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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

What is a Visa?

A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa gives you permission to apply for admission to the United States; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the U.S. port of entry will determine your eligibility for entry into the United States.

Who Needs a Visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement.

Visa-Free Travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program are exempt from the visa requirement when traveling to the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days. Visa Waiver Program travelers must have 1. an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and 2. a valid biometric (reddish Hungarian passports issued after January 15, 2008 are biometric) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States.  Please note: Travelers who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports. 

What Types of Visas are Available?

  • Non-immigrant visas
    Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV) are for international travelers (citizens of other countries), coming to the Unites States temporarily. International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, study, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work.
  • Immigrant visas
    An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States.

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

Travel & Tourism in the U.S.

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Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)