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Where can I get a U.S. visa now?

Where Can I Get A US Visa Now?

As you may know, the US has instituted COVID-related travel bans prohibiting the entry of travelers who have been in certain countries during the two-week period prior to their entry to the US. Although this is technically a travel ban and not a visa issuance ban, in practice the US embassies in those countries have not been issuing visas. Banned countries include:

  • EUROPE: Schengen/ UK/ Ireland
  • ASIA: India, China, Iran
  • AFRICA: South Africa
  • AMERICA: Brazil

In addition to embassy closures in the banned countries, many other US embassies around the world are currently closed or not issuing visas.

Grossman Young & Hammond has compiled the charts below, based on information published by the US Department of State, to help you understand where in the world you can get a US visa right now. The charts are sorted by published wait times for a visa interview (from shortest to longest number of days). The first chart shows the wait times for F1 student and J1 exchange visitor visas, which are given priority, and the second chart shows the wait times for all other nonimmigrant visas (except B visas for visitors).

F-1 and J-1 Wait Times by Consulate

PDF of Chart: F1 and J1 wait times by consulate 6.11.21

Country:

Capital:

Student/ Exchange Visitor Visa: (calendar wait time / days)

Jamaica

Kingston

1

Timor-Leste

Dili

1

Mozambique

Maputo

1

Mauritius

Port Louis

2

Qatar

Doha

2

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Mbabane, Lobamba

3

Bahrain

Manama

3

Mexico

Mexico City

4

Haiti

Port-Au-Prince

5

Chad

N'Djamena

5

Thailand

Bangkok

5

Romania

Bucharest

5

Honduras

Tegucigalpa

6

Ukraine

Kyiv

6

Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo

7

Nicaragua

Managua

7

Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain

7

Equatorial Guinea

Malabo

7

Eritrea

Asmara

7

Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan

7

Tajikistan

Dushanbe

7

Cambodia

Phnom Penh

8

Moldova

Chișinău

9

Serbia

Belgrade

10

Oman

Muscat

11

Angola

Luanda

14

Barbados

Bridgetown

21

Israel

Jerusalem

21

Japan

Tokyo

21

South Korea

Seoul

23

Colombia

Bogota

25

Belize

Belmopan

28

Taiwan

Taipei City

28

Djibouti

Djibouti city

30

Indonesia

Jakarta

30

Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar

30

Philippines

Manila

30

Pakistan

Islamabad

31

Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek

40

Bahamas

Nassau

41

Paraguay

Asunción

42

Uruguay

Montevideo

42

Vietnam

Hanoi

42

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

45

Andorra

Andorra la Vella (associated with Madrid, Spain)

54

Gambia

Banjul

60

Mali

Bamako

60

Senegal

Dakar

60

Zimbabwe

Harare

60

Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan

60

Rwanda

Kigali

65

Canada

Ottawa

90

Tunisia

Tunis

90

Jordan

Amman

96

Mauritania

Nouakchott

99

Tanzania

Dodoma (Dar es Salaam - city with U.S. embassy)

105

Cabo Verde

Praia

133

Chile

Santiago

135

Georgia

Tbilisi

177

Georgia

Tbilisi

177

Panama

Panama City

180

Bangladesh

Dhaka

201

Kenya

Nairobi

238

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

249

Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa

315

Other Nonimmigrant Wait Times by Consulate (except B-1)

PDF of Chart: Other Nonimmigrant Wait Times by Consulate 6.11.21

Country:

Capital:

Nonimmigrant Visa: (calendar wait time / days)

Timor-Leste

Dili

1

Mozambique

Maputo

1

Mauritius

Port Louis

2

Qatar

Doha

2

Mexico

Mexico City

2

Georgia

Tbilisi

2

Georgia

Tbilisi

2

Bahrain

Manama

3

Chad

N'Djamena

5

Romania

Bucharest

5

Ukraine

Kyiv

6

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Mbabane, Lobamba

7

Honduras

Tegucigalpa

7

Nicaragua

Managua

7

Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain

7

Eritrea

Asmara

7

Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan

7

Tajikistan

Dushanbe

7

Angola

Luanda

7

Cambodia

Phnom Penh

9

Moldova

Chișinău

9

Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo

10

Colombia

Bogota

10

Indonesia

Jakarta

10

Oman

Muscat

11

Thailand

Bangkok

15

Israel

Jerusalem

21

Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan

21

Vietnam

Hanoi

24

Belize

Belmopan

28

Serbia

Belgrade

30

Djibouti

Djibouti city

30

Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar

30

South Korea

Seoul

32

Taiwan

Taipei City

38

Philippines

Manila

45

Paraguay

Asunción

45

Mali

Bamako

60

Chile

Santiago

73

Equatorial Guinea

Malabo

75

Japan

Tokyo

77

Tunisia

Tunis

90

Jordan

Amman

96

Mauritania

Nouakchott

99

Uruguay

Montevideo

133

Cabo Verde

Praia

133

Panama

Panama City

180

Andorra

Andorra la Vella (associated with Madrid, Spain)

193

Bangladesh

Dhaka

201

Rwanda

Kigali

205

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

246

Bahamas

Nassau

281

Pakistan

Islamabad

295

Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa

315

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

391

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