Visas

At this time, U.S. Embassy Zagreb is only processing visa applications from Croatian nationals or those who have permanent residency in Croatia.  Appointments made by third-country nationals who do not meet these requirements will be cancelled.

Resumption of Visa Services for B1 and B2 Categories of Nonimmigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce as of August 18, 2020, the resumption of limited B1/B2 visa appointments intended for business or tourism travel purposes for Croatian nationals and residents of the Consular district only. This is in addition to current processing of certain categories of nonimmigrant visas such as: F, J (with an exception for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program), M, I, O, P and E.

We are encouraging visa applicants who qualify under these categories to apply.  All other nationals or applicants who are not Croatian or who are not residents of the Consular district in Croatia will not receive appointments at this time.

If you want to apply for B, I, O or P visas you must register in the system, make payment and schedule the first available appointment.

The procedure for E visa applications remains the same per instructions on the website.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-hr/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt to request an emergency appointment.

Effective June 13 all visitors over the age of two years old to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb are required to wear a face covering.  The Consulate will not provide face coverings and you will be denied entry if you do not bring a covering with you. Please plan ahead.

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.).

For questions about nonimmigrant visas please contact Global Support Services.

For questions about immigrant visas, please email ZagrebIV@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 https://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.