Nonimmigrant Visas

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 that you apply for.

See the Department of State’s Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category is appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

  • To apply for a non-immigrant visa and make an appointment, click here.

  • To apply for ESTA, click here.


Visa Categories & Application Procedures

An A or G visa is required for anyone going the U.S. on official business for a government or designated international organization. A-visas are required for anyone who is assigned to a foreign embassy or consulate in the U.S., as well as government officials on a temporary mission.

G visas are required for individuals representing their government at or hired to work directly for certain international organizations located in the U.S. G-visas are also required for employees of such organizations stationed abroad who are required to travel to the U.S. temporarily for their work.

Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport

Your passport needs to valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF 24KB). Each person who needs a visa will have to submit a separate passport and visa application.

Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160

Completed the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160. Please note that you will need to answer every question on the application form. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”.  If you only have tentative dates or unconfirmed plans provide the most complete and accurate information you have. (Do not leave it blank).

Step 3. Contact your Mission’s protocol office or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The U.S. Embassy can only issue diplomatic or official visas upon receipt of a diplomatic note from the appropriate foreign office, diplomatic mission or international organization. If you are a representative of the Maltese Government, please coordinate with the Office of Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you are a diplomat assigned to a diplomatic mission in Malta, please coordinate with your mission’s protocol office.

Please include the following information in the diplomatic note:

The principal applicant’s title and description of duties while in the United States, the anticipated length of stay or tour of duty, the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal.

Step 4. Forward your passport and supporting documents to your protocol or Foreign Office.

Official government and international organization travelers usually do not need interviews. Please contact your protocol or foreign office to coordinate the delivery of a valid diplomatic or official, or service passport, diplomatic note, DS-160 visa application confirmation page, and a 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months.

Step 5: Collect your passport and visa

When your visa is issued, the Consular Section will contact your foreign or protocol office to coordinate collection of your passport and visa.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States temporarily will first need to obtain a U.S. nonimmigrant visa, which is placed in his or her passport.

If you are traveling to the United States for a short period of time, you may be eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program.

The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides several categories of nonimmigrant visas for those who want to visit or work temporarily in the United States. Learn more about each type of visa from travel.state.gov or by clicking on the visa types below. To apply for a visa, please follow the steps above.

*In some cases persons traveling on a Canadian passport are exempt from travel authorization requirements.

Here are the main nonimmigrant visa categories:

Category B nonimmigrant are visas, are for travelers who wish to visit the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). The non-refundable application fee is $160 or €144.

Category C1/D nonimmigrant visas are for those who are traveling to the U.S. as a crew member of a commercial aircraft or ship.  Crew of private vessels or aircraft require a B1 visa (see above). The non-refundable application fee is $160 or €144.  Please see the required documentation you must provide from your employer for your interview.

Category E nonimmigrant visas are for travel to the U.S. to start a business (import-export) of trade in services, or for investments. This category of visa is only available to nationals of countries with appropriate existing tread and investment treaties. The non-refundable application fee is $205 or €185.

Category F & M nonimmigrant visas are for travel to the U.S. to attend an academic or vocational course at a school or university. Before you apply for your visa, make sure you have been accepted into your program and have received your I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status” form. Your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee is a separate payment that needs to be paid before your interview appointment. The non-refundable visa application fee is $160 or €144.

Category I nonimmigrant visas are for travel to the United States as a journalist or media representative. This category requires proof of accreditation or association with a media entity. The non-refundable visa application fee is $160 or €144.

Category J nonimmigrant visas are for travel to the U.S. to participate in a cultural exchange program or for research purposes. Make sure you have been accepted in to your program and have received your DS-2019, “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” form before you apply for your visa. Your Student and Exchange visitor information System (SEVIS) fee is a separate payment, and should be made before your interview appointment. The non-refundable visa application fee is $160 or €144.

Categories H, L, O, P, Q, or R visas are for travel to the U.S. to work for a limited period of time, depending on the type of work you intend to carry out. These categories of visas require pre-approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) before you apply for the visas. The non-refundable application fee is $190 or €171. There may be additional fees associated with these categories of visa. Category (L) Visas applied for on a “Blanket Petition” require an additional Anti-Fraud processing fee of -$500 or €450 (in addition to Petition Based Visa application fee) cash only.

Step 1 – 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.

Step 2 – Submit online your nonimmigrant visa application form DS-160

(https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/).  Print out and present the confirmation page at the time of interview. All applicants regardless of age require their own passport and complete a separate DS-160 visa application.  The U.S. Embassy cannot provide or accept paper applications.  In addition, the U.S. Embassy cannot assist you in the completion of your application.

Step 3- Schedule an Interview Appointment Online

Appointments are required for all visa services, which can be scheduled 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, please email  ConsularMalta@State.gov with your current appointment details and explaining the need for an expedited appointment.

Translators

Please email ConsularMalta@state.gov at least two (2) business days prior to the appointment if you plan to bring a physical assistant or interpreter to the interview.  Include their passport or ID details, name and your name and appointment date in the email.

Example:

To:  ConsularMalta@State.gov

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,
Citizenship,
Passport number,
email address or telephone number.

Applicant’s name and appointment date.

