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Information for citizens of Ukraine

On April 21, 2022, the United States announced a key step toward fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion.

Visa Waiver Program

Croatia has been formally designated as the 40th member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system is now available for Croatia.

If you are a citizen of Croatia planning to travel for business or tourism, please consider using the ESTA website instead of applying for a visa using this website. Visitors applying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program are allowed to remain for a maximum of 90 days. Travelers must meet certain requirements and have a valid ESTA approval prior to travel. Visitors who enter the United States through the VWP cannot change status or extend their duration of stay. Travelers coming to the United States under the VWP cannot work or study. If you plan to stay for more than 90 days, or if you intend to study or work in the United States, you MUST obtain a visa before traveling. Overstay consequences are severe; make sure you know the rules before you travel. You can find more information at the websites of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.

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 or nationality.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms.  If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.

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