Nonimmigrant Visas

As of 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is still required for entry. For more information, see Rescission: Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country.

Updated June 11, 2022: Interviews Waived for Students, Certain Exchange Visitors, and Certain Temporary Employment Visa Processing: The Department of State has waived, through December 31, 2022, the in-person interview requirement for some first-time students, certain exchange visitors, and certain employment-based visa applicants who have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). U.S. Embassy Stockholm is ready to receive applications by mail for F1, F2, M1 students and J1 and J2 academic exchange visitors, in the student, professor, research sc​holar, short-term scholar, and specialist category. Please see our FAQs for Students for details and instructions. As of January 1, 2022, we are also ready to receive applications by mail for H-1, H-3, H-4, L (individual Ls, only, blanket L petition holders do not qualify for this program), O, P, and Q from employment-based visa applicants. Please see our FAQs for Interview Waived for Petition-based Employment Visa​Applicants for details and instructions.  

Summer and fall 2022 processing times for interview waiver cases are now extended to three to four weeks for most applications.  Do not buy an airline ticket until you have received your visa and passport back in the post. 

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. Please find general information about renewing your visa by mail on our scheduling website page Apply for a U.S. Visa/Renew My Visa. We do not accept applications dropped off in person.  Summer and fall 2022 processing times for interview waiver cases are now extended to two weeks for most applications.  Do not buy an airline ticket until you have received your visa and passport back in the post.

Visa Application Fee: The U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, 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.

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.