Updated October 20, 2023
Expanded appointment capacity.
Check our appointment calendar regularly for new openings at https://ga.usembassy.gov/visas/. Even if you scheduled an appointment months ago, it’s still valid. Verify the date and time on your appointment confirmation sheet.
Renewing your visa? Use our Visa Navigator to see if you qualify for the Interview Waiver Program. If eligible, no appointment or interview is necessary. Come to the Consular section between 13:00 and 15:00 any Thursday to drop off your application and pay the fee. Passports are typically ready within 3 days.
Please Note: Only take one appointment at a time. Applicants who take multiple appointments will lose all appointments scheduled in the system.
Families: Family’s may schedule one appointment for multiple household members. All family members must complete a DS-160 and provide evidence of familial relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc). Applicants who fail to provide evidence of familial relationship will not be permitted to enter the Consular Section.
Be on time: Appointments will be canceled if applicants are 20 minutes late.
Electronics prohibited: Please be advised that due to embassy security regulations, all electronics are prohibited. Please leave your cell phones, laptops, cameras, tablets, or any other device at home or in your vehicle. There are a limited number of small shelves to place your phones at the security entrance, but they will not be locked up. Laptops cannot and will not be stored at the embassy.
Large bags prohibited: We recommend you leave backpacks, bags, purses, etc. in your vehicle, or for a safer option, at home. There are no storage options at the security entrance for your bags.
Fees for Visa Services: The following website lists visa application fees and other visa related fees collected by Department of State
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
What is a Visa?
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.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
Please click here to schedule your Nonimmigrant Visa appointment online. Appointments are scheduled via internet only. We do not accept appointments by direct calls to the Embassy or Consular Section.
Other Visa Questions: If you have further questions please feel free to contact us using our Visa Navigator.
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.