Nonimmigrant Visas

Due to high demand for visas, the wait time for an appointment is higher than usual.

If you have an emergency that requires travel within the next 30 days, please follow the guidance provided at to request an emergency appointment or contact for further information.  Due to the high demand, we cannot approve many requests for emergency appointments. Ensure that you provide justification in your online request for the urgency of your desired travel, including the date you need to travel.

Your unused MRV fee remains valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment or until September 30, 2023, whichever is later.

Apply for a Visa without an Interview

The following groups may qualify to apply for a visa without an interview (interview waiver):

  • under 14 years old if one parent holds a visa
  • 80 years and older
  • anyone renewing the same type of visa that expired in the last four years or is still valid
  • First-time applicants for petition-based employment visas or F, M or Academic J visas who have previously traveled to the United States on a visa or ESTA

To confirm whether you qualify for this option, please visit  We strongly encourage applicants to use this option if they qualify.  If you qualify but refuse the interview waiver application, we will not grant an emergency appointment for an earlier interview.

Cases Refused 221(g) Under the Presidential Proclamations Rescinded Nov. 8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 You must provide the date of your interview and your visa type (i.e. B1, J1).

A note to out-of-district applicants

If you travel from out of town to apply for a visa in Prague, please note that we will not prioritize your appointment or any follow up requirements due to a need to travel. We do not guarantee visa processing within any given timeframe.  Due to current circumstances, we may have to cancel appointments on short notice.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

The U.S. Embassy is located at the following address:
U.S. Embassy
Tržiště 15
118 01 Prague 1

Only applicants with appointments will be admitted into the Embassy. They must be aware of the security requirements.

If you have an unforeseen travel need, as per one of the criteria listed below, you may request an expedited appointment. You  must first schedule a regular appointment online at for the earliest available date, and then ask for an expedited appointment, explaining the reasons for your request and submitting any supporting documentation. The consular officer will evaluate your case and respond through the visa interview scheduling website. Once at the interview you will be asked to present documentary evidence to prove the urgency.

Emergency situations include:

  • students or exchange visitors who need to begin or resume a valid program of study starting before the first available appointment date;
  • Humanitarian, such as a grave illness or death of a close family member;
  • Denial of ESTA
  • Urgent Business Travel that could not be predicted in advance