Our office can obtain a visa appointment for you and prepare the necessary applications you will need to submit in advance of your appointment. For appointments in your country of residence or citizenship, appointments at a U.S. consulate can usually be obtained within a few weeks. Certain visa appointments can be obtained in third countries for certain nationals, including Mexico and Canada, which can avoid the need for costly and distant travel to one’s home country. These are usually for second visa extensions only and the time for obtaining such appointments will usually be longer than in one’s home country. Appointment times can also be affected by high traffic seasons such as summer and holidays.
In many instances, we can apply for your Visa while you are in the U.S. on a different visa by requesting a “change of status”. If you entered the U.S. on a Visa Waiver, you cannot request a change of status. Once your visa is approved in the U.S. for a change of status, you can continue your stay under the terms of that visa while in the U.S. However, as soon as you leave the U.S., you must apply for a Visa in your passport at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
Visa applicants should apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, generally in their country of nationality or permanent residence. As part of the visa application process, an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate is required for visa applicants aged 14 through 79, with few exceptions. Persons age 13 and younger or 80 and older generally do not require an interview, unless requested by the embassy or consulate. The waiting time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary, so early visa application is strongly encouraged.