What is a visa?
A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States.
Who needs a visa?
Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement.
Visa-Free Travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
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.
What type of visas are available?
- Non-Immigrant Visas
- Immigrant Visas
Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV) are for international travelers, (citizens of other countries), coming to the Unites States temporarily. International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, study, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work.
An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States.
Visa Application Hours:
By appointment only.
The best way to contact the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit is by email at email@example.com. Please contact the Immigrant Visa Unit by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Every effort is made to reply to all emails within two business days.
14:00 to 16:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays, except for official Slovak and American holidays. Please note that telephone inquiries will not be answered outside of these hours, as Visa Unit personnel will be engaged in conducting scheduled visa interviews.
The Consulate is located at Hviezdoslavovo namestie #4, Bratislava, Slovakia. It is adjacent to the main U.S. Embassy building, between the Czech Embassy and the Hotel Carlton. Location on the map.
Visa Application Fee
Please use exchange rate valid when you pay the visa application fee regardless of your visa appointment day. Current visa fee
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Answers to this and other questions about how visas work.
Know Your Rights
Know Your Rights if you are coming to the United States temporarily to work: Wilberforce Act Pamphlet