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Nonimmigrant Visas


There are several different Visa categories, according to the purpose of your travel. Our website contains information about the following visa classes: B1, B2, B1/B2, C, C1/D, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R and others. For A, E, G and NATO visas, please use the links below for more information about the visa and how to get one.


E visas as treaty trader investors
A, G and NATO visas as diplomatic and official travelers



Immigrant visas (including K and V) visas to live permanently in the United States
Diversity Visas visas to live permanently in the U.S. as part of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program



Exemptions from Interview

An interview is generally not required for the following applicants, but the consular officer reserves the right to request an interview at any time with any applicant:

  • under 14 years of age,
  • 80 years of age or older,
  • Most applicants for diplomatic official visas (applicants for A-3, G-5, and NATO-7 must be interviewed)
  • Most visa renewals

More information about visa renewal can be found on our website

Visa Issuance, Denial, and Validity

Presentation of documents required does not guarantee issuance of a visa.
Unless previously canceled, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, if the traveler has a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport, he or she may use it along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States. Attempting to obtain a visa by the willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or fraud, may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States. If the consular officer should find it necessary to deny the issuance of a visa, the applicant may apply again if there is new evidence to overcome the basis for the refusal. In the absence of new evidence, consular officers are not obliged to reexamine such cases.

Non-Immigrant Visa Processing Fee

Applicants for U.S. non-immigrant visas for travel to the United States must pay a non-refundable visa processing fee on the website prior to scheduling an appointment.

Reciprocity Fees

Nationals of certain countries, or recipients of certain types of visas, are required to pay visa issuance fees (called "Reciprocity Fees") in addition to the mandatory visa application processing fee. The additional amount must be paid directly to the Consulate itself. (Reciprocity Fees are not paid at the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro.) The Consulate will advise applicants directly whenever such fees are due. Payments will only be accepted in US dollars, euro and with credit cards.

Length of Stay and Immigration Procedures At Port of Entry

A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authority to deny admission.

A visa is issued based on the nature of the travel. The length of stay is determined by the DHS at the time of entry. At that time, DHS Form I-94, Record of Arrival-Departure, which notes the length of stay permitted, is validated. Those visitors who wish to stay beyond the time indicated on their Form I-94 must contact DHS to request Form I-539, Extension of Stay. The maximum length of stay for Visa Waiver Program travelers is 90 days, which cannot be extended.

Additional Information

You can find further information on nonimmigrant visas on these websites:


  • If you are renewing your visa, and meet specific requirements, you do not need an interview.
    Please click here for more information.