Nonimmigrant Visas

Please read our announcement on Resumption of Limited Visa Services here.

As of July 15, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Prague is resuming certain nonimmigrant visa services, including: B-1, F-1, M-1, P, O, E-2, and certain categories of exchange visitors under J-1.  Please follow the instructions below in order to make an appointment.  While U.S. Embassy Prague aims to process cases as soon as possible, there is likely to be increased wait times for visa services due to substantial backlogs.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until December 31, 2021. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at ustraveldocs.com or call +420 228883000 or email support-czechrepublic@ustraveldocs.com to request an emergency appointment.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

**Please note that J-1 applicants applying for participation in the Summer, Work and Travel program, to work as an Au Pair, or other labor-related activities are still restricted under Presidential Proclamation 10052. Routine B1/B2 appointments have also not resumed to due Presidential Proclamation PP9993

If you have a valid previously issued non-immigrant visa, including B-1, P, O, E-2, or J-1, or have a valid ESTA for B1 travel, you may be able to travel to the United States, pending additional clearance by U.S. Embassy Prague.  In order to determine your eligibility please send us an email at PragueESTA@state.gov.   Your email should include your full name, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, a copy of valid U.S. visa, purpose of travel, and intended dates of travel.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Prague is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

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.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to support-czechrepublic@ustraveldocs.com..
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Czech Republic: Call +42 0 228883000.
    • Callers in the United States: Call 1 703 520 2249.

    Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-czechrepublic.

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.

Treaty Investor visas are authorized on the basis of treaties of commerce and navigation between the United States and certain countries, including the Czech Republic. Thus, Czech citizens may seek to qualify for Treaty (E) visas. Please note that the Enterprise must be majority-owned, as well as developed and directed by nationals of the Treaty Country (“Treaty Country Nationals”), and individual employees must have the same nationality as the Enterprise to qualify.

E-Visas permit the investor and his/her family to live in the United States during the validity period of the visa. These visas are not immigrant visas; consequently, you are allowed to live in the U.S for as long as the conditions under which the visa was granted remain valid. Dependents are not authorized to work in the U.S. unless they receive explicit authorization to do so from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the U.S. This authorization must be applied for after your arrival in the U.S.  Please ask the Immigration Officer at the port of entry for details.

It currently takes the Embassy approximately 2 to 3 weeks to process an E-Visa application and schedule an interview. Please note, however, that visa processing times vary according to the time of year and our workload. We cannot guarantee that a visa will be processed in time to meet your travel schedule. We always suggest that you apply well ahead of any planned travel date, allowing extra time for any unforeseen delay.

Further information on E-2 Treaty Investor Visas and the application process

If you have an unforeseen travel need, as per one of the criteria listed below, you may request an expedited appointment. You still need to schedule a regular appointment online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/cz/cz-niv-visaapply.asp for the earliest available date, and then ask for an expedite appointment explaining the reasons for your request. The consular staff will evaluate your case and get back to you with an answer via email. Once at the interview you will be asked to present documentary evidence to prove the urgency.

 

Emergency situations include:

  • death/funeral of a close relative;
  • urgent business travel within two weeks of first available appointment date;
  • students or exchange visitors who need to begin or resume a valid program of study starting before the first available appointment date;
  • ESTA denial if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country and are dual national of Iraq, Iran, Sudan or Syria, or have traveled to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, or Somalia after March 1, 2011 and your travel is within two weeks of first available appointment date.

If you are traveling to the United States to install, service, or repair commercial or industrial equipment or machinery sold by a company in the Czech Republic to a buyer in the United States, and the purchase contract requires that the Czech company provide such services, you may be eligible for the B-1 visa.  In order to qualify for the B-1, you must possess a copy of the contract between the Czech company and the U.S. client, the specialized knowledge essential to perform the services, receive no remuneration from a U.S. source, and the company must not receive any payment for these services in addition to that specified in the original contract of sale.

 

Individuals who normally reside outside of the Czech Republic, but who are unable to apply for a U.S. visa in their home country in a timely manner may submit their application at U.S. Embassy Prague. Applicants are not required to be a resident of the Czech Republic to apply for a visa, but must be physically present in the Czech Republic at the time of the visa interview, as we cannot accept mail-in applications from individuals while they are outside of the Czech Republic.  Please be aware that U.S. Embassy Prague has limited language abilities outside of Czech and English.