The following are required when applying for a Non-immigrant Visa:
- Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months subsequent to planned travel)
- Electronic Visa Application Form (DS-160) - This form must be filled out by the applicant online and printed from that website. (Handwritten or typewriter-typed forms are no longer accepted)
- One photo (2"x2")
- $160 application fee (for the purpose of reciprocity, citizens of certain countries may be required to pay an additional visa issuance fee)
Separate documents are required for other visa classifications, such as student, temporary work, or religious work. If you have questions regarding the requirements for these visas, please contact the Consular Office.
Applicants must prove they have strong ties to a foreign country to which they intend to return. Such proof may include, but is not limited to:
- Having a residency abroad which the applicant does not intend to abandon
- Coming to the United States for a definite, temporary period
- Committing to depart upon the conclusion of the visit
- Having access to sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the visit and the return passage
Visa Processing Time
Applicants can find the latest information on visa wait times online.
If you have an urgent need for a visa to travel, please contact the US Embassy Consular Section at 691-320-2187 during working hours, Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm to explain the nature of your emergency. It is advisable that you electronically complete and submit the online application form, DS-160, prior to requesting for an emergency appointment. You can’t proceed with an interview without an application. Please note that requesting for an emergency appointment does not guarantee visa issuance. You still have to meet the visa requirements to be eligible for a visa. Cases, determined to be an emergency by the US Embassy Consular Section, will be given an appointment as soon as possible.
Residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Persons living in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) frequently contact the U.S. Embassy in Kolonia to request information and applications for U.S. visitors’ visas.
The CNMI does not fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Embassy in Kolonia. The provisions of 22 CFR 41.101(a) preclude us from accepting or processing a non-immigrant visa application submitted by an alien who is neither a resident of, nor physically present in, Kolonia’s consular district at the time of application.
Visa applicants living in the CNMI are advised to apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence outside the CNMI. The country of residence for most visa applicants will be their country of citizenship. A visa application may be submitted to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of permanent residence or at any U.S. consular office abroad. However, when applying at a U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa than in the country of permanent residence.
All visa applicants should be aware that visa issuance will normally depend upon a consular officer’s determination that applicant has a residence outside the U.S., as well as other binding ties which will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.
The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is the immigrant visa processing and issuing post for aliens resident in the CNMI.
Hours Of Operation
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
8:30AM to 12:00PM
2:00PM to 4:00PM
Embassy Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM