A citizen of a foreign country, who wishes to enter the United States, generally must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa (green card) for permanent residence. The type of visa required is defined by immigration law, and relates to the purpose of travel.

DOS Issues List Of Countries With Limited Or No US Visa Services

Overview – What Does this List Provide?

U.S. embassies and consulates are sometimes forced to limit or, at times, suspend visa services because of natural disasters, civil unrest, war, and/or security concerns, among other reasons. The list below notes the U.S. embassies and consulates that currently provide limited visa services, locations where visa services are suspended, and countries that do not have U.S. embassies or consulates.

The list below does not include the following:

Eligibility to Participate in U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands in Russia

The U.S. Mission in Russia is pleased to announce an expansion of our current interview waiver program as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order to substantially increase travel and tourism to the United States. Starting immediately, certain applicants who have previously been issued a visa that expired in the past 47 months will be eligible to renew their visa without an interview.

President Issues Executive Order Setting Visa Processing Goals

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 15 (Tuesday, January 24, 2012)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 3373-3375]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2012-1568]

Presidential Documents

Federal Register / Vol. 77 , No. 15 / Tuesday, January 24, 2012 / Presidential Documents

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Executive Order 13597 of January 19, 2012

Establishing Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing

Goals and the Task Force On Travel and Competitiveness

State Dept. Announces that One Millionth Visa Issued in China

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
December 15, 2011

On December 14 at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Ambassador Gary Locke presented the one millionth visa adjudicated in China this year. With the help of additional personnel and process improvements, Mission China has also successfully reduced the average wait time for a visa interview appointment to less than one week.