Visas

Limited regular B1/B2 appointments

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, related health mitigations, and resource constraints, the U.S. Embassy’s consular services are limited in the ability to schedule interviews for regular B1/B2 (tourist/business) non-immigrant visa applicants at this time.  The health and safety of our staff and customers remain paramount. 

If you have already applied for a B1/B2 visa and paid your visa (MRV) fee, please note that your payment is valid through September 2022.  If you have not applied, we encourage you to consider waiting until interview appointments become readily available unless you have an emergency need to travel.  If you wish to renew a visa and meet the requirements (https://ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-niv-visarenew.asp), we are still accepting and processing renewal applications from our drop box. 

If you believe you have an emergency need to travel, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-niv-expeditedappointment.asp.  Please note that if your expedited appointment request does not meet our criteria and is refused, you will not receive any refund of your MRV fees.  You will, however, still be eligible for an interview when slots become available provided your MRV fee is valid.

For the latest updates on visa processing, visit our Bengali (https://bd.usembassy.gov/bn/) and English (https://bd.usembassy.gov/) language websites, as well as our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bangladesh.usembassy) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/usembassydhaka) pages.

Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014

President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.

Presidential Proclamation 10052

Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.

Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.

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.

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.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the website for full information or use contact information below:

If you have a specific query about your immigrant visa application, please use this online form: Immigrant Visas – Online Inquiry Form

No inquiries will be accepted by fax or letter mail.

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.