Visas

Updated April 29, 2021

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for the latest information about COVID-19 related travel restrictions and visa services in Serbia.

Embassy Belgrade is only processing nonimmigrant visa applications from Serbian nationals or those who have a Serbian residence permit. Nonimmigrant visa appointments made by third-country nationals who do not meet these requirements will be cancelled.

Belgrade is processing extremely limited numbers of appointments for the highest priority cases in the following Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa categories:

  • Immigrant, K-1 Fiancé, and Diversity visas for Serbian and Montenegrin residents in all categories; and
  • Nonimmigrant visa categories in the A, G, F, M, J, E, H, I, L, O, P, and C1/D categories.

Please read the State Department Visa Services Operating Status Update for more information about visa processing around the world.

The United States Embassy in Belgrade remains unable to resume routine visa operations at pre-COVID-19 levels. We are currently offering as many nonimmigrant visa appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow in mission-critical visa categories, including a limited number of appointments for petition-based employment visas, student visas, and exchange visitor visas. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and also to apply early. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.

B visa appointments for routine tourist and business travel remain suspended.

Geographical COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations remain in effect. In addition, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for the latest information about COVID-19 related travel restrictions. For the most up to date news regarding Presidential Proclamations on COVID-19 please visit the Department of State’s website.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you must reschedule your visa appointment through our Appointment Service Website. If you were physically present in one of the restricted areas subject to the Presidential Proclamation (i.e. Schengen Area), you must reschedule your appointment after the required 14-day quarantine period.

If you have an emergency for which you need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at our Appointment Service Website to request an expedited appointment. Requests for expedited appointments will only be considered if they are submitted through the Appointment Service Website. Please note that expedite requests are approved only when there is a humanitarian need for travel, such as for critical medical treatment. Expedite requests will not be approved for applicants not resident in Serbia.

The validity of nonimmigrant MRV payments has been extended until September 30, 2022. Visa fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you wish to apply for a visa at another Embassy or Consulate, you will be required to pay a new MRV fee and complete a new Form DS-160.

We aim to process cases as soon as practicable, however, appointment availability is extremely limited and there will be increased wait times for services due to substantial backlogs. The health and safety of our workforce and customers will remain paramount. We are unable to provide a specific date for when we return to processing at pre-COVID workload levels. Please monitor this website for the latest information regarding the status of our operations.

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.

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, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

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

Consular services are available by appointment only.

For all information about U.S. visas please visit the Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service (https://ais.usvisa-info.com) for nonimmigrant (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-rs/niv) and immigrant (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-rs/iv) visas.

For specific questions about nonimmigrant visa cases after the visa interview email us at consbelgrade@state.gov.

For questions about immigrant visa applications, immigrant visa petitions, diversity visa program (DV Lottery), fiancé(e) visas, returning resident visas, transportation letters, boarding foils for lawful permanent residents and immigrant visa waivers, please contact the immigrant visa unit by email belgradeiv@state.gov .

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 non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://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.