The U.S. Mission to Italy understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. The U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please visit the following page to see the next available visa appointment: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html . Nonimmigrant visa appointments are offered in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Naples. Appointments for non-residents of Italy are added weekly but are usually quickly booked. We encourage non-resident applicants to frequently check the appointment system at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-it/niv to see if appointments are available.
Cases Refused 221(g) Under the Presidential Proclamations Rescinded Nov. 8
Cases refused under 221(g) solely due to the applicant’s presence in a country covered by a regional COVID proclamation may request that their case be reconsidered without submitting a new application or requiring a new payment of a MRV fee. If you would like a consular officer to reconsider your visa application, please send an email to the U.S. embassy or consulate where your visa was refused 221(g). You must provide the date of your interview and your visa type (i.e. B1, J1)
Special consideration for certain F, M, academic J, O and P visa applicants.
Consular officers may now, through the end of 2022, waive the visa interview requirement for certain students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (F, M, and academic J visa applicants) and for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants who have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (O and P visa applicants).
This new authorization applies to applicants who meet certain conditions, including that they are applying for a visa in their country of nationality or residence. Under this authority, consular officers have discretion to waive the visa interview requirement for individuals who were previously issued any type of visa, and who have never been refused a visa unless such refusal was overcome or waived, and who have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility; or first-time applicants who are citizens or nationals of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), provided they have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility and have previously traveled to the United States using an authorization obtained via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) .
If qualified please create an account online at https://usvisa-info.com and follow the instructions.
Millions of foreigners travel to the United States every year. Some are tourists visiting family and friends; others are traveling for professional commitments; attending conferences, conventions, and business meetings. Others are students who attend school or university throughout the U.S.. Foreign professionals stay in the U.S. for short periods of time in the context of their business relations. Others travel to undergo medical treatment, for volunteerism, others as journalists, members of airline crews or to participate in sporting events. Moreover, many citizens of other countries travel to the United States to live there permanently.
In these pages you will find information on the various types of visas and their application procedures. You can access the main pages through the two links below:
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must generally get a visa. The visa is included in the passport of the traveler or in other suitable travel documentation. In some cases, you can travel without a visa, if you meet certain requirements.
Visas are divided into two main categories: those intended for a temporary stay in the U.S. (“non-immigrant” visas) and those required by those who plan to move permanently to the United States (“immigrant” visas). Within these main categories, there are many types of visas, depending on the purpose of your trip.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
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.