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Visa Applications and Entry Requirements

Official Travel Information

September 24, 2017 Visa Policy Update

On September 24, the United States announced restrictions on new visa applications in eight countries. The new restrictions apply to new visa applications in Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. The new restrictions do not apply to anyone with an existing visa that allows them to travel to and apply for entry in the United States. No existing visas will be revoked.

The restrictions are in effect as of 3:30pm ET on September 24, 2017 for Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. The restrictions will take effect for Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela on October 18, 2017. The visa category and type of visa applicant that may be affected as well as the exemptions available vary by country.

More detailed information on the impact on visa applications in each of the eight countries is available here.

Additional information, including background, country-specific explanations, and FAQs is available here

Entering the USA can be an easy and seamless process when you are prepared. The following section will provide some information and tips you need to smoothly navigate the process and procedures to enter the U.S.

Helpful Videos About U.S. Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offers clear explanations of U.S. entry procedures to international travelers with the help of three videos that are aimed at making your experience more welcoming and traveler friendly. The videos — “Know Before You Visit,” “You’ve Arrived” and “How to Expedite Your Entry”— are available in several languages and are shown in the international arrivals areas at major airports. Watching them prior to your arrival may be helpful.