Nonimmigrant Visas

URGENT UPDATE:  As of November 8, 2021, all travelers to the United States will need to comply with COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements. Please see the following webpage for more information: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information – U.S. Embassy in Sweden (

Interviews Waived for Students and Certain Exchange Visitors Visa Processing:  The Department of State has waived, through December 31, 2021, the in-person interview requirement for some first-time students and certain exchange visitors. 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 scholar, short-term scholar, and specialist category. Please see our FAQs for Students for details and instructions.

Winter 2021 Appointment Availability:  Embassy Stockholm continues to work through a significant backlog of nonimmigrant visa services and capacity for interviews remains extremely limited, including for applicants with pending emergency appointment requests. You may check the guidance on this page to see if you qualify for an interview waiver or mail-in renewal.

Visa Categories Open for Interview:  The U.S. Embassy in Sweden has limited visa appointment availability for routine nonimmigrant visas at this time. Processing of diplomatic and official visas is unchanged.

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.

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. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

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.