How to Apply


To avoid travel delays and disappointments, we recommend that you request travel authorization (e.g., a visa or ESTA confirmation) at least one month before your anticipated travel to the United States.

Students and exchange visitors (F, M, & J) and petition-based employment applicants (H, L, O, P, Q & R) should apply for their visas as soon as they receive the required (original) documents from their U.S. academic or employment sponsors.

Do not make final travel plans, such as purchasing non-refundable tickets, until acquiring the appropriate visa. Under normal circumstances, it takes two business days to process a visa. In rare cases, additional processing could delay the visa issuance.

Follow the six main steps below.

Visit’s visa pages to determine which type of travel authorization is appropriate for your purpose of travel.  U.S. law prohibits pre-application consultations.  We cannot determine your qualification or eligibility for a visa until you have paid the non-refundable visa application fee, and you have submitted your application to the adjudicating officer.

Fill out and submit online your nonimmigrant visa application form DS-160 (  Print out and present the confirmation page at the time of interview. All applicants regardless of age must have their own passport and complete a separate DS-160 visa application.  The U.S. Embassy cannot provide or accept paper applications.  Nor can the U.S. Embassy assist you in the completion of your application.

Visa interviews are conducted on Wednesday mornings 8:20 to 9:50 a.m. except Maltese and U.S. holidays or when the Consular Section is closed for administrative reasons.

Appointments are required for all visa services.  Visa applicants must schedule an appointment through our online appointment calendar.

Existing appointments may be expedited to the next interview day at the discretion of the Chief Consul.  To request an expedited appointment, send an email containing your current appointment details and explaining the need to


Applicants must inform at least two (2) business days prior to the appointment if they plan to bring a physical assistant or interpreter to the interview.



Subject: Request to bring Interpreter, Charles Smith, 24-Feb-2014, 08:00

I do not speak English, and I need to bring an interpreter to my interview.  My interpreter’s details are:
LAST NAME, All Given Names,
Date of Birth,
Place of Birth,
Passport number,
email address or telephone number.

*Translators may send this email on their client’s behalf.

All persons seeking access the U.S. Embassy must present government-issued photo identification.

Visa applicants who arrive without all necessary application components (if necessary: appropriate travel document, petition, SEVIS receipt, proper photo) will need to schedule a new appointment.

Visa applicants should not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time or 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment time.

Visa applicants who do not appear for their scheduled appointment and do not reschedule their appointment before their original appointment time must resubmit their DS-160 before scheduling another appointment.

During the visa interview, the Consular Officer will individually consider each application.

Driving Directions:

from Marsa-Hamrun-Mriehel Interchange

  • Southbound from St. Julians or Msida keep right (follow signage to Mdina)
  • Northbound from Luqa or Valletta keep left (follow signage to Mdina)
  • Continue onto Mriehel Bypass
  • Head northwest on Mriehel Bypass to Triq L-Imdina (begining at Traffic Lights)
  • Continue on Triq L-Imdina onto Triq Valletta (at three-way intersection)
  • Continue straight, through traffic circle, revers direction at next traffic circle
  • Turn left onto Vjal L-Istadium Nazzjonali;
  • Use the parking area to the left at next traffic circle, opposite the Embassy,
  • Use the consular entrance on the right of the Embassy campus.

Bus Service:

Public buses provide service near the U.S. Embassy in Ta’Qali between approximately 6 a.m. & 10 p.m. Current time tables are available at

The bus stops within walking distance of the U.S. Embassy:

Stop number 4127 & 2456 “Ambaxata” –  served by route 56 (Valletta to Dingli via Msida, Birkarkara, Mdina) weekdays appx. 10 am.m. to 7 p.m.

4125 “Gibjun” (2 min. walk) – 186 (Rabbat to Bugibba via Attard Mosta St. Paul’s Bay); 202 (Sliema Ferris to Rabbat via St. Julians, SanGwan, Naxxar, Mosta)  weekdays appx. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

2192 “Snajja” (5 min. walk) – 56186202

2541 “Qali 1 & 2” (10 min. walk) – 515253,  weekdays appx. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. 109, weekdays appx. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  X3 (Airport to Bugibba via Birkarkara) weekdays appx. 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., hourly.

We only can accept cash for visa application fees.  Kindly bring the necessary cash to your appointment.

The visa application fee is non-refundable and cannot be reimbursed, even if your visa application is denied.

There may be additional fees based on nationality and visa type that you must pay at the Embassy prior to receiving your visa.

Fee and reciprocity information is available at this link

You must pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System SEVIS fee online prior to your visa interview appointment or you cannot obtain a visa.  You cannot the SEVIS fee at the time of interview.

Category: Visa Type: – Fee

The following Euro conversions are set by the U.S. Department of State based on an average standard exchange.  The fees Listed are effective 25 September 2017.

Non-Immigrant Visas:
(B1/B2) Business & Tourism, Transit (C1), Crew (C1/D), Academic Student (F), Exchange (J), Trade Student (M)
– $160.00 or €136.00 cash only

Petition-Based Non-immigrant Visas:
Temporary Worker (H), Company Transfer (L), Persons of Extraordinary Talent (O), Professional Athletes or Performer (P), Treaty Based Cultural Exchange (Q), Religious Worker(R):
– $190.00 or €175.00 cash only

NIV Blanket (L) Visa Petition Anti-Fraud processing fee:
-$500 or  €425 (in addition to Petition Based Visa application fee) cash only

Treaty Based Non-immigrant Visas:
Investor and Trader Visas (E)
-$205 or €1175 cash only

At the end of your interview, the Consular officer will inform you whether or not you qualify for the visa for which you have applied.   For approved applicants, the Consular officer will give you a collection receipt and retain your passport.   In most cases, your visa will be ready to collect 2 business days after the visa interview (weekends and holidays not included).  However, some cases require several weeks of additional processing.  In such a case, we will return your passport and notify you by e-mail when to return to the Embassy with your passport to collect your visa.