The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.
Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015. In addition, U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015. Individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-20, 2015, should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application after June 9, 2015. Appointments can be rescheduled by following the instructions located on http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov. Individuals who submitted their DS-160 online applications prior to June 9, 2015, should plan to attend their scheduled visa interview appointments. Those with urgent travel should follow the instructions for expedited emergency appointment found on http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov.
The technical issues also affected the Department of State’s ability to adjudicate applications for U.S. passports accepted overseas between May 26 and June 14, 2015. If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. embassy or consulate at which you originally applied. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available at the following http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov/emergency_passports.html.
Note: Citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda generally do not need a visa to travel to the U.S. Please go to Visa Exemptions for Bermudians for more information.
Every day, the United States welcomes thousands of visitors and immigrants from all over the world. The Consular Section's Visa Unit can help you sort through whether or not you need a visa, what kind of visa you need, and what you need to do to apply for a visa.
- If you wish to come to the United States for a short visit, then please first select Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to see if you are eligible to travel visa-free.
- If your trip does not meet the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program, then please select Nonimmigrant Visas.
- If you wish to move permanently to the United States, then please select Immigrant Visas.
As of January 12, 2009, Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers are required to obtain a travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. The ESTA registration fee is $14. Please note that persons entering the United States on a visa and lawful permanent resident aliens (Green Card holders) do not need an ESTA registration.
What is a Visa?
A visa is a document issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate and placed in the bearer's passport. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States and the length of stay.
Who needs a visa?
Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program, or any other exemption from the visa requirement under the Immigration and Nationality Act will require a visa. NOTE: Citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda generally do not need a visa to travel to the U.S. Please go to Visa Exemptions for Bermudians for more information.
Please proceed to Types of Visas.
Please be advised that the consulate does not usually accept applications from non-legal residents of Bermuda. Further, Bermuda Immigration officials are not obligated to admit you into Bermuda for the purpose of applying for a visa with the United States Consulate.
You must seek permission from the consulate prior to making this application in Bermuda and allow the Consulate up to 5 business days to process this request.
For more information please go to Out-of-District Applications on our website. http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov/out_of_district_applications.html