Visas

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html

As of July 15, 2020 the United States Embassy in Malta is resuming certain non-immigrant visa services, including: travelers with urgent travel needs; students (F-1, M-1, and certain J-1); and some family members of U.S. citizens consistent with Presidential Proclamation 10014. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please email us at ConsularMalta@state.gov to request an emergency appointment. Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here.

 

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States.  If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to China, Iran, the Schengen Area (which includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or Republic of Ireland prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies).  There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.  For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please send an email to ConsularMalta@state.gov for specific guidance.  Applicants can also reschedule a pending consular appointment here.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad, they may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit. Contact the embassy of the country where you intend to travel to determine visa requirements for U.S. citizens.)

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE VISA SECTION IN MALTA

Mailing address: Ta’ Qali National Park, Attard, ATD4000, Malta

To report the death, serious injury, or arrest of a U.S. Citizen in Malta please call 2561-4000 and press 3.

Appointments cannot be scheduled by phone or email.  For Nonimmigrant Visa Services inquiries e-mail: consularmalta@state.gov.  To serve you better, please indicate the subject of your inquiry on the subject line (e.g., student visa, visitor visa, worker visa, spouse visa, affidavit of support, etc.). E-mail inquiries will be addressed in priority order.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

• We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.

• We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.

• We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.

• We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.

• We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.

• We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.

• We will provide information on nonimmigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted onhttp://travel.state.gov.

• We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

• Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.

• Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.

• Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

• Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.

• Complete your application fully and accurately.

• Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.

• Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.