Nonimmigrant Visas

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 January, 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: 

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.

Important Announcement

Passports and/or documents will be returned solely via MRW with payment (cash or debit card) on delivery. A Spanish address and mobile telephone number are required to complete the delivery. Please bring an envelope already completed with your delivery address to your interview.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Embassy Madrid continues to have reduced capacity to process nonimmigrant visas. We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. While U.S. Embassy Madrid aims to process visa cases as soon as practicable, there are increased wait times and substantial backlogs, and we will be unable to accommodate many requests for expedited appointments. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and apply early.  Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.

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.

The U.S. Mission to Spain and Andorra understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We are working diligently to restore routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible.  In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Embassy Madrid will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who have not been able to schedule a visa appointment to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for updates on our visa operations.

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.

Most visitors to the United States enter the country on a tourist or business visitor visa (B1/B2 visas), but there are visa categories corresponding to every purpose of travel, including students (F1) and temporary foreign workers (H1B).

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

You may contact us in several ways.

Email: See our website at


  • Callers in Spain: +
  • Callers in the United States: +1.703.543.9306

Skype: Customer service center agents are able to assist you via Skype: skype:live:skype-es?call

Via our contact form

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 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.