APPLY FOR A VISA
There are two broad classes when the Department of State issues visas for foreigners entering the country:
- Immigrant Visas – if you are a foreigner who wish to live and work in the country. Application must be done personally at S. Embassy or Consulate; or in limited cases, you can apply for an immigrant visa online.
- Nonimmigrant Visas – if you are temporarily visiting. Personal application at S. Embassy or Consulate, or apply for a nonimmigrant visa online, then you will be given a schedule for interview.
- Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver – If you are an international traveler seeking to visit the U.S. under the VISA Waiver Program (VWP), an application must be submitted through Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
A transit visa is needed if you are traveling through the U.S. to another country.
The moment you have entered the country, you will no longer need a visa to travel to different states. But you will still need a visa to visit the following Freely Associated States:
PROCEDURES FOR ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
Valid travel documents are a part of entry procedure when entering the country. The documents you are required to bring depends on the country you are from, your status and you’re your citizenship.
Arrival from Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda
- American citizens entering the U.S. must show a valid passport, S. passport card, Trusted Traveler Program card(NEXUS,SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST), or an enhanced driver’s license. For questions and information on documents, contact your carrier.
- Permanent residents and foreign nationals living in the U.S. need their passport, S. visaand/or alternate or additional travel documents; these must be processes before travelling.
Arrival from Other Countries
- Regardless of citizenship and status, all people entering the United States from other countries must present their passport.
- Before travelling, permanent residents and foreign nationals must present their S. visa
- Research before bringing food, pets and medication to the U.S.
Standard inspection procedures will be made by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers for all people entering the country. They have the discretion to allow your entry or not even if you have all necessary documents.
There is no written law on prohibiting pregnant visitors from entering the country. CBP officers consider one’s pregnancy when deciding on permit to enter.
For more information, contact Customs and Border Protection
REFUGEES AND ASYLUM
Refugees are people who left their home for various reasons such as, persecution and war ad they seek to find protection elsewhere.
If you are a refugee and in need of protection, contact the following:
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- An international non-profit volunteer agency
- Nearest S. Embassy or Consulate
It is a protection for refugees but there are eligibility requirements to request asylum in the United States. Once granted, you can: