees paid before October 1, 2022 to book an appointment are cautioned not to attempt to change their appointment dates on or after October 1, 2023.  Doing so will result in forfeiture of both the original appointment slot and the MRV fee receipt.  The applicant will be required to pay a new fee and submit a new application package.

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Visa applications and interview scheduling are primarily facilitated by the third-party company: Applicant Service Centers. Visit their website for additional information on determining what visa type is best for you and how to apply.

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