How to Apply

If you are travelling on your Icelandic passport it must be valid for the duration of your trip in the States. If you are travelling on a passport from other countries than Iceland please check the below link to see if your passport needs to be valid at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States. The following countries are exempt by country-specific agreements. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.

  • Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160

Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.

Each applicant needs his or her own DS-160 form, including minor children.

Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.

Only a passport, DS-160 confirmation page, a 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, and the forms listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview.  Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:

  • The purpose of your trip;
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.

To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.

Please submit your documents when you come to your visa interview including your completed DS-160 confirmation sheet, forms listed in Step 2, a 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) color photo not older than 6 months, and a valid passport.

Each applicant needs his or her own DS-160 form, including minor children.

On the day of your interview, please pay the following visa application fee $ 160 for B-1 (Business) and B-2 (Tourism & Visit); $ 190 for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas; and $ 270 for E visas.

PAYABLE IN CASH ONLY with U.S. Dollars or Icelandic Kronur. Credit cards and debit cards are not accepted for the visa fee.  Please note that this fee is non-refundable application fee and will not be returned to you if your application is denied.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ELECTRONIC DEVICES:

The US Embassy does not permit laptops or large electrical/electronic devices to be brought into the consular waiting room.  Please do not bring your electronic devices to your visa interview or any other appointment you have with the Consular Section.  The Embassy provides no storage for your electronic devices and customers coming to their appointment with a prohibited item(s) will not be permitted to enter the Embassy.

 The following small personal electronic devices may be brought into the consular waiting room, so long as they comply with all other Embassy procedural security requirements:

 Cellphones

Smart phones

iPods and MP3 players

iPads and other small tablet devices (large tablets and Tablet/computer combos are not permitted.

Handheld gaming devices

Smartwatches

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process.

YOU SHOULD NOT BUY NON-REFUNDABLE PLANE TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR VISA. PROCESSING DELAYS OCCASIONALLY OCCUR AND THE EMBASSY CANNOT GUARANTEE NEXT DAY VISA ISSUANCE.

If your visa is approved, you may also have to pay a country specific reciprocity fee.

There is no reciprocity fee for Icelandic passport holders.

If your visa is approved on a Tuesday you can pick up your passport Thursday the same week. If your visa is approved on a Thursday you can pick up your passport the following Tuesday. Except on holidays.

YOU SHOULD NOT BUY NON-REFUNDABLE PLANE TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR VISA.

PROCESSING DELAYS OCCASIONALLY OCCUR.