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

All persons seeking access the U.S. Embassy will need to present government-issued photo identification.

Step 4 – Attend your interview at the Consular Section

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..

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

Step 5 – Pay your nonrefundable nonimmigrant visa application fee

We can only accept cash (Euros or US Dollars) for visa application fees.

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 may have to pay at the Embassy before receiving your visa. Fee and reciprocity information is available at this link https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country.html

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

Step 6 – Collect your Passport from the Consular Section

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 and relative documents.   In most cases, your visa and original documents will be ready to collect 4 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.

What is Reciprocity?

Nonimmigrant visa applicants from certain countries*/areas of authority may be required to pay a visa issuance fee after their application is approved. These fees are based on the principle of reciprocity: when a foreign government imposes fees on U.S. citizens for certain types of visas, the United States will impose a reciprocal fee on citizens of that country*/area of authority for similar types of visas.

How Do I Find Out if I Have to Pay a Reciprocity Fee?

To view the Reciprocity Page for your country* of nationality, visit the U.S. State Departments reciprocity by country page and select your country*/area of authority from the drop-down menu.

When you schedule your appointment, you are placed on an access list to be allowed entry into the consular section at the time of your appointment.

Applicants should not bring any large objects, such as laptops, bags, backpacks, suitcases, or baby carriages. These items will not be allowed into the Consular Section, and there is no storage space at the security entrance. We strongly discourage bringing any other electronic devices, to include tablets/iPads, MP3 players, mobile phones, smart watches, etc. as these, along with electronic keys, will have to be left with security and retrieved upon exit. This can create a delay for you, and the U.S. Embassy is not responsible for any article you leave at the security checkpoint.

All persons seeking access the U.S. Embassy will need to present government-issued photo identification, such as a passport or national ID. With the exception of pre-approved physical assistants, or translators (see Step. 3 of “How to Apply” below), no access will be granted to persons not applying for a visa.


After The Interview

A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authority to deny admission. A visa is issued based on the nature of the travel. The length of stay is determined by the DHS at the time of entry.

As a general rule, passports need to be valid for six months beyond the date the traveler will exit the United States. However, the U.S. has signed an agreement with a number of countries in the E.U., including Malta, to waive this requirement. In this case, the passport must be valid for the entire period of the visitor’s intended stay, but the additional six month validity period is not required.

Your eligibility for a visa is determined in strict observance of the U.S. Law. Presenting your required documents does not guarantee issuance of a visa. Unless previously canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, if the traveler has a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport, he or she may use it along with a new valid passport (of the same nationality) for travel and admission to the United States.

Attempting to obtain a visa by the willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or fraud, may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States. If the Consular Officer finds it necessary to deny the issuance of a visa, an applicant may apply again if there is new evidence to overcome the original basis for the refusal.

More information about ground for visa refusal is available on the visa denial page of the travel.state.gov.

Certain criminal convictions may make you ineligible to travel to the United States. The only way to know if your criminal record makes you ineligible is to apply for a visa.  Only a Consular Officer can determine your visa eligibility when reviewing your visa application.

Please bring a recent original Criminal History Report with you to the visa interview.

Even if your conviction makes you ineligible to travel to the United States, you may be able to obtain a temporary waiver. We recommend discussing this option with the consular officer during your interview. Waiver processing can take 6 to 8 months, so please apply early if you believe that you may require a waiver. We advise that you do not make any financial commitments for travel until you have received a visa.

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (i.e., drunk driving), please note that a single drunk driving conviction is not grounds to deny entry into the United States, unless it is combined with other misdemeanor offenses. This is what can ultimately make you inadmissible into the country, and will require you to obtain a waiver prior to entering the United States.

If you had any minor traffic offenses that did not result in an arrest or conviction, you may apply under the VWP, provided that you are otherwise qualified. If the traffic offense occurred while you were in the United States and you have an outstanding fine against you or you failed to appear in court, you may have a warrant out for your arrest. We advise that you resolve these issues before traveling to the United States by contacting the court where you were to appear. If you do not know the address of the court, please refer to the U.S. Courts website.

 


Appointments, Contact Information & Directions

If you are a resident of Malta applying for a nonimmigrant visa with a demonstrated urgent medical or humanitarian need to travel, and you are unable to schedule an appointment that will accommodate travel, you may request an emergency appointment.  Last minute ESTA denials or travel plans for pleasure generally do not constitute a legitimate basis for an expedited appointment, particularly given our short visa appointment wait time.  Moreover, if the consular officer approves your visa after the interview, the Embassy will still need a minimum of forty-eight hours to process that visa. Unfortunately, same day visas are not possible.  To request an expedited appointment please complete the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application and email consularmalta@state.gov.

Note:  Obtaining an expedited appointment does not guarantee visa issuance. U.S. law places the burden of qualifying for any visa solely on the applicant.

A consular officer can determine your eligibility for a visa only after you have submitted your application and paid the non-refundable visa application fee. Visa interviews are conducted by appointment. Please schedule your appointment electronically (see step 3 in “How to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa” below).

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.

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, reverse 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 https://www.publictransport.com.mt/

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) – 56, 186, 202

2541 “Qali 1 & 2” (10 min. walk) – 51, 52, 53, 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.