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The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.

A citizen of a foreign country wishing to enter the U.S. generally must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The type of visa you must have is defined by immigration law and relates to the purpose of your travel.

Non-immigrant Visas - for example for temporary visits for pleasure, exchange programs or study.

Immigrant Visas - for example for permanent residency, marriage to an American citizen or adoptions.

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