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Non-Immigrant Visas
Last Updated on 10/01/2015
  • Due to a consular systems upgrade, consular operations at the U.S. Embassy Budapest will be closed to the public on Friday, October 9.   If you already have an appointment scheduled for this date, you will be contacted by the U.S. Visa Service Desk to reschedule.  For any emergency travel, please look at the instructions on requesting an emergency appointment here, or contact Visas directly at (061) 701-2000 (in Hungary) or 1-703-520-2570 (from the U.S.).  For emergency American Citizen Services, contact us directly at (061) 475-4164 (in Hungary) or 011-36-1-475-4164 (from the U.S.).  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Applicants may direct case-specific visa inquiries to
  • Please note: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Enhanced Security Measures for Travelers to the United States (July 6, 2014)


A U.S. non-immigrant visa is a sticker placed in a traveler’s passport which gives the bearer permission to apply for entry to the United States for a temporary period of time. The specific length of time the traveler may remain in the United States will be determined by the immigration officer at the border.

There are over fifty different kinds or "classifications" of non-immigrant visas to the United States. Many have different requirements and provide different benefits – some allow a visitor to study or to work, while others do not. The classification of visa depends on what the traveler intends to do in the United States. Therefore, all applicants should have a clear idea of their purpose of travel to the United States before they apply for a visa and be prepared to explain that purpose at the visa interview.

All information about non-immigrant visas and how to apply for them is available at: Visa Information and Appointments

Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)

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