Nonimmigrant Visas

Summer 2021 Appointment Availability:  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect the ability of U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to be able to resume routine visa services.  Necessary measures we implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19 drastically reduced our appointment capacity and, coupled with the global suspension of services last year and a renewed desire for travel by many people this year, created a significant backlog for all our appointments.  The provision of services to U.S. citizens is the top priority of all consular sections abroad.  The current demand and existing backlog for U.S. passport and citizenship services in Sweden is such that we are currently unable to ​offer any appointments for routine nonimmigrant visas for the foreseeable future.  We have had to cancel all routine visa services scheduled for June, July, and August, including visa appointments for students, exchange visitors, and petition-based visas.

Visa Categories Open for Interview:  The U.S. Embassy in Sweden has no visa appointment availability for routine nonimmigrant visas until further notice.  Processing of diplomatic and official visas is unchanged.  We are only approving emergency appointments for life and death humanitarian emergencies and cases which are in the national interest of the United States, including: H visas associated with food production, medical professionals, and individuals traveling to the United States as air or sea crew.  If your travel falls under one of these limited categories, please request an expedited appointment via our scheduling website.  All other expedite requests will be denied.  Some visa applicants may qualify to have their interview waived and renew their visas by mail.  Visa appointments remain limited to legal residents of Sweden.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

Any changes in our operations will be widely disseminated.  Additional information about national interest exceptions for travel can be found on our webpage at How to Request National Interest Exceptions for Travel to the United States. 

Note to StudentsIf you are an F, M, or J applicant, you may need to work with your institution or organization to request a later start date or postpone your program.  Please see our FAQs for Students.

Renew by Mail:  Some visa applicants may qualify to have their interview waived and renew their visas by mail if they are applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification that expired within the last 48 months.  To renew your visa by mail, you must meet the requirements and ALSO qualify for a National Interest Exception to the travel restrictions or we cannot accept your application.  Do not attempt to mail in your application if you have not reviewed the requirements for the National Interest Exceptions.  Please find general information about renewing your visa by mail on our scheduling website page Apply for a U.S. Visa/Renew My Visa.

Visa Application Fee:  In the meantime, the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

If You Reside Outside Sweden:  Please contact the Embassy or Consulate in the country in which you reside to schedule a visa appointment.

How to request National Interest Exceptions from COVID-19 related Presidential Proclamations for Travel

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Sweden is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.