Limited Visa Services are Available for Croatian Nationals and Residents for Nonimmigrant Visas
The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is processing limited nonimmigrant visa interview appointments intended for emergency purposes for Croatian nationals and residents only due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants who qualify under the below categories may apply for visa interview appointments. Applicants will need to request emergency appointments for travel that will take place in the next 30 days.
Emergency appointments may be approved for C1/D, F, M, J, E, I, O, P, R, H, and L visas with immediate planned travel. Limited appointments will be approved for emergency, mission-critical B1/B2 travel.
Please note, there can be a wait time for approved emergency and mission-critical B1/B2 appointments, with the exception of humanitarian and medical emergencies.
All other nationals who are not Croatian and who are not residents of the Consular district in Croatia, will not receive appointments at this time. If they do make appointments, emergency appointments will not be approved.
To apply for a visa interview you must register in the system, make payment and schedule the first available appointment. Next, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-hr/niv/information/faqs#need_learlier_appt to request an emergency appointment.
The procedure for E visa applications remains the same per instructions on the website.
Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee validity is extended until September 30, 2022, for individuals who paid an MRV fee but were unable to schedule and/or attend an interview during the suspension of services.
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 during their appointment. 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.
Travel to the United States: COVID-19 Restrictions
Entry of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in South Africa, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, Iran, or the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to South Africa, Brazil, the UK, Ireland, China, Iran, or the Schengen Area (which is comprised of: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies).
Effective January 26, 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. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
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.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
What is a Visa?
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.).
Customer Service Statement
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.