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Non-Immigrant Visa Information

To avoid travel delays and disappointment, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin encourages you to apply early for a visa. Students and exchange visitors should apply as soon as they have the required documents for their visa type.
We recommend beginning the visa application process at least one month before your anticipated travel to the United States. This ensures time to schedule an appointment, conduct an interview, determine whether a visa can be issued, and arrange for delivery. IMPORTANT: Final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable tickets should not be made until the visa is received.
Current visa wait times for Embassy Dublin are available here
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A non-immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission to the United States who is not eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) or is traveling to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment, study, research and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. Please see the sections below on How To Apply and the different NIV Categories.

 

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**IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS USING VISA WAIVER PROGRAM’S ESTA**

The U.S. Embassy in Ireland wishes to remind all Irish passport holders who are able to travel to the United States via the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that as of 01 April 2016, they must have a valid electronic passport.  This rule applies even to those who possess a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that all travelers check to ensure their passports are valid electronic passports before they make arrangements to travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program.

You can check if your passport is valid for travel under the VWP by carefully reading the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

Any traveler who does not have a valid electronic passport is still eligible to travel to the United States with a valid nonimmigrant visa issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate. Such travelers will be required to appear for an interview and obtain a visa in their passports at a U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling to the United States. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent and urgent in nature, you may request an expedited visa appointment. 

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**IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS USING VISA WAIVER PROGRAM’S ESTA**

 Recent changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act) may affect your travel to the United States.  Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program:

  • Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in IranIraqSudanSyriaLibyaSomalia, and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
  • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.  Please note the restriction on Visa Waiver Program travel will not apply to dual nationals of Libya, Somalia and Yemen. 

If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment.  Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.

Further information on applying for a nonimmigrant visa and an expedited appointment in Dublin is available here.

You can find more information about the changes in the Press Releases at the following links:

http://dublin.usembassy.gov/index/embassy-news/ambassador/press-releases/press-releases/united-states-begins-implementation-of-changes-to-the-visa-waiver-program.html

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http://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/02/18/dhs-announces-further-travel-restrictions-visa-waiver-program

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To avoid travel delays and disappointment, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin encourages you to apply early for a visa. Students and exchange visitors should apply as soon as they have the required documents for their visa type.

We recommend beginning the visa application process at least one month before your anticipated travel to the United States. This ensures time to schedule an appointment, conduct an interview, determine whether a visa can be issued and arrange for delivery. IMPORTANT: Final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable tickets should not be made until the visa is received.

Current visa wait times for Embassy Dublin are available here

A non-immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission to the United States who is not eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) or is traveling to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment, study, research and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. Please see the sections below on How To Apply and the different NIV Categories.

For further information on the application process please click here.

More information on the different types of Non-immigrant Visa Categories can be found here.

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