Visas

Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective November 8 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, all adult noncitizen nonimmigrants traveling to the United States must be vaccinated against COVID-19. This does not affect visa issuance but does suspend the entry of unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants, including students.

Travelers must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including accepted vaccines as well as details on exceptions and waivers, is available at here.

Individuals seeking entry to the United States as immigrants are subject to separate medical examination and vaccination requirements as documented by our panel physicians

Immigrant 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. For more information, please visit this website.

COVID-19 Testing Requirement for International Travel to the United States

Effective November 8, 2021, at 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT), before boarding a flight to the US from a foreign country, all air passengers- 2 years or older – are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, within a time period based on their vaccination status (no more than 3 calendar days for fully vaccinated air passengers, and no more than 1 calendar day for not fully vaccinated air passengers), or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

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 2023. 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 and English language websites, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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.