Update May 12, 2021: We are currently offering appointments for nonimmigrant visa applicants who are exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10143 or qualify for a National Interest Exception (PDF 136 KB). Preference is given to those nonimmigrant applicants whose appointment request was already approved and the program start date is close. Information about how to submit a National Interest Exception (NIE) to the U.S. Embassy Budapest is available here (PDF 136 KB). Immigrant visa applications are processed on a category-based prioritization.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Embassy in Budapest remains unable to resume routine visa operations. We are currently offering appointments for nonimmigrant visa applicants who are exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10143 or qualify for a National Interest Exception (PDF 136 KB) and the appointment request was preliminary approved by the U.S. Embassy. Please do not pay the visa fee unless you are sure that the U.S. Embassy approved your appointment request. Information about how to submit a National Interest Exception (NIE) to the U.S. Embassy Budapest is available here (PDF 136 KB).

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant visa, including the MRV fee validity. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please contact the Visa Services call center at +3617012000, or email to

Summer Work and Travel 2021: Due to PP 10143, the U.S. Embassy is unable to schedule any appointments for J1 SWT applicants at this time. If and when the situation changes, the U.S. Embassy will post that information here. For more information about the status of U.S. visa operations worldwide, please visit:

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

Entry of non-Legal Permanent Resident foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Zone within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  The full text of the Presidential Proclamation can be found here:

For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at for specific guidance. Information concerning rescheduling a pending consular appointment is also available at Read More.

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.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to

Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:

  • Callers in Hungary: Call +36(1)7012000.
  • Callers in the United States: Call +1 703 520 2570.

Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name 

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
  • 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.