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Visa Policy

Official Travel Information

Depending on the issuer of your passport, a visa may be required for entry into the United States. A visa allows you to travel to a port of entry, an airport, land border crossing, or sea port, and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector to enter the United States. A U.S. consular officer will issue the visitor’s visa after determining that the applicant is eligible under a specific visa classification.

Additional Visa Information

Questions on embassy or consulate-specific visa application procedures or questions about your specific visa case should be addressed to the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will be applying. For complete information about the U.S. visa process, click here.

Student/Exchange Travel

The USA welcomes international students and educational exchange visitors. In fact, more than 800,000 students pursue education in the USA annually. The first thing to know is that visas for students and exchange visitors are different than tourist visas. Here is your guide to ensuring you have the right documents for your study abroad experience in the U.S.