Nonimmigrant Visas

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Slovakia, the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is accepting limited appointment requests for urgent nonimmigrant visa applicants who are exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10143 or qualify for National Interest Exceptions.  Nonimmigrant visa applications are available at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/sk/.  Please do not pay the fee unless you are sure you are exempt from PP 10143, qualify for a National Interest Exception, or until the U.S. Embassy approves your appointment request.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava 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.

The White House has announced that it will lift PP 10143 in early November, but has not yet set an exact date.  Once PP 10143 is lifted, all non-citizen and non-resident travelers to the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and required to show negative test results less than three days old.  Details are still forthcoming, including which vaccines will be accepted and information about waivers.  Vaccination will not be required for U.S. citizens or LPRs, but nonvaccinated travelers to the U.S. will be required to take COVID-19 tests before departure to the U.S. and after arrival.  The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava will continue to post information to our National Interest Exception website, as it becomes available.

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.

Until PP 10143 is lifted, the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is only accepting limited appointment requests for nonimmigrant visa applicants who are exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10143 or qualify for National Interest Exceptions.  Nonimmigrant visa applications are available at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/sk/.  Please do not pay the fee unless you are sure you are exempt from PP 10143, qualify for a National Interest Exception, or until the U.S. Embassy approves your appointment request.  Information about how to apply for a National Interest Exception (NIE) is available here.

If the U.S. Embassy approves your NIE application and invites you to schedule a visa appointment, please make sure to follow all instructions about how to schedule an emergency appointment.  You will need to schedule a regular appointment, request an emergency appointment, and then reschedule your appointment into an emergency time slot.  For applicants who qualify for an NIE or who are exempt from PP 11043, the wait time for a nonimmigrant emergency visa appointment is less than two weeks.  If you need the instructions resent to you, please email ConsulBratislava@state.gov.

All applicants must bring a self-addressed and pre-paid Easy Expres 1 envelope to the visa interview.  The consular section cannot return visas and passports to applicants via other delivery services.  Passport pick-up at the U.S. Embassy is not available for nonimmigrant visas.  Please allow 7-10 days for delivery of passports and visas.  Please click here to download instructions about how to prepare the envelope.

MRV fees (visa application fees) are valid until at least September 30, 2023 from the date of payment, in the country where they were purchased.

As of September 15, 2021, all student visa applicants who are residents or citizens of Slovakia must apply for F, M, and academic student and research J visas via the Visa Without an Interview mail-in procedures.  This includes both first-time applicants and renewals for all F, M, and academic and research J visa applicants, even if you have never applied for any visa in the past, unless your most recent visa or ESTA application was denied.  J visa applicants for work and intern programs, and all recently-refused visa applicants, must still qualify for a National Interest Exception and follow the regular interview appointment procedures.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

Visa Application Hours

By appointment only.

Public Inquiries

BF or information about Non-Immigrant Visas please visit the website http://www.ustraveldocs.com/sk, or call the information service Monday-Friday except holidays, 8:00am-6:00pm (local time) at: +421-2-3305-7000

For questions for the Immigrant Visa Unit ONLY, contact by email at bratislavaiv@state.gov. Every effort is made to reply to all emails within two business days.

Many travelers seeking to enter the U.S. for business or tourism (B-1/B-2 visa) for less than 90 days will be eligible to travel to the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. Travelers to the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program are obliged to have 1. approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and 2. a valid biometric passport (for Slovak passports, only those issued after January 15, 2008 are biometric) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States. More information about ESTA.

By appointment only.

BFor information about Non-Immigrant Visas please visit the website http://www.ustraveldocs.com/sk, or call the information service Monday-Friday except holidays, 8:00 am-6:00 pm (local time) at: +421-2-3305-7000
For questions for the Immigrant Visa Unit ONLY, contact by email at bratislavaiv@state.gov. Every effort is made to reply to all emails within two business days.

Know Your Rights if you are coming to the United States temporarily to work: Wilberforce Act Pamphlet.

Do you have a valid visa in an expired passport? If you are going for the same purpose, and you haven’t changed your name or other basic information, then you can travel to the U.S. with two passports: the old one with the valid visa, and the new one, together.