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Non-Immigrant Visas
Last Updated on 08/04/2014

The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category.  We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers.  We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing.  We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.

Applicants who are concerned about the status of their passports should check with PPS Courier Service via the email address found on the following website: 

Applicants who interviewed at U.S. Embassy Budapest after July 20 and who would like their passports returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact the visa service center via the phone number or email address found on the following website:  Applicants must be ready to provide their name and passport number.

Also, applicants who have an urgent need to travel to the United States may contact the visa service center via the phone number or email address found on the following website:  Please understand that only true emergencies of an extraordinary humanitarian nature can be considered for exceptional handling.  
We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience.  
The State Department page will be updated daily with a public status report at


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.

As of February 2, 2014, all information about non-immigrant visas and how to apply for them is available at: Visa Information and Appointments

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