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Important Visa Information

Payment Methods & Details

Payment for nonimmigrant visa services must be done through the Global Support Services (GSS) website when scheduling your appointment.

Payments for reciprocity fees, or blanket L-1 fees at the time of the interview are accepted at the time of the interview in cash (U.S. Dollars or Euros) or by credit card. Please note that we do not accept payment through cell phones or other electronic means, as these devices are not permitted inside the Embassy.

Appointments & Locations

The health and safety of both our visa applicants and workforce remain our highest priority, and we are enforcing strict social distancing measures and require masks covering mouth and nose while in our facility. Effective April 20, 2022, you are required to wear a mask if you have an in-person appointment at Embassy Madrid, Consulate General Barcelona, or one of the five consular agencies in Spain.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Citizens of Spain and Andorra may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa, commonly referred to as ESTA. Click here for more information.

To schedule an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa, please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on how to apply, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

We do know that there any many applicants seeking J and F visas this summer.  Currently, we are at reduced staffing capacity but are doing our best to process as many F/M/J visa applications as we can. We strongly encourage all applicants located in Spain or Andorra who are renewing student visas to use our mail in visa renewal option. We recognize that this is a stressful time for students, and we are working on additional avenues to mail in applications for processing.

Immigrant visas are scheduled as part of their processing, either through the National Visa Center or the Kentucky Consular Center (for Diversity Visas).

On the day of your visa interview, do not bring any luggage, backpacks, or bags of any kind to the Embassy. You will not be allowed to enter with them and there is no place to store them.

The Interview Waiver Program (IWP)

The Interview Waiver Program (IWP) allows qualifying visa applicants to mail-in their visa applications without an appointment. More information.

Diplomatic, Official and International Organization Visas

For applications for visas for official travel to the United States (visa categories A, G, and NATO) or for diplomats for non-official travel (e.g. B1/B2 visas for tourism), please visit this webpage: Diplomatic, Official and International Organization Visas.

Other Information

Important Notice

The Consular Section is conducting as many visa interviews as possible.  However, given the overwhelming demand for work and student visas, continued Covid-19 crowding restrictions, and staffing limitations, we regret that we will not be able to interview all applicants before their desired travel dates.

For November, we can only approve requests for earlier visa appointments for medical emergencies, urgent student visas, and critical business travel.  We will keep adding more appointments in the following weeks as capacity allows.  We encourage applicants who need an earlier appointment to regularly check the appointment scheduling website: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-es/niv 

Applicants for student and work visas who cannot find an appointment before their originally planned travel date should speak to their university or employer to discuss their situation and options as soon as possible.  For those with a DS-2019 or I-20, this discussion should include requesting an updated report date on the DS-2019 or I-20 to a new, achievable date as we cannot issue a visa for a program report date that has already passed.

We hope this information allows applicants to make informed decisions about their travel plans.

Notice on travel requirements to the United States due to COVID-19

As of November 8, 2021, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required – with extremely limited exceptions – to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States.

For more information and FAQs on the United States’ new international air travel policy that began November 8, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xeqyy .

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages for non-immigrant visas  and for immigrant visas .

Lawful Permanent Residents / Green Card Holders

If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and are not in possession of your “green” card (I-555), or it has expired, you may apply for a Boarding Foil in order to return to the United States.  If you are an LPR who has been residing outside of the United States for more than one year, you may apply for a Re-Entry Permit (SB-1).  Please see this page for more information.

Additional Nonimmigrant Visa Information

Student Visas

For information on how to apply for a student visa, please read this handout (PDF 300K) or watch this video .

Fulbright Participants and Government – Sponsored Exchange Visitor

U.S.  Government-funded exchange visitors and their spouses and/or children applying for J visas are exempt from the visa application fee if they are participating in a Department of State, a U.S.  Agency for International Development (USAID), or a federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (such as the Fulbright program).  The program number on the DS-2019 form must begin with the prefix G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7.  To schedule a visa appointment, fill out the form for U.S. government-funded exchange visitors (e.g.  Fulbright) on our contact us page .

Summer Work Travel, Camp Counselor, Au Pair, Interns, Trainees, Scholars, and other special programs

Please visit the Bridge USA website  for more information on these special visa types.

Treaty Trader and Investor Visas

Please visit this page for additional information on applying for Treaty Trader and Investor Visas (E-1 and E-2 visas): Treaty Trader and Investor Visas

Additional Immigrant Visa Information

Medical Examination

Before arriving to your interview for an immigrant visa, you should complete the medical examination, which is performed in Madrid.  Click here for more information.

Diversity Visa Fraud Warning

Please click here to read more on the Diversity Visa and how to protect yourself from fraud.

Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants (DS-5535)

It may be necessary to provide additional information to process your application for a nonimmigrant or immigrant visa.  If requested, the DS-5535 can be found here.

More information

Please see the Travel.State.Gov visas website for additional information on Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas.

Reasonable Accomodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

    • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
    • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
    • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
    • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.

Interview Day

The day of the interview, do not bring any luggage, back packs, or bags of any kind to the interview. You will not be allowed to enter with them and there is no place to store them.

Visitors may not bring computers, cameras, video equipment and other electronic devices.

Only applicants with interview appointments can enter. Friends, family, lawyers, etc will not be allowed in.

The interviews in Madrid are conducted in English or Spanish. If you need a translator, please schedule an appointment through: https://es.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-section-contact-form